Clocks, Watches/alaron clock

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My husband was given a clock from his grandmother and it is an alaron c-25 and its a 21 day clock. I was wondering if it is a rare clock or not because I can not find much information on the internetfoe it and how often it should be wound?

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Casey, the clock you have was manufactured in Asia, Korea, I think, and I believe you will find that it is a 31 day clock rather than 21.  I have never seen a 21 day clock, as clocks are usually designed for a little longer than a certain time period.  For example, a one day clock should run 30 hours, a one week clock should run 8 days, a month clock should run at lease 32 days, and an anniversary clock 400 days.  I have seen the Asian month clocks labeled as 30, 31 and 32 days.

Unfortunately, your clock is not rare, as they made tens of thousands of them over the years.  The materials used in the manufacture were not the best and we do find most that have stopped running have broken parts or have just worn out. To get one of them running reliably, they usually have to be completely restored, and the customers are reluctant to put that much into them.  However, there are many that have a lot of sentimental value and the clock owners want the work done.

You can find a lot of Alarons on eBay.  Go to eBay and enter "Alaron clock".  There are some very high priced listings on the clock with "detailed" descriptions.  But look on the "Completed Listings" down on the left hand side of the listings page.  This will give you an idea of what they are selling for.  The way I understand it is that the prices in green are the actual selling prices.  The ones in green with a slash through them mean that a lower price was offered and accepted.  It looks like most have been around $50.  But just remember, yours probably has sentimental value.

I hope this helps a little.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
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.

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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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