Antique clocks: appreciating the authenticity of the mechanism

Are you a lover of authentic quality products, or a lover of works of art, you have a real penchant for antique clocks? The pretty sound of its regular ticking and the ringing of the clock that takes you back to another era, more soothing and richer in imagination are far from leaving you indifferent? Here is what you need to know to choose your antique clock.

4 categories according to your needs

Depending on your needs, the space you wish to place your antique clocks, but also the type of mechanism that appeals to you, find antique clocks on for instance , in flea markets, or in antique shops. The designers of these beautiful jewels have thought of many mechanisms for you.

The most famous is the pendulum clock which seduces by its aestheticism to decorate your furniture and the room in which it is installed with a touch of antiquity. A real collector’s item that you can find in an antique shop, at an auction or at a flea market, the pendulum clock is distinguished by its mechanism which works by a system of weights to be wound regularly without the need for a power supply. However, in the event of a breakdown of this antique object, it is advisable to call in a professional in this field. Similarly, give it a place that does not need to be moved frequently as it is a heavy object.

The wall clock, which is easy to hang in your home, is an authentic decoration in its own right. The most famous is the famous cuckoo clock with a bird pointing its nose at specific times to push its cuckoo clock. You can also opt for the Viennese clock which has the same function as a pendulum clock presented in a case with glass walls.

The elegant table clock presented under a bell or in a case made of wood and glass beautifully decorates sideboards, shelves or even fireplaces.

Finally, the radio-controlled clock is distinguished by its special mechanism which works by picking up the signal from a transmitter with a time reference and tells you the exact time without having to be wound.

Winding your antique clock or pendulum clock properly

Antique clocks need to be regularly reassembled. The mechanical movement can last up to eight days, but only 24 hours for some models. This operation, far from being complicated, must however be carried out with care. In the case of a pendulum clock, it must be carried out as a counterweight to the clock before the movement reaches the end of its travel. During adjustment, be careful to lift the weights slightly to avoid damaging the gearing. Pass a small trickle of oil on a microfibre cloth to oil the mechanism from time to time so that it functions properly.

For spring clocks, do not hesitate to count the revolutions when winding them up. Never force the key.

Some maintenance tips

To keep your clock or pendulum looking shiny, clean the varnished case with antique wax or polish.

If you have to transport a pendulum clock over a long distance, it is advisable to dismantle it and block the fork. For a short distance, it is sufficient to make sure that the pendulum can lean on the case while holding the clock.

And above all, avoid turning the hands of rare clocks backwards.

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