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I have a 57 inch very hand carved Sam Heung #680 stamped on the movement along with occupied korea as well. Can you tell me anything about my clock I can send you a picture if this would help.

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Wendy, I have worked on a few of these Korean wall clocks.  I will admit that I have not ever seen an "Occupied Korea" label.  Of course there were a lot of "Occupied Japan" or "Made in Occupied Japan" to indicate that the manufacturing time was after WWII until the 1970's. I believe that was a regulation for products that were being exported to the USA.  I'm just not sure abut this with the Korean clocks.

Concerning your clock, it is probably a 31-day spring wound clock and would definitely be hand carved.  When I was doing some consulting with a factory in Yantai, China (West of Seoul, Korea, across the Gulf of Bohai/Yellow Sea), I watched some craftsmen hand carving pieces similar to your clock using various chisels and a sharpening stone next to them on the work bench.  Fascinating to watch! Your clock was made mostly for export and would probably have an inexpensive Korean movement it it.  I think they were manufactured from the early 1970's and they are possibly still being made today, but I am not sure.  If you send a photo to my clock shop email address below, I might be able to tell you a little more about it.  I have found one like I was thinking about on eBay.  It is item #252284290249.

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

Wendy, it might be best to upgrade my original answer.  I will have to say that I have never seen a clock such as yours.  From the photos you sent to my email address, it looks like it might be quite a bit older than the ones to which I was referring.  The "Occupied Inchon Korea" would indicate the time frame, which after doing a little research,  would have been the occupation of Korea by Japan from 1910 to 1945.  They called this the the Japanese Colonial Period.  I have a feeling that your clock might be a collector's item which could mean an increased value, but I have no idea in what that would be.  It is a very interesting clock!

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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