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Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:28 pm
Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:56 pm
Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:36 pm
...or more vintage....
£20 off fleabay. Cracked lens but about 80% cheaper than the average price for one of these. Good timekeeper for a mechanical movement too.
Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:49 pm
Listing said---- was working when removed. I'd need to know if it still was, at that price!
Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:12 pm
My thoughts too. Actually fairly easy to repair as long as the mechanism isn't corroded. Just damn fiddly. I used to be able to fix Smiths/Jaeger 12volt clocks but my eyesight isn't up to it any more
Didn't forum contributor 'Boomlander' convert a non-runner to a quartz movement with AA battery last year...?
Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:54 pm
I've got a smiths. 2inch clock that doesn't work. Your last post suggests I might be able to reclaim it.
Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:11 pm
If it's electro-mechanical (usually identifiable by being polarity sensitive and by having a timekeeping regulator screw) then unless it's corroded internally it's usually just a lack of oil (they need lubricating every couple of years) or more likely carbon build-up on the tiny and very fragile contact pins attached to the escapement wheel.
They don't self-start either. Maybe hook it up to 12volts with correct polarity and give the hand adjusting knob a couple of firm and rapid push/release actions... might work !
If it's transistorised (usually with regulator screw but not polarity sensitive) or quartz, I've yet to find a way of repairing them, although they seldom stop working completely; they just become erratic timekeepers.
Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:41 pm
Thanks for those tips, it is polarity sensitive so sounds like there's hope. I'll have to do a bit of tinkering!