CLOCKs

Making clocks is  an enjoyable pastime . 

Most people will throw away a plastic wall  clock when it  breaks  down. Actually the dead clock movement can easily be replaced if the clock design is attractive. A replacement quartz movement made by Seiko is expensive but it is guaranteed to run more accurately than those fitted to cheap clocks sold at general stores and supermarkets . At the same time the batteries do not run out so fast like those five Ringgit clock movements .

I found that at present clock shops do not stock cheap clock movements anymore. So if I am looking for a cheap clock movement I would buy a cheap plastic clock and remove the movement to use in a new clock I made or use it as replacement for my dead clock.

I used to purchase electronic movements from Clockit ( https://www.klockit.com/all-departments ) or  H.S. Walsh (  https://www.hswalsh.com/  )

 .Both companies stock a wide range movements and clock dials . The quartz movements are made in Japan, Germany and United  States . Hswalsh also sells spare parts for mechanical clocks and clock repair tools  But now as the exchange rate is too high I find it relatively cheap to buy reliable quality clock movements from local clock shops.

I still cannot source clock dials locally. So I have no choice but to get the clock dials from the two companies I mentioned above.

I would like to make clocks using mechanical  movements with pendulums but they are very expensive. Quartz movements with electronic  pendulums are much cheaper but the pendulums have nothing to do with time keeping.

Movements

On the left is a quartz movement.  Center: Regulator mechanical movement .  Right: Mechanical movement. 

   

 

Clock dials

    

 

 

A few clocks I made.

Pewter plaque clock.

 

Made in China cardboard clock dials.

Some craft suppliers in UK still sell ceramic clock dials.  Craft supplies Ltd. used to have many designs of ceramic  clock dials on sale but now I don't see the dials anymore in their catalog.   

 


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