North Hobart's historic Palfreymans Building clock has been restored by Nuttings Clock and Watch and is now keeping perfect time again.
Made by Famous Melbourne Clockmaker Fritz Ziegeler it was installed in 1919 at a cost of 80 Pounds!!
Ziegeler made Hobart's GPO clock and the clocks in Flinders Street Station as well as many others.
The clock was in a sad state of disrepair and a complete strip down induced repainting the frame in the original colour and making a new dust cover to replace the original which has been lost.The outside lighting has been reinstalled with led lighting now showing the clock dial for all to see at night
.I am very proud the clock is going again for its 100th Birthday and hope "Fritz" has many more to come.
Quite often the Watchmaker will be found within a single room where everything is done, from repairs, buffing, serving customers, parts storage and retail space.
This is not ideal as it increases the dust in the room and is not what Major companies require to gain and maintain parts accounts.
Our workshop consists of a separate customer lounge and restroom, separate Watchmakers workshop, Custom designed polishing room and another room for cleaning machines, ultrasonics, compressor, and storage.
At Nuttings Clock and Watch we have seen the best and the worst of Watchmakers workshops both here and overseas and know what is expected to do the job to a high standard.
We have designed our workshop to not only be customer friendly but to create an environment that can allow excellent results in watch repair and restoration.
I start my Watchmaking blog today with the intent of providing a behind the scenes look at the watch and clockmaking world in Australia.What I hear so much is a lack of knowledge of what the Watchmaker actually does. So my blog will give the customer an insite into what is not only involved but the problems that can be encountered, stages in a restoration , amusing encounters and various other Horological stories.As the year comes to a close a new chapter opens with my new workshop being finished off and its all systems go with repairs and restorations.
I look forward to posting some pictures when it is all in place.
So have a Happy New Year and I look foward to a busy 2015 ahead.
Glen Nutting a Qualified Watch and Clockmaker has been repairing and restoring watches,clocks and chronometers in Tasmania for the past 24 years.He is the only Independant Watchmaker in Australia to complete Omega Service Provider Training in The United States.