Photographed without its original tall glass dome, this large fusee-wound clock makes an horrendously loud noise (more "clink-clunk" than "tick-tock"), but as can be seen it's a beautiful antique, both as ornament and timepiece.
The exquisite Art Nouveau design has only "Made In France" stamped on the back-plate of a vertically-mounted platform escapement mechanism, so is otherwise anonymous despite the detailed inlays, whilst the longer regulator is in very good condition considering potential damage to the finials.
A typical simple Bulle with a clear dome (not shown to prevent reflections), in adequate condition.
The Becker is in very fine condition externally with only a missing crown from the main emblem; and whilst the support bracket for the chime hammers was recently replaced this can't be seen and the movement is otherwise original, with a two-tone strike for the hours rather than a tune. The Junghans was in similar condition with extremely minor cracking to some of the veneer, a completely original mechanism, and a much mellower two-tone strike, but it only lasted a few years before all of the bearings gave out, and the cost of a complete overhaul was 3 times the original purchase price, so the mechanism was removed and only the empty case remains until I can find a use for it.
A rare Sandiville from 1955, and a compact Mayflower.
Another recently restored clock, purchased from a reliable on-line seller.
My only other clock bought new, the gentle ticking of the pendulum is relaxing, though I had to place a piece of fabric over the chime-bars to dampen the hammers as otherwise the Westminster chimes are quite loud, whereas with the dampener I can leave them on all the time rather than having to switch them off every night and back on again in the morning.
The first 'real' (i.e. mechanical) clock I purchased new, although modern, has a nice Temple design, and has a movement which combines motion and chimes on a single mainspring.
Another 'no name' clock, but unusual in that it has a circular rather than rectangular body.
A single cell powers an electro-mechanical movement; that is, a simple circuit sends pulses to rotate an escapement, which then turn the hands in the usual manner.