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My First Clock to Repair

NewBernWatchmaker

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Nothing special. Chimes and strikes fine but doesn't tick. There is gummed up oil in the cups so my assumption is first it needs a good cleaning and oiling. I don't know clocks but thought I would learn something. It's an Urgos movement of unknown vintage (70s maybe?).

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JTD

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They're there now.

I think your movement is from the 1960s. I presume the movement is wound? I don't think these modern movements have as long a life as the older ones, but perhaps a good clean and overhaul will give it a few more years.

I don't think this really a movement for a beginner to start on, so you might take it a clock repairer, but if you really want to try, there are many here who will help you if they can.

JTD
 
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NewBernWatchmaker

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It is wound. Never having had to get a pendulum set, to me it seems like there isn't enough travel for the lever to reach the point of escapement. If I remove the pendulum and move the hangar (sorry don't know the terms) to the left it will advance but once the pendulum is on it doesn't seem to make it that far. I wasn't sure if perhaps gummed up oil might prevent a sliding action that should be allowing an impulse from the escape wheel. There is a tag on the side of the case saying how to adjust it with two fingers but looking at it I don't see how that adjusts anything.

PS - Just ordered De Carle's clock book (I really enjoy his watch book so I figured it might be a good place to start)
 

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There is a tag on the side of the case saying how to adjust it with two fingers but looking at it I don't see how that adjusts anything.
Not sure what that's about, but if you can post a photo, we might know.

The clock would surely benefit from cleaning.

You must make sure that your clock is in beat. Give the pendulum a swing and listen to the tick tock sound. It needs to be even both ways, not TICK-tock or tick-TOCK. (I suspect the tag you refer to may be telling how to achieve this).

You might like to read 'Beat Setting 101' at the top of this site, it is helpful. (Go to the 'Clock Repair' section, click on 'How to do it articles' and Beat Setting 101 is top of the list).

JTD
 

NewBernWatchmaker

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That's what I was saying about the pendulum. If I set the pendulum swinging in its furthest travel in the case it won't tick. Only by taking the pendulum off can I make it travel for enough to "tick."

Sorry - for all the newbie speak here. It seems as if I have got it ticking but perhaps the lever has worn has the is a much more pronounced tick off of the escape tooth falling on the exit pallet and the entry pallet looks visibly more worn.
 
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JTD

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Sorry - for all the newbie speak here. It seems as if I have got it ticking but perhaps the lever has worn has the is a much more pronounced tick off of the escape tooth falling on the exit pallet and the entry pallet looks visibly more worn.
Not sure what 'lever' you referring to, but it still sounds to me as if the clock is severely out of beat and you need to adjust the crutch.

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NewBernWatchmaker

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I think I didn't understand the adjustment of the crutch (I think I naturally didn't want to apply that much pressure. It seems to be ticking normally and has been running for about 25 minutes. Well that seemed easy enough haha.

Here's another one. There Are two nails in the top of the case that looks like maybe there were fake weights or something in it at one time. Is it worth it to put them in there?
 
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Kevin W.

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As said not a good one to work on. Its a modern movement. You may get discouraged starting out on a chime clock movement.
 

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Hi,
Looks like the escape teeth are bent and damaged! Try and get a closeup torso I can be sure. If this is the case, you’ll defiantly need a repair person with some expertise.
Cheer,
James
 

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