Ancient Egyptians used sundials to measure time. These devices used the sun’s position to cast a shadow on a marked surface whose length indicated the time of day.
Early mechanical clocks were huge, bulky devices that appeared in the 13th century. Later, in the 16th century, pocket watches became popular among the nobility and upper-class members. Today, we still value the gravitas of clocks that are centuries old, but pocket watches have been replaced by wristwatches.
Here’s a quick review of how to find and take care of your favorite type of timepiece.
Types of Antique Clocks
Antique clocks are unique and beautiful timepieces, a synthesis of imagination and engineering, a beautiful way to measure the evanescent passing of the moments of our lives.
A few of the most popular antique clocks include the 19th-Century Musical Picture Clock, the Month-Going Regulator Clock by Deshays À Paris, and the Year-Going Regulator Clock by Jean-Aimé Jacob and Adam Weisweiler. A few other famous clocks include the antique German Renaissance Turret Clock and the French Industrial Battleship Clock.
How to Take Care of Your Antique Clock
You can depend on your clock for years (or even centuries!) with just a little care and attention.
1. Keep it clean. Regularly wipe your clock with a soft, dry cloth to remove any dust or dirt. If the face is glass, use a mild window cleaner. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasives.
2. Check the battery. A high-quality battery will ensure long-term performance. You may have to replace the battery every few months depending on the type of clock.
3. Inspect the hands and pendulum. Periodically check for signs of wear or damage, and repair or replace, as necessary. Make sure all moving parts are securely attached and well-lubricated.
4. Adjust the time when necessary. Occasionally, clocks can drift off course, so resetting them is essential. You can simply turn the knob until the correct time appears on most clocks.
5. Oil your clock periodically. You should oil your clock every three years to increase its longevity.
By following these simple tips, you can keep your clock in good working condition for years to come.
Choosing a Wristwatch
When shopping for wearable timepieces, the first thing to decide is the watch size. The size of a men’s watch will depend on your wrist size. Next, consider whether you want a metal watch in stainless steel, gold, or platinum. Finally, something to ponder is the type of band you want. Do you want a leather strap, an alligator strap, or another distinctive type of band?
It’s also advisable to set a budget limit on how much you’ll pay because watches can range in price from less than a hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. So, you’ll need to carefully consider what you will be using the watch for before you begin your quest for the perfect timepiece. Do you just need a basic timekeeper? Do you need one as a fashion accessory? Do you want a vintage watch as an investment? Do you need something rugged and durable for sportswear?
Enjoy Your Timepiece
You can depend on your clock or watch for years with just a little care and attention. First, make it a point to keep them clean and free from dust accumulation. Next, if you’re not sure how a particular feature works, refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions. Finally, if your clock or watch isn’t working correctly, take it to a professional for repair rather than try to fix it yourself.