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Clocks, Watches/Re: Warner Instrument Co. Ships Clock


Hi John,
I recently acquired what I believe is a ships clock. On the Arabic dial the clock is marked just below the center arbor "Warner Instrument Co. Beloit,Wisconsin". To wind up the clock there is a side winder at the number 4. The clock measures 3" Depth and 3 3/4" across the face. There is a slow/fast adjust above the number 12 and a small seconds hand below the number 12.I could not find out alot of information on the Warner Instrument Company making ships clocks.I know they made odometers and car clocks. I did find a similar clock to mine and it was connected to the Chelsea Clock Company and the Warner Instrument Co. Did these two companies merge together? Did Warner Instruments use Chelsea clock movements? They mentioned the clock would date to the early part of the 20th century. Is this a correct date for my clock? The clock runs great and is a quiet runner as per the tick. Is the movement of a highly quality? Approximatley how much do these clocks sell for? Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
P.S. Sorry I will try to send you a photo of the clock when I get my camera charged up.

Mark, I apologize for the delay in my answer.  I was on vacation and decided not to put myself on Vacation status.  You had said you were going to send me a photo and I forgot that I was supposed to answer your question anyway.

I do not know anything about the relationship between Warner and Chelsea.  However I will send an inquiry to my Internet Clocksmiths group and see if anyone has any information as to the relationship between Warner and Chelsea.  I should get some answers the first part of the week. I would like to see a photo of the clock which will help.  If you will, send it to my shop email address below.

John Newman
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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As I am not a certified appraiser I do not give values of clocks over the Internet. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". However, 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. As clock case model label numbers are difficult to relate to the movements, it is helpful if you can give me the information usually found on the movements themselves. Modern clock movements usually have the information on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 40 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 in Prattville, Alabama.


One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required at Emperor. 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.

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

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

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

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

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