Emperor Westminster clock

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  1. heifetz17

    heifetz17 Registered User

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    Hi guys, I was going to post this in the what’s it worth section but I guess I don’t have privileges to post there...

    So does anyone have any info on this clock? I don’t know anything about it but my wife has had it since before we got married so it’s at least 10 years old at the newest. It looks like maybe it was built from a kit?

    It was a gift from her grandfather (who is a clock maker) and has been a fantastic clock. It’s probably due for a service as we’ve had it running constantly for as long as we’ve had it.

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  2. wow

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    Emperor sold many clocks and clock kits during the 1970s. They were located in Fairhope, Alabama. The company is no longer in existence. It probably does need a servicing.
     
  3. Willie X

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    The key spacing looks like a Hermle. If so, the date (or date code) will be on the lower right corner of the back plate. Just guessing, it's probably more like 40 years old and well past its expected service life.

    If you're lucky the movement was replaced 10 years ago?

    Willie X
     
  4. heifetz17

    heifetz17 Registered User

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    Thanks guys! That's perfect, I'm quite familiar with Hermle movements! I figured it was much more modern simply because it doesn't look 40+ years old! That's a nice surprise.

    It's highly unlikely that the movement has been replaced. My wife asked for a chiming clock for Christmas one year and if it wasn't a new clock it's likely one out of her grandfather's collection. He's built quite a few grandfather and wall clocks, and sounds like this is likely one that he actually built. How cool!
     
  5. Willie X

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    Well, I wouldn't take my guess to th bank. It's always interesting to see who guessed the closest though. Why not take a look-see at the back of the movement.

    WIllie X
     
  6. Ticktocktime100

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    Hi,

    I second Willie's guess, which is spot on in my view - definitely a Hermle movement.

    Regards.
     
  7. chimeclockfan

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    This was one of Emperor's wall clock kits, purportedly inspired by the archetypal Vienna regulator. Information on their wall clocks is scarce but trade literature and dated clocks suggest they were made from the late 1970's onward into the 1990's. They usually came with Hermle spring driven movements which have a date code on the back. Unfortunately the Hermle movements were made 'on the cheap' and it's often preferred to just buy a new movement if the old one is worn out.

    Emperor still exists as a company but has become little more than an outlet for factory-finished Hermle clocks. The kit clock boom began with Emperor in 1969 and pretty much died out by 1997.
     

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