Common Problems when Setting a Clock

Being one of the internet’s oldest watch and clock retailers we have seen many common issues when attempting to set or assemble a new clock. Sometimes these problems are not necessarily the customer’s fault, but poor design implementation by the manufacturer.

Below we will review some of the most common problems:

    1. Finding all the Battery Compartments: Many clocks have several locations where the batteries need to be placed. This is the case in several of the musical, animated and pendulum wall clocks. However, not all the battery compartments are located in the back of the clock, some can be hidden in the side of the case or the base of the clock. Make sure you look for all the compartments before boxing it back up to return.clockblogbattery
    2. Placing Batteries in the Wrong Compartments: Sometimes clocks have several battery compartments, however not all of these compartments are wired or required to operate the clock. Why does the manufacturer put these compartments in the clock? Sometimes it is because the clock designs are generic, and for some clocks they are used, and for some they are not. In other cases, it is because the main compartment for the mechanism is wired to a different compartment in the bottom or side of the clock where it is more accessible so you don’t have to take the clock off the wall to replace the batteries. When placing batteries in your clock, make sure to double check the instructions and make sure the compartment is wired – in some cases, there will be a sticker labeled “No Battery” for dead compartments.
    3. Misplacing the Pendulum: For many pendulum wall clocks, the pendulum is not attached inside the clock, but is somewhere inside the box or packaging and needs to be assembled before the clock is placed on the wall. Make sure to check your packaging for the pendulum before discarding anything.
    4. Unlocking the Pendulum: If the pendulum is a part of the clock, chances are there is a piece of packaging, tape, foam or plastic locking it in a safe place for shipment. If you hang your clock up and it won’t move, chances are you need to unlock it from its shipping position. Although this should be noted in the instruction booklet, it doesn’t hurt to check to make sure nothing is obstructing it from swinging.clockblogpendulum
    5. Properly Setting the Chime: Chiming clocks have proven difficult to set properly. Whether you need to adjust it for a.m. or p.m., quarterly strikes or hourly chimes we have found that there are some quirks in setting them properly and we have actually written a whole article about it! Click Here to Set Your Seiko Chiming Clock Properly
    6. Setting Atomic Clocks / Daylight Savings Time: Atomic clocks work by receiving a signal from one or more of the atomic clocks located around the world. If the clock is not able to receive a signal, it may not function or set itself properly. Remote areas or fortified structures can restrict an atomic clock from picking up a signal. Being in a valley, mountainous regions, or places with a lot of electrical interference can cause an atomic clock to lose its signal. Atomic clocks must be set to your time zone and generally also have a Daylight Savings Time setting. Once set properly, they should work without any issue. Sometimes simply placing the clock on a different wall, or taking it outside to initially set it will get it to operate properly. If you are aware that you live in an area that has difficulty receiving radio or other signals, we do not recommend purchasing an atomic clock.
    7. Finding the Setting Crown or Gear: Generally, on a mantel or wall clock the setting gear is located on the battery compartment directly behind the hands of the clock. However for smaller desk clocks the movement is much more like a watch case that has been set into base. In this case the watch case needs to be removed from the base before accessing the crown to set the time. CaseCrownDepending on the clock model, the case can be popped out from the clock by using your finger or wooden Popsicle stick (so as not to scratch the clock). For other clocks, a pencil (eraser side first) can be used to push it out from the backside of the base. Once out, you can set the time using the crown much like you would with an analog watch and place it back into the base when finished.  Click Here for a Detailed Information on How Set a Small Desk ClockSeikoDeskClockInstructions

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