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Tick Tock Thursday

Tick Tock Thursday

Here at Overton Clocks we post a weekly update on our adventures! You can find us on Facebook by typing Overton Clocks in the search bar.. In this weeks edition Jessica the Apprentice has restored a monumental Regulator movement!

Ey up!! It's tick tick Thursday! This week is focussed on our amazing apprentice..! Jessica has been with us for over a…

Posted by Overton Clocks on Thursday, 2 November 2017


Tick Tock Thursday

We post a weekly update on our Facebook site Overton Clocks. here is this weeks edition!

Ey up!! It's Tick Tock Thursday… we have had a bit of a change around here at Overton Clocks.. we now have a showroom…

Posted by Overton Clocks on Thursday, 9 November 2017

Tick Tock Thursday

Tick Tock Thursday! – Cube Clock

A rather nice cube clock and a clock that needed a new suspension top making from scratch!  

Posted by Overton Clocks on Thursday, 23 February 2017

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Tick Tock Thursday! – hand made pendulum stay

A proper bit of clockmaking this week! To begin with, creating a hand made pendulum stay for an 18th century bracket clock. Also, Jess the apprentice is really coming on in leaps and bounds. Here she is restoring a marvellous Bennet triple longcase movement with a massive set of bells! Hence, It’s very loud! Enjoy…🤓

Posted by Overton Clocks on Thursday, 2 March 2017

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Regulator with Calendar

regulator with calendar clock face
regulator with calendar full case

Striking Longcase Regulator with calendar and the age and phase of the moon by Thomas Morgan of Manchester c1860.

This is a remarkably complex clock for a regulator with calendar. It must really be considered a borderline example due the ease of reading the dial. The case is of walnut and above the panelled plinth it is glazed at the front and sides and around the arched top. There is carved fretwork below the circular dial.

The dial has no less than six subsidiary dials and is laid out in a regulator fashion. The main dial is a centre seconds dial. With the hour dial at 9 o’clock and the minute dial at 3. At 6 o’clock is the date dial with the signature on either side of it. At 12 o’clock is the month dial with. On its right, the days of the week and on the left the dial showing the age and phase of the moon.

The substantial movement has a dead-beat escapement and maintaining power. The pendulum has a wood rod and heavy lead bob covered in a brass as are the substantial weights.

regulators cogs
regulator mechanism with pendulum
regulators cogs on back of mechanism
regulators cogs on back of mechanism
regulators cogs on back of mechanism
regulators cogs on back of mechanism

Tick Tock Tuesday! – 19th Century Pocket Watch

It’s tick tock Tuesday again! The theme of this week has been “tiny!” A 19th century pocket watch needed a broken pivot repairing and a Ruby pin fitting to the balance assembly. The second was a brace of new platform escapements needing fitting to two carriage clocks. Enjoy! 🤓

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Ottoman style Bracket Clock

An Ottoman style Bracket clock with Anchor recoil escapement. Rack striking on the hour and a Whittington tune playing Carillion on eight bells that is triggered every quarter of an hour via a “flick” let off lever. Although this clock was quite grubby, it clearly had not been serviced for some time. There was a lack of previous repairers marks or Botcher’s scars present. The movement required 4 handmade bushes fitting to the centre arbour and fly on the striking side.

As always with these clocks, the setup of the let off spring is vital due its precise nature of operation. Too little tension and the Flick lever does not push the rack lever off and the quarter rack does not drop. This in turn does not push both the strike lever off the strike rack. Then the warn lever isn’t held forward holding the strike train ready. On the other scale if the Flick lever spring is too tight, too much energy is absorbed from the going train trying to bend the flick causing the clock to stop. The case was also in a very similar state of repair and required a full restoration including missing and loose parts having to be manufactured.

Ottoman style bracket clock case
Ottoman style bracket clock case
Ottoman style bracket clock mechanism
Ottoman style bracket clock mechanism
Ottoman style bracket clock mechanism
pieces of an Ottoman style bracket clock
pieces of an Ottoman style bracket clock
pieces of an Ottoman style bracket clock
pieces of an Ottoman style bracket clock

Claude Du Chesne Clock Restoration

A rather special clock in this week for a full restoration… this is one of the finest from the 17th century. This one dating from around c1690 and made by the highly talented Claude Du Chesne of London. Featuring a double fusee verge escapement bracket clock movement. After being poorly repaired the clock had a few bushes that were not very clever. A full three days of work has it working correctly and looking amazing..! I’ve added some before pictures as well… Enjoy the shiny brass! 🤓

Claude Du Chesne Clock gears
Claude Du Chesne Clock mechanism
Claude Du Chesne Clock back plate
Claude Du Chesne Clock back plate

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Tick Tock Tuesday – Fabrikmarke clock

It’s tick tock Tuesday again! This week sees a start on this unusual Fabrikmarke clock that goes for 1 year on one wind! It also features a deadbeat escapement and fusee movement. As you can see it’s pretty grimy! Special attention is needed on all bearings and friction surfaces to ensure as little power is lost in the train. I will add the finished work later in the week… Enjoy! 🤓

Fabrikmarke clock mechanism
Fabrikmarke clock pendulum

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Tick Tock Tuesday! – Russian Single Weight Timepiece

This weeks tick tock Tuesday is a lovely Russian single weight timepiece from St Petersburg! With detailed engraving on the dial surround and a skeleton front plate.. the movement is stunning. It sits in a 4ft wall mounted case and retains its original plate glass on three sides. 🤓 enjoy!

Russian single weight timepiece face

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parts of omega pocket watch

Omega Pocket Watch Repair

A most splendid week! We had a customer from Panama! He was visiting family and wanted his Omega Pocket watch repairing.. Apprentice Jess is progressing well and Colin has been getting his teeth into complicated carriage clocks! Time for a nice cold beer outside a nice pub! Enjoy!

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Omega pocket watch exterior
omega pocket watch
a pocket watch before being cleaned

1830 Gold Pocket Watch

Here is a short video of an 1830 gold pocket watch after it had received the Overton clock treatment!

in other news, we won a national contract with a very well known high street jeweller. Went to the brilliant Chesterfield Retail Awards as a finalist.

Also, continued growth means we can offer a chance for a clockmaking apprentice! The successful candidate will undertake a level 3 – 5 diploma in Horology. Organised by the BHI and finally have a chance of completing a Horology degree at Birmingham University!

Contact us with any queries today or find us on Facebook for updates on our horological shenanigans

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1820s Ships Chronometer

Something really special this week, This is very early and very rare eight day marine Chronometer dating from around c1820.. It is believed that this Chronometer was one used in the sea trials used to win the longitude prize.. John Harrison finally won the prize in the mid 1800s.. This clock was in a really dirty state with a broken Detent on the detent escapement. We manufactured a new one. Along with a handmade bush on the centre arbor made from old brass to match the colour. It’s work like this that really makes this adventure worth it pictures of before and after…