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 cityís 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.
HOWARD MILLER REGULATOR WALL CLOCK WEST GERMANY 341-020 CHIMES W/KEY
Original Hand Free Hanging Cuckoo Clock Repair Test Stand Bracket
Takane Quartz Battery Clock Movement Hand Set 5/8" Shaft fits 1/4" Dial USA made
Vintage Schatz Triple Chime Mantle Carriage Clock Translucent Top Works
Clock Kit! LONG Shaft - Battery Quartz Movement w/ Hands - Free Shipping! (986A)
VTG Lot Of 4- Antique Winding Keys ~SWISS-600~West Germany HR75-281~2-Unmarked
2x DIY Wall Quartz Clock Spindle Movement Mechanism Black Hands Repair Parts Kit
Urgos Westminster Chime GrandfatherClock Movement, 32/1 or 32319, 85cm, Working
VINTAGE USA 80s-ELECTRIC-WHITE-KIT CAT KLOCK-KAT CLOCK-ORIGINAL MOTOR REBUILT
Vintage Brass Clock Pendulum W/Rod Clock Repair
Clock Winder Winding Set of 2 Key BRASS Even & Odd Numbers Universal Mantle
New Old Stock Urgos Movement Pendulum Leader (Fits Others Too) (114B)
Quartz Clock Motor Movement Kit, 15/16 Long Shaft, 3/4 Inch Max Dial -USA SELLER
2 Black Hand DIY Quartz Clock Spindle Silent Movement Mechanism Repair Kit NEW
Kendal Handcrafted Wood Cuckoo Clock MX313
VIGOR Combination Anvil & Bench Pin-for Clocks & Gunsmiths--BEST OFFER-
1" Black Arabic Clock Numbers 1 - 12 USA made
Sessions Wood Steeple Spire Cathedral Mantle or Shelf Clock
5/8" Black Arabic Clock Numbers 1 - 12 USA made (2 sets)
Seth Thomas Banjo Pendulum Clock¬†
Seth Thomas Fashion clock No. 4
WWE Seth Rollins 12 Chrome Wall Clock
1-Day Cuckoo Clock with 2 birds on each side& baby bird Running Striking Cond.
Howard Miller Wall/Mantle Clock "Milan" Model
Vintage Schmid Boulle Victorian Style Chime Clock Germany w/ Shelf Works
CLASSIC BLACK KIT CAT CLOCK 15.5" Free Battery MADE IN USA Official Klock NEW
new 7" CARVED CUCKOO CLOCK grape leaf 8 day pendulum
One More Antique GILBERT Mantle Clock Movement
TWO RED TRAVEL CLOCKS QUARTZ 4" X 3.5" MADE IN CHINA HAVE BEEN OPENED NOT USED
VINTAGE HAMILTON MODEL 21 MARINE CHRONOMETER FOR PARTS OR REPAIR
Grandfather Clock Door Key set of 2 in Brass Finish for Howard Miller
Brass Universial Clock Key for Winding Clocks 5 Prong ODD Numbers
Vintage/Modern Cuckoo Clock Tri-color Painted Bird Pendulum - Excellent Cond!
Quartex Quartz Clock Movement Motor Mechanism Kit, large hands, up to 1/4" dials
VINTAGE RENSIE BALLERINA CLOCK Germany Parts repair BAKELITE
Clock Movement Mechanism Quartex with 5 1/4" Black Spade Hands Long Shaft
Vintage German Schatz Royal Mariner Ships Bell Clock Brass
VINTAGE 80's ELECTRIC-KIT CAT KLOCK-KAT CLOCK W/ORIGINAL MOTOR RE-BUILT-BEAUTY!
60's-VINTAGE-RED JEWELED-ELECTRIC KIT CAT KLOCK-KAT CLOCK-ORIGINAL MOTOR REBUILT
Young Town Trigger Quartz Clock Movement. Youngtown Factory Original 12888
60s ORIGINAL-VINTAGE YELLOW JEWELED ELECTRIC KIT CAT KLOCK-KAT CLOCK-FELIX-WORKS
Vintage August Keebler Lux Pendulette Clock Green & White Checkerboard
Takane Quartz Battery Clock Movement with Hands 5/8" Shaft fits 1/4" Dial USA
Hamilton Wall Clock New - 31 Day Wind - Hour & Half Hour Strike¬†
ANTIQUE STANDARD ELECTRIC TIME CO. WALL CLOCK Parts Only
Black Hand DIY Quartz Clock Spindle Silent Movement Mechanism Repair Tool Kit E8
LOT of 6 HERMLE CLOCK HAND NUTS (841A4)
TAKANE QUARTZ CLOCK MOVEMENTS 5/16" SHAFT NEW USA
TAKANE Quartz Battery Clock Pendulum Movement Only 3/4" Shaft fits 3/8" Dial
Clock Kit! LONG Shaft Movement w/ Spade Hands for a 24" Diameter Clock (512-12")
Takane Clock Movement Quartz Battery NEW Medium Shaft 5/8" Thick Dial WITH HANDS
VTG ROBERT SHAW LUX AMERICAN FLAG ALARM CLOCK USA LEBANON TN OLD WIND UP WORKS
Quartz Clock Movement Mechanism Repair DIY Tool Kit Black Hands Replacement USA
Vintage Hollywood Regency Globe Alarm Clock Germany
Antique Seth Thomas School House Octagon Regulator Wall Clock All Original
VINTAGE CLOCK AND HORSE BRASS STATUE by United Horse Clock Corp. "WORKING"
Kundo 12" Anniversary / 400 Day Clock .0032" Suspension Spring Wire - Horolovar
SHORT Shaft Battery Quartz Clock Movement Kit! - With 3 Pairs of Hands! (982C)
Vintage Mid-Century Clear Lucite Mantle Table Clock Electric ~Stamped Salem Co.
