Today it is important to have the movement cleaned about every four or five years. It must be completely disassembed and cleaned or the wheelwork will wear from street dirt getting into the movement.
Only the pivots and pallets require oil, plus winding click and shaft pivots. If oil is applied to the wheelwork or pinions, serious wear will occur in a short time. As with all clocks and watches, no oil is applied to any gear work in the train except winding ratchet wheels, according to old timers in the repair business.
J.Jessop & Son's Famous San Diego Street Clock
Verdin Clock Co. downtown New Baltimore, Michigan
Notice the 4-Dial reproduction Seth Thomas Clock head
and the reproduction Howard Clock Co. base and post.