Author Archive: Bill Stoddard
My name is Bill Stoddard, and I like to repair clocks, document the history of Westclox and their clocks and watches, design web sites, and program in PHP. Professionally, I operate Bill's Clockworks, where I repair American antique clocks and 400 day anniversary clocks; and sell new wall, mantle, chime, cuckoo and other types of clocks, and a few antique clocks.
My other joys include being with my family, bicycle riding, singing in church choir, and vintage hi-fi and LP records.
Here’s a nice old time-only 30-day wall regulator by Waterbury Clock Company. This is a round-drop oak case, 31 inches tall and 17 inches wide. The painted dial with Roman numerals has a time track that is 12 1/16 inches outside diameter. The instruction label on the back of the case says the model name […]December 15, 2015
Here is an old and unusual 400 day clock with a white marble base, made around 1900. The dial says “The Bowler & Burdick Co., Cleveland, O.” Notice the small dial, delicate hands and disc pendulum, common on early 400 day clocks. See more pictures. Repair job 6685. Horolovar back plate no. 1471. 0.004 inch […]December 13, 2015
This Seth Thomas Westminster chime mantel clock has a No. 124 movement. The cover on the back of the clock says “KENBURY-1W MODEL No. E- 705-003”. The case is mahogany with a lighter wood inlay band across the bottom. The 1951 Seth Thomas catalog shows this clock. Height 8 3/8 inches, width 15 3/8 inches, […]December 16, 2015
There is a new Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois. It is housed in the former Westclox factory at 350 5th Street. My friends Cheryl and Gary Biolchini and I visited on October 31st. Even though the museum has been open only since last February, the founders and dedicated volunteers have gathered a wonderful selection of […]November 7, 2015
Here’s an Adamantine Mantel clock (made by Seth Thomas) that I’d never seen before! I would describe the case finish as “tortoise shell”. Below are photos of the front of the clock, a closeup of the case, and a photo of the rear showing the movement: Adamantine is a veneered celluloid finish made by […]October 20, 2015
This Schatz standard 400 day clock is from 1953 and has several unusual features: The movement has 2 jewel bearings (most standard size movements have no jewels). The jewel bearings don’t affect how well the clock works, and may have been a sales feature; It has an auxiliary mainspring and barrel on the 4th gear. […]May 19, 2015
Here’s a Seth Thomas 1948 electric mantel clock with Westminster chimes that I repaired. The mahogany case is 9 1/8 inches tall and 19 15/16 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 1/2 inches long. See more pictures. Repair job 6382. I polished the pivots and installed 25 bushings. I installed a replacement time 5th […]May 14, 2015
Here’s another Jahresuhrenfabrik 400 day clock I repaired. This one was probably made about 1910 or 1912. The base is not original – it is a 1950s Kundo base. Repair job 6468. I polished the pivots, removed the broken-off screws and found new screws to mount the arch (the decorative part above the dial). I […]May 13, 2015
Three matching Jahresuhrenfabrik (JUF) 400 day clocks ca. 1910 were in my shop at the same time. They have a smaller disc pendulum and thinner suspension spring than many JUF 400 day clocks, and date from around 1910. Many JUF disc pendulum clocks use a 0.004 inch thick suspension spring, but these 3 clocks have […]May 10, 2015
Schatz made 3 sizes of 400 day clock: Standard, Miniature and Midget. The Standard 400 day says “49” on the back inside a circle, the miniature says “53”, and the midget says “JUM/7”. Can anyone tell me what “JUM/7” means? The midget 400 day clock is slightly shorter than the miniature. I recently repaired a […]May 9, 2015