Some atomic time grandfather clocks by what we would consider to be medium to low quality makers have begun to appear in the marketplace. All have quartz driven non-mechanical atomic movements, and clocks cases that are not very impressive.
We see two niches just waiting to be filled by the right higher-end clock manufacturers. Most exciting would be mechanical grandfather clocks, with the usual assortment of best and most popular designs, where the internal mechanical movement would adjust the time on the clock daily based on the US atomic time clock and receiving its signal. This would allow for a marriage of the best of the old and the best of the new. Mechanical clocks with high-end movements offer by far the best sound quality for chiming purposes. These could truly be heirloom quality clocks that would be treasured for generations. Interior decorators and home designers should take note.
The other niche would be non-mechanical quart driven atomic clocks in the nicest of solid wood cases. The best mahagony, assortment of oak clocks, solid cherry would clocks and more that would be outfitted with battery driven movements that could and would sync regularly with the radio controlