Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

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  1. wow

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    I just finished repairing this Hawina movement out of a nice Colonial grandmother clock. Wish they still made movements like this. No comparison to modern Hermle and Urgos movements. Even as well as it was made, I still had to bush two pivots in the time train and one gathering pallet arbor pivot in the chime train. Plates are 4mm thick. What a fine example of a well-made movement.

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    Ah, for the good old days!
     
  3. lylepete

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    Yes they are I have a 9 tube version in my colonial
     
  4. chimeclockfan

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    Solid, straightforward, and serviceable. The way every good chime clock movement should be.
     
  5. Rockin Ronnie

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    Any trouble cutting through 4mm for the bushing work?
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  6. lylepete

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    No just take it slow.
     
  7. wow

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    I had no trouble at all with my bushing machine. The clock has been running for many years with the current owners and probably the rest of it’s life. Only three bushings were needed. The worst was the gathering pallet arbor. When the pallet stops the rack, it exerts a lot of pressure on that arbor. The chime weight is huge.
     
  8. jmclaugh

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    I just reckon it is good news that anyone is still making them.
     
  9. wow

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    JM, is anyone still making movements like that? If so, who?
     
  10. JTD

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    'Hawina' (Hausuhrenfabrik Winterhalder KG Hawina) was in business from 1919 until 1929, when it was liquidated and went to Junghans.

    The Hawina movements were good quality, as you have discovered. The story of Hans Winterhalder, who was a rather dubious character, is colorful and complex and almost like something out of a novel. You can read all about it in the NAWCC Bulletin, October 2009, pages 568-576, in an article by the late and much-missed Doug Stevenson. It is well worth a read.

    JTD
     
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  11. lylepete

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    Heres my 9 tube I like it because it short only 7' tall. I got 18 years out of my gathering pallet bushing before I needed to replace it. It doesn't take much wear to cause the chimes to bind up. Everthing else was good to go. A quick polish and clean. Although there is a nasty looking bushing on the chime winding arbor, but it's spot on just ugly and no I didn't put it in. I'm just one of those guy who says if it ant broke don't fix it.
    William

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  12. jmclaugh

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    Sorry I wasn't suggesting that, just that some mechanical clocks are still being made.
     
  13. wow

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    I agree, JM. I wonder what will follow quartz. Maybe wireless wheels and arbors.
     

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