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Clock conversion service – clockwork to Battery (quartz movement)

Have you got an old favourite clock that has either stopped working or maybe you keep forgetting to wind it up? Or maybe you’ve got a clockwork clock that just TICKS too LOUD. Whatever your problem I can help by converting your clockwork clock to a modern, quiet quartz movement powered by a single AA battery. This service is available now on Etsy. The standard charge is £35 with a £6.50 return postage fee. Let me convert your clockwork clock to a modern AA battery movement and be my next happy customer.

Recent xamples of Clockwork Clock to Battery Conversions

Below are just a few of my most recent custome commissions. All these clocks have been sent to me with their original mechanical clockwork movement installed. I have removed the clockwork mechanism and replaced it with a modern, quiet, battery movement. The customer has the choice between standard UTS STEP movement (very quiet 1 tick per second) or a Seiko SWEEP movement – almost SILENT.

The clocks below were all sent to me from various clients with one common aim. These customers loved their old clocks but wanted to have them by their bedside. Let’s face it, some of these old clocks tick tock is VERY LOUD. In each of these clocks I have fitted an almost silent modern AA battery quartz movement. The examples below all have their original hands, dial, glass etc. From the outside, they look the same – still the same old patina and much loved character.

A lovely old Porcelain Smiths wall clock converted to Battery

To the untrained eye, this might look easy. Trust me – it’s not. I have NEVER worked on an old clock that has the same sized holes in the hands as the modern clock movements. They’re always either too big or too small. As I like to use the ORIGINAL hands I either have to use files, and sometimes the lathe, to INCREASE the size of the holes. Other times I have to make an adaptor to go on the back of the old hands to REDUCE the hole. In this case I also had to recruit the help of a ceramic drill to increase the central hole in the middle of the clock to accomodate the modern movement’s larger spindle. But it’s all worth it when I get an email back from the customer saying how happy they are with their NEW / OLD clock.

I am a HUGE fan of clockwork clocks. That’s why I am a student at the British Horological Institute. Whenever possible I like to see old clockwork movements maintained and restored. However, that’s not always possible. Some people simply don’t like the sound of a ticking clock, some people want 100% accuracy (hard to get in clockwork movement). That’s why I offer this service. Rather than throw an old clock away send it to me for a conversion to AA battery power. I’ll send you the old clockwork movement back, or recycle it and break it down for spares. The modern quartz movements are quiet, accurate and only need a battery change every couple of years.

Smiths 8 Day Mantel Clock

This Smiths 8 Day Mantel Clock was converted to a quartz movement and, at the same time, given a clock makeover. The original hands, dial, glass and bezel were all retained. The second hand is a modern replacement. This Smiths Mantel clock now runs from a single AA battery – giving accurate and quiet time throughout the day and night. This lovely old timepiece was given the full upcycled clock makeover service

Example of a clock given a case makeover and conversion to Quartz AA Battery mechanism

Westclox small Office Clock

Just like the Smiths Mantel clock above, this Westclox office / mantel clock underwent a clockwork to battery conversion. While in for the conversion I also gave to clock a makeover, taking it from a dark depressing wood stain to a colour co-ordinated blue satin. As with most other clocks I have retained the original hands, dial, glass and bezel. I managed to repair then sell the Smiths 8 day floating movement from this clock was on eBay to a clock restorer. Another upcycled clock that sold quickly on ETSY

Rear view after conversion to a UTS Battery operated clock movement