Restoration / Repair

Grandfather/Grandmother  Clocks ● Cockoo Clocks

We Make House Calls

The Watch Pocket Jewelers specializes in cleaning and restoring clocks.  They are skilled in all kinds of clocks, including your cuckoo clocks, desk clocks, mantel clocks, shelf clocks and wall clocks.  They will even make house calls for large clocks, including grandfather and grandmother clocks.

They specialize in restoring and repairing both modern and antique clocks, including American, English, French and German and clock manufacturers such as: AnsoniaGustav Becker,  Hermle, Ingraham, New Haven, Seth Thomas and Waterbury.  Essentially, The Watch Pocket will work on any clock by any major manufacturer.

Bring in your smaller clocks to the shop or call today to schedule an appointment for a house call to clean and restore your larger clocks!

Guidelines for Caring for your Clock:

  1. Wind the clock at least once each week.  Do not let the weights hit the bottom of the clock case.
  2. Wind all of the weights to the same height.  The weights will drop at relatively the same level.
  3. If you plan to be away for more than 7 days, stop the pendulum to “freeze” the movement.  Nothing runs when the pendulum is stopped.  Give the pendulum a gentle swing to restart the clock.
  4. The clock must have an even “tick-tock” for it to run properly.  A good jolt to the clock can take the clock out of beat.
  5. Move the minute hand clockwise to set the time and be sure to stop at each interval where the clock strikes or chimes and allow the clock to strike or chime.  When moving the minute hand backwards, you do not need to stop at each interval where the clock strikes or chimes.  If you meet with any resistance, do not force the hands.
  6. To regulate the time:
  • a.      Monitor the clock in a 24 hour period.  Example, set the clock for the actual time at 8:00 a.m. on Day 1, and compare the actual time to the clock’s time at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2.
  • b.      If an adjustment needs to be made, gently stop the pendulum from swinging.  Grasp the pendulum stick with one hand and adjust the rating nut accordingly with the other hand.  Wind the weights up if they are in the way of the pendulum for this adjustment.
  • c.      If the clock is running slow, raise the pendulum bob by turning the rating nut up to the right.  If the clock is running fast, lower the pendulum bob by turning the rating nut down to the left.  One full turn of the rating nut increases or decreases the time by 1-2 minutes/day.  Time regulation is tedious and may take up to two weeks to set properly.
  • d.      Give the pendulum a gentle swing to restart the clock.  Reset the hands to the proper time.

7.   To “polish” the face, weights, and/or pendulum, buff with a soft, dry cloth only.  Do not put any moisture on these items for they are lacquered.

8.   Have your clock movement oiled every 3-5 years by a professional clockmaker.  There are only certain points in a clock that need oil.  Never under any circumstances should you use WD40 on your clock.