Services

Services

For over ten years Antique Clocks & More has provided customers with a fantastic level of Customer Service at our store on Avenue Road in Toronto. We extend that same level of care and attention to customers visiting our website.

We have made every attempt to ensure that the content and information on our website is accurate. If you have any question about any of our pieces shown throughout the site, or if you don’t see what you are looking for on the site, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.

One of our goals is to provide excellent service to our customers. Great pride and expertise is taken in respect to each and every clock repaired, serviced, restored and sold.

We are always eager to give advice, and share our knowledge and passion for clocks. We puts a lot of love and dedication in repairing and restoring the clocks of our customers.

Our business is fully insured and we offer a one year guarantee to all our customers. We look forward to welcoming you to our store!

  • Repair of: Clocks (Antique, Vintage, Electrical, Quartz); Barometers; Music Boxes, Pocket and Wrist Watches
  • General Maintenance of Clocks
  • Clock Appraisals: “Every Clock appraised is carefully researched in order to ascertain the correct value of the Clock”
  • Clock Relocation
  • Antique Sales: Including Clocks, Furniture, Porcelain etc.
  • Clock Consignment
  • Payment Method
  • Buying from us
  • Selling to us
  • Instructions for setting up your clock
  • Lay Away
  • Delivery and Set up

CLOCK REPAIRS:

Think twice about attempting to buy a Clock that is not working and expect that it will be easy to get it up and running (often it takes a skilled clockmaker to repair a clock). A clock purchased at auction is normally in very different condition from the one bought at a dealer – it will almost certainly need careful restoration by an expert and these restorations may be costly.

We do all types of clock repairs, including; Movement cleaning and Movement overhaul.

For the mechanical part of the clock, the movement, all work is done in our shop by Willem. We use only professional methods of restoring movements. From standard disassembly and cleaning, to complicated part making, including gears and pinions and re-pivoting.

A Lasting Repair Guaranteed!

APPRAISALS:

Clocks, of all types, sizes and designs are among the most popular collectibles. For this reason, an antique clock appraisal is an important tool in providing key information that will guide a buyer or seller to make an informed decision. The simple rule for clocks is “if it mechanically works, if the case is in good condition, if it’s well maintained, attractive to look at, and is unusual in its design”. Due to the many variations in antique clocks (age, originality, overall condition etc.) it is our policy not to offer a value on any clock without our personal inspection. For this service we charge a set fee of $ 125, regardless of value. We can value your clock for you, including carrying out an identification of its age, the maker’s known working dates and an appraisal of the clock genuineness, its insured value or its selling value.

For insurance purposes you need to know what it would cost to replace it with one of similar age, quality, type, and your insurers will want a statement of its replacement value from a recognized professional.

For all appraisal questions, please email us or call for information, 416-782-3800.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

Antique Clocks & More accepts all major Credit Cards, including Visa, Master Card and American Express.

Credit Card Hold: We can hold your purchase with a Credit Card deposit until the balance is paid.

Check/Money Order: All orders paid for by cheque will be held until the cheque clears your bank.

Cheques or Money Orders should be made payable to: Antique Clocks & More, 1866 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario M5M 3Z6

BUYING FROM US:

Antique Clocks by their very nature are used items and will show signs of normal wear due to age and use. It is important to us that you are satisfied with your purchase. We offer  a large selection of antique clocks. Each clock is sold with a complete overhaul and a one-year warranty.

We have a passion for all we sell, and always aim to offer:

  • The best prices
  • The greatest selection
  • Advice when wanted
  • 100% customers satisfaction

As time goes by, many people are realizing that an antique clock is more than just a good looking ornament; it can also be a very good investment too.

SELLING TO US:

We are always interested in purchasing clocks, barometers and similar items from the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries.

If you have an antique clock to sell, please send photographs along with all the other information (make, age etc.), the history of the clock and the price you have in mind.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SETTING UP AND CARING FOR YOUR CLOCK:

Be sure to wind your clock! Your clock will run 8 days on one winding but it is a good idea to wind it once a week on the same day (it will keep better time and will be easier to remember). Gently wind it until the springs are “snug”. If your clock seems like it doesn’t have enough power it may not be wound enough.

