How Often Should a Watch Be Serviced?

Our watches are not just timepieces. They are heirlooms, items of significant worth both monetarily and emotionally and cherished memories. They tell stories of relatives, family events, successes and accomplishments. It is for these reasons, among others, that proper servicing of your watch is required to keep it in the best possible condition so its legacy can continue. Depending on the type of watch you own and how often you use it, will determine how often it needs a service. Typically, a watch worn every day would require a service every 3-5 years, a watch worn purely for special occasions [...]

How Does a Mechanical Clock Work?

Despite the technology around us almost making clocks more of a visual attraction than a vital timepiece, many of us appreciate the intricacies of clocks, how they work and their incredibly accurate timekeeping. At The Clock Clinic, we have spent years gazing upon the inner workings of a beautiful longcase clock or investigating how antique mantel clocks for the living room can mesmerize with their stunning appearance and dutiful accuracy. How these feats of classic engineering have stood the test of time gives us a sense of nostalgia, a sense of pride and an appreciation for the horologists and innovators [...]

How Does a Quartz Clock Work?

We have previously spoken about the intricate workings of a carriage clock or Grandfather clock and delved into the careful cleaning of a pocket watch, but one area we haven’t yet explored is quartz. Whilst not something spotted in antique clocks, it’s been around since the 1920s and began the transition from mechanical clocks to battery-operated. For many of us, our watches, and indeed our clocks are built with a quartz mechanism. Have you ever wondered how it works though? In this edition of our blog, we explain. What is a quartz clock? A quartz clock, in appearance, may look [...]

How to Clean a Carriage Clock

A carriage clock is an ornate, beautiful piece of timekeeping majesty and one that requires a specific amount of care to not only have it running as it should but looking as it should too. A few months back, we looked into the history of the carriage clock and explained how this now famous, ornamental and often gifted clock came to be in the 19th century. Often imitated, antique carriage clocks are still found, but perhaps not in the same numbers they were before. This leads to those lucky enough to own one from the 1800s/1900s taking more care of [...]

How to Service a Grandfather Clock

The elegant Grandfather Clock has been dutifully standing in hallways, living rooms and public spaces since the late 1600s. Today, we see them as classic and ornate timepieces and find them in the homes of more than just the rich and noble as they were 400 years ago. Not suited to every house type and certainly no longer made with the same intricacy that they were in their pomp, Grandfather Clocks or Longcase Clocks as you may see them called, are more limited in number than ever. The few high-quality Grandfather Clocks that still exist require careful servicing to ensure [...]


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