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S&S Swan General - More about the Swan plaque
16 May 2012 - 15:32
Join Date: 30 January 2007
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More about the Swan plaque
The quartz VDO clock placed just under the Swan plaque does not run any more because a small inner plastic gear failed. In the 411 it is a 80mm diameter clock while VDO now produces only smaller clocks (typically 52mm diameter). Moreover I have been spending some time looking for a used similar size clock without success.
My question is: did anybody face this same problem and how did he/she solve it?
The plastic gear does not appear to be easily repaired so I wonder, for example, if it is possible to adapt the mechanism of a new clock to the old case without major adjustments.

Daniel, 411/004

22 May 2012 - 21:06
Join Date: 31 January 2007
Posts: 30


I had a problem with my VDO clock, which had a broken hand adjuster. I found Speedy Cables  ( of Caerbont Industrial Estate, Abercrave, Swansea SA9 1SQ, who repaired my clock albeit rather slowly. It now works beautifully, though I may say that the clock was working when I sent it to Speedy cables, albeit showing the wrong time!

I hope that this helps.

Anthony Fawcett, Wotan 411-40

14 August 2023 - 04:06
Join Date: 01 December 2019
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Found this old thread. My VDO clock has a cracked glass and I can't find a replacement. Anybody has any leads for an 80mm VDO clock?




Swan 47, Typon

14 September 2023 - 19:52
Join Date: 27 January 2011
Posts: 140

Hi Peter,

an inspiration could be this video:

They reference . They renovate VDO instruments from classic cars.

Christian 411/028 IF



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