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    Question Grandfather Clock Help

    Hi Everyone,
    I found your forum while searching for information about my grandfather clock. I've looked around and it's great here!

    I'm sure this often gets asked, but I am wondering if anyone can help me identify the maker/model of my grandfather clock. I've just recently ran into some trouble with the chimes not working and have been looking for resources to help me fix it. However, I can't seem to find anything about the clock itself to even get started!

    I don't care about value, etc...just information on the clock would be great so that I can ensure it's looked after. It's sentimental to us as it was inherited from grandparents.

    Any help you could provide, I'd really appreciate it. I've attached a few photos and will include the following information:
    1- The "Tempus Fugit" logo also has a Western Germany tag at the bottom.
    2 - The movement number is uw32/1
    3. - The following numbers are on the brass - UW32001B and 989305
    4. - The movement says made in germany
    5. - On the bracket holder it says B122/16.

    Thanks again!
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    Forums Administrator harold bain's Avatar
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    Default Re: Grandfather Clock Help (By: mcfadyena)

    Hi, A. Welcome to the message board. Tempus Fugit isn't a trademark. It's latin for "time flies", frequently found on clock dials, but no help for identification. The movement was made by Urgos, a German company. It likely was made in the 1970-80 time frame. There were many companies making clock cases, and buying German movements to complete the clock. Usually, but not always, they would have their company name either on the dial, or the movement. Your's will have to remain anonymous.
    Your clock's movement may have passed it's "best before" date. Often it is better to replace the movement rather than overhaul it.
    harold bain, Member ch 33
    "If it won't "tick",
    let me "tock" to it"

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    Default Re: Grandfather Clock Help (By: harold bain)

    Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it. I can't seem to find any name on the movement so, as you suggest, our clock will have to remain anonymous :-(

    I've taken the weights off and would like to put them back on. Two are of equal weight, and the third is heavier. Is there a specific order that they should be placed for this type of movement? It seems the chime simply needs a tad bit more weight for it to work properly. However, I don't want to screw anything up!

    Thanks again for the prompt reply. I've had a good time reading the posts here - I may get hooked.

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    Default Re: Grandfather Clock Help (By: mcfadyena)

    The heavier weight goes on the chime.
    If it has not been regularly serviced, as Harold says, the movement
    may be past its prime. These can be rebuilt but it is usually a hobbiest
    effort and does require things like a lathe to repair pivots. Some special
    hand tools to replace bushings.
    New movements can be bought for not too much.
    More life might be had from it with a cleaning and fresh oil. To be done
    right requires disassembling. A chime clock is not a good first clock to
    dig into. Timing of the strike and chime can be frustrating.
    If your reasonably good with mechanical things, you might give it a
    Before taking anything apart, set it up on a bench and watch how it
    works. You can slow the flys down to get a good feel of what makes
    what happen. It is OK to squirt oil on things to get them working when
    you expect to take them apart later for cleaning.
    Take lots of pictures to show alignment and where each part goes.
    Make notes.
    Baggies and a sharpie pen to keep track of parts and location of
    parts is a good idea as well. Make a map to keep track of wheel
    Tinker Dwight

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    Default Re: Grandfather Clock Help (By: Tinker Dwight)

    Thanks, Dwight.
    I put the heavier weight on the chime. It was over on the strike side earlier. Could this be why it won't strike? Seems the strike needs more weight in order to work.

    Not sure I'll take anything apart. Although it would be fun, I think it's best to call someone in on this one.

    I appreciate all the help.

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    Registered User soaringjoy's Avatar
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    Default Re: Grandfather Clock Help (By: mcfadyena)

    Well, your clock (at least the heart of it) has been identified as Urgos,
    which is Uhren- und Gongfabrik, Haller, Jauch & Papst, of Schwenningen.
    It may well be, that the weights caused the problem, because the chimes
    train triggers the strike and therefore needs all the power it can get.
    Your movement will probably need a good clean and service though, which
    I would not recommend to a beginner.
    Urgos movements do have a better quality than most other movements of
    the time period, so it could be worth an effort to see, what's wrong.
    Jurgen "tempus nostrum"

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