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QUESTION: Dear John

Do you feel that it can be possible to design and Construct a integrated Digital Calendar and Clock product which can be fixed to the Wall?.

Its a combined product which will display the Day, month, Year on the Calendar as well as the time on the clock.

The Calendar can be viewed for all years manually with push buttons.

Do you feel that a Remote control device designed can also be useful for operating the Calendar and Clock?.

Thanks
Prashant

ANSWER: Prashant, if I understand the question, there are many date/time wall clocks available.  Google "date/time clocks" and you will find many different types.  I personally do not see a need for one that is remote controlled, as there are so many devices to do this such as computers, smartphones, watches, etc.  I do not know of any available right now or know of a need, but if you do, and there is such a demand to justify the design, a company might be interested in doing this.

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

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QUESTION: Dear John

Thanks.

Its a combined product which will display the Day, month, Year on the Calendar Interface and the time on the clock.

The Calendar can be viewed for all years manually with push buttons

The remote control will operate the Calendar and Clock product to change the Date, time if required.

Thanks
Prashant

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Prashant, I will have to give about the same answer as my first one, which maybe I did not make clear.

 The first question you asked was if I felt one could be designed.  Yes, I feel that one could be designed.  You would have to present the designer with all the requirements and request the cost for building such a clock.  

The last question was how I felt on a remote control being useful controlling the calendar and clock.  As I cannot immediately see a need for this myself, I have no feeling one way or another.  That would be up to your presenting this to others to see if a need could be useful.

Sorry I cannot help you further.

John Newman

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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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