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.
Daylight Saving Time in the USA officially starts Sunday March 12, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. You will need to set your clocks forward one hour. I recommend doing this before you go to bed on Saturday night (March 12th) On most clocks, it is okay to turn the minute hand clockwise one hour. When setting […]March 5, 2017
Daylight Saving Time in the USA officially ends Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 a.m. You will need to set your clocks back one hour. I recommend doing this before you go to bed on Saturday night (November 5th). The U.S. Department of Transportation also reminds Americans to change the batteries in their smoke detectors […]October 26, 2016
This beautiful Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clock has a mahogany finish and two pillars on each side of the case. This clock has the 8-day movement with escapement in back, so it was made in 1901 or earlier. The case is 12 1/4 inches tall and 16 3/4 inches wide at the feet. The minute hand is […]September 11, 2012
This Kundo miniature 400 day clock has an unusual dial – it is thin plastic with a pearlescent finish and Roman numerals. It was made in the 1950s, and has a round base with leveling discs, and a pendulum locking device. See more photos. Repair job 5858. Horolovar back plate similar to 1381 with the […]December 22, 2013
Here is another Kundo standard 400 day clock with large dial, as I described in Kundo and Welby Standard 400 day Clocks with Large Dial. This example has “wings” on the movement to make it look like the wide movement that was first used on Kundo standard 400 day clocks. It has the older type of […]August 25, 2012
I’ve always liked the appearance of these green and black Seth Thomas Adamantine mantel clocks, and this one is interesting in having the model name “Sussex” stenciled on the back. This clock has the 8-day movement with escapement in back, so it was made in 1901 or earlier. The case is 11 3/4 inches tall […]August 29, 2012
This mahogany-cased wall clock was made by F. Kroeber, New York, but it has a nameplate and instruction label of “Cook & Jaques” inside the case. The movement is labeled “F. Kroeber, New York” Kroeber probably bought the movement from a maker such as Noah Pomeroy, who commonly made the type of escapement used in […]August 25, 2012
Here’s another Schatz 400 day clock with Roman numeral dial. This one has an ivory painted case. The dial doesn’t have the Schatz name, so the clock was made around 1949. (There is no date on the movement either, as Schatz started putting the date code on their 400 day clock movement in 1952.) See […]October 4, 2013
This Seth Thomas tambour mantel clock is very plain, yet is a great example of an old clock of classic design that will be reliable for many years. It has the No. 89 movement, very reliable and efficient, and one of their best movements, in my opinion. The clock is 17 inches wide, 9 1/8 […]August 23, 2012
I repaired this Seth Thomas tambour chiming mantel clock. It has the No. 124 Westminster chime movement, made from 1924 through 1956. (After 1956, Seth Thomas imported Hermle chime movements from Germany.) The case on this clock is 20 1/2 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches tall. The minute hand is 2 5/16 inches long, […]July 22, 2012