Reguladora Wall Clock

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Hello everyone, my Reguladora wall clock just came in today in a small Toshiba box. At first glances, I noticed some small nicks and scratches. The chimes survived shipping across the border, but the case was packed(stuffed) with some bubble wrap as usual. A blue “medical pad” was also included. I just started off with cleaning off the chimes with some penetration oil(slick 50) because they were quite dirty.

Before:
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As for the movement, it is dirty as usual but still has relatively “thin” plates. The setup seems solid. Gave it a quick pegging and re oiling just to have it hold for now. Now, the movement is unusual. I’ve never seen a movement like this. chimeclockfan, you previously said to me this should be a Urgos. Does that statement still stand? There is a small “1” on the corner which I don’t know if it is significant... A3A54ACD-1DDC-4D7F-BD48-8A378A261AA7.jpeg 325821E0-AF19-4EF3-94CD-82E6C86EA71D.jpeg
Next, is the dial. I noticed some cracking and crazing. Some missing spots. Doesn’t bother me unless it’s flaking off to others lungs... well I forgot a picture of it closer up. I hope any can still see it.
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And the after pictures after using a “set” of Howard’s furniture care. Cleaned up pretty nicely. First, I cleaned it up with some Howard’s wood soap. Then, the scratches nicely hid up after using steel wool to apply the “restor-a-finish”. Finally, I polished up the case with some beeswax. The ring from the latch nicely cleaned up and I forgot to take a picture.
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Some final detail include the “carved” border up top. That’s a nice thing to have. I know the clock is Portugese. Rare any way in the states? How old do any think this is? I’ve only seen a few examples. I’ll include the back label. There’s also a label in the inside showing Ave Maria De Fatima or Westminster. Video of the chimes coming tomorrow! I don’t believe I’ve seen another example around here before. Thanks in advance!
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The clock looks great and properly mounted on a wall anchor. This is actually the older Portuguese made movement as noted by the escapement bridge and lack of chime control levers going through the dial. They are popular in Latin America but rarely ever found in the States.
 

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Are they quality?

Here are the chimes:
I’m liking this clock very much. It’s so compact and looks great among the “giant” wall clocks. The clock is small but the chimes are not to be trifled with. The clock started ticking happily the moment I took it out of the packaging.
Enjoy!
 

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Quality is subjective but I'd say they're in line with any 1950's German clock: light but good construction and of course the chimes sound amazing. When advancing the hands give it enough time to go into warning so the chimes don't skip.
 

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Dense little gong block with bronze rods and horizontal hammer blow = loud chimes.
 

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Dense little gong block with bronze rods and horizontal hammer blow = loud chimes.
Well it certainly beats Howard Miller mantle clocks!
I wish there were more examples around here. I certainly would like to see them.
Is there any sort of chime silence on this?
 

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Only the later clocks with Urgos movements had the separate chime/silent lever.
 

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Only the later clocks with Urgos movements had the separate chime/silent lever.
Ah, I see. I look forward to finding more examples in the future. Do you know of anybody that has such clock?
 

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I don't know anyone else in the states who has a clock like this. Several Latin American collectors have handled Reguladora clocks and other regional names such as Jawaco.
 

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Values are completely subjective and hardly warrant asking anymore as an objective measure of worth. Some would pay $400 for this type of clock, others won't pay $40. The prices in Latin America reflect a regional economy more interested in these clocks.
 

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Values are completely subjective and hardly warrant asking anymore as an objective measure of worth. Some would pay $400 for this type of clock, others won't pay $40. The prices in Latin America reflect a regional economy more interested in these clocks.
I’ve been looking around the South American market and they were selling around 400 a piece. I would also like to see more “French” style cases with these clocks. In Portugal, these don’t sell very much.
Anybody else have comments?
 

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from the picture, I would say "Kirschbaum" Like "Cherry tree:???:?"
 

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It may be a cherry veneer but the inside looks like ply wood.
 

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Veneering was common with cases from the 1950's onward, so it is likely Cherry or other fruitwood veneer with anything else underneath.
 

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