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We found an unopened box with a Emperor clock pieces inside.  1975 is the date of it. It is a model M50 . Tempus Fugues face.  Walnut wood.  I am not a clock collector.  Beautiful craftsmanship It says made in Germany.  Erhard something cant read it its too small the I am going to sell this.  I talked to the owner of the company and sent pictures haven't heard back.  It came with allot of paper work and a letter from the manager at that time.  I can send pictures if that would be easier.   Thank you Terra

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Hi, Terra.  The clock movement you have was made by the Jauch company.  At that time, it was Erhard Jauch and then later taken over by his nephew, Heinz Jauch.  The model M50 is the designation Emperor gave the movement, which is an 8-day spring driven Westminster unit.  One of the cases it would have been used in was a bracket clock that Emperor called the Mantel Clock.  

When you say you talked to the owner of the company, I am wondering exactly who it was that you talked to, or who the manager was, as Emperor was bought out by Hermle in 2005.  Hermle North America now is the parent company of Emperor and they basically have a new line of clocks.  I did not understand what your question is, but I would be glad to answer any questions you have about the clock and you can reply to my shop email address below to send the photos.  As I am about the only person still in the clock business that worked for the original Emperor Clock Company, they forward questions regarding the original clocks to me.  I look forward to hearing from you.


John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

Note concerning questions not related to Allexperts:  Because of my commitment to answering Allexperts questions within a prescribed time limit and the large backlog of clock work at my shop, I regret that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis, other than Allexperts follow up questions.  I will try to answer these emails as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.  

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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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