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How to Set a Battery Operated Westminster Chime Clock

Updated February 21, 2017

Setting a battery-operated Westminster clock to the correct time also involves having the quarter-hour chimes and the hour-striking feature coordinate with the time set. The reasons for correcting the time set on the clock may range from adjusting the clock for daylight savings or possibly a change of the battery that operates the clock. In any case, setting the battery-operated Westminster chime clock is a task that can be performed by the clock owner in 5 minutes with no tools necessary.

Open the access door to the dial and hands of the clock if required. Some battery-operated clock movements are sealed inside the clock case with a back panel that is screwed in place. To gain access to the hand set knob, remove the back panel screws using the appropriate tipped screwdriver.

Turn the minute hand (or turn the hand set knob at the rear of the movement if access is available) carefully counterclockwise or clockwise until the correct time is reached. Keep in mind that using the hand set from the rear would require turning the knob in a clockwise direction in order for the hands to turn counterclockwise.

Move the hour hand carefully with your fingers near the centre of the hand to the hour that the clock is striking if the striking chime is not counting the correct hour. The hour hand is a friction fit hand and will move without engaging the minute hand.

Replace the back panel and tighten the screws with the screwdriver if removal of the back panel was necessary to access the hand set knob.

Close the front access door if required.

Tip

The quarter-hour chimes may not sound off correctly at first, but they are designed to reset themselves automatically within an hour.

Warning

Avoid touching any brass components of the clock with bare hands.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-tip screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
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Max Stout began writing in 2000 and started focusing primarily on non-fiction articles in 2008. Now retired, Stout writes technical articles with a focus on home improvement and maintenance. Previously, he has worked in the vocational trades such as automotive, home construction, residential plumbing and electric, and industrial wire and cable. Max also earned a degree of biblical metaphysician from Trinity Seminars Ministry Academy.