Clocks, Watches/wuba clock

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Question
I see the plus/minus,clock runs 10 minutes fast every 24 hours,how do I adjust it.

Answer
Frank, WUBA made many types of clocks.  The movement in yours could be made by Hermle for WUBA.  The model number would be on the lower right corner of the back plate of the movement.  It would start out like 340-, 1050- or something like that.  These Hermle movements use a balance regulator, at the top center of the back plate, one type being the earlier floating balance that has a vertical spiral spring or the later version, a horizontal hairspring like a watch. Others occasionally had what we call a balance platform, which looks even more like a watch assembly.

Let me know which type you have and I can better advise you on the adjustment.  If you can, email me a clear photo of the back of the movement showing the balance regulator.  That would help. My clock shop email address is below.  

One further note, these regulators are rather sensitive and if they become magnetized, dirty or have oil on them, they will run fast.  In this case it would require the attention of a clockmaker experienced in servicing the balances.


John Newman
The Village Clocksmith
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Located in Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

Note concerning questions not related to Allexperts:  Because of my commitment to answering Allexperts questions within a prescribed time limit and the large backlog of clock work at my shop, I regret that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis, other than Allexperts follow up questions.  I will try to answer these emails as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.  

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As much as I would like to offer values of clocks, I am not a certified appraiser and will not venture into giving an unresearched guess. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". Considerations are what the clock originally sold for, the condition of the case and movement, and particularly the area in which you live, the demand and the economy. ALSO, WATCHES ARE NOT MY FIELD. However, I can advise the clock owner on proper maintenance of a clock to keep it running, small corrections and adjustments and how to move a clock without damaging it. I can also advise on obtaining parts for clocks. It helps if you can send any information on the clock movement which is usually found on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 35 years and was plant engineer in the mid 90's and later operations and engineering consultant at Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama. I now have my own clock shop.

Experience

One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required. With the proper specifications and quality control, some beautiful clock cases were built. The factory people from the wood carvers to the plant manager were very congenial, friendly and I left a lot of wonderful friends when I returned from my trips.

Organizations
NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) 30 years Prattville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce

Publications
Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

Education/Credentials
Associate of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology Emperor Introductory Clock Repair (Eventually taught a portion of the class after becoming employee)

Awards and Honors
Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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