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Hey guys, thanks for the replys.
I did find one suggestion interesting. When I disassembled the movement for cleaning, I did not remove the minute hand assembly from the front plate because it seemed like the gear on the inside and outside of the plate seemed fixed on the shaft. So it makes me wonder if the slip joint part of the minute was stuck. I have seen some american clocks that if you breath hard on the hands it slips. So I thought this was unusual.
So if I understand correctly, when you reassembly a clock movement, it should be easy to move the minute hand to set the time, but not so easy so as to seem too loose. Is that right?