Whether you enjoy the elegant glossy look of modern day time measuring devices, or the elaborate designs of times past, collecting watches and clocks can be a very amusing hobby. Many people that share passion for timepieces collect watches and clocks. While some limit their collections to either specifically clocks or watches, there are many duel collectors that find them both charming.
Here is what Mr Donkey recommends to get going:
Make a decision
Are you are going to collect watches, clocks or just timepieces in general. Often hobbyists narrow their collections by time era, design, designer, country or material. Others simply collect what they like, creating a a good mix of timepieces.
Purchase a guide
Purchase guides for watch and clock collectors. These will help you determine the market value of a specific timepiece. The guides will also be valuable in helping to date timepieces that you find on your shopping trips.
Research - general
Learn about the different types of clocks and watches you wish to collect.
Research - local
Visit your city’s local antique and collectible shops, jewelry stores or any other specialty stores that may have a timepiece that would catch your eye. rake through your local flea markets and yard sales. You might find a watch or clock that you will want to add to your collection.
Research - online
This is good for people who live in smaller towns. Browse online auctions, antique and collectible stores, and watch and clock websites, searching for a special timepiece to add to your collection. We highly recommend checking out the donkey catalog on the right.
Join a watch, clock or general timepiece collectors group. When you join a group of like-minded collectors, you have a place to share your collection stories, learn about events and meet other people that share similar interests.
Most vintage and antique clocks or watches can be repaired by a reputable watch or clock maker.
Here is what Mr Donkey finds very important. Mr Donkey says: Be aware that there are many fake name brand watches. Take your time and do your research to learn how to identify a fake. Especially with the advanced online world you need to learn how to identify the authentic ones.
F. KROEBER NEW YORK TIME & STRIKE MANTEL CLOCK MOVEMENT FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
Junghans Clock - Carriage type, Musical, Wooden, Repair or parts, Key, Alarm
Parts to 1880's NEW HAVEN Drop Octagon Clock with Original Working Movement
New In Box Vintage Mid Century Modern Pop Art Seth Thomas Actionaire Wall Clock
Hamilton Wheatland 8 day Westminster Chime Solid wood Mantel Clock dupont award
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Bulova Schoolhouse Wall Clock for Repair/Parts - Oak Case
VINTAGE ADMIRAL WINDUP ALARM CLOCK INGRAHAM 8 DAY FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
Cutter & Buck Beautiful Travel Alarm Clock with Case New in Box (384)
Original Nice Decent Looking GROANER Wood Wooden Works Weight Clock Movement
Antique Cuckoo Clock Made in Germany Carved Leaf & Bird Design
Small Vintage Seth Thomas 8 Day Desk Clock
Antique Junghans German Wall Clock W/Key & Pendulum Works
CUCKOO CLOCK MOVEMENT REGULA 25 SCHMECKENBECHER parts or repair
Antique Vintage General Electric Nautical Wall Clock Great Condition 1940's
S. HALLER ANNIVERSARY DOME CLOCK WITH KEY AND Made in Germany For Repair
Lot of 10 Pairs Vintage 400 day Clock Hands for parts repair project ..
2 VINTAGE MANTLE CLOCK WOOD CASES FOR PARTS
Antique German HAC Art Nouveau Regulator Wall Clock - 8 Day Time & Chime Strike
GERMAN CLOCK MOVEMENT WITH 5 CHIME HAMMERS PARTS NO RESERVE
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NICE DECO SETH THOMAS BRONZE 8 DAY 15 JEWELS ALARM CLOCK WORKING
VINTAGE CUCKOO CLOCK MOVEMENT - PARTS or REPAIR - RN179
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FRANZ HERMLE 14 Day Skeleton Chime Clock German 791-081 Vintage
BULOVA WATCH CO. CLOCK MOVEMENT WITH WESTMINISTER CHIME PARTS NO RESERVE
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CARRIAGE ALARM CLOCK MADE IN FRANCE NOT WORKING FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
WATERBURY TIME & STRIKE MANTEL CLOCK MOVEMENT WITH DIAL & BEZEL and GONG
Black Forest Wooden Cuckoo Clock Germany No Weights Parts Repair
Vintage Brass Wind Up Clock made in U.S.A. With Key WORKS GREAT
ANTIQUE GILBERT PARLOR SHELF CLOCK CASE PARTS REPAIR
VINTAGE HAMBURG AMERICAN 8 DAY GERMAN PORCELAIN WALL CLOCK PARTS REPAIR
Antique Wall Clock with Eli Terry Paper - Parts or Repair
HOWARD MILLER CLOCK BARRISTER MANTEL MANTLE WESTMINSTER CHIME KEY WIND KIENINGER
VINTAGE REGULA MUSICAL CUCKOO CLOCK MOVEMENT - PARTS or REPAIR - RN195
Vintage U.S. Constitution 200th Anniversary Wall Clock w/ Key & Pendulum In Box
Vintage Seth Thomas mechanical Mantle Clock partially working repair or assemble
Vintage Antique Ingraham Wooden Mantle Shelf Clock Case Only Gilbert Winsted
A495 OLD PAWN VINTAGE WESTCLOX ALARM CLOCK FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
Antique Seth Thomas No. 113 Chime Clock Movement
Working Antique German Spring Wind Wall Clock w/ Brass Movement
Vintage Regulator A Winding Pendulum Wall Clock With Chime Antique Works
Lot of 3 vintage brass clock movements for parts or repair Mantle Clock Size ??
Vintage SMITHS Art Deco Walnut Wooden Mantle Desk Clock Working
Dunhaven Revolving Rotating Pendulum Desk Mantel Wooden Clock / Germany / 8.5"
Landmark Westminster Regulator Clock w/ Franz Hermle Movement
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ANTIQUE GRANDFATHER CLOCK---PENNSYLVANIA WALNUT--8 DAY
Pre-Owned Kundo Anniversary Clock Made in Germany for Parts or Repair
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VINTAGE RARE ORIGINAL DR. PEPPER WALL CLOCK TELECHRON
Vintage German Anniversary Clock for Parts/Repair KUNDO KIENINGER & OBERGFELL
VINTAGE ETHAN ALLEN MECHANICAL MOVEMENT WEST GERMANY DESK CLOCK
LANSHIRE XL7 Electric Clock Movement for Parts or Repair
VINTAGE WEST GERMAN FLORN WIND UP ALARM CLOCK Metal Lacy Accents
JUNGHANS ANTIQUE WALL CLOCK LEERWAD HANSEN PARTS OR RESTORE GERMAN
WORKING VINTAGE JAUCH MANTEL WIND UP CLOCK 1970 MADE WEST GERMANY
Nice Old ANtique 1800's Wood Gear Clock Movement with Hands and Pendulum
Vintage Sessions Ceramic Round Floral Wall Electric Clock- Original, Works
Clean Antique E. Ingraham Mantel Clock Movement 8 Day T & S
RARE VINTAGE LINDEN 31 DAY WALL CLOCK- #8053 ~ KEY & PENDULUM ~ MADE IN JAPAN!
SEIKO WESTMINSTER WHITTINGTON WOOD MANTLE CLOCK QUARTZ MOVEMENT w/ MANUAL TESTED
VINTAGE SETH THOMAS CLOCK FACE WITH HINGED BRASS RING / NO GLASS
Large Antique Wall Hanging Brass Clock Maker Unknown Parts or Repair
Vintage Seth Thomas Electric Shelf Mantle Clock E534-001 Mahogany & Brass
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Antique Takano Wood Pendulum Wall Clock~Made in Japan~Key~Vintage
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ANTIQUE 8 DAY MEIJI TIME & STRIKE WALL CLOCK W/ KEY AND PENDULUM AS IS 4A
Vintage Electric Lincoln? Mantle Clock-for Repair-Ornate Metal
Vintage Glass Clock Dial Bezel Hinged Roman Numeral Made in Germany
Vintage Jaeger LeCoultre - Hermes - 8 Day Travel Alarm Clock - Green Leather
STUNNING VINTAGE EMPEROR MOON DIAL MANTLE CLOCK 8-DAY KEY WIND - WORKS GREAT !
Vintage Wards Old Reliable 8 day peg leg alarm clock for parts or repair.
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Seth Thomas 8-Day Calendar Timepiece Wall Clock
Vintage Old Wall Clock Not Working Regulator Wood Tick Tock Black Wood Rare ?
VINTAGE JUNGHANS GERMAN REGULATOR WALL CLOCK MOVEMENT DIAL PARTS REPAIR
Hamilton Quartz Mantel Wall Clock Regulator Greenfield Manor Westminster Chime
VINTAGE TELECHRON ELECTRIC MANTLE CLOCK MODEL 4F-01 REPAIR OR REFURBISH
SETH THOMAS LEGACY-3w Mantle CLOCK with Westminster Strike & Chime #1314 + Key
Kieninger AEL01 Clock Movement for Howard Miller-Parts or Repair
Hamilton Clock ( for parts or repair) Made- West Germany 15" display clock.
Seth Thomas 8-Day Time/Strike Drop Octagon Calendar Clock Ca 1921
Hermle Clock Works #451-053 85 cm. Repair or Parts
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Vintage Bulova 8 Day Small Carriage Mantle Alarm Clock Swiss Made
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