I have always been fascinated by the attitude concerning original vs mint correctly restored clocks. I think this is a carry over from the furniture business where original dirty,cracked,darkened finish so dark you can't tell what wood is under it vs mint correctly restored finish can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars. The original builder of this clock or piece of furniture never intended it to be seen in this "original" but totally undistinguishable condition. They had no idea that the original finish formulas would react to time in this manner buy turning dark and hiding the often fancy book matched wood grains and fancy details they spent countless hours producing. I note that antique restored vehicles such as cars and motorcycles generally sell for much more (with rare exceptions) than the as found condition ones do. A perfect example is this fully restored motorcycle just sold at Barret-Jackson. "The top seller of the weekend was a beautifully restored 1910 Flying Merkel, resplendent in the company's bright orange coloring, that garnered $86,800." If it had been left in "original" condition I would guess the sales price would have been much less and finding a buyer would have been much more difficult as the buyer would have to be figuring the cost of restoration into his purchase price. I would much rather have a mint restored example than the opposite of any car, motorcycle, or clock. The thing I do not understand is the huge price disparity if it is a restored clock vs a restored car or motorcycle. Restored cars and motorcycles bring premium prices but restored clocks or furniture bring lower prices. The "original dial" thing that the Japanese started with the wristwatch collection craze is another example of this phenomenon. I recently spoke to a big time Japanese dealer and he stated the unintended consequences of this being the most important thing to consider when buying a collectible watch has made it almost impossible to sell even factory restored dial watches for anywhere near the actual value. He said "once this thing got started it took on a life of its own." I think the whole "original" finish concept has also taken on a life of its own. I suspect it is based on hype perpetuated by various individuals and auction houses with a vested interest. I know this is a can of worms but it should provoke some interesting replies.