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Gustav Becker Dilemma

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I have 3 choices.
1- Replace the wheel with the 2 broken & 3 bent teeth on the left with the wheel on the right ?
2- repair the 2 missing & 3 bent teeth on the wheel on the left ?
3- Shorten the hour cannon on the Right to match the one one the left ?
I am Bushing the movement on the left.
In the tear down I found that the hour cannon teeth were bent & I tried to straighten, & thoughts 2 broke.
What would you do :???::???::???:

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Movement with wire lift hammers is a Wewi Gong No. 16, introduced 1926 and produced up to 1932. Junghans began amalgamation with VFU/Gustav Becker when these clocks came out so the Junghans influence is apparent on the chime drum design. Your clock was most likely made between 1928-1929 going by the serial, however it was recently discovered that not all stamped serials on these movements were chronologically numbered. Plays Whittington and Westminster chimes. It was a derivative of the original VFU/Gustav Becker Westminster chime movement you have sitting alongside, changes primarily being made to chime drum and pendulum components.

I would suggest trying to repair the broken parts first, only doing transplants as last-resort when all else fails. The dual chime Beckers are very uncommon and usually turn up in Britain.

The other movement is a typical VFU/Gustav Becker with Westminster chime and was made before the Junghans amalgamation. The pendulum length in centimeters suggests a wall clock case with a wood stick pendulum.
 
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replace the teeth... there are tutorials here on the MB... if i can do it, you sure can! (and, it's actually both straightforward and kind of fun)
 

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Movement with wire lift hammers is a Wewi Gong No. 16, introduced 1926 and produced up to 1932. Junghans began amalgamation with VFU/Gustav Becker when these clocks came out so the Junghans influence is apparent on the chime drum design. Your clock was most likely made between 1928-1929 going by the serial, however it was recently discovered that not all stamped serials on these movements were chronologically numbered. Plays Whittington and Westminster chimes. It was a derivative of the original VFU/Gustav Becker Westminster chime movement you have sitting alongside, changes primarily being made to chime drum and pendulum components.

I would suggest trying to repair the broken parts first, only doing transplants as last-resort when all else fails. The dual chime Beckers are very uncommon and usually turn up in Britain.

The other movement is a typical VFU/Gustav Becker with Westminster chime and was made before the Junghans amalgamation. The pendulum length in centimeters suggests a wall clock case with a wood stick pendulum.

Chime
What does VFU Stand for ?
 

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That is correct. The formal company name was Vereinigte Freiburger Uhrenfabriken inkl. vormals Gustav Becker - bit lengthy for the brand marketers who just stuck to the Gustav Becker name as it was the most recognized of the 6 companies that had formed together. From the latter half of 1926 onward it was basically under Junghans control as part of the amalgamation, gradually merging into a standardized production line that no longer included the Freiburg factory after December 1932. The later 'Gustav Becker' clocks shared more and more in common with what Junghans cranked out during the same time period.

The entire Wewi Gong setup can be seen here - for mantel clocks, it always resides in a tambour case:

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Junghans put it on a diet in 1929 and the result was this dual chime version of the Junghans W200/100 movement, which sometimes bears the Becker or HAC trademark. Chime drum is the only part shared in common:

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I'm assuming you acquired the second movement on it's own (no case)? I think I'd put new teeth in the broken one to keep it original, and then refurbish the second one and sell it, or find a case for it. It's a win/win situation.
 
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Thank you all for the shove.
I repaired the tooth, the others I was able to bend back straight, not the best repair It is the motion works no power.
And Shutterbug I am always finding moves in a box somewhere.
Thank you all for the info, I didn't realize the one movement was so much older then the other ( serial number )

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Can you find the one I repaired ?
 
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Looks good! :thumb:
 
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