LeCoultre Atmospheric clock, serial number #414522, ca 1972. The company touts the perpetual clock saying in their ads, “runs silently, accurately, indefinitely, powered alone by the unfailing daily changes in the temperature and pressure of the air. Atmos requires no electricity, no hand winding, no attention – not even oil”. This clock is near perfect, complete, running, no tarnish anywhere. $500-$750.
Swiss LeCoultre “Atmos” or atmospheric clock. A never wind modern perpetual running clock that operates on temperature changes and atmospheric pressure. The serial number on this clock is “176250”, which dates it about 1962. There is a presentation plaque on the bottom showing it was presented in 1963. The metal and glass case is near perfect, has all the original gold plating and is not pitted or tarnished and shining bright. The dial is perfect. The glass cover is easily removed, and the clock is set to running by releasing the lever on the front bottom. It is signed on the dial and the movement. It is 9.25” high. $400-$600.
Telechron “Electroalarm”, 1929-31. This is one of the most popular Telechrons, put into production after General Electric bought Telechron. The brown plastic bakelite case is in excellent condition, no chips, breaks, or scratches. The gold metal decorative strips in front are present and original, as is the dial and hands. The clock is running – BUT – you can’t set the time. The knob for moving the hands is frozen, so the only way to get it to show the correct time is to start it at the time showing. I think there is also a problem with the power-loss indicator (the red dot) as the handle is loose. We did not test the alarm. The light bulb at the top of the dial lights when turned on. The power cord is an old replacement; the glass over the dial should have a mirror finish around the rim. Since the clock runs, if you are good with these things it seems you ought to be able to free the hand-set shaft and make this clock fully functional. It stands 7.5 inches high. The average sale price for these clocks on eBay over the last few years is $297.
United Clock Co. “Lucky” electric clock, 1949. A chrome horseshoe on a stepped wooden base holding an electric clock, marked “Lucky” at the top of the horseshoe. The stamped manufacture date inside is 1949. The cord and plug are new; the clock is running and keeping time, 9 inches tall and 9.5 inches wide. $25-$50.
Plymouth “Style 5614” wall clock, ca. 1936. Plymouth Clocks was a Division of Seth Thomas. Advertised as “A modestly priced wall clock for the office, store, factory, and school.” The “white wood” (probably poplar) is stained in a “rich mahogany”, the door has a mirror in the lower panel with the pendulum visible through the rectangular window. A signed lacquered metal dial. The movement is unsigned, running 8 days, time only. Just over 14.5 inches tall. All in all in excellent shape, running and keeping time. $50-$100.
Penwood “Numechron”, 1946. Penwood Electric began in the 1930’s and were prolific manufacturers of digital (in the pre-digital age) clocks. The name Numechron refers to all their digital clocks (they made timers and other devices as well). No model name or number is shown on this clock, but the manufacture date appears to be stamped on the bottom as 5-46. The brown marbleized Bakelite case is in perfect condition with no cracks, scrapes, or missing corners. It is running and keeping time nicely. A nice overview of Numechron clocks can be found here. These clocks sell on eBay for $50-$100.
Seth Thomas “Gramercy”, ca. 1925. This art-deco desk clock is 9 inches high in contrasting rosewood and a lighter wood trim (holly-wood?). The gold metal dial notes that it has a 4-jewel movement, backwind, time-only, but we can’t get it running. The clock is not shown in Ly’s two volumes on Seth Thomas clocks, but the paper label on the bottom makes it clear that this model is the Gramercy. A similar label is found on other ST clocks from the 1920’s. No sales that we can find.
French Art Deco onyx clock, ca. 1920. This beautiful archetypal art deco clock is 12.5 inches tall and 12.25 inches wide, with a white onyx base and top and green onyx accents in front and on top. Can’t you just see Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing around a room that looked like this clock? Beveled glasses all around, bright brass framing with two curved metal mirrors on either side (forming an ogee curve), and a fancy brass diamond-shaped pendulum. The onyx is clean and crack-free. The metal dial is rather dark but I think it was designed that way, as it does not show uneven oxidation, wear, or soiling. The pendule de Paris movement (signed Marti) has an outside count wheel and strikes a bell on the hour and half-hour. The strike arm needs a bit of adjustment to properly strike the bell; the movement and pendulum have matching numbers. The clock is running and striking on cue. $500-$1000.