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Griff5121

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We aren't entirely sure what to make of this clock, and would appreciate any info we can get. Thank you!

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Hermle is the make and Hamilton is the retailer. The letter A can be used to date the clock to the year. 1988.
 

Willie X

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These type clocks were often given as gifts, rewards, etc, back in the day when most people liked clocks. Most of these had a 340-020 chime movements.

Your clock looks like it was unused for most of its life? Willie X
 
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These type clocks were often given as gifts, rewards, etc, back in the day when most people liked clocks. Most of these had a 340-020 chime movements.

Your clock looks like it was unused for most of its life? Willie X
That's what I was thinking. It looks practically brand new. Not even dusty inside. We just bought it at an antique shop today. I figured (woth as new as it looked) it wasn't that old at all, but then saw where it says it was made in West Germany, and it kind of got me there. Lol.
 

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Hermle is the make and Hamilton is the retailer. The letter A can be used to date the clock to the year. 1988.
I wasn't sure of the make as Hamilton was the only name on it anywhere. I looked up Hermle Hamilton Clocks and saw they were clearly marked as Hermle. This one just says Hamilton. Can you provide any other information about it and what the numbers and letters identify it as?
 

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Hamilton stamped their name on the movement made by Hermle. Yours is 1988 - they changed the numerical year to alphabetical in 1988 which explains the A on yours. Before, they were dated by year such as 87 as 1987.
 

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Hamilton stamped their name on the movement made by Hermle. Yours is 1988 - they changed the numerical year to alphabetical in 1988 which explains the A on yours. Before, they were dated by year such as 87 as 1987.
That's pretty cool. Lol. That's my parents anniversary year. What about the numbers? What are they used for? (Obviously, I have 0 experience with clock stuff. Lol.)
 

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Oh, the 6 digit numbers? That’s the movement type used by Hermle.
 

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The movement looks good to me but Hermle clocks often look good when they're not.

Steps:
• Learn how to take the movement out of its case and oil it. • Put it back in the case and wind er up fully. The little balance wheel should start on its own, if not turn it 1/2 turn (NO MORE) and let it go. • If it runs, fine, if not start looking for a good clock repair person, key word being "good". • You may run across a few hen's teeth and dinosaurs in your search!

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Can you provide any other information about it and what the numbers and letters identify it as?
150- indicates the movement's plate size, 85 mm x 98 mm with an 8-day time and strike function.
-010 indicates that it is a spring powered, bottom hammer "bim-bam" setup with a hand-shaft of 33 mm.


Recently Hermle "requires" the use of Etsyntha 859 Clock Oil, but you should do fine with any synthetic clock oil. Not sure what they were using in 1988, or what has been used on the movement since it was manufactured.
 

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A 150 prefix would indicate an 8-Day movement. A 140 prefix would indicate a 14-Day movement. They both have the same plate sizes. Willie X
 

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Yep. Mark Butterworth has the entire legend of Hermle's numbering system. As you said Willie, it probably needs to be oiled.
The pivots look clean from the surface, just dry. At least there isn't a bunch of crude in in oil sinks. If the new owners are not comfortable oiling the movement, they should probably find a good, honest clock shop to look the clock over and properly oil it for them. I would think that service wouldn't cost too much, but who knows?

BTW, Griff5121, welcome to the NAWCC's Forums! :)
 

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