New vs. Old Anniversary Clocks

A man came into my clock shop, and was carefully looking at my 1950’s German anniversary clocks. He asked the price of a Kundo miniature 400 day clock, and I said it was $50 as-is or $325 restored and guaranteed. He asked the price of several similar clocks, and then he said “your prices are high”. I explained that I have to pay about $25 or more to buy a vintage 400 day clock, and then spend the time restoring it. Again he said “your prices are high”, and “you’re not going to get rich quick at these prices!”. I showed him my new Hermle anniversary clocks from Germany, priced from $37 – $60. He said “The last time I bought one of these, I paid $20 at Wal-Mart!”

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  1. Mark,

    You can correct this by moving the HOUR hand two hours ahead. Grasp the hand near the center when moving it to avoid bending it. Then use the MINUTE hand to set the clock to the correct time. I am assuming that the HOUR hand is loose enough to move in this way – if not it will need to be removed and reinstalled by a clockmaker.

  2. Sir, would love it if you could provide some insight on the following: My ship’s clock runs well, but is 4 bells off (i.e. it strikes 8 bells at 1400 vice 1600). I am a career Naval Officer, so the difference is driving me crazy. I love the clock to death, but can’t figure out how to change the chime. Thanks.

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