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IMPORTANT: DO NOT PROCEED WITH TIME SETTING IF STRONG RESISTANCE IS ENCOUNTERED WHEN MOVING CLOCK HANDS, CONSULT WITH CLOCK PROFESSIONAL.

Place clock on a firm, level surface. (For pendulum clocks it is often necessary to check leveling on the clock itself)

WINDING
Be sure to use appropriate key. Mainspring will only turn in the correct direction. Try turning key in either direction until winding occurs. Turn key and finish each turn with a slight backward motion until tension is gone. Wind fully for longest operation. Repeat for all mainsprings

SETTING THE TIME
Time only-  Move only the minute hand in either direction to the correct time. Start pendulum if applicable. 
Time and Strike- slowly move only the minute hand clockwise to “12” or until the clock begins to strike. Count the number of strikes.  If the number of strikes does not coincide with the hour indicated by the hour hand- carefully move only the hour hand to the hour that coincides with the number of strikes. Next, move only the minute hand, stopping at the 6 and the 12 and waiting for the striking to finish.  Repeat until the correct time is reached. (Some clocks could have a seperate mechanism to advance the strike without moving the hands)
Chime-  Slowly move only the minute hand clockwise stopping at the “3”, “6”, “9” and “12” and wait for chiming to finish. At the “12”, the clock will chime and also strike the hour. Count the number of strikes.  Coordinate the number of strikes with the hour indicated by the hour hand by carefully moving only the hour hand to the hour that coincides with the number of strikes. Next, set the correct time either by a) moving only the minute hand clockwise, stopping at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 waiting for the chiming and striking to finish. Continue until the correct time is reached or b) waiting for the time to reach that indicated by the hand. When correct time is set, start the pendulum (if applicable).
NOTE: After coordinating the number of strikes with the hour hand as mentioned above, many German chiming clock movements allow for setting the correct time by moving only the minute hand counterclockwise without stopping at 3, 6, 9, 12, until the correct time is reached. For these movements, a self correcting mechanism will restore correct performance after one to two hours.

STARTING the PENDULUM         (For pendulum clocks) 
While clocks are always adjusted for proper running, the pendulums will be detached for safe transit. Carefully reattach pendulum, avoiding extreme movements of the suspension mechanism. Confirm that clock is level. Set hands to the correct time (above). Next:  Option 1, (when easily accessible), start pendulum with a gentle push of about a few inches.  Option 2, without lifting, slide the entire clock in a short, rapid,  left –right motion. For both methods, listen for even, continuous tick-tock.
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