On this instruction page, you will find detailed information on how to use your Atmos clock. We explain how to properly lock your clock, where it is best to set it up, and how to adjust it. In addition, procedures if you should have any problems with your clock.
If you have any further questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact us via mail or by phone at +49 178 8170 215.
- Never move the Atmos clock without locking it first.
- Do not move the hour hand.
- Move the minute hand clockwise only.
Choose a quiet, stable, and preferably vibration-free place for the Atmos clock. Because of the temperature fluctuations, places on outside walls are preferable. Be careful not to expose the clock to sunlight, as it can damage the gold plating and fade the dial.
2. Setting up
If present, first loosen the locking screw under the clock as far as it will go.
Place the clock in its intended location and align it with the front set screws using the bubble level to ensure high accuracy.
If your clock is not yet locked, lock it before setting the clock.
Now carefully set the time a few minutes ahead of the current time, clockwise and by the minute hand only. Do not touch the dial.
If you wish to set your clock from summer to winter time, i.e. one hour back, note to turn the minute hand forward 11 turns (hours) to reach the desired time.
If your clock has a complication for displaying the moon phase, you can adjust it, depending on the model. There is usually a small slot above the moon phase, through which you can use a tool or toothpick to set the moon phase. It is best to choose a full moon day to set the moon phase correctly.
If your Atmos has a moon phase and a year calendar, you can adjust both with the appropriate tool. First use one side of the tool to turn the setting screw in the centre of the moon phase to adjust both the calendar and the moon phase. Note only the position of the calendar. Then use the other side of the tool to adjust the moon phase.
Wait until the preset time and release the locking lever from right to left. On some clocks, this is somewhat stiff. Release the lever slowly so as not to give the pendulum any additional swing, otherwise, damage to the anchor fork may occur. The pendulum now turns freely and needs a few days to find its swing.
5. Fine tuning
You can fine-tune the clock using the small adjustment lever above the dial. One stroke to the right or left corresponds to approximately 10–15 seconds of correction in 24 hours of operation.
Wait until the rotating pendulum has turned fully to the right before you want to lock your clock or adjust the time. Now move the locking lever from left to right and lock the pendulum. Make sure the movement is smooth and even. The lever must be pushed all the way to the right side.
my clock has stopped
Do not turn the minute hand under any circumstances, but carefully turn the rotating pendulum to the right by a maximum of 180 degrees with your finger. Then lock the clock with the locking lever. Now you can set the correct time on the minute hand as described in the “Adjustment” section. Afterward, you can release the locking lever again, the clock will now start again. If it stops again after some time, you can now be sure that the clock needs a revision. Often it will run again for weeks, months, or years, depending on what caused the stop.
Accurate leveling without bubble level
Look at the clock sideways to get a clear view of the lower end of the pendulum where it passes through a narrow opening in the plate. Center the pendulum by the opening with the pivot feet. When the small plate is centered just above the opening, you have correctly adjusted your clock.
Tips for the cold season
If your Atmos is placed in a relatively cool room during the cold season (constantly below 16–17 degrees), treat your clock to some warmth from time to time. To do this, lock your Atmos as described in the locking section. This will secure the clock and you can put it in a warmer room for a day or two. This way you will ensure the winding function and your clock will thank you! When releasing the locking lever, always make sure that the rotating pendulum does not start with momentum.
We often receive emails from concerned customers whose Atmos clocks have stopped. They often fear that a major repair is due and that the pressure cell or the pendulum spring is defective. You don’t have to worry about that for the time being because in 99% of the cases only a revision is due and if the clock has not been mishandled, no spare parts are needed.
A revision is due with each Atmos clock depending upon environmental influences and location approx. every 10–25 years. The movement is disassembled into its parts, which are then checked and carefully cleaned. The movement is then reassembled, its rate and accuracy checked and fine-tuned over several weeks. If parts, such as the pressure box or a cracked torsion pendulum spring, need to be replaced, we will of course contact you after an initial appraisal. If desired, gold plating, nickel plating, rhodium plating, or silver plating of the case is also possible.
Just contact us and we can send you a prepared, soft padded shipping box to make the transport safe for your Atmos. We will then be happy to refurbish your Atmos. If you wish for the best-insured transport of valuables, we can also offer or organize this transport of valuables, from door to door. Just contact us, and we will be happy to help you.