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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.

Online Groups
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.
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Antique Seth Thomas Mantle Clock Westminster Chime Rods
Price: $56.5

Vintage Mechanical Linden Westminster Chime Mantle Clock Working 8 Day W Germany
Price: $85.0
Shipment: $17.99

Vintage Seth Thomas Ships Bell Wall Clock working video
Price: $115.0

Vintage Antique Seth Thomas Banjo Wall Clock Homestead-W Model E020-005 Germany
Price: $21.5

Vintage Bulova Mantle Chime Clock with key-Works
Price: $25.0

VINTAGE SETH THOMAS SHARON ECHO - S MANTLE CLOCK FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
Price: $11.0
Shipment: $12.0

WALTHAM 31 DAY CHIME WALL CLOCK and MIX PARTS
Price: $20.0
Shipment: $30.0

Seth Thomas Travel Alarm Clock, Made in Germany, Black stand up Case
Price: $11.99

Vintage Elgin Brass Sailboat Miniature Clock Mini Collectible Sail Boat Clock
Price: $12.5

Herschede Clock Movement for parts or repair westminster chime
Price: $19.99
Shipment: $11.35

New 1980s PG&E VINTAGE ADVERTISING ALARM CLOCK RARE WORKING Pocket (Employee)
Price: $8.99
Shipment: $3.99

Vintage John Wanamaker German Anniversary Clock with Dome for parts and repair
Price: $19.99
Shipment: $10.5

Vintage Cuckoo Coo Coo Clock Made in Germany For Parts or Repair
Price: $39.95

Antique Unknown Maker Art Deco Mantel/Shelf Clock W/Works - Parts/Repair!
Price: $59.99
Shipment: $19.99

Antique Oak Chime Wall Clock Working Unmarked. Original and complete.
Price: $135.0

* VINTAGE WEST GERMANY WALL CLOCK W/ FRANZ HERMLE MOVEMENT 351-02C *
Price: $49.99

Seth Thomas 89C antique mantel clock movement. (rescued/rebuilt)
Price: $160.0
Shipment: $14.0

VINTAGE 31 DAY WIND UP MANTLE/WALL CLOCK-WESTMINSTER CHIME-AS IS REPAIR-WITH KEY
Price: $89.95

Vintage Seth Thomas Wind Up Mantel Westminster Clock No. 113 No Key
Price: $69.99

Antique 8 Day Time Strike WERNER Vienna Regulator Clock Movement for Parts
Price: $9.99
Shipment: $10.0

ANTIQUE GUSTAV BECKER WALL CLOCK - 100% Brass Key and Pendulum
Price: $249.99

Beautiful Linden Germany Westminster Chime Pendulum 8 Day Key Wind Wall Clock
Price: $175.0

Seth Thomas 3 5/8s antique mantel clock movement. (rescued/rebuilt)
Price: $160.0
Shipment: $14.0

Vintage Junghans German Wood Wall Clock - Celluloid Dial, Pendulum, Key-Working
Price: $150.0

VINTAGE SETH THOMAS WIND UP TRAVEL ALARM CLOCK SQUARE CASE . DAY AND DATE.
Price: $5.5
Shipment: $7.75

VINTAGE 1964 SETH THOMAS LEGACY-3W MANTEL CARRIAGE CLOCK WESTMINSTER CHIME
Price: $115.0

Old German Made Cuckoo Clock for PARTS ONLY NOT RUNNING with 8 Day Weights
Price: $25.0

Vintage Elgin Westminster Chime Quartz Anniversary Mantel Clock German Movement
Price: $40.0

Antique SEIKOSHA Pendulum Wood Case Wall Clock with key Made In Tokyo Japan
Price: $79.99

Vtg Elgin Club Mini Mantle Alarm Clock Goldtone w Brown Travel Case WORKS German
Price: $7.0
Shipment: $6.0

Antique / Vintage Art Deco German Shelf, Wall Clock Pendulum 6" (952I)
Price: $19.95
Shipment: $4.0

Vintage Panasonic RC-6493 Flip Clock Radio With Alarm & Calendar Working VG Cond
Price: $130.5

Wonderful Vintage Gilbert 1807 Mantel/Shelf Clock-For Parts/Repair! Nice Project
Price: $39.99
Shipment: $29.99

Antique Original Seth Thomas Clock Case With The Dial and The Bezel.
Price: $39.75
Shipment: $36.75

Vintage West Germany Black Forest Cuckoo Clock
Price: $45.0

Zaanse Warmink Dutch Wall Clock Vintage Antique PARTS OR REPAIR
Price: $139.0
Shipment: $29.86

Large Antique Oak Wall Clock Sessions Calendar
Price: $125.0

Seth Thomas Clock Pendulum Bob Antique Reproduction 3.6 OZ for #89 Movement
Price: $9.99

Vintage Oak Mantel Clock For Parts Or Repair
Price: $39.99

Vintage Bulova Quartz Wall clock Made in Taiwan C4563 Japan Movement
Price: $9.95

NEW WESTMINSTER CHIME QUARTZ CLOCK PENDULUM MOVEMENT KIT - parts service repair
Price: $89.99
Shipment: $9.95

Vintage 8 Day Seth Thomas Steeple Gothic Mantel Clock With Key
Price: $89.95

Vintage Seth Thomas Travel Alarm Clock Folding Windup in Case Tested Works Great
Price: $5.99

Clock Quartz Movement Mechanism Repair Diy Hands Kit Black Parts Tool Wall
Price: $10.6

Antique Seth Thomas school clock . Wood case Time only .Working
Price: $145.0

Vintage Delft Wall Clock - White and Blue Porcelain Germany - For Repair / Parts
Price: $22.99

Assorted Brass Bushing Wire w/ Vintage Wood Case - for Mantle / Wall Clock Part
Price: $5.0
Shipment: $2.7

Vintage Antique Black Forest German Cuckoo Clock -PARTS/REPAIR ONLY
Price: $37.99

VINTAGE ELGIN CHIME MANTLE CLOCK GERMANY FOR PARTS OR REPAIR AS IS
Price: $19.99

Seth Thomas Clock Trademark 6/4 Key and Pendulum Bob for #89 movement
Price: $16.99

ANTIQUE VIENNA REGULATOR WALL CLOCK CASE PARTS REPAIR
Price: $295.0
Shipment: $75.0

SETH THOMAS 89AL MANTEL CLOCK MOVEMENT FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
Price: $40.0

GRAPHIC IMAGE Travel / Desk Alarm Clock w Crocodile Embossed Leather Case: WORKS
Price: $34.99

Elegant Vintage Brass Skeleton 8 day Pendulum mechanical Wall Clock / Watch
Price: $98.95

Vintage Mantel Clock with Key for Parts
Price: $35.95

Vintage 8 Day Harris & Mallow Wall Brass Clock For Repair
Price: $39.99

Vintage 8 Day Coo Coo Clock for Repair / Made in Germany Regula Movement
Price: $25.0
Shipment: $17.45

Antique Old Clock Pendulum with rod for Vintage Clock repair or Parts Project ..
Price: $9.99
Shipment: $4.99

VINTAGE SEIKO QUARTZ MANTEL SHELF DESK DECO CLOCK WITH LEATHER ACCENT WORKS
Price: $38.0

BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE REGULATOR "D&A" WESTMINSTER CHIME QUARTZ WALL CLOCK W PENDULUM
Price: $44.95

antique Sessions mantle clock back doors and hinge screws.
Price: $5.0
Shipment: $4.75

Vintage Staiger Germany Musical Alarm Clock Thorens Plays Waves of the Danube
Price: $49.95

VINTAGE ANTIQUE CILBERT AT WINSTED USA CHIME BLACK WOOD WALL CLOCK W PENDULUM
Price: $169.95

Sessions Key Wind Wall Clock Works Good
Price: $21.5

SETH THOMAS 89AL MANTEL CLOCK MOVEMENT FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
Price: $50.0

SETH THOMAS 3-5/8 MANTEL CLOCK MOVEMENT FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
Price: $20.0

