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.

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Setting Your Clock Ahead to Daylight Saving Time

March 6, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Setting Your Clock Ahead to Daylight Saving Time

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 […]

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Last updated March 5, 2017

Setting your clock back from Daylight Saving Time

October 25, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
Setting your clock back from Daylight Saving Time

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 […]

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Last updated October 26, 2016

Seth Thomas Adamantine Clock, Mahogany Finish, Back Escapement Movement

September 1, 2012 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Adamantine Clock, Mahogany Finish, Back Escapement Movement

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 […]

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Last updated September 11, 2012

Kundo Miniature 400 Day Clock with Pearlescent Plastic dial

September 1, 2012 | By | Reply More
Kundo Miniature 400 Day Clock with Pearlescent Plastic dial

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 […]

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Last updated December 22, 2013

Kundo Standard 400 Day Clock with Large Dial

August 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Kundo Standard 400 Day Clock with Large Dial

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 […]

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Last updated August 25, 2012

Seth Thomas “Sussex” Adamantine Mantel Clock

August 26, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas “Sussex” Adamantine Mantel Clock

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 […]

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Last updated August 29, 2012

Kroeber Regulator No. 31 Wall Clock

August 25, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Kroeber Regulator No. 31 Wall Clock

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 […]

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Last updated August 25, 2012

Schatz 400 Day Clock, Roman Numeral Dial with No Name, Ivory Painted

August 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Schatz 400 Day Clock, Roman Numeral Dial with No Name, Ivory Painted

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 […]

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Last updated October 4, 2013

Seth Thomas Dark Mahogany Tambour Mantel Clock, ca. 1920

August 20, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Seth Thomas Dark Mahogany Tambour Mantel Clock, ca. 1920

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 […]

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Last updated August 23, 2012

Seth Thomas Mantel Clock with No. 124 Westminister Chime Movement

August 3, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Seth Thomas Mantel Clock with No. 124 Westminister Chime Movement

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, […]

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Last updated July 22, 2012

Seth Thomas Oak Shelf Clock

August 1, 2012 | By | Reply More
Seth Thomas Oak Shelf Clock

I repaired this Seth Thomas shelf clock and installed new mainsprings because they had previously been replaced with springs that were too strong. The case is 22 3/8 inches tall and 14 3/4 inches wide. The minute hand is 2 13/16 inches long. I replaced the dial because the original was in very bad condition. […]

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Last updated July 22, 2012

Ingraham Beehive Mantel Clock, 1914

July 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Ingraham Beehive Mantel Clock, 1914

This Ingraham “beehive” shaped mantel clock has an 8-day time and strike movement dated 3 14 (March 1914). The movements in these Ingraham mantel clocks run very efficiently thanks to their deadbeat escapement. The case is 13 1/16 inches tall and 8 5/8 inches wide. The dial’s minute track is 4 3/8 inch in diameter, […]

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Last updated July 22, 2012

Schatz 400 Day with Ivory Painted Dial, 1952

July 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Schatz 400 Day with Ivory Painted Dial, 1952

I recently repaired this Schatz standard 400 day clock. The dial is brass with embossed numerals, painted ivory. The hands are thin stamped brass, to reduce their weight. See more photos. Repair job 5833. Horolovar backplate no. 1279 with date of 9 52 (September 1952). Share this post:

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Last updated July 21, 2012

Junghans One-Weight Vienna Regulator

July 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Junghans One-Weight Vienna Regulator

This “Vienna” regulator by Junghans has an oak case 40 1/2 inches tall and 13 1/2 inches wide. The enamel dial is marked “W. Bauer, Wein” on the center portion (Wein means Vienna). This must be the seller (or was added later) as the movement was made in Germany. The dial’s minute track is 6 […]

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Last updated July 8, 2013