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Ships Barometer & Clock - needs repair

Hello! Could anyone recommend a place to have my ship barometer & clock looked at? Neither seems to be working, but I'd like them too!
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What make is it? Weems & Plath?
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Most common maker is Weems and Plath and they will repair their instruments, might want to check current prices for your model to determine if cheaper to repair or replace.
http://www.weems-plath.com/custserv.html
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An aneroid barometer is the type typically found on boats and usually does not require service or repair. Since it registers changes in atmospheric pressure though a pointer activated by a contracting or expanding vacuum bellows, no electrical current or batteries are required.

Keep in mind that the pointer will move very gradually, so you may not notice much change - therefore it may still work without realizing it. Generally, if the pointer moves toward low pressure, it means oncoming bad weather, high pressure means the onset of good weather.

The ship's clock of course, does require either electrical energy to power a motor, or a mechanical spring needing periodic winding. Check to see which type you have and maybe the problem will be solved. Otherwise, I would bring the instruments to a local watch/clock repair shop for their analysis.
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Thank you all for the help and ideas. The maker is Watrous, German maybe? I don't know that they are anything special. Maybe I will look into replacing instead, I don't think that the barometer needle has ever moved since we've had it.
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Windermere:

Did a fast google. Found this http://www.theweatherstore.com/frwashwhba.html
Looks like nice instruments.
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Thank you Wayne25! I put a call into them this morning about repair. Jane
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