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My father inlaw has this clock. Csn u tell me the value and resale value of this.

Gina, I will go ahead and use my standard answer, as I have stated in my Allexperts personal bio that I am not a certified appraiser and do not give values over the Internet.  There are no lists of values of modern production clocks that I know of.  The value of a clock depends on the original selling price (not necessarily the advertised price), the age of the clock, the condition of the movement and case, and most importantly, the demand for that type of clock and the economy in the area in which the clock is being sold.  My only suggestion is to look on an Online auction site such as eBay and look at the completed listings (not asking prices) for values.  I do know of the Diplomat clock company as it was a spin-off clock company from the original Emperor clock company in Baldwin County, Alabama.  The company was not in business for too many years as was with other companies there.  Emperor was the last clock company in Baldwin county, being bought out by Hermle in the late 1990's, who closed the plant,ceased production and moved the remaining operation to their headquarters (now Hermle North America) in Amherst, VA.

I buy clocks at estate sales, and IN MY AREA I would probably pay $250-$350, recondition it and sell it with a warranty for $600-$800, depending how much work we had to put into it.

I hope this helps a little.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
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)

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

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