Dismantling and Repairing a Clock

Below is a guide to what happens when commencing a clock repair. Each clock is different and can present problems even if they are the exact same movement.

This I hope will give you an insight to the workings.

  • Firstly, the clock is removed from the casing, then the hands, dial and screws that hold it together are removed.Here you will see the centre pinion and the other parts.
  • The main springs are let down as they may still be wind up, then to the back plate, it may have pins or nuts to hold it together. These are removedand lifting the back plate, now I can see into the workings this will tell me a lot.
  • Each wheel will be carefully removed. The clock will be taken further down until all has been dissembled.
  • At this point the clock is now ready for inspection and the repairs will now begin to be carried out. Each wheel, tooth, pinion will be checked, wear on the clock will have to be resolved along with replacement parts from the same period if possible.
  • All moving parts are lubricated with oils or greases.
  • The clock is then rebuilt, adjusted and tested for time keeping before being returned to the customer.

I will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.