Clock Repair And Servicing In Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester and surrounding areas

Fast, Polite & Competitively Priced Clock Repair – home repair visits for larger or fixed position clocks

NEWS #1 :  I now run a clock clinic from the workshop on Saturdays. This is for quick fixes, quotes, troubleshooting and suchlike. Half hour jobs generally and costs between £20 – £40.


Welcome to Braintree Clock Repairs. We repair and restore all types of mechanical and electric clock from your Grandmothers kitchen wall clock right through to a 17th century Bracket clock. We have an excellent reputation and consistently good reviews. This is because we love clocks. The company comprises of me (Justin Holt) and my son who helps with case and face restorations. We are open for business despite Covid and operate a social distancing and sanitisation policy.

We are, among other things, the warranty repair centre for Loetscher cuckoo clocks Switzerland and also have a specialisation in Grandfather and, oddly, 20th century electric clocks.

We are the only repairer who have a focus on Metamec clocks simply because we love them and it was a local company to us just before it collapsed in the 80s recession.

I work from Braintree Antiques Centre from Wednesday through to Saturday  10am to 4.30pm where clocks can be brought to me for estimate or picked up once complete.

On Mondays and Tuesdaysn (and probably the rest of the week now we have this virus to contend with) I provide a mobile collect and deliver service for clocks of all types that require any sort of repair work but cannot be moved or carried easily. If you simply have problems getting out of the house (e.g. due to disability) I am more than happy to come out an visit to provide repairs on any type of clock, portable or otherwise.

Most of the clocks I repair have a high sentimental value to their owners and are being repaired for that reason as opposed to any consideration of value or age. This means I undertake a lot of clocks from the turn of the last century through to the late 20th or even 21st century.

I can provide cosmetic repairs on wooden clock cases as well mechanics and clockwork itself. In most cases I can return a clock to pretty much its original condition or simply get it working again if its stopped. Mainspring replacement is often requested either due to breakage or as part of a full service. Equally on long case and grandfather clocks I can provide replacement wire / catgut, disassemble and clean the clock or sort out problems with chiming mechanisms that are often disabled by previous owners.

We are partiuclarly experienced at Cuckoo Clocks and are one of very few organisations offering a comprehensive restoration and repair service for all manufacturers, ancient or modern!.

A brief summary of services include (click the links for more information):

Grandfather Clock Repair and Service

Cuckoo Clock Repairs – All ages and types and munufacturers including Loetscher for which we are the UK service centre.

Mantle Clock and Wall Clock repair including 20th Century Electric \ Quartz

Cabled and battery wall clocks – Modern or Vintage –  Smiths / Bentima / Metamec, etc.

Carriage Clock Repair & Service

Vienesse Regulator Repair and Service

400 day anniversary suspension clocks – please ring for details about this – every job needs assessing carefully.

Clock Restoration – mechanical & cosmetic

Please click on the icons below to find out more about some of the types of clocks I repair in addition to mantle, wall and alarm clocks. Alternatively use the menu at the top of the page to find the information you need.

I am very approachable and provide a polite and friendly and informative service so please do feel free to ring or alternatively email or text/call me on 07462 269529. I am available on the phone between 9am – 7pm, 6 days a week for enquiries and booking (Monday – Saturday).

The normal course of things is that I can provide an estimate on costs via a telephone and then visit to have a good look at the problem or requirement. I am an enthusiast and can usually date most clocks to within a decade or two. I always enjoy having a good look at a grandfather clocks and provide advice on how to use the internet to get an idea of value range – the trick of course is to know what you actually have, how it was made, by whom and when. I can usually give you 2 or 3 of those answers!.

Theres more about the way I work and what I do further on down this page or you could click straight through to pricing or reviews on the icons below.

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Click on the sections below for a more in depth description of Grandfather, Cuckoo, Regualor, and carriage clock repair. Mantle and wall clocks probably should have had their own section on this site but its too larger subject (just assume I can fix it!).

Grandfather_Clock_Repair_Button.fwGrandfather Clock Repair or Service

I provide a complete mechanical servicing and repair service for grandfather clocks of all ages. I can also source and replace most parts.

For the most part grandfather clocks that have stopped or no longer keep good time tend to have a lot of grime on the cogs and more…

Cuckoo_Clock_Repair_Button.fwCuckoo Clock Repair or Service

If you’ve got a broken cuckoo of whatever age click the link to the whole of this article as Ive tried to give you some “home fix” info and given the real low down on whats involved in fixing these clocks and what the costs are likely to be. We, among other commitments are the service arm for and UK Service Centre for Loetscher Swiss Cuckoo clocks. We restore and service all types and ages of cuckoo clock more..


