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Mantel Clock Converted to Seiko Quartz with Westminster Chimes

We’ve been asked many times over the last couple of years if a clock can still chime after conversion to a modern quartz movement. The answer was always NO. The reason was – there were some chiming movements out there but they were just too “tinny” and sounded well .. pretty horrid. Not anymore – these new Seiko movements with Westminster Chimes are very realistic – a lovely deep mellow sound that’s hard to decide if it’s “real” or not.

First Customer Commission with Westminster Chimes

I was really pleased when I received an email from a potential client with a traditional Napolean Hat clockwork Mantel Clock. The movement was damaged beyond economical repair and the customer wanted to see if we could a) convert it to quartz and b) resurrect the chimes. The results can be seen in the videos and photos on this page. The price for this conversion incorporating the Seiko Westminster Chimes movement is between £99-£120 (send me some photos for a quote)

Chiming Clock Conversion No2

Another customer commission. This very pretty Italian clock had been “repaired” numerous times and the customer was fed up throwing money down a hole. The result – another happy customer and a successful conversion. Again – this is the Seiko movement with Westminster chimes (and Bim Bam Chimes – not my thing). The beauty of these movements is they have a VOLUME dial and a NIGHT OFF option.

Full Clock Makeover – Chiming example No3

Another clock transformed from an unwanted brown wood column clock to a contemporary piece of wall art. The customer wanted the clock to keep some of it’s sentimental value by recycling the dial, hands and pendulum – but that’s all. This was a pretty tricky conversion. I had to make some FAUX brass winders for the winding holes, convert the hands to fit the modern Seiko movement and even route out 8 mm depth at the back to accommodate the movement. The pendulum had to be shortened – I’d rather have kept the original length, but even using a SEPARATE pendulum drive the original was just too long and heavy. The Seiko Westminster chimes are brilliant. The result, we think, is a lovely looking modern clock. The natural edge Olive wood contemporary backplate in a lovely contrast to the vintage hands and dial.

Berfore and After of this Wall Clock

The clock on the LEFT is the original wooden case wall clock with carved spindle / columns. There’s a lot of people out there who would love to keep this clock “as is” – fair enough. I could have simply converted it to battery and you wouldn’t have noticed the difference. But this customer wanted something clean and modern. From a sentimental perspective – the clock still retains it’s family history through the dial, hands and pendulum.

The clock on the LEFT is the original wooden case wall clock with carved spindles. On the right - the dial, hands and pendulum have been recycled

Looks and SOUNDS the same as it did 60 years ago

The clockwork to quartz conversion went really well from start to finish. The hands were reworked so they could fit the Euro Fitting of the Seiko quartz movement. “Fake” winders were made to fill the holes were spring barrels used to be. The aim with this conversion is the same as all the other one’s – to give the clock back to the customer looking just like it used to. We don’t want to stick cheap plastic or painted tin hands on, or change the dial for a new Chinese version. We want to maintain the patina and provenance of the clock (unless the customer wants us to give it a FULL MAKEOVER that is).

DIY Clock Conversion anyone?

If you want to try it yourself – please pop over to our DIY Clock Conversion page with a range of Quartz Clock Movement Kits – everything thing you need to either build or convert a clock. We have selected a range of value for money clock building kits with a variety of hand lengths from 7cm to 30cm.

Get in touch today

If you have a clock that needs converting to BATTTERY and some general TLC – please get in touch today

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