Junghans Gebruder A - G Grandfather Clock

XTCFIT

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Hello,
I have a Junghans Grandfather Clock that I would love to know more about. Honestly, I know nothing about clocks...I can't figure out how to wind up my Rensie 8 days 7 Jewels desk clock, so when it come to my Junghans Grandfather clock... I have no idea how many chime hammers, pins wheels, strikes, etc. it has.


Any information would be terrific.

Cheers, Renée


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Hi,

You have a nice round top longcase clock, made by Junghans - one of the more prominent German manufacturers. W70 is the movement type, which is one of the larger sizes, and the « 65 » could well be the date of manufacture, that is 1965. Your clock should play Westminster chimes and strike at each quarter. It should have three weights, one for the time, another for the strike and another for the hour strike (7 times at 7 o’clock for example, after the full melody plays). The weights have to be pulled up, they hang off hooks whereas the other end of each chain has a hoop - you pull on the side of the hoop to draw each weight upward, thus winding each train.

Hope this is clear, there are no doubt useful videos online to give you a visual reference.

Regards.
 

XTCFIT

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Thank you, that's helpful.

I know '65' doesn't represent the year made, because the clock belonged to my neighbors grandmother. She brought it with her when she immigrated to the US around 1900.

I did a little research on the trademark and it is my understanding that the mark on my clock was used between 1890- 1900. Do you know if that's correct?

Any idea what the A-G means?

Cheers
Renée
 

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I think there must have been some error in the family history. This clock certainly doesn't date back to 1900.

JTD
 

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Junghans catalog archive to the rescue!


Your clock appears on the last page in this 1956 catalog. This clock was made during the time when Junghans was amalgamated into the Diehl Gruppe, with Diehl taking over majority shares in 1957.


Junghans did not produce any mechanical chime clocks after 1959. By this point there was more focus on watchmaking and contemporary Quartz clock production as witnessed in several archived catalogs on the Junghans site. Shown here is the last known Junghans catalog showing mechanical chime clocks:


A limited number of chime clocks were later sold by Junghans but manufactured and supplied by outer firms such as Hermle or Kieninger:




The movement your clock uses began as a Junghans HAC pattern circa 1926-1928. Later used by Junghans for several years:


And finally the first known instance of a weight driven Westminster chime movement made by Junghans, from 1911:

With all evidence presented, your clock was not made in 1900 and is much 'newer' than your neighbors misremembered.
 

XTCFIT

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Junghans catalog archive to the rescue!


Your clock appears on the last page in this 1956 catalog. This clock was made during the time when Junghans was amalgamated into the Diehl Gruppe, with Diehl taking over majority shares in 1957.


Junghans did not produce any mechanical chime clocks after 1959. By this point there was more focus on watchmaking and contemporary Quartz clock production as witnessed in several archived catalogs on the Junghans site. Shown here is the last known Junghans catalog showing mechanical chime clocks:


A limited number of chime clocks were later sold by Junghans but manufactured and supplied by outer firms such as Hermle or Kieninger:




The movement your clock uses began as a Junghans HAC pattern circa 1926-1928. Later used by Junghans for several years:


And finally the first known instance of a weight driven Westminster chime movement made by Junghans, from 1911:

With all evidence presented, your clock was not made in 1900 and is much 'newer' than your neighbors misremembered.

I've been BAMBOOZLED!!!!

How very interesting, you guys are really amazing. I reached out to my old neighbors for clarity, I must have misunderstood the story of the clock in my excitement of receiving it. I really thought it was 1920's based on the style of the numbers, so in that sense I'm disappointed, but when it comes to the clock itself.. I absolutely love it. It really needs some TLC to get it working, so that is the next investment.
Thank you all for the great information and links- it was incredibly helpful.
Cheers,
Renée
 

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