Carriage Clock Repair or Servicing

I provide repairs for all types of mechanical (or electric!) carriage clocks. Almost all repairs are in fact services on these items, as they rarely experience physical damage or wear. The problem is for the most part is associated with the finer cogs at the top of the clock and their linkage to more…


Vienesse Regulator Clock Repair or Service

I repair all types of wall clock but am very often asked to repair a regulator style clock. These come in all shapes and sizes. They can be spring driven pendulum units or powered by one or more weights (more normally one).

If you have bought one of these clocks and you are stuggling to get it to work consistently you would not be alone!. Many of my customers more…

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Click to phone now: 07462 269529

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allclocksJPEGBraintree Clock Repairs provides a “repair at your home” or pick up and drop off service for local customers to Braintree and surrounding towns and villages as far as Chelmsford, Bishops Stortford and Colchester – about a 15 mile radius from Braintree itself.

Alternatively you can bring your clock to me at Braintree Antiques Centre where I can be found, if not on callout, Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4.30pm. Weekends are a better time to catch me at the Centre but if you can only make it during the week then Tom can receive your clock and note your details so I can call you once Ive retured to give you an estimate.

I repair all types of every day and antique clocks as well as offering a service for full restorations and, occasionally, clocks for sale either on behalf of customers or by way of workshop restorations I have completed. I offer repairs on any clock regardless or the clocks age or style so please don’t feel your clock has to be an antique or particularly valuable merit or justify repair. Services and Prices are much more reasonable than you might think, from me at least!. Popular services include:

*I offer free pick and and delivery within a 15 mile radius of Braintree.

My customers are varied and I could be replacing a simple quartz movement from the 1970’s through to a full service on an 17/18th century Grandfather clock or a carriage clock repair and clean.

A lot of what I end up doing is strip down, component repair and cleaning work. I frequently strip down a movement to its cogs and even inner springs if a clean is required. If you would like to see what that involves please follow this link to see a breakdown of how its done.

In many instances the service is drop off and delivery, for instance with a mantle or carriage clock repair. Grandfather clocks or other fixed or large clocks can be repaired where they stand. If you prefer I can also work on smaller clocks at your home rather than provide the collect and deliver service. Its normally a few hours work for anything invloving cleaning and therefore disassembly.

Free estimates by phone email or appointment.

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You can call me on 07462 269529 between 9am and 9pm 7 days a week. If you dont know whats wrong with your clock I can usually ask you a few questions that will get to the bottom of things fundementally and provide a broad estimate of the likely work required.

Email me with pictures for a faster more accurate estimate.

Before I tell you what pictures are useful please dont worry if you cant provide them.  Just email me a description of what the problem in whatever terms you are comfortable with e.g. “I have a clock my father used to own and its not worked for a few years. Its about 14 inches wide by 9 high.”

The more detail you can provide the better, buts its not essentail for the purposes of a first line diagnosis and broader estimate. Most problems fit in to certain repair categories where the range of costs are known so its just a matter of working out approximately what is required in order to give some idea of the possible price range.

That said, good pictures really do speak a 1000 words…

If you are familiar with taking and emailing photos then please take as many as is convenient along the lines of:

  • Pictures of the entire clock from the front sides and rear.
  • Close ups of damage you would like attention paid to.
  • Any you can take of the inside of the clock showing the back of the movement in a close up that shows any engraved text or serial numbers (if possible!).

If theres a lot to photograph or you would simply prefer that I visit to have a good look then please text or call my mobile 07462 269529. I am more than happy to take calls up until 9pm weekdays and over the weekend.

I cover about a 10 to 15 mile radius around Braintree which runs to the borders of Bishops stortford, Chelmsford, and Cochester.  07462 269 529

restorationsJPGBraintree Antiques Centre at the Bocking arts theatre.

I run Braintree Clock Repairs from the Bocking Arts Centre. Clocks can be dropped off and picked up from there Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4.30pm.

Bocking_AuctionsWe also run a friendly local auction with guest auctioneers and all sorts of interesting antiques and collectable lots. Anyone can go and registering to bid is easy and can even be done online although I would recommend attending the auction as viewing goods will give you a far beter idea of what you are getting when compared to a computer listing and picture. Bidding is easy. Its all easy!. Its opposite the White Hart Hotel at the back of Argos with reasonable parking in the evening and Sainburys carpark is 1 minute walk as an alternative. You can pick up some great clock bargains if you have a repairer like me on hand – broken clocks are worth a LOT less than those that are not and this is reflected in auction prices particularly – a good tip if you want to end up owning an expensive working clock for half the price!.

Thanks for Visiting,

Justin Holt

Braintree Clock Repairs