How to wind Self winding clock company clock

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  1. pvjones

    pvjones New Member

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    First, I don't know anything about clocks, but came into a SWC of NY clock. It is round, looks industrial, with bubble glass and is approximately 18" (face) in diameter roughly 19.5 in overall.
    Questions 1: how do I determine what model it is?
    Question 2: Is there a way I can start this clock prior to spending a bunch of money replacing the 1.5V original batteries, to determine if it will even run?
     
  2. roughbarked

    roughbarked Registered User

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    How many batteries does it use?
     
  3. lmester

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    You can manually wind a SWCC. clock. For the common type F movement, just manually move the winding motor armature up and down. Below is a video of me manually winding one. In this video, the motor coils are not yet installed. You'll only see the armature. The empty space below, where my finger is moving the armature, is where the two coils are normally mounted.

    https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=OA11jzMJeCY

    Please post some pictures of the clock movement. I'll then know for sure what type of clock that you have and can give you more detailed information on how to manually wind it.

    Also, you could just use some jumper wires to connect a pair of fresh batteries. A SWCC clock usually uses two 1.5V batteries connected in series. Any type of 1.5V battery will work for testing. AA, C or D. There should be a manual wind switch inside the clock case. You may need to push this to start it winding. Release it once it keeps winding on it's own.

    Again, Pictures of your clock will help.
     
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  5. Frank Manning

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    You don't need to spend a lot of money to replace the old style batteries as Imester mentioned. I use 2 D size cells in one of those plastic battery holders. If the clock is in decent condition they will last mostly a year.

    If you take the dial off you can reach in on the lower right side and manually turn the winding gear to see if it will run.

    Frank
     
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