The clock needs to be level from front to back as well as side to side. The best way to achieve this is to set the clock to running and listen to it tick. The tick need to be even. Be sure the clock does not ‘rock’ as it turns.

How to make your clock go tick tock

Actually, you want your clock to go ‘tick-tick’ meaning you want the clock ‘tick’ to sound nice and even as the pendulum swings. This is called “putting the clock in beat”. To do this, gently raise one side of the clock or the other up and down until the tick is nice and even.

Setting the time and chimes

Some mechanical clocks have what is called a “rack striking” mechanism. Set the time for these clocks by turning the long minute hand until the correct time is displayed, and the strike will automatically adjust to the time.

Some mechanical clocks have a “count wheel” system. Here you have to move the minute hand a half hour at the time and let it strike before going on to the next, or else time and strike will get out of synch. If the time and strike gets out of synch, just move the shorter hour hand only until it jives with the number of strikes.

Regulating your clock

….is just a fancy way of saying, ‘make it keep time’! Once a clock is in ‘beat’ the pendulum length is what determines how fast or slow your clock will run. There are two common ways of adjusting pendulum and lengths:

Mantel and Shelf Clocks have pendulums inside the case, so you adjust the pendulum length by turning a small knob on the top of the clock face…left to make it go slower, right to make the clock go faster (just a half turn at the time!)

For Wall and Larger clocks, you adjust the pendulum length by raising the bob up and down. Moving it up makes the clock goes faster, moving it down makes it go slower.

Keeping ‘em running

Dust, dirt and moisture are the biggest problems of mechanical clocks, so keep the cases and crystals closed and out of the shower. But no matter how careful you are, over time your clock will slow down and you’ll need to re-regulate it. Eventually you’ll need to get your clock professionally cleaned.

Long term maintenance

Approximately every four to five years, your antique clock mechanism should be cleaned and oiled with the appropriate oil.

HOW TO SET THE MOON DIAL ON YOUR CLOCK:

Some clocks have a dial to show the phases and age of the moon. There are several types of moon dial, called arch. The moondial is designed to show the shape of the moon as it appears in the sky, the number alongside it being the lunar date. This is not the same thing as the calendar date. A lunar month has consistently twenty nine and a half days in every month and these are usually lettered in Arabic (English) numerals. Some moon dials also incorporate a tidal dial,, showing high water times at a certain port, sometimes several ports at once.

The current lunar date can be established by reference to a calendar or diary- many show a white circle to mean a full moon and a black circle to mean a new moon (i.e. no moon). Look up the last nearest full or new moon setting and add the number of days since then to ascertain today’s correct lunar date. Once set, the moon dial stays accurate for the year, and does not need constant resetting as a calendar dial.

If the moon does not progress as the clock runs, then the moon drive mechanism is probably faulty or lacking, and needs the attention of a restorer.

HOW TO SET THE CALENDAR DIAL ON YOUR CLOCK:

Many antique clocks have a calendar feature to show the current monthly date. This may be in the form of a small square box in the dial with a number showing through it, or a small crescent-shaped cut out in the dial showing the actual day plus a day or two each side of it, or a pointer. On most clocks the calendar is positioned just above the VI hour numeral. The manner of re-setting the date is the same, whichever form of calendar it has. It is necessary to wind the main clock hands forward for days on end to reset the calendar. In fact this is positively unwise.

Calendars are moved on by one full unit per day, but with some clocks (thirty-hour clocks) this may take the form of being moved half a turn twice a day. The calendar changes by being moved one full unit every 24-hours, or one half unit every twelve hours.

The calendar, whether shown by a pointer or a disc, can be moved in the direction of ascending numbers when not in drive – this is usually clockwise but not always. Many calendars have a ratchet to stop them being moved backwards.

It is not necessary to stop the clock from running when changing the calendar setting.

With the above in mind you should be able to enjoy your antique clock investment for years.

LAY AWAY:

A great way to secure your clock, barometer or what not. Once you have chosen your desired item, pay a deposit of 20% of the price plus tax and this will secure your clock for a period of nine months.

If the remaining balance has not been paid by specified date, your deposit and any other payments will be forfeited.

Antique Clocks and More is a member of NAWCC – National Association of Clock and Watch Collectors Inc., Chapter 33.