November 5, 2017 Fall Back
that time of year again to turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night
or Sunday morning, November 5. Some helpful tips for wind up clocks would
be to stop the clock and restart in an hour. Never go backwards with the
hands on an older wind up clock. For battery clocks you can usually just
turn the hands back an hour with the set knob. Also we recommend putting
fresh batteries in your quartz clock, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
NAWCC 1 Day Joint
Chapter Meeting & Mart
On Saturday August 19, 2017, I attended the 1 day joint chapter
meeting and mart put on by the National Association of Watch and Clock
Collectors, Chapter 3 and 47. It was held at the VFW Post 4551 in Antioch,
Illinois. The mart (swap meet) was open from 9:00 to 2:00, but parking
lot sales started at 8:00. The event was well attended, with a large amount
of unique clocks, watches and parts for sale. A good time was had by all
Daylight Saving Time
begins March 12, 2017
TIME TO TURN CLOCKS FORWARD
It's that time of year again to turn your clocks forward an hour on Saturday
night or Sunday morning.
Chapter 47 Meeting
I attended the NAWCC Chapter 47
meeting on Sunday, January 8, 2017. We had a good turnout of members,
considering the temperature was in the single digits. A small selection
of clocks were for sale, but they were quality timepieces. A nice selection
of watches were also for sale. More watches than clocks for sale at this
show. Ed Buc gave an excellent presentation on sundials. His presentation
was titled "Sundials of Wisconsin". Ed showed slides of sundials
in Rhinelander, LaCrosse, Wauwatosa and more. He gave an in-depth description
of sundials from elaborate to homemade. His presentation was well received.
Clocks For Sale
Looking for that special gift of
time for someone on your holiday list? Stop by the
clock shop, or browse through our inventory of vintage and antique items
online by clicking on the Store tab.
Chelsea 24 Hour Military Clock
We had in for repair a Chelsea 24 hour Navy Clock. The customer
said that it came off the USS Skipjack Submarine in 1979. It has a white
24 hour military time dial and a black phenolic (bakelite) case. The 24
hour dial is rather rare and very desireable. This is an 8 day time only,
no strike, movement with an 11-jewel lever escapement. It needed an overhaul
and cleaning of the platform escapement. After servicing, it worked like
new, keeping perfect time.
So...a customer walks in the clock shop on Saturday with a cuckoo clock.
He says the music box doesn't work. Joe opens the back of the case to
see a live bat inside. It scared the #*% out of him.
New Hermle Clock Movement Now Available on Buy
It Now tab
Hermle 130-070, 130-080
Chelsea "Special" Auto Clock
antique Chelsea "Special" Auto Clock was in my shop for repair.
This 8 day key wind high grade movement needed a tune-up and oiling to
put back in running condition. Travelers
would carry this clock with them when they went "touring or motoring".
Travelers would remove the clock from the case and place on a nightstand
or table. The dial reads Geo. B. Carpenter & Co., Chicago. Made by
Chelsea Clock Company, Boston, U.S.A. in 1911 and sold new for $45.00.
This was a unique clock for a unique time in history.
I went to a customers home in East Troy,
Wisconsin to tune-up a wall clock that I had repaired several years ago.
The clock is a Gustav Becker, 3 weight Grand Sonnerie with 2 gongs. It is
commonly called a "blind man's repeater". You can tell what time
it is by listening to the strike. The grand sonnerie striking pattern is
first quarter, 1 strike on one gong and repeat the current hour on a second
gong. Second quarter, 2 strikes and repeat hour. Third quarter, 3 strikes
and repeat hour. Fourth quarter, (top of hour) the strike will be 4 on one
gong and the next hour on second gong. Example: 2 strikes on one gong and
6 strikes on second gong = 6:30.
This is an impressive
German clock measuring 54" tall by 18"
Gustav Becker Clock
I spotted this sidewalk clock on my
way to a meeting in downtown Milwaukee on June 11. It is located by the
intersection of Kilbourn & North Plankinton Avenue
in front of the Milwaukee County Historical Center. This 20 foot clock was
not working and looked like it needed work inside and out. The clock is
made by Seth Thomas, with the dial marked M.H.KLOPF Jeweler. It was a nice
Don't Touch the Clocks
Here is an interesting
video from the security camera at the National Association of Watch and
Clock Collectors museum in Columbia, PA.
"Look But Don't Touch"
attended the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Chapter
47, meeting in Milwaukee, WI. Meetings are held at the Norway House on
76th and Oklahoma, on the 3rd Sunday of the months of January, March,
May, September and November. There was a nice selection of clocks, watches
and parts for sale at the Mart. Bruce
an informative presentation titled "The wristwatch turns 100".
Bruce is an avid collector of antique and vintage watches. His presentation
highlighted the wristwatch going from a novelty into a rugged, masculine
accessory for World War I soldiers, fighting in the trenches. Bruce brought
in an original 1915 trench watch from his collection. The presentation
was well received. For more information check out the clubs website @
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We are pleased to announce that
we now sell "new clock movements". Check it out. Click on the
Store tab, then the Buy It
Now tab. We offer for sale - Hermle, Urgos, Kieninger and Regula
clock movements. Updating daily. If you have any questions, please contact
Time Change Tips
Move minute hand slowly
forward one hour. If it is a chiming, striking or cuckoo clock, stop every
15 minutes or 1/2 hour, letting it chime, strike or cuckoo.
Battery or Quartz Clocks - It is best to use the hand
knob on the back of the movement to change time. Or move the minute hand
slowly to the next hour. Also change battery if needed.
Electric Clocks - It is best to use the hand knob on
the back or bottom of clock to slowly move hands to the next hour, stopping
every 15 minutes or 1/2 hour, letting it chime or strike.
Atomic Clocks - Clock should change on it's own.
Don't forget to change the batteries in smoke detectors.