Looking for a hair spring for this clock. Has anybody have an idea where I can locate these?
I'm not sure... but I had mine gone through by a watch maker in Los Angels, retired ROLEX guy, and he did a great job. It wasn't that he was experienced with my rim winds specifically, but he was good with time pieces in general. If you want to PM me I can find his email. I send my watch to him about every 5 years also. Funny thing is, first time it went to him after he retired he found his initials inside from when he was still working! He was the last guy that had serviced it.
Same advice as Gary - I took mine to a reputable watch maker and he did a fantastic job.
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The hairspring will need to be vibrated to the balance wheel to achieve the proper beats/hour. Purchasing a hairspring is only the first step.
Take it to a watchmaker capable and willing to do this for you (not all are). You will not likely find any one to JUST replace the hairspring. They will quote an overhaul along with the job (let them do it).
Each hair spring is different and will have a different resonate frequency, or motion speed, if you want to call it that.
Unless you can find or buy a hair spring for that particular clock or watch, the unit will not run at the proper speed.
Meaning it needs to be vibrated to the balance wheel.
No one makes a hairspring for this specific clock. A generic one will need to be chosen based on collet size to match the balance staff, length, thickness and coil diameter of the spring itself, and then be pinned at the appropriate place so that the balance wheel will oscillate at the appropriate beats/hour.
A competent old-style watchmaker can do this, but frankly won't be wild about it, as these clocks are not really quality timepieces and do not live in ideal conditions. If you find someone who CAN do it, take him for a ride and see if he WILL do it. That might inspire him to take it in against his better judgement.
Unless the watchmaker has declared himself as a registered charity, expect to pay $200+ for his effort.
While looking for someone to repair an old family pocket watch I came acrossed this guy. I havent sent my watch yet, but if you look at the website it appears he knows what he is doing.
And he works on clocks.
My how times have changed (pun NOT intended). Back in 1978, I had my Hamilton 992B "carded" for $25. For those not in railroad work, this means the watch was cleaned and set/tested for accuracy in the 6 positions, and I received a card verifying that it met the standards of the Southern Pacific Railroad as a timepiece for one year. Now there was a bit of subterfuge here, as I didn't work for the SP, but a fellow watch collector did & he took it in to the watch shop and listed me as an engineer on the Shasta Division--back then, I guess records weren't checked closely!
Now I wish I'd had my Illinois Bunn Special done back then, as it needs repair work--I think mostly cleaning, as it tries to run.
The other problem today is finding someone competent to do such work!
You may want to try:
Lots of clock parts of all types there.