Antique French Steel Clock Winding Key Marked France 7 Shaft Width 4.5 mm
Art deco General Electric clock
HandCrafted 12" "Patriotic" Clock Dial with "Meyercord" Decals over Off White
Takane Quartz Battery Clock Movement with Hands 3/4" Shaft fits 3/8" Dial USA
(#03) Quartz Clock movement 1/2" threaded LONG SHAFT quiet motor, & long 6" hand
Birdsong Identiflyer Alarm Clock
synchron motor vintage clock D4 back set advertizing neon lackner dualite new
Vintage New Haven Clock Co 8 Day Miniature Wind Up Mantle Clock (For Parts)
LONG ARM TO INCREASE BERGEON 6200 BUSHING TOOL CAPACITY (TOOL NOT INCLUDED)
Takane Westminster Chime Pendulum Quartz Battery Movement to fit a 3/8" Dial
#60 Pendulum Suspension Spring For Hermle and Kieninger Grandfather Clock
Wall Clock Quartz Movement Mechanism Repair Set DIY Hands Kit Black Parts Tool
NEW Kentocs Wind-Up Clock Mechanism WEST GERMANY-RARE!!! NOS ESTATE FIND
Small Clock Pendulum Suspension Spring - Free Shipping! Hermle Kieninger (SS1)
24" Dial Diameter Clock Kit! High Torque Movement w/ Spade Hands DIY (511-12")
2-1/8" (55MM) PREMIUM QUARTZ CLOCK Insert, Gold Bezel, Metal Case, Arabic
Quartz Movement Mechanism Silent Clock Black Hands DIY Parts Kits Hand Made Tool
clasic neon and mechenical clock seconds hand red and white aluminum new
Older Style Grandfather Clock weight shell Hook Nut and Rod Set of 3
25 Sets Clock Hands Serpentine style NEW, Black Metal, 2-1/2" minute hd 25 sets
New #1 Takane Quartz Clock Movement for clock dials 1/8" thick
2-1/2" (65mm) QUARTZ CLOCK FIT-UP/Insert, Arabic Numeral, White Face,Silver Trim
OLD ORIGINAL ANTIQUE ELI TERRY SHORT DROP WOOD WOODEN WORKS WEIGHT CLOCK
Quartz Clock Motor Movement Kit, 11/16 Long Shaft, 5/8 Inch Max Dial -USA SELLER
Takane Clock Pendulum Quartz Adjustable 2 1/8" Diameter Bob with Double Hook
Vintage Telechron Yellow Wall Clock
Chelsea Clock Co. WWII U.S. NAVY Six Inch Dialed Type B 12/24 Hour Deck Clock
ANTIQUE OG WEIGHT CLOCK MOVEMENT PARTS REPAIR
2-1/2" (65mm) QUARTZ CLOCK FIT-UP/Insert, Gold Trim, Roman Numeral, White Face
Vintage 1949-55 Westclox USA Big Ben Wind Up Art Deco LOUD Alarm Clock
Youngtown trigger quartz clock movement #12888 w/quad chime
Replacement Ball Bearings for Arrow Handicraft & Time Machine ball clocks
Vintage Telechron Alarm Clock Model: 7HE137
Fossil Big Tic BG1000 Animated Robot Clock With Collectible Tin
Mastercrafters Swinging Bird Clock w original box works
CUORUM SMALL WORLD RHYTHM MELODIES MUSICAL ROTATING DIAL WALL CLOCK
Vintage Telechron General Electric Desk Alarm Clock Model 7HC215 - 1953 - Works
Round 6" Replacement Clock Barometer Picture Frame Domed Convex Glass
New ODD Number Universal Brass Clock Key for Winding Clocks 5 Prong *US SHIPPER*
CLASSIC BLACK KIT CAT CLOCK 15.5" MADE IN USA Official Klock - New & Authentic!!
Antique-Gustav Becker-Original-Embossed-Vienna Regulator Clock-Pendulum-Ca.1900