Clocks, Watches/repair


i purchased a Verichron battery wall clock (used). The clock keeps good time. However the chime is way off. Sometimes it will chime the hour 3-4 times in a 10 minute interval. Then it will wait 15 minutes and chime a short (quarter hour?) chime. Then rest for 20 to 30 minutes and again start striking the hours. Can I somehow adjust the chime?

Marjean, can you send me a clear photo or the back of the movement?  My email address is below.  If it is strictly a quartz movement, they can usually not be repaired because there are no diagnostics or parts available.  If is a mechanical movement, or quartz time/mechanical chimes/strike, they sometimes can be repaired.  However, the shop labor costs usually reach or surpass the cost of a battery powered replacement movement.  Let me take a look at the movement and I will let you know the best thing to do.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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As I am not a certified appraiser I do not give values of clocks over the Internet. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". However, 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. As clock case model label numbers are difficult to relate to the movements, it is helpful if you can give me the information usually found on the movements themselves. Modern clock movements usually have the information on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 40 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 in Prattville, Alabama.


One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required at Emperor. 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.

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

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

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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