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How to open clock case - Franklin mint clock

yam kei

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Hi,
I have a Franklin Mint Aquarian Age Clock.
Now this clock's quartz movement often stops.
So, I have tried to open the case and adjust the quartz movement.
But it is so difficult to open this clock case.
No screw, no holder to open.
How can I open this?
Thank you.
aquarian age.jpg

aquarian age.jpg
 

shutterbug

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I suspect that the globe opens somehow, and the lower movement might be accessible though the top. Just guessing though.
 

JTD

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I would have thought the quartz movement might be accessed through the bottom of the clock. Can you remove the base plate?

But I, too, am only guessing.

JTD
 

Willie X

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Yam,
I think you may need a special movement and some instructions on that one. Your problem could easily be that the complex mechanicals have a problem and the movement is OK. Is the movement from China? If yes, they usually don't last very long and definately suspect.Calling the company is sometimes helpful. Please post back when you get it figured out.
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kinsler33

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I'd vote for going in through the bottom, and that the problem is a corroded battery holder. That's what it usually is in a quartz clock. Tip the clock over, take a picture of the bottom, and send it to this forum. It's also quite possible that there are two or more movements in there, each with its own battery.

Also, tell us what the clock is supposed to do, like, does it sing bird songs or dance around or anything like that? Or does it just run a set of hands and that orrery inside the globe? The more pictures and descriptions you send, the more likely it is that someone here can help.

Nifty clock, though.

M Kinsler
 

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It looks like an orrery, so the top mechanical movement should be run from the bottom, although I suppose the orrery part could just be manually operated rather than geared to the movement. Like the others, my guess is to go in through the base
 

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If no screws are visible on the bottom they've probably been hidden, as is done in electronic devices. Peel off anything that will peel off, as screw holes are frequently hidden beneath labels and underneath rubber feet. If the manufacturer was kind and upright he'd have left the screws visible and in addition provided tiny arrows molded into the plastic to mark the screws that must be removed to remove the bottom.

Don't pry anything.

M Kinsler
 

yam kei

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May 5, 2016
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Hi,
I have a Franklin Mint Aquarian Age Clock.
Now this clock's quartz movement often stops.
So, I have tried to open the case and adjust the quartz movement.
But it is so difficult to open this clock case.
No screw, no holder to open.
How can I open this?
Thank you.
View attachment 411749

View attachment 411748
I opened the bottom sheet, then screw appeared.
I could remove the base!
And I could see the electronic substrate.
Thank you everyone!
 
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