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.
I recently repaired this Schatz 1000 day clock. It is dated 10 56 (October 1956) on the rear of the movement. This clock has its original instruction sheet, with both English and German instructions See more photos. Repair job 5559. Share this post:September 30, 2011
My customer sent this movement to be repaired, because the clock fell off the wall, bending the center arbor and causing 2 gears to come out of the movement plates. The movement has the nice thin original Seth Thomas mainsprings. Time Mainspring: 11/16 inch wide by 0.0165 inch thick. Strike Mainspring: 11/16 inch wide by […]September 5, 2011
This clock dates from around 1900 – 1920. The movement was made by Kienzle in Germany. The case is 29 inches tall and 14 13/16 inches wide. The square background part of the dial has been painted black (it may have been silvered originally) and the chapter ring is a replacement. The minute hand is […]September 5, 2011
This Ansonia mantel clock has a black enamled iron case, and was made around 1890 – 1910. It has Ansonia’s 4 pillar rectangular movement that uses thinner (weaker) mainsprings than most other American clocks. This reliable movement was used in many Ansonia mantel clocks. The case is 10 7/8 inches tall, 11 1/2 inches wide, […]September 5, 2011
This Ansonia oak cased shelf clock is called the “Bedford” according to the label on the back. The 8-day movement strikes the hour and half-hour on a heavy wire or Cathedral gong. The case is 22 1/2 inches tall and 14 7/16 inches wide. The dial has a 4 7/8 inch minute track (outside diameter). […]September 8, 2011
I recently repaired this Gustav Becker two weight wall clock. Is is interesting in that the back of the movement is marked “Made in Tschechoslovakia”. This means that the clock was made between the end of World War 1 and 1926. See The Gustav Becker Logos. A post on the NAWCC message board talks about […]September 13, 2011
I recently lubricated this clock, and I thought it was pretty enough that I should illustrate it. The dial is enamel with the numerals fired into it (like on antique pocket watches). It has a very popular type of movement that is used in many of Waterbury’s mantel and shelf clocks. Notice the copper color […]August 31, 2011
This wall or “box” clock was made in Germany, but has no maker’s markings. The movement says 42/105 and 392 on the back, and 392 on the front. It has a coil gong, with the gong base labeled “Viola-Gong D.R.G.M.” The German clock companies were trying to outdo each other in the richness of sound […]August 31, 2011
Most 400 day clocks have a round brass base that is polished and lacquered. Some nickel-plated 400 day clocks were made. These are uncommon, and I see only 1 or 2 of these per year in my repair shop. I recently repaired a copper plated Schatz 400 day clock! It is the only one I […]August 31, 2011
This Kundo standard-sized 400 day clock has a nickel plated finish instead of the common plain brass. It has a wide-plate movement so I believe it was made on the early 1950s. The back plate has no name, just the Kundo logo in a circle. It uses a 0.0032 inch thick suspension spring. I didn’t […]August 31, 2011