We work on most kinds of mechanical clocks: mantel, wall, standing (grandfather), anniversary, and antique cuckoo. We work only on mechanical movements; we no longer provide replacements for modern battery movements or plug-in electric movements, nor do we service modern cuckoo clocks, or Korean-made 31-day movements.
Among the brands of clocks we repair are: Seth Thomas, Ansonia, Ingraham, Gilbert, New Haven, Kroeber, Jerome, Waterbury, Welch, Terry, Sessions, Enfield, Smiths, Dent, Junghans, Kienzle, Hamburg-American, Urgos, Hermle, Kieninger, Jauch, Howard Miller, Ridgeway, Colonial, Trend, Barwick, Emperor, Gustav Becker, Chelsea, Boston Clock Co., Japy, Mougin and many more.
To see some of the more extraordinary clocks we've worked on, visit our Special Clocks page!
We no longer offer watch repair or watch battery replacement.
This is the most common service for a mechanical clock. The steps involved are:
Beware of repairmen who take shortcuts with these procedures. See "Service or Disservice?" for more information.
For grandfather clocks (and other clocks too large or heavy to move), we come to your house, remove the movement, weights and pendulum, and bring them back to our shop for repairs. When completed, we return and re-install the movement. Beware of repairmen who say they can do a proper job of cleaning and oiling a movement in the home!
House calls do incur an additional charge.
As with any mechanical device, parts can break or become too worn for useful operation. Here are some common repairs:
Repair, Refurbishing, Restoration, and Conservancy of Antiques
There are several ways to take care of an antique clock.
Whatever the needs are for your clock’s maintenance, Prestige Clock Repair will be happy to advise you on the most suitable course of action.
A Note About Accuracy
In an age of Global Positioning Satellites broadcasting atomically accurate time, the variations in mechanical timekeeping can be surprising. Every effort is made to adjust your clock for its most accurate timekeeping over the course of its winding cycle (for example, daily or weekly). Many things can affect that adjustment once the clock is placed back in your home.
The most important of these in a pendulum-regulated clock is leveling. Your clock will be adjusted to run on a level surface. It will be “in beat,” meaning that the “tick” and “tock” will be evenly spaced. If your pendulum clock is not level at home, it will be out of beat and timekeeping will be affected.
Temperature can affect timing by lengthening or shortening the pendulum, or affecting the properties of balance springs.
In a spring driven clock, it is not uncommon for there to be variations in timekeeping. Over the course of the spring’s unwinding, the amount of power delivered to a movement can vary widely.
Nearly every clock has an easy way to adjust its timing. We will go over adjustment with you when the clock is delivered.
Prestige Clock Repair
Bluff Heights (near 4th and Junipero)
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