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.
In the late 1970’s, Westclox typed up a document giving highlights of the company’s history from 1885 to 1976. The document is now on ClockHistory.com Share this post:November 26, 2009
I repaired this Seth Thomas Adamantine clock last week. The movement is No. 89C, a popular movement for mantel clocks, using a semi-deadbeat escapement. This one needed a lot of work, including making a new dial (it had a terrible replacement dial), making a new front strike mainwheel bushing, and replacing both click rivets and […]August 31, 2011
Most spring driven American antique clocks are overpowered (they have springs that are stronger than necessary). Even at age 100 years (give or take) the mainsprings are almost always strong enough to operate the clock reliably, assuming that the clock has been repaired properly, including POLISHING THE PIVOTS and installing bushings. A spring should be […]November 26, 2009
I just finished repairing this 400 day clock with a Herr standard movement. The back of the movement is labeled “Hall Craft Corp.” and “REX”. Here are movies of the escapement and rear view of the clock in operation: Here is a slide show of six views of the clock: The movement needed six pivots […]November 26, 2009
I recently repaired this Kundo miniature 400 day clock with a pretty gold colored metal dial. The movement needed cleaning and a new suspension spring. The pivots and pivot holes were in good condition. Here is a movie of the escapement in operation: Here is a slide show showing the complete clock, and the gears […]November 26, 2009
I just finished repairing this 1919 Gilbert Mantel clock (the movement has “19” stamped on the front plate, meaning 1919). This movement has nickel plated steel plates with brass bushings. The brass bushings can be reamed and bushings installed, just like a movement with normal brass plates. This movement needed all the train wheel pivots […]November 26, 2009
In 1954, Schatz introduced their 1000 Day Clock. The 1000 day clock is based on Schatz’s miniature 400 day clock movement (see Why 400 Day Clocks Run So Long). A larger mainspring, with about 2.5 times the amount of energy storage, is used, but the gears and escapement are similar. The pendulum makes 10 rotations […]November 26, 2009
Suspension Spring Units for Schatz 400 Day and 1000 Day Clocks Schatz clocks have a model number inside a circle on the back plate (49, 53, 54 or JUM/7). The other numbers on the back of a Schatz clock are the date code (month and year). Here are the suspension spring unit numbers for Schatz […]November 26, 2009
I recently repaired an Ithaca grandfather clock. Ithaca is famous for its double dial perpetual calendar clocks, and they made grandfather clocks from ca. 1898 until 1917 (when Ithaca closed). This clock has an 8 day time and strike movement made by Gilbert Clock Co. in Winsted, Connecticut. It is spring driven, and is a […]November 26, 2009
This is a 1950’s Heco windup 400 day anniversary clock made by Kern & Sohne in Germany. The height, including the glass dome, is 8 3/8 inches. The base was polished and lacquered about 10 years ago. It still looks nice, but has a few small tarnish spots and a couple of dents (the worst […]May 27, 2013