How often should I get my Watch or Clock serviced.
Watches and Clocks unlike just about any other mechanical objects, run twenty four hours a day ,seven days a week. They are expected to run, keep time within modern limits, display various functions and sound out chimes and hours. All this in changing temperatures and conditions. Just like your car ,Watches and Clocks require regular maintence to keep them in good operating condition. You would not drive your car around without any oil in the engine or gearbox would you!! The fine oils and greeses in timepieces do dry out and need cleaning and re-oiling. We recommend you get your timepieces checked every five years by a Certified Watch and Clockmaker. Servicing can be done less than the recommened five year depending on usage and the conditions your timepiece is exposed to.
Im affraid of "over winding " my clock.
I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard this one. In most watches and clocks there is no possible way to over wind anything. You reach the end of the spring and thats it, fully wound and ready to go.This myth has probably spred through the community over the years with a lack of any qualified watch and clockmakers in Jewellers shops it was just easy to say it is over wound to the customer. In most cases it needed a good service or had broken or worn parts.
My Clock is gaining, what do I do?
With pendulum clocks if you need to speed a clock up screw the adjustment nut on the bottom of the pendulum up, if you need to slow your clock down screw it down. One full turn of the adjusting nut is roughly worth a minute a day. If your clock is not keeping time or stopping it is time to get it serviced. Remember we pick up, repair and deliver.
I have just had my clock serviced, wound it up after a week and the pendulum wont start.
Another dont panic moment. If your clock has been going for a week and all of a sudden it wont go when its time to wind it again it is ususally due to pushing the pendulum too far in one direction. We call this condition "out of beat" which means out of adjustment. The long rod which holds the pendulum in most cases is adjustable and moving it just slightly one way when starting a clock can get it out of adjustment no matter how level your mantle may be.This can be easly fixed by your friendly Clockmaker.
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