There are many sources for antique clocks and watches. Each
source provides its' own range of quality when shopping for antique clocks
Antique shops: What you see is what you
get. Generally, these are sold "as is". Quality
and condition can be below average with high prices. The astute
collector will usually avoid these shops. In a rare instance there
may be diamond among the rough.
Antique auctions: Generally the quality can be
the same or superior to antique shops. It depends greatly on the
auction house and the source of the auctions' inventory. You are
more likely to pay a fair price and have a better chance in finding
Estate sales: You never know what you may
find. Sometimes it can be a once in a life time find. (See
the Vienna Regulator pictured to the right.) Usually the clocks
or watches are fair to average. Prices can be reasonable to high. It
the estate sale is professionally arranged, prices can be
Clock and watch collectors: Collectors of antique clocks
and watches have the best clocks or watches with regard to condition and selection. I
have found their prices to be very reasonable. The hard part is
finding collectors willing to part with their clocks or watches.
Antique clock and watch collector associations: NAWCC,
AWCI and BHI are the largest organizations for clock and watch enthusiasts.
Everyone from the casual collector to professional horologists can be
found in these associations. Many of these associations have
fairs, regional and national conventions. Many antique clocks,
watches and collectors can be found at these events. A great opportunity
to find and buy antique clocks and watches.
The least likely place to find antique clocks and watches
are at garage
sales. There was a time many years ago that you might have found
something at a garage sale, but no more.
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