11 August 2011

Project "Wehrle Polo Alarm Clock"

i saw this alarm clock at a flea market and noticed it had a second hand on the bottom. i'm not an expert in any way with clocks/watches but it seemed like a nice thing to have on an antique mechanical alarm clock so i bought it. it also has the words "made in germany" at the bottom so it should be of some value. (right? german efficiency and all that?)

it kept stopping on its own after every five minutes, so it was in need of a cleaning and tuning.

the problem with this clock is that unlike other 'normal' alarm clocks, this one had its back crimped on to the body. that makes it a few hundredfold harder to open. i applied some oil around the edges and slowly eased the back plate off the body with a small screwdriver.

another problem was that the knobs at the back could all be unscrewed except for one: the time adjustment knob which is in the center. it obviously couldn't be unscrewed because you can turn the knob both clockwise and anticlockwise to adjust the time.

to remove the knob you will have to pry open the back plate (like in the picture below) and use one pair of pliers to hold the shaft that it is attached to on the inside and another pair of pliers to slowly pull the knob out. (dabbing some oil would be good, the shaft in my clock had some rust on it and was nearly fused to the knob)

remove the two metal feet from the bottom by simply unscrewing them from the body, once that is done the whole back plate can be removed.

the only thing holding the clockwork to the body now is the snooze button up on top. the button is held in place by a circlip shown in the picture below, pull the clip out (gently) with a small pair of pliers and the button can be removed.

once the snooze button is removed, the snooze button holder can also be removed and the clockwork comes right off the body. the snooze button assembly is really small and easy to lose so make sure you put it somewhere safe!

i can't really explain much about the gears, all i can say after looking closely at the mechanism i managed to identify the gears that were affecting the system and a few dabs of light machine oil here and there made the clock run smoothly without stopping (overnight) so it was better than when i first got it.

this video shows how the snooze button works:

the top knob sets the time the alarm will ring. when it does ring and you press the snooze button, the ringing will stop and the button stays down. it will pop back up only if the alarm spring is rewound (which is what people will usually do before they go to bed). it doesn't sound like it's ringing because the back plate has to be on...it is definitely loud enough to wake someone up unless they're in a coma.

the glass (not plastic) lens simply needed a good cleaning with liquid glass cleaner.



so now it was ready to be put back together!

on a side note: the back plate kind of looks like a sad, four-eyed alien, don't it?

i think it looks slightly more brand new now...but the body gives it away. still...it's a nice clock to add to my collection of old stuff!


  1. Nice find, have the same clock just a little later in date.

  2. I have a Wehrle clock that looked older than yours. It ticks for at least 1/2 a day and stops. I would like to give the clock to you if you're interested. Please contact me benjamingohtf@gmail.com thank you.

    1. no it's okay, i am kinda running out of space and have been busy with full time work hence the lack of posts in a very long while :) thanks though

  3. I have a Wehrle Three in One Alarm Clock. Its is working but its not striking. I tried applying oil and it's still not striking. Can you help me with it?

  4. Hey, I have the same clock. I opened it up to fix it after it fell down but now I have no clue how to put it back together. Would you by chance have a tutorial that shows how to re-assemble it?


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