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    • I picked up these cool cuckoo clocks and want to restore them back to their former glory.  Main Question I would like answered - Is there a motor I can buy to install to avoid having to wind them but also keep the main components inside. I want to keep the Sessions clock as our daily chimer but having to wind it every three days is a bit annoying. I don't want to gut the internal components because I love the look and authentic sound. I just wish there was an automatic winder I could install inside. Closest - Seth Thomas woodbury 1970 westminster chime made in Germany. Works perfectly. I am wondering what I can use to clean the wood with and metal bezel. Excellent condition. Seth Thomas 4505 movement, made in US around 1940s. Works perfectly. Style King, made in Germany. I have no idea how old it is? The back door is barely held on because the metal hinges are worn and the bezel is also poorly attached. Keeps decent time and chimes. Sessions, 1920-22 made in US. This is my favorite because it is the oldest, largest, and loudest. The back door is always open because the latch is missing. The bezel is a nice bronze but I would like to know what the best option is to make is cleaner and shine.  Does anyone know the value? I picked them all up for $30 a piece. 
    • Well, I'm about to do it -  pulling the trigger on a Sherline 4530A lathe, with a few accessories. I went back and forth between a watchmaker lathe and the Sherline several times in my mind, and finally landed on the Sherline. Reason being I want to be up and running making parts as easily as I can, and learning to use a graver freehand seems to be a bit of an impediment. I also have a manufacturing background, and am already familiar with using machine tools, although I'm not much of a machinist.  And, as far as I can tell, I should be able to make just about any part that I need to on the Sherline.  Just wanted to post here to give anyone who thinks I'm making a horrible mistake to chime in :-) Cheers!
    • Watchmaker - I wish I would have read your comment earlier lol. I did in fact ruin the second hand with the tools. After ordering a new set of hands, the watch has been working perfectly! I love it and wear it daily.  
    • This link goes a bit into the discoloration of glass by radiation and apparently is known as 'radiation browning' http://birns.com/uploads/file/Radiation-induced Discoloration.pdf The clock I saw it on had not worked for decades, had heavy radium paint on the hands and the hands had stayed in the same place over that time causing the discoloration of the glass inline with the hands.
    • I agree the yellow is age and its not glass it's plastic, its the blackening above the hands I'm talking about. I only mentioned glass as the only other time I've seen this was on the glass of a clock with radium hands. I also agree owning it wouldn't be dangerous, and if you are careful with cleaning it would be safe to work on this watch, but I'm going to pass on this watch as the evidence points to it having more radium paint on it than usual.
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