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.
Lot Of Vintage / Antique Wooden Mantel / Shelf Clock Doors - Parts & Repair
Vintage SCHATZ 400 DAY GERMAN CLOCK FOR PARTS OR REPAIRS
ANTIQUE SESSIONS REGULATOR WALL CLOCK, OAK CASE W/PENDULUM & KEY WORKING
vintage 8 day wall clock, Miller, Ingraham Co.
Vintage Seth Thomas Mantle Clock with Radio -NICE- *Works* WATCH VIDEO
ANTIQUE SETH THOMAS PENDULUM MANTEL/ SHELF CLOCK PARTS USED 3
Vintage Howard Miller Wall Regulator Clock Wood Antique Old Rare West Germany
Vintage Linden Traveling Alarm Clock Black Forest Germany Wind up
Vintage 2 1/2" Brass Mantel Mini Clock Collezio Miniature Novelty Mantle
Antique Seth Thomas Mantle Clock Columns (2)
Working Vintage Lighted Dial Travel Alarm Clock Made In Japan
Vintage Forestville Clock Co Wind Up Anniversary Clock for parts repair B
2 Vintage German Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks For Parts or Repair
antique clock movement, hands, dial, pend, key, chime rods Duffa
VINTAGE ANTIQUE RARE NEW HAVEN 8 DAY WIND UP MINI SMALL REGULATOR WALL CLOCK
Vintage 1960's General Electric Schoolhouse Wall Clock with Glass Face
Vintage Garrard Brass Clock Movement w/Pendulum, Face, Bezel and Hands
Ridgeway Carriage Quartz Clock / Shelf Mantel Desk Brass / Made in Germany
Beautiful Personalized Working Seth Thomas Electric Westminster Chime Clock 1930
New Quartz Clock Movement Mechanism Gold Hands DIY Repair Parts Kit
Antique Ingraham Trenton Regulator Wall Clock Wood Case Runs Dionne Quintuplets
Vintage korean Large Solid Wood Pendulum Regulator 31 day Wall Clock
Centurion 35 Day Chiming Regulator Clock Wall/Shelf 4 Repair or Parts
VINTAGE SETH THOMAS "Ben Franklin" E 315-001 QUARTZ MOVEMENT WALL CLOCK
VINTAGE GENERAL ELECTRIC ALARM CLOCK WITH LIGHTED DIAL - TESTED AND WORKING!
Vintage SETH THOMAS shelf/mantle clock mahogany case, Westminster chimes
Antique Sessions 8 Day Banjo Clock Non Working Parts
TIFFANY & CO BRASS TRAVEL ALARM DESK CLOCK SWISS MADE QUARTZ (s
Antique Seth Thomas Octogonal Wood Schoolhouse Wall Clock Works
Clock Quartz Movement Mechanism Repair Diy Hands Kit Black Parts Tool Wall
Vintage 1970's Seth Thomas Travel Portable Security Alarm/ Brass Clock Rare
LARGE RARE 24" WEST GERMANY BLACK FOREST WOODEN 8 DAY 3 WEIGHT CUCKOO CLOCK
Vintage German Cuckoo Clock Mfg. Co. Westminster Chime Mantel Clock
Vintage Seth Thomas Spring Clock Case/Waterbury Movement Parts
Vintage Westclox Spice Kitchen Clock Electric Wall 7" Copper Metal Parts?
Antique Regulator Wood Clock Case Parts 22" Tall
old Clock Glass for Antique Parlor or Kitchen Mantel Clocks
Vintage Hamilton Mantle Clock Model# 340 020 Wind-Up W/Key
Vintage Lava Wooden 31 Day Mechanical Key Wind Strike Wall Clock -Parts/Repair!
Lanshire Electric 3 1/2" Bezeled Mantel/Shelf Clock, Working Fine
Seth Thomas 89 antique mantel clock movement. (rescued/rebuilt)
Vintage Seth Thomas Brown Leather WORKING wind-up Travel Alarm Clock
Antique E Ingraham Western Union Office Style Regulator Wall Clock
Antique / Vintage Clock Movement Seth Thomas, for parts o repair
Vintage Mid Century Sessions Decorative Electric Wall Clock For Parts
Antique Vintage Revere Telechron Westminster Chime Electric Mantle Clock
Vintage Hermle Serpentine Wall, Grandfather Clock Hands -8" Dial (841A56)
Vintage German Chime Mantel Cuckoo Clock MFG Co
Antique Ingraham Mantle Clock Movement 10 29 for parts or repair
OLDER SETH THOMAS CERAMIC ELECTRIC ALARM CLOCK WITH LIGHTED DIAL - TESTED!
ANTIQUE NEW HAVEN STANDARD TIME REGULATOR WALL CLOCK, OAK CASE
New Wooden Chalet Style Pendulum Part for Cuckoo Clock Black Forest (982E)
VINTAGE REGULATOR QUARTZ WESTMINSTER CHIME WOODEN WALL CLOCK,WORKING GREAT !
Vintage Large Seth Thomas Wall Clock Brookfield Model E 530 Series
Vintage German Made, French Style Wind-Up Chalkwear Mantel Clock
Vintage Cuckoo Clock Wood Carving Leaves Made in Germany !
Made in Germany 400 days clock for parts.
Vintage Waltham Tempus Fugit 31 Day Chime Mantel Shelf Clock Works!
Seth Thomas solid Wood Mechanical Wind-Up Alarm Clock ANTIQUE-W #15480
Antique Vintage New Haven Wall Clock Thirty Hour Weight Driven Parts
Quartz Clock Movement Mechanism DIY Repair Parts + LumInous Hands New
Vintage Kundo Anniversary Mantle Clock Base Made In W. Germany Parts only
Vintage Endura Movement 8 Day Wind Up Clock Made in France, Banjo Clock,
Seth Thomas 89C antique mantel clock movement. (rescued/rebuilt)
Linden Mantle Clock With Pendulum Mahogany Quartz Movement (Parts/Needs Repair)
PENDULUM MANTEL/ SHELF CLOCK PARTS USED 2
Antique 1880's Seth Thomas weight clock Plymouth Hollow, Conn. Parts or restore
Vintage Spartus Electric Wall Clock - Octagon - Made in USA - Parts Repair
VINTAGE GILBERT GREEN DESK MANTEL SHELF ALARM CLOCK PARTS
Vintage Cuckoo Clock Bird, Painted Plastic with original hardware, 2 5/8"
Vintage Seth Thomas Travel Alarm Clock Working Clam Shell
Admiralty Ships bell 8 Day 7 Jewel Vintage Wall Clock w/Key
Antique Mantel Clock Movement, Coil Gong, Hands, Pendulum and Key #6
Vintage German cuckoo clock Regular Kaiser Walzer Germany Parts or Repar
Vintage 8-Day-Delft-Wall-Clock-Pendelft Wall Clock - Not Working
Large Vintage Schatz Mantel / Shelf Clock w/ Chimes W3
VINTAGE ELGIN WIND UP TRAVEL ALARM CLOCK With CASE Working
ANTIQUE VINTAGE INGRAHAM CELLULOID MANTLE SHELF WALL PARLOR CLOCK DIAL FACE PART
Tiffany & Co Brass Carriage Mantel Shelf Clock ~ Movement Germany
ANTIQUE CLOCK HANDS, WALL OR MANTLE 3"
ANTIQUE SETH THOMAS 1914 SONORA CHIME MAHOGANY WALL HANGING CLOCK RARE MODEL 101
Antique/Vintage? Sessions Mantle Wind Up Clock 8 Day - FOR DISPLAY or PARTS
Vintage Schmid ? 8 Day Mini Grandfather Clock Case for parts AS IS
Vintage Pepsi Light Up Advertising Wall Clock for Parts or Restore
VINTAGE OCTAGON TOP REGULATOR D&A WALL CLOCK WITH KEY 1980's Needs Repair
Seth Thomas Travel Alarm Clock Brown Wind-Up Vintage Brazil Works
Vintage Ingraham Mantle Clock Pendulum Bob With Key (863C)
VINTAGE KUNDO GERMANY QUARTZ WOOD BRASS GLASS ANNIVERSARY CLOCK
United Art Deco Wood Mantel Clock Self-Starting (Vintage 1940s)
Antique Ingraham Mantle/Wall Clock Movement wth Gong
Vintage Circa 1900 "Strong Insurance" Regulator Key Wind Wall Clock
Vintage Miller 8 Day Ceramic Kitchen Wind Up Wall Clock. Circa 1920's Works
VTG SETH THOMAS WIND UP TRAVEL ALARM CLOCK W/ GLOW-IN-DARK HANDS â€“ IT WORKS!
Anniversary Clock, made in Germany, for repair or parts
Schatz vintage 50's 400 day German Anniversary Clock for repair
Cuckoo Clock, Made in Germany, Swiss Musical, Chalet Style, Parts/Repair
Antique Sessions Clock Alarm Movement For Gingerbread Clock With Key
28" Westminster Chime Quartz Movement Battery Operated Wall Clock Wood Casing
Seth Thomas Regulator clock "Replacement Glass" copy
Mikasa Crystal Clock Mantel Desk Quartz Made in Germany