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Hi,
I just picked up a frank hermle 101 jewels no 76.    Made in west Germany unadjusted 261- 030a from Netherlands antique market. I tried putting up the clock on th wall and the time seems to be moving very fast appreciate if you could help me fix this .
Thank you
Brutus

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Brian, sometimes the information is a little difficult to read on these movements.  I believe what you have is a Franz Hermle movement.  And it is not "101 jewels, but "(0) jewels".  That is a result of an old European import law that required a products with jewels to be declared if they were to be shipped across country borders.  The jewels would be taxed.  Nowadays most jewels in clocks are synthetic and of no excessive value, but the declarations are still on some clocks.

 It does have a pendulum on it doesn't it?  It could be that the pendulum is out of adjustment or it is the wrong pendulum. How fast is the movement running, like how many minutes and hour?  This will help me determine if it is the wrong pendulum, out of adjustment or some other problem in the movement, like skipping teeth on the escapement wheel.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

Brian, a couple of other bits of information.  The "76" is probably the date the movement was manufactured, 1976.  That should be the top line of the information area.  There is also should be more information under the "261-030."  The first line would indicate the theoretical (not actual) pendulum length, such as 45cm or 45cm, and then a line under that with some more numbers which indicate the number of beats per minute.  Let me know what all these numbers are.

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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