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Clock Repairs

This price guide is only meant to to help you in identifying some common clocks and give you an idea of usual cost for standard repairs.      These prices are not quotes or estimates.

No VAT is added to the repair price

If you are sending your clock by post, please contact me first and also refer to
how to pack a clock  instruction page.

repair specialist of Atmos clock ATMOS Clock

  We specialize in the repair of Atmos clocks

 

-- Clockmaking at its best --

Atmos clocks are made by the renowned swiss company Jaeger LeCoultre. This is a very fascinating clock that does not require winding.

The ATMOS has a "bellow" that expands and contracts as the temperature or atmospheric pressure changes. These small movements are used to keep the mechanism running.

Even though the Atmos is a very fine clock, it does require to be serviced to keep it running, just like any other clock, and that includes the Millenium model.... and it may not necessarily have broken or worn parts.

 

We specialize in the repair of Atmos clocks

Typical cost for a standard service:  from £300, excluding parts or complications.

Please note:

Contrary to common belief, Atmos clocks are quite safe to post by using a good courier (link to couriers), as long as the pendulum is locked and the clock is well packed.

A courier service is convenient, since they collect from your house and offers good value.

I recommend UPS "Standard" service, it is good enough... just pack the clock well, as no insurance covers damages to glasses.  So far, I have not had any trouble and the courier knows me.   

Also click the link  how to pack a clock  for some examples


more on Atmos clocks                  Identify your model

Repair of antique longcase clocks, also
					 called grandfathers ANTIQUE LONGCASE Clocks

This is the typical english clock of the haydays of the english clockmaking industry. The domestic "grandfather" clocks can date from the 17thCent up to the late victorian period, after which I would define them as "reproductions". Most of these clocks have either 8day or 30hour movements; they can be distinguished because the 8day is wound with a key and have 2 weights, while the 30hours is wound manually by pulling up a single weight inside the case.
Owning a clock, at the time, was like a "status symbol" and only the rich could afford them. The super-rich owned also another smaller clock, a DIAL CLOCK, so that the servants could use it to regulate their duties.
30hour movements are much more common because they were much cheaper and only the super rich could afford the 8days longcases.

 

Typical cost of service: 30hour £250-300 -------- 8days £350-450

This price is inclusive of home visit to set up the clock

 

 

 

repair of modern longcase clocks

MODERN GRANDFATHER Clocks
from circa 1900 to modern days

 

Generally they have a german movement of reasonable quality.

The modern version of the "grandfather clock" is very easily identified by:
1) The weights are thin and relatively light, usually 3 of them, encased in shiny brass shells. Antique clocks have one or two weights only.
2) The dial is very thin and flexible.
3) The hands are thin, flexible and held in position by a nut, while in antique longcases the hands are held by a pin pushed through a hole across the centre arbor.
4) The pendulum bob is hollow and light.

 

          Typical cost of service:   from £200

 

 

 

repair of anniversary clocks / 400day clocks 400day or ANNIVERSARY Clock


These clocks started being produced from the end of the last century and they have always been very popular, being meant to remind the owner of a special event in their life. They are wound once a year, on the day of the celebrated event, marriage, retirement, etc.
they come in various sizes and the pendulum has various designs, depending from the age of the clock.
Usually, these clocks were not meant to be horological masterpieces, the quality of production can be rather poor, and some, I would go as far as saying, that they were just "prototypes", that is why until recently some clockmakers avoided repairing them.
They have a definite place in the history of clocks and that is why, in recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in these clocks from collectors

                                           Typical cost of service £90- 125

 

carriage clock repairs Carriage Clocks

These clocks, date as far back as the early 1800's. Its invention is attributed to the famous french clockmaker Abraham Louis Breguet. They were particular popular because of their ease of transportation and compact size; certainly very useful to army officers that had to pack and travel quite often. Their quality and features have enourmous variation, from the very simple timepiece to Stk / Reapeters and up to Grand-Sonnerie and Minute-Repeaters with day, date, alarm, etc, functions

 

Typical cost of repair: 
Timepiece £120-150    Striker/repeater £250-350

 

click here for more about Carriage Clocks

 

French Clock RepairsFrench Pendulum Clocks

They come in all different cases from marble to wood, from Ormolu to table regulators etc etc,  and can date as far back as the 18th Cent
Follow the link for identification points.
In my modest opinion, they are the best ever "mass produced" clocks. Their quality is far superior to many non-mass-produced clocks. They have lasted for many years and many will be around for many years to come. For years they have been undervalued due to the incredible number produced and they have been incredible value for money. Many famous names are associated with french clocks, and even top clockmaker have not been ashmamed to put their names on these clock as an assurance of quality,... Brocot, Drucot, Dent, Mappin & Webb etc just to name a few.

 

Typical cost of repair:
 Timepiece £100       Striker £180-200      with Visible Escapement  £200-250

 

Dial Clock repairsDial Clocks

The "fusee" model first appeared in the early 1800s and were very popular throughout this century and the early 1900s. They were everywhere, in all public buildings, train stations, banks, offices etc. If you consider that they all needed winding weekly, repairing, dials repainted etc. they must have provided work for thousands of people.
The "fusee", the cone shaped mechanical gear typical of these clocks, is designed to deliver timekeeping accuracy by evening out the strength of the mainspring throughout the whole week.
Later on, as the mainsprings' metallurgical properties improved, the fusee disappeared. Also, american and german models were imported for the British market. Most dial clocks have pendulums but there are also models with platforms ( i.e they have a balance, no pendulum)

 

Typical costs of repair:     Single Fusee £150

Double Fusee £250-300

with platform (i.e. with balance wheel) £125

Non-Fusee, with pendulum £100

Non-fusee, striking, with pendulum   £180-250

 

Ship's Clocks repairsShip's Clocks

 

As the name implies many of these clocks came from ships, submarines, etc. and can go far back as the 19th Cent.
There are great variation in construction: Earlier ones have "fusee movements", some are timepieces, some strike the ship's bells but all have platform movements (i.e. have a balance, not a pendulum).

 

Typical cost of repair can vary enourmously according to construction and condition:    usually £120 - £150 for the most common type.
Ship's bells striker - £180

Fusee - per estimate

 

THIS IS NOT THE COMPLETE LIST OF ALL THE CLOCKS THAT WE REPAIR,  PLEASE ENQUIRE