WOW! Does this clock bring back memories!! I installed this tower clock in Tucson, AZ back in the mid 1980’s. At the time, the building was a new Southwest Savings and Loan under construction, and I was commissioned to provide and install the working components for the clock. With the help of a friend, we set up scaffolding and spent the better part of a morning installing a National Time and Signal 4-way tower clock mechanism. There is only one main drive motor centrally located inside the cube, with four drive shafts extending out to each of the faces. Access to the inside of the cube is from a hatch underneath. The dials are illuminated from behind with neon to create an indirectly lighted face. Really cool at night!
I was in Tucson a few weeks ago and drove past the building (now another bank) and just had to snap a few photos! I was pleasantly surprised to see it keeping good time! If you’re ever in Tucson, check out the southwest corner of Broadway and Pantano. Let me know if it’s still on time!
Stunning Bronze Ansonia Statue Clock
This photo was taken so many years ago that I can’t remember the details of what repairs were needed. Stunning Bronze Ansonia Statue Clock I seem to recall we overhauled the movement so the customer could sell it in proper working condition. This is the kind of beautiful timepiece that evokes the “ooohhs” and “aaahhs” from customers when they visit my shop.
Thank YOU for your service!
Last week a Viet Nam vet came into my shop with an old travel alarm clock that wasn’t working. He told me the (long) story of how he kept this clock with him during two tours of active duty and found its steady, gentle tick comforting with all the chaos around him. It was still working up until a few weeks ago. Even though I don’t normally repair travel alarm clocks, I took a quick look at it and found a couple of platform screws that had backed out. I tightened them and the little old clock came back to life.
I handed it back to the gentleman and said, “No charge — thank you so much for your service”. His eyes got big (and moist), and he thanked me profusely. He stood there for a second and said his faith got him through the war in one piece, and that he believes he was “guided” to my shop for a reason. He reached into his pocket and handed me a prayer card. Printed on it were the names of several churches and parishes including “OLPH”. I told him that’s where I went to Parochial school! He said, “See? I knew it!”
I guess I made his day, and I KNOW he made mine.
Indoor tower clock.
Installed a new motor in this indoor “tower” clock in a very exclusive home in Scottsdale today! The face is over 8 feet in diameter. The wood is scaffolding set up in the stairwell to the basement. I LOVE these kinds of jobs!
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A Grandfather Clock. A long case clock, also tall-case clock, floor clock, or grandfather clock, is a tall, freestanding, weight-driven pendulum clock with the pendulum held inside the tower, or waist of the case. Clocks of this style are commonly 1.8–2.4 meters (6–8 feet) tall. The case often features elaborately carved ornamentation on the hood, or bonnet, which surrounds and frames the dial, or clock face.
The English clockmaker William Clement is credited with the development of this form in 1670.