Young town quartz

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Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014 07:40 PM GMT

Question

I have a battery operated Bulova Quartz clock that has stopped working. I really like this clock, so I'm trying to resuscitate it. The #12888 is the number on the movement(?) I cannot see any way to remove this part or to remove anything on the clock. It has a bolt on the front, under that 3 hands, but I didn't want to mess with that without some help. Can you tell me where to find the #12888 part? Can you tell me how to replace it? Thanks so much!

Answer

Hi Susan,

You can find quartz movements on line on Merritts.com. Here is a link for quartz movements to order. http://www.merritts.com/store4/public/productlist.aspx?Page=13&SubcategoryID=2042

Some questions: Is there a pendulum on the clock? If so you need to order a movement with a pendulum. If not a time only will do.

Is there a striking or chime on the movement? If so you need to order a movement that has a chime feature.

The link I posted is only for time only. You may need to find a movement that has a pendulum or chime if that is what you need. There are several pages of quartz movements to go through. I'm sure you will find a replacement movement that fits.

There are 2 kinds of hands; "push on" hands or "I" hands. How you can tell is by pulling off the second hand. You will see a nut that will need to be removed for the removal of the I minute hand. If there is no nut to unscrew and you can just pull off the minute hand than you have push on hands.

Either way you need to take off all 3 hands to get to the nut you see under the hands that is sitting on the dial. When you unscrew that nut the movement will come out from the back of the dial.

Measure the hand shaft length from the black part of the movement to the end of the threads. The movement has to fit through the dial thickness for the replacement nut to grab the treads. If it's too short the movement will not go through the dial. If it's too long the hands may hit any glass that covers the dial.

I prefer the movements that have the I hands. If your old movement has push on hands I would order new I shaft hands so you don't have to file the old hands to fit. If you want a second hand you may want to order one that fits the movement you are purchasing. Measure the minute hand and order hands the same length.

I'm sure Merritt's Antiques can help you with your order if you call.

Good luck replacing the movement. I think instructions come with them although I'm not sure.

Marilyn


Question

I have a battery operated Bulova Quartz clock that has stopped working. I really like this clock, so I'm trying to resuscitate it. The #12888 is the number on the movement(?) I cannot see any way to remove this part or to remove anything on the clock. It has a bolt on the front, under that 3 hands, but I didn't want to mess with that without some help. Can you tell me where to find the #12888 part? Can you tell me how to replace it? Thanks so much!

Answer

Susan, generally, there is very little available information on quartz clocks, particularly by the manufacturers overall part numbers. This includes repair instructions, diagnostics, parts or exact replacement movements. The clock companies would have a limited number of clocks made to their specifications. Occasionally there are replacement movements for the more popular types or ones that used standard movements. If you will send me clear digital photos of the front and back of the clock, I will see if I can identify it and determine what can be done to get it running again. My shop email address is below.



Question

I have a battery operated Bulova Quartz clock that has stopped working. I really like this clock, so I'm trying to resuscitate it. The #12888 is the number on the movement(?) I cannot see any way to remove this part or to remove anything on the clock. It has a bolt on the front, under that 3 hands, but I didn't want to mess with that without some help. Can you tell me where to find the #12888 part? Can you tell me how to replace it? Thanks so much!

Answer

Hi Susan, If you want direct replacement parts you will have to contact a Bulova dealer and have them order it from Bulova. Most of the time quartz clock movements can be replaced with generic parts so long as they are carefully matched. If you send me a photo of the clock I'll try to tell you how to take the clock apart so you can do some measureing.


Question

I have a battery operated Bulova Quartz clock that has stopped working. I really like this clock, so I'm trying to resuscitate it. The #12888 is the number on the movement(?) I cannot see any way to remove this part or to remove anything on the clock. It has a bolt on the front, under that 3 hands, but I didn't want to mess with that without some help. Can you tell me where to find the #12888 part? Can you tell me how to replace it? Thanks so much!

Answer

movement mounting

In order to replace it with the same movement you would likely have to go through Bulova- http://www.bulova.com/contact/contact.aspx Generic replacement movements are available through Klockit.com See the image for a common battery movement mounting arrangement

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