1. SAVE ALL PACKING AND PAPERWORK! Although each clock has been carefully inspected before shipment, you will need everything in case of any problems. Many clocks will be different, it is recommended that you follow the instructions that came with the clock you purchased before you look here for further information.
2. Carefully remove the clock from the box and surrounding packaging.
3. Wind the keys. One key controls the time, and the other controls the alarm. CAREFUL! These keys, along with the alarm setting knob, are reverse-threaded. Be sure to turn these only in the direction indicated by the arrow. If you turn them the wrong way, the key will come off and you will risk wearing - or cross-threading the shaft. Wind COUNTER-clockwise to wind the clock. Keep in mind that this is the one step where some force may be used. It is not likely for you to be able to break the coiled steel spring by twisting too hard with the key. These springs have safety catches to prevent damage. For a day’s run, be sure to wind until the key comes to a complete stop.
4. If the clock strikes the bells while winding the alarm key, move the alarm hand away from the hour by turning the knobs on the back. Or, move the lever next to the alarm hammer to silence the strike.
5. The clock should begin running. Listen for a ticking sound. It may be necessary to rock the clock to start the balance wheel ticking gently.
6. Set the time hands and the alarm indicator to the desired time by turning the knobs on the back. Be sure to turn the knobs in the direction indicated by the arrow. If you turn them the wrong way, they may become loose and come off. Removing the knobs or keys too often can cause wear or cross-threading
Some minor regulation may be necessary. There is a tab at the back of the clock with a plus and minus marking. Move this tab towards the plus to speed the clock up, or to the minus to slow the time keeping down. Notice that the direction to move the tab is counter-intuitive. You need to move the tab to the RIGHT to SLOW the clock, and to the LEFT to SPEED the clock up. Make sure to make minimal adjustments, as a tiny adjustment will make a considerable difference. You will need to readjust the hands whenever you adjust with the tab.