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Dear Experts:
The above named grandfather clock was purchased by my mother January 1989.  She went to heaven recently. I have the Owner's Manual.  It originally sold for $179.98, plus shipping & handling, Model #644.  It is wood-grained, non-wood material and at the top it has a design "Tempus Fugit."  Would any of the Experts be so kind as to take a guess as to its present-day resale value?
Thank You.

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Ann, in my Allexperts personal bio, you will read that I do not give values on the Internet, as I am not a certified appraiser.  However, the suggestion that I give is that the value of modern production clocks are based on the selling (not advertised) price of the clocks, the time purchased, the condition of the clock and movement, and most importantly, the demand for the clock and economy in the area in which you are trying to sell the clock.  You could check local listings, Craigslist, or look for similar clocks on eBay.  Look in the "Completed Listings" rather than listed items.  From your description I would think that your clock is a 31-day Asian wind up clock and if it has any weights they are for decoration only.  From the ones similar in my area, they sell for quite a bit less for the purchase price.  One of our local small discount stores offered ones similar to your description and was selling them for $99.00 new.  I'm sorry I could not give you a more desirable price.

John Newman
The Village Clocksmith
Located in Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama  

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As much as I would like to offer values of clocks, I am not a certified appraiser and will not venture into giving an unresearched guess. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". Considerations are what the clock originally sold for, the condition of the case and movement, and particularly the area in which you live, the demand and the economy. ALSO, WATCHES ARE NOT MY FIELD. However, I can advise the clock owner on proper maintenance of a clock to keep it running, small corrections and adjustments and how to move a clock without damaging it. I can also advise on obtaining parts for clocks. It helps if you can send any information on the clock movement which is usually found on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 35 years and was plant engineer in the mid 90's and later operations and engineering consultant at Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama. I now have my own clock shop.

Experience

One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required. With the proper specifications and quality control, some beautiful clock cases were built. The factory people from the wood carvers to the plant manager were very congenial, friendly and I left a lot of wonderful friends when I returned from my trips.

Organizations
NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) 30 years Prattville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce

Publications
Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

Education/Credentials
Associate of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology Emperor Introductory Clock Repair (Eventually taught a portion of the class after becoming employee)

Awards and Honors
Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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