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How Old Is Your Hermle Clock?
You can post your clock here for other visitors to see. If these visitors have knowledge of your clock, they can post comments about it here. Also, if I know anything about your clock, I will also post a comment for you. There are many ways to identify and date an antique clock. Entire books have been written on the subject. But some of the most common things to look at first are usually the most helpful.
Many clock makers and companies put their names directly on the dial and on the movement. Sometimes, however, the dial may have the name of a retailer, or other special name that was requested by the customer. Good customers of a clock company that bought in bulk could arrange to have their own name printed on the dial. In this case, look at the movement for the name or trademark of the maker.
Some clocks are unsigned. The manufacturer does not put their name on the clock at all. When this is the case, look next to the label.
The paper labels that were glued on many antique clocks are a wealth of information if they are still readable and intact. They tell you the name of the company or clock maker that made the clock along with the city, state, or country of origin. This may also help to date the clock since many companies changed either their name, or place of manufacture many times in the course of time. Ingraham, and The Waterbury Clock Company.
Another thing to notice is the style of the clock. The existing dial, hands and gongs are all re-used so the clock still looks and sounds the same.
And of course it's quicker so you can have your clock back in a week or less. If these costs exceed what you can afford, there is a cheaper alternative, which is to remove, soak, wash, rinse and dry the movement without first dismantling it.
You cannot immerse the mainsprings in the cleaning solution because they will oxidise rust and the clock will quickly stop. But like many German movements, the Hermle design allows the mainspring barrels to be removed without separating the clock plates. This is helpful because stripping and rebuilding a clock is time-consuming and therefore expensive, so it can be avoided. More importantly, it won't help if the mainsprings are tired "set" or if any pivot holes are worn because re-bushing requires dismantling.
In case you're wondering, a three train version is more expensive than a two train even for a fully assembled clean because the underslung chime assembly has to be removed to get the Going barrel out and that means you're faced with the setting up of the chime sequence after you put it back again.
Antique Clock Dating and Identification
Incidentally, for any repairers reading this, I've found that the simplest way to reset the chime on the underslung unit is first to prise off the circlip holding the lower of the two four-spoke wheels of the chiming train on the outside of the backplate see third photo opposite ; then slide the wheel off a little so that it disengages from the two smaller wheels above and below it.
Next, turn the loose bottom wheel until you see a run of four hammer movements in sequential order 1, 2, 3, 4 and stop - the chime train has now run the 'quarter past' position. Now run the going train by turning the centre arbor until it strikes the hour any hourand then rotate it through another another 90 degrees until one more chime activation, and stop. Finally, without moving either of the two smaller wheels, refit the four-spoke wheel to re-engage the chiming train again and refit its circlip.
If you don't maintain them, however, you will probably have to replace them after 15 years. For more, check out the Hermle website.