Bezel hinge above 12 ?

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  1. MuensterMann

    MuensterMann Registered User

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    I acquired a 1970's American wall clock with a German movement having Westminster chimes. The name on the clock is Landmark.

    Does it seem very odd that the bezel hinge is above the 12 rather than being on the side (e.g. outside the 9)? I thought maybe the bezel may be 90 degrees out of whack, but no - it seems to be designed this way. So, you must hold the bezel/glass up with one hand while winding with the other. Not so convenient - as this clock is light and also wants to move sideways when you wind it.

    Is this odd? Has anyone seen this design before?
     
  2. Willie X

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    Not unusual at all.

    Put a small piece of teacher's putty (used to temporary stick papers to walls) near the bottom of your case. This will keep it from skating around. I like the blue kind available at your nearest Wallie World.

    Also, if you wind the clock with your right hand, try leaning your left elbow against the lower part of the case while holding the bezel up with that (left) hand. Once you get used to this, you might grow to see some merit to having the hinge at the top.

    Willie X
     
  3. dAz57

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    I have an english fusee 2' dial clock in at the moment that has the hinge at the 12, not common but not unusual.
     
  4. MuensterMann

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    Okay, not common, but not unusual! The only merit I see thus far is that the hinge does not have a force that could bend it out of shape (when bezel is open).
     
  5. Willie X

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    And, the clock is always in a balanced condition, when the door is open. And, the door will always stay shut, with or without a functional latch. That's 3 merits, ha. :)

    Willie X
     
  6. shutterbug

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    Look at this bad boy that I just finished. Quartz clock, with a massive port hole type fixture on the front. It had been dropped from the wall, and all of the wood screws had ripped out. I just had to fill the holes and re-thread for new screws. Hinge at the 12:00 position, as was being discussed :)
     

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    Linden battery-rewind clocks usually have the hinge at the top.
     
  8. Tinker Dwight

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    Large round bezels are best to be hinged at the top.
    A side hinge would fail quickly.
    You can use the Blu-Tac or put a small brad into the
    case near the bottom and grind the head off, leaving a
    small point ( moto-tool ).
    I've seen this done on cuckoos and it works well.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  9. dAz57

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    hmm, try this one, this has a side hinge that I think is not going to fail in a hurry :)

    the 2' bezel and sight ring is spun brass, the glass is plastered in place so the whole bezel is quite heavy, the hinge is 6" long, 5 brass screws hold the bezel to the hinge and 4 large wood screws the hinge to the timber surround.

    clock itself is an english fuzee dates from mid to late 1800s.
     

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  10. Tinker Dwight

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    Hi
    I suppose it depends some on the quality of the clock.
    Here is one I just put a suspension spring in. It is hinged
    from the top and there is no way the hinge, it has, would
    work at 3, like yours. It is 16 inches across.
    Tinker Dwight
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  11. Walt Wallgren

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    Hi,
    Being from California :cool:I can tell you about a product called "Quake Wax." I know that museums use it to hold items in place on shelves, etc. It comes in a plastic jar about 16oz. and you can scrape a little out and roll it into about a 3/8 ball and stick it to the back of the case then push it against the wall. It will keep the case from moving while you wind it. it is pretty easy to remove, thin blade putty knife, and I have never seen it leave a mark. You can also push it flat enough against the wall so the clock stays vertical. One jar will last about a million years. I've had a jar for almost 20 and I'm not half way through.

    You could also try those removable sticky tabs that you can get at Michael's. They will also hold the clock so you can wind it.

    Walt
     
  12. Bruce Barnes

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    Here is an Ingraham with the bezel hinge in the upper right quadrant..................and suspension spring affixed to the back board above the 12.
    Bruce



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  13. clockinit2

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    Hi this korean clock I just got has the hinge at the top over the 12. But the bezel /glass is missing .
    So must not be so unusual maybe just a different style.
     

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