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GeorgeClarkson

Eagles table top clock by a C.Amadei

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A couple of years ago a very old lady living next to us ( she was 90) and with whom I was befriended and took care for together with my wife (relatives basically abandoned her to live alone in that flat, bit she was almost self sufficient) passed away after a couple of weeks in the hospital, but before she was gone, she presented me with her clock, a 2 eagles wooden clock signed by a C.Amadei that needed some love, just like her.

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I have never heard of C.Amadei but I expect its who made the case. From what I can see at the back the movement is a 30 hour movement with a balance wheel it might be 8day but I doubt it, the type of movement you would expect to find in a case typical clock insertion movement. I don't now if this type of movement is made today, back in the 70's and 80's you could buy replacement movements to fit for a few pounds it even included dial, hands and back plate. To remove the moment, undo the key and pull the hand set off, undo the nuts and pull the movement out. The pallets will be of the pin type. This is the type of movement I would start an apprentice with, simple and easy to understand. Sorry you don't have a Thomas Tompion.:D  

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The movement has already been service 1 year ago actually, i made photos but never posted them, was too busy and not my focus, I will post them next week.

I opened this thread now since I noticed that it has staffed to run fast, it gained 15 minutes in 12 hours.

I installed an app on my mobile, not a timegrapher, but gives an approximative idea. Here the screenshot

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Could the clock been exposed to any magnetic force. Must be worth a look at the hairspring to see if any "Crud" has found its way between the spring coils?
The carving on the case looks really nice. Could it be French or Austrian with those eagles. Looks Frenchy to me ?

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That is what I expect to see, looks like a 30 hour movement. With this type of balance staff they tend to lose their point so the action of the balance can be poor, so the balance is put into a lathe minus the hairspring and is sharped into a point on both ends, sometimes with lack of oil the cups wear and have to be repaired or replaced. The hairspring should bounce in the regulator from one end to the other in order for the regulator to work properly.   

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1 hour ago, GeorgeClarkson said:

Have any idea of how old it could be?

All I can say you could obtain these types of movements back in the 1920's

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So the story of the old lady was actually true: she had told me this watch was presented to her husband before the end of WWII... but she couldn't be more precise

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On 8.1.2017 at 0:30 PM, oldhippy said:

Just move the regulator to minus or slow it should be marked on the back. 

So I followed your advice, and this is what o got turning the regulator counterclockwise all the way. Looks way better now, doesn't it?

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i have an oval mvt.  very similar to yours.     it came out of a 1950's mantle clock

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On 8.1.2017 at 0:30 PM, oldhippy said:

 

Edited by GeorgeClarkson
Seems I cannot quote on mobile...

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Well oldhoppy, I haven't check 24 hours yet, but on 12 hours it is "only" some 4 minutes. Still a great improvement!

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The 1 minute you see on the screenshot is not real, it was still adjusting when I took that screenshot, then had to leave the room since my baby daughter was calling.... When I returned, it had settled around +4 minutes, but with a baby on the hands it is hard to mess with the mobile to take a screenshot.

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4 minutes is way to much a movement like that should be down to no more then a minute a day ether way. 

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