A "quartz conversion" consists of replacing your clock's
existing mechanical/electric movement with a modern
electronically regulated quartz movement. We strive to maintain
the original appearance of the clock. In most cases our
conversions will not alter the face, hands, lens or casing of the
clock. Power is supplied from your car's electrical system
through the same type of power terminal as the original
movement so rewiring your car is not required. The existing set
stem will remain functional.

What are the quartz advantages?
A quartz clock will run more accurately than the original clock.
Most automobile clocks built between the 1940's and the 1980's
were spring driven and electrically wound. Because of
fluctuations in temperature and voltage, it was nearly impossible
to have the clock run accurately over an extended period.
Discrepancies of 2 or 3 minutes per day were not uncommon.
Because the speed of a quartz movement is controlled by the
pulse of a quartz crystal, manual speed adjustment is not
required. Also, since a quartz movement does not require
electrical points to fire and wind the clock, and the movement is
generally maintenance free, the quartz clock does not require the
periodic cleaning and oiling that a mechanical clock would. The
quartz movement should last 5 to 10 years but may still require
occasional cleaning.


What are the disadvantages?
Before electing to convert your original clock to a quartz movement, you
should consider several factors. First, a quartz clock will not tick like the
original clock. Some purists like the sound of the clock winding and the
movement ticking. Secondly, if your clock has a seconds hand, a quartz
movement will be detectable in the smooth non-stepped motion of the
hand. While this may not seem important to some, it can be a serious
consideration if you are striving to restore your car to original specs.
Some car clubs are now assessing a point deduction for having an
incorrect clock movement! In addition, you should keep in mind that in
many cases, quartzing a clock involves extensive modification to the
inside of the clock and you may not be able to restore the clock to an
original movement if you change your mind in the future. Replacement of
the entire clock may be your only option and it may be costly and difficult
to acquire one.


What will it cost?
Installing a quartz movement in your clock will usually be more expensive
than repairing the original movement. Prices can range from $139.95 to
$209.95 according to the make, model, and year of the car. Also, there was
often more than one clock supplier for a specific type of car, therefore you
should always contact us before sending your clock in for a conversion.
We can then discuss your options and give you a firm price quote for your
specific clock, in many cases before you even get it out of the car!


How long will it take?
Most quartz conversions can be completed and turned around within
24 hours of the time your clock arrives at our service center. More
complicated conversions requiring parts fabrication, tooling or
machining may take slightly longer, but usually less than a week is
required to complete the work.


What is the warranty?
All of our quartz conversions carry a full two year warranty covering
parts and labor. If service is required within the warranty period, simply
return the clock with a copy of the original invoice, an explanation of the
problem, and $13 for return shipping. We will then repair or replace the
movement at our option provided the clock has not been damaged by
mishandling, incorrect voltage, or tampering.


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This page last modified on Thursday, September 27, 2012