Clocks, Watches/Grandfather Clock


I have been given a Grandfather Clock made by the Diplomat Clock Company, Model 1000-1M. I was wondering if you could tell me a little about this clock.

Todd, given the model number of your clock, I cannot give you too much information, as Diplomat did not leave any generally available information on their clocks before they went out of business.  Diplomat was what I would call one of the spin-off companies from Emperor Clock Company in Baldwin County, Alabama.  Diplomat was located in Spanish Fort.  Emperor was the first company and the last to be in business there.  Emperor had become a subsidiary of Hermle in 1996, and in 2005 they moved Emperor to Amherst, Virginia.  The rest went out of business completely.  Diplomat sold a lot of clocks in malls around the country and at military bases.  I think they were in business somewhere in the mid 1980's to the mid 1990's. If you will give me all the information you find on the brass back plate of the movement, I might be able to tell you a little about it and when it was manufactured.

John Newman
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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)

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

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