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#77431 16-Feb-2011 09:00
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Hi there,

I've discovered a passion for "clockwork" wind up clocks - I currently have a Minuette branded float balance type that is loosing time.

My other clocks I can adjust using a small screw or adjusting the pendulum.

On the body internally is marked "+" and "-", close to two screws (however these screws just loosen the balance wheel mechanism)

There are also two "butterfly" type things above the markings.

If anyone out there has any clues to how to do this, I can post some pics later tonight.

Help please :-)

 

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  #440526 17-Feb-2011 00:25
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No promises, but I know a guy with a large clock collection who might have a clue. If you want to post some pictures I will run it past him when the occasion allows.

 
 
 

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  #441060 18-Feb-2011 10:54
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Thanks for that offer.

Here's a quick look at the clock:

Clock Inards

And I've got a few more photos here:  www.online.geek.nz/clock/

Thanks again! 

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  #441095 18-Feb-2011 11:35
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wazzageek: ...(edit)...
On the body internally is marked "+" and "-", close to two screws (however these screws just loosen the balance wheel mechanism)
 

Doesn't that adjust the spring tension (drag) on the escape/balance wheel, which alters the speed of the movement and thus the time?



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  #441180 18-Feb-2011 14:05
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oxnsox:
wazzageek: ...(edit)...
On the body internally is marked "+" and "-", close to two screws (however these screws just loosen the balance wheel mechanism)
 

Doesn't that adjust the spring tension (drag) on the escape/balance wheel, which alters the speed of the movement and thus the time?


Unfortunately not - those screws are definitely holding the mechanism in physically :-(

 

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#445004 2-Mar-2011 22:31
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Huzzah!

I believe I have found an answer - time will tell if I've got it right!

In case anyone else stumbles on this:

You need to "hold" the balance wheel still - on the top is a "spider" - you need to shift that in the direction of the + to speed up the clock, to the left to slow it down.  This alters the length hairspring.

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