How to Set a Seiko Chiming Clock

NEW: UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS

Although setting a chiming clock may seem like a simple procedure, we have found that there are a few tricks to getting one started properly. One of the most common complaints is being able to get the clock to chime on the quarter hour. Below is a general guide to properly setting up your chiming Seiko clock.

  1. First, insert the batteries (this will be different for each clock, please see your manual or instructions on the clock on how and where to insert the batteries.
  2. Set the time using the setting disk (1) to adjust the hour and minute hands to the appropriate time.
  3. Once you have the time set, you can now select the melody that you would like to chime using switch (3). The first selection, indicated by the number “1” inside a bell symbol is the Westminster melody which includes the quarter hour chime. The second selection marked “2” inside a bell symbol is the Whittington melody which does not include quarterly hour strikes. NOTE: If using the Westminster chime, the clock will need to run for at least 90 minutes before the quarter hour strikes will chime correctly. It is recommended to wait the 90 minutes for the chimes to start working before setting the Nighttime Chime Silencer (step #5).
  4. After you have set the chime melody, you can use the volume knob (4) to adjust how loud the sound is to your liking.
  5. The nighttime chime silencer (2) allows you to set when you would like the chimes to play. Although some clocks are equipped with a light sensor, this example is not. If you are setting the clock and it is currently in the a.m., and you do not want the clock to play at night, set the switch to “AM”. If it is currently in the p.m., and you do not want the clock to play at night, set the switch to “PM”. If you would like the chime to play 24 hours a day, set the switch to the bell symbol on the left. Alternatively, if you would like the clock to chime at night (so you can hear the time at night, but not during the day) set the clock to the opposite “AM” or “PM” setting than it is when you set it.

See your instruction booklet on how to hang or release the pendulum if your clock has one. After this, your clock should be ready to enjoy! If you are having any further problems setting your clock, we recommend contacting Seiko’s Customer Service Department for further assistance at 1-800-722-4452.

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28 thoughts on “How to Set a Seiko Chiming Clock

  • April 20, 2015 at 5:18 pm
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    My chimes are two hours slow. How do I set the chimes to be on the correct hour?

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    • April 30, 2015 at 11:32 am
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      Max, that sounds like it is defective. Is your clock atomic? You can try taking out the batteries to completely stop the clock, and then following the instructions to set the clock again just to double check. Otherwise, the best thing would be to return the clock (if still under a return policy) or contact the manufacturer to go about getting a warranty repair

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    • April 21, 2016 at 9:06 pm
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      I have an old version of this clock (from the 1970s or early 1980s perhaps) and it has an AM and a PM button to set the chimes. After I set the time on the clock, I need to push the appropriate button the number of times the clock should chime next. For example, tonight just after seven pm (after hearing the clock chime six times), I pushed the PM button eight times. Then at eight pm the clock correctly did chime eight times. I think the AM and PM buttons are there because the clock automatically knows to be quiet during the sleeping hours.

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      • October 3, 2016 at 9:40 am
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        Does the pendulum control the clock time? I don’t know how to adjust the screw at the end.

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        • October 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm
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          Hello! No the pendulum does not control the time it is just decorative in most cases unless the clock is a key wind or has a mechanical movement.

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      • December 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm
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        Wow, thank you so much, I’ve been struggling with chime synchronization for my older “Orient” mantle clock. Your suggestion nailed it… I was close to throwing the clock out. Haha.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm
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    We changed the time on our seiko clock for dailight savings time and now the chime does not match the time. I am wondering as I write this if we need to take out the batteries and start over?

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    • November 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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      Hello! We recommend contacting Seiko at 1-800-722-4452 for properly troubleshooting this problem. The clocks with chimes can sometimes be a challenge. Normally it can take up to 2 hours for the chimes to start working properly once set correctly.

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  • January 24, 2016 at 9:26 am
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    Hi,
    I just bought an old chiming quartz wall clock off eBay. It’s a President clock but the movement looks identical to the one on this page.
    The clock is keeping time and the quarters sound in order. However, I can’t make the hours synchronised properly. At the moment, for example, the full 3pm chimes will go at 2.19pm.
    I consulted the seller, who advised switching the chimes off until midnight. This made no difference.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, David

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    • January 25, 2016 at 10:47 am
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      Hello, we recommend that you contact the manufacturer of the clock directly for any advice in setting it. Unfortunately we are unable to assist with this type of an issue as it sounds like it is defective.

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      • November 23, 2016 at 10:58 am
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        Set the time forward until you catch up to where the correct chime sounds like on the hour a quarter after 30 minutes after so on

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  • May 28, 2016 at 11:34 am
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    We received our clock as a wedding gift years ago so I’ve lost the factory instructions. However, I do know that they directed you to always turn the hands COUNTERclockwise more than 45 minutes earlier than the desired set time THEN forward to the desired time. Doing this will result in a correct chime count without the 90 minute wait. I have also experienced the 7 1/2 minute chiming irregularity a number of times and it can also be rectified with this setting procedure. Hope this helps and enjoy your Seiko.

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  • August 13, 2016 at 11:24 pm
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    Hello There,
    Thanks for the above tips. I have a seiko westminister and whittington clock. Regardless of whether I put it on westminister or whittington, the clock always make the 1/4,1/2, 3/4 and the hourly chimes. I only want the hourly strikes. Any thing I can do to get that?

    Thank you in advance 🙂

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    • September 8, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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      Hello, please contact Seiko in regards to this issue at 1-800-722-4452. There should be a setting to change this. If you could provide the model number of the clock we could look into it further.

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  • August 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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    – I have bought a new seiko wall clock for indian rs.8000 with westminster and whittington chiming option.the chiming is happening every 15mins which is irritating. We tried changing settings, but could not eliminate the chiming every 15mins. Any solution?

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    • September 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm
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      Hello, please contact Seiko in regards to this issue at 1-800-722-4452. There should be a setting to change this. If you could provide the model number of the clock we could look into it further.

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    • December 28, 2016 at 10:16 am
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      I also have same problem.
      Plz help

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  • September 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm
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    is there a way to set my Sieko Wellington clock to start chiming and stop chiming at an exact time I can set rather than pre-sets??

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    • October 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm
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      No, these clocks are set to chime at the times pre-set by Seiko only. If you need a clock to chime on a specific time the only thing you could do is purchase an alarm clock.

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  • November 18, 2016 at 11:10 pm
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    I have a older wall clock with a Takane quartz movement and pendulum that I put in some years ago. After the time change, it only rings on the half hour, and then it is an hourly ring, and then only rings 2-3 times no matter what the time is set at. Can you help me adjust the sound on this clock. Thanks Keith
    PS: Clock keeps good time.

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    • November 22, 2016 at 10:30 am
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      Hello! We are unfortunately unable to help you with the clock. You may want to try and find a local jeweler or clock dealer in your area to see if they are able to help.

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  • December 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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    I have a Seiko chiming clock I bought at Sam’s Club, in November 2013. I love this clock, however it chimes on the hour now, starts the song and goes back to chiming. What can I possibly do to get it to play the complete song?? I want to hear the Christmas music.

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    • December 5, 2016 at 3:27 pm
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      We recommend calling Seiko at 1-800-722-4452 as they would be the best way to get help with your issue. You may have to turn off the chime, as the chime may be on a separate switch as the music; or if they are the same switch you need to set it to the music setting. We wouldn’t be able to help without seeing it. Seiko also sells exclusives to Sam’s Club that aren’t part of their main product line. Also the musical clocks may not play the whole song, only a short excerpt.

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  • February 9, 2017 at 10:04 am
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    How do I turn off the chimes on the QXH102BC?

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    • April 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm
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      Hello, Most of the clocks have a volume control and an on/off switch. There should be a switch to turn off the chimes or turn the volume down. You can also call Seiko at 1-800-782-2510 if you are still having issues.

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  • March 24, 2017 at 8:11 am
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    I have OXH107-B seiko chiming wall clock for some unknown it chimes at 9pm all ok ,then 10 minutes later it chimes 9pm again …any solutions?????

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  • June 18, 2017 at 12:33 pm
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    My Seiko wall clock purchased in 1981. It works perfectly OK until last 2 months.
    It has Westminster and Whittington chimes. Now, after 2 days from CORRECT setting (due to battery change), the hourly chime start to strike 1 strike more. Then, after another 2 days it will strike 2 strikes more.
    During the tens of years I normally set the Westminster chime. Due to the above problem I tried to change to Whittington chime. In fact, the same problem come, at about 2 days after the correct setting.
    I was thinking may be there is some ‘reset’ button to push. But notchecked yet.
    Your advice is kindly requested.

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    • June 20, 2017 at 10:54 am
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      Hello Attila – We recommend calling Seiko at 1-800-722-4452 for troubleshooting this issue. You could try removing the batteries for 10 minutes, putting them back in and try re-setting the clock again. It could take up to 2 Hours for the clock to start chiming correctly, but usually it does so after about 30 minutes.

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