Restoration / Repair
We Make House Calls
We specialize in cleaning and restoring clocks. All kinds of clocks; including cuckoo clocks, grandfather clocks, mantel clocks and wall clocks. We will also make house-calls for tall case clocks, like grandfather clocks. No clock is too old or too far gone, we will work on any clock.
Bring in the clocks to the shop for a FREE estimate or call today to schedule an appointment for a house call (starting at $150) to clean and restore your clocks!
These Are the Clocks We Specialize In Repairing
Essentially, The Watch Pocket will work on any clock by any major manufacturer, but we have a lot of experience with restoring and repairing both modern and antique versions of these clocks; American, English, French and German and clock manufacturers such as: Ansonia, Gustav Becker, Hermle, Ingraham, New Haven, Seth Thomas and Waterbury.
50 Years of Clock Servicing
We have 50 years of experience in repairing and overhauling clocks. When we say overhaul that means we do a complete service on the clock’s mechanism.
Here is a brief look at the steps involved in fixing a clock:
- replacing any parts that need to be replaced,
- oiling and final testing.
Guidelines for Caring for your Clock:
- Wind the clock. Each clock is different and requires varying amounts of winding
- Make sure the clock is wound completely, if it is not, it will not run for the allotted amount
- If you plan to go on vacation, stop the clock. This prevents the clock for getting out of sequence. So when you return all you need do is restart the clock at the right time
- 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.
- Make sure the clock is in a place where it is not moved and bumped. A jolt to the clock can take the clock out of beat which causes it to stop frequently.
- Setting a clock: move the minute hand clockwise (always) to set the time and be sure to stop at each interval, if clock strikes or chimes, and let the clock to strike or chime.
- DO NOT move the minute hand backwards
- If you meet with any resistance, do not force the hands
- To regulate the time:
- 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 on Day 2 compare the actual time to see if it needs to be sped-up or slowed down
- If an adjustment needs to be made, stop the pendulum from swinging and adjust the nut (on the bottom of the pendulum) slightly. A small adjustment can make a large difference!
- Remember “Lower is Slower” so if you need to speed the clock up you need to raise the nut on the pendulum
- Reset the hands to the proper time
- Repeat the process until the clock is keeping correct time
- To clean the face, weights, and/or pendulum, buff with a soft, dry cloth. Do not put any moisture on these items they can discolor.
- Have your clock movement oiled every 3-7 years by a professional clockmaker.
- Never under any circumstances should you use WD40 on your clock.