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As I am not a certified appraiser I do not give values of clocks over the Internet. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". However, considerations are what the clock originally sold for, the condition of the case and movement, and particularly the area in which you live, the demand and the economy. ALSO, WATCHES ARE NOT MY FIELD. However, I can advise the clock owner on proper maintenance of a clock to keep it running, small corrections and adjustments and how to move a clock without damaging it. I can also advise on obtaining parts for clocks. As clock case model label numbers are difficult to relate to the movements, it is helpful if you can give me the information usually found on the movements themselves. Modern clock movements usually have the information on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 40 years and was plant engineer in the mid 90's and later operations and engineering consultant at Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama. I now have my own clock shop in Prattville, Alabama.

Experience in the area

One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required at Emperor. With the proper specifications and quality control, some beautiful clock cases were built. The factory people from the wood carvers to the plant manager were very congenial, friendly and I left a lot of wonderful friends when I returned from my trips.

Organizations

NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) 30 years Prattville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce

Publications

Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

Education/Credentials

Associate of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology Emperor Introductory Clock Repair (Eventually taught a portion of the class after becoming employee)

Awards and Honors

Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

What do you like about this subject?

There are so many different types of clocks that one runs up on a different one each day. But I think that the most important aspect of my business is meeting the people that are the clock owners. They have such facinating stories about their clocks. However, the greatest satisfaction is bringing an old, worn out clock back to life.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Along with my demanding work in repairing and restoring clocks, I hope to start an introductory hands-on clock repair course. I am gathering information for an article on the history of the clock industry in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Some of the early clocks were long term used for noting planting times for agriculture, later for timing tides so ships could successfully leave and enter harbors, and so monks could time their vigils in the night. Now the most accurate clock is the cesium atomic waterfall clock whis is accurate to 1 billionth of a second per day!


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Recent Answers from John Newman

2017-03-14 Diplomat Clock Triple Chime Key Size:

Dee, you can Gooogle clock supply companies, such as Timesavers, Merritts, Mile High and Black Forest Imports to name a few.  Most of these companies have On-line catalogs. For instance, you can go to

2017-03-11 Diplomat Clock Triple Chime Key Size:

Dee, thanks for sending me the photos.  However I cannot quite tell the size/type of the key.  Does the key have an markings on it?  That might help.  The model number of the clock does not help me identify

2017-03-06 Re :Question of Model 3081:

Leonard, the question to me was concerning a GF clock made by Hentschel.  I did obtain any information about it.  I will try to contact the person with the question and see if they still need information

2017-02-25 Pallesgaard Grandmother clock:

Neilsen, if you have tried the things I suggested and looked at the steps of the instructions I copied you on, I would say that it is time to go to Level 3 and have an experienced clockmaker look at it

2017-02-21 Montgomery/ ward Grandfather Clock:

Craig, I answered your question last night, but got a notice that it did not send.  So, I'll do it again:    First, the model numbers on clock cases, labels and owner's manuals very seldom indicate the

 

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