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Another cheap craigslist ship's clock

brian fisher

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this one ain't no Chelsea, but for 35 bucks I couldn't pass it up.

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I have my doubts that "Hoffritz" is really even a manufacturer?

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the movement is a Hermle 132-071 with pallet escapement. looks like the date is 1981. I bought it not working, no key, and broken glass. I pulled the movement out and oiled it. I removed the escapement and looked it over. I put it all back together and nothing. I moved the hands around a little and BAM! there was a little click and the clock started working! what the heck? I guess a gear was jammed up somehow. anyway, it is also ticking away. it seems to run slow and no matter what hour the clock in on, it strikes 2 on the hour. I adjusted the fast slow/lever to full fast, but it still seems to lose time pretty quickly. also, as I mentioned above, the glass in the face is broken out. I thought it would be an easy fix, but the door is crimped together. maybe I can find a parts clock to steal the face from? this one will go into our vacation/Airbnb house as a decoration. if someone swipes it, I won't be out much of anything.
 

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If this model has a removable spring barrel without dis-assembling the clock also check that the mainspring is not gummed up or dry. Could be losing power there too.
 

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just wanted to report that this clock is still ticking away. I might have been a little premature on the losing time issue. for the first 40 minutes or so, the clock seemed to lose about 3 minutes in the first 40 that it was running. I ran the fast lever all the way to the left and after a week it gained about 2 minutes. that is definitely something I can work with. I moved the lever back a small touch on Sunday when I rewound this clock and it seems to be keeping good time.

apparently the chime is working correctly as well. from what I have read, the Hermle 132-071 is made to chime 2 bells on the hour ever hour and one on the half. I was going to order a crystal from timesavers yesterday, but I didn't because of an issue I had with an order from a couple weeks ago that they lost. long story but the good news is that she is running good and I have almost nothing invested in it.