Vintage Sessions "Ramona" Mission Oak Eight Day Wall Clock With Key 1905
Price: $179.95

Vintage New Haven Gingerbread Mantle Shelf Clock Case ONLY- Press Lions
Price: $19.99
Shipment: $25.0

Vintage Welby Anniversary 400 Day Clock for Parts/Repair Germany
Price: $29.99
Shipment: $18.95

Elgin Regulator Quartz Westminster Chime wall clock-parts or restore
Price: $10.0

M18. Seth Thomas 89 clock bezel and dial. For parts or repair.
Price: $9.95
Shipment: $13.6

Vintage Telechron Electric Wall Clock Model 1H 912 For Parts or Repair
Price: $35.95

Used Antique 30 Hour Wood Works Clock Movement Plates parts repair C
Price: $12.0

Timex Mini-Alarm Mini Alarm Clock Travel Vintage w Case
Price: $2.5
Shipment: $3.25

Antique Westminster 8-day Wall Clock w/Westminster Chime
Price: $349.0

Vintage Linden Wood 31 Day Pendulum Wind Up Wall/Mantle Clock Beautiful Chimes
Price: $41.99

German Black Forest 1-day Hunting Theme Cuckoo Clock West Germany- Works!
Price: $150.0

Antique / Vintage Wall, Shelf Clock Pendulum 9-1/4" (948F)
Price: $9.95
Shipment: $4.0

Vintage Seth Thomas alarm clock shelf mantel clock
Price: $9.99
Shipment: $15.0

VINTAGE BATTERY OPERATED ORNATE WOOD CASE BOMBAY MANTLE CLOCK WITH LION HARDWARE
Price: $39.99

Vintage Telechron Alarm Clock for Parts Unknown Model in Handmade Wood Case
Price: $2.99

VINTAGE ART DECO ENFIELD FEDERAL MANTLE CLOCK MADE IN ENGLAND PARTS or REPAIR
Price: $32.95

ANTIQUE SETH THOMAS ADAMANTINE MANTEL CLOCK CASE PARTS REPAIR
Price: $9.99
Shipment: $16.0

Antique/Vintage New Haven Working Banjo Wall Clock
Price: $50.0
Shipment: $20.0

Beautiful Vintage Franz Hermle Wall Clock w/ Key, Beveled Glass - Estate
Price: $200.0

VINTAGE SETH THOMAS WALL CLOCK ROCK MAPLE CASE HUGE BRASS WEIGHTS (R40-22)
Price: $79.95

Vintage 1974 New England Oak Case Chime Bell Clock Super Nice!
Price: $35.0

Vintage TIFFANY & Co Art Deco Style Solid Brass Mantle Desk Clock Swiss Movement
Price: $66.0
Shipment: $3.5

SETH THOMAS LEGACY Mantle CLOCK Electric with Westminster Strike & Chime
Price: $45.0

Vintage Brass Wurtemberg Clock Movement L & C. M. C. NEW YORK
Price: $7.99
Shipment: $7.0

Key Wind Mechanical Pendulum Wall Clock 2-Tone Wood Nice Tic and Chime Excellent
Price: $69.99
Shipment: $18.99

Vintage General Electric Wall Clock Industrial Glass Face Works Fine
Price: $39.0

Vintage War Alarm Clock For Parts
Price: $8.99
Shipment: $7.25

Takane Westminster Chime Pendulum Quartz Battery Movement to fit a 3/8" Dial
Price: $29.99

ANTIQUE REVERE WESTMINSTER CHIME MANTLE CLOCK ART DECO
Price: $89.99

Vintage Made in Germany Cuckoo Clock Hunters Theme Forest Woods Animal Wood
Price: $80.0

M17. Seth Thomas 89 AL Clock movement. For parts or repair.
Price: $9.95
Shipment: $13.6

Howard Miller Wall Clock, 612-581 triple chime key wind movement, with key
Price: $350.0

Antique chiming Seikosha wall clock, 8-day, oak parts repair or work
Price: $59.99

Vintage Seth Thomas Electric Desk Mantel Alarm Clock #0472 Primrose NOT Working
Price: $12.99
Shipment: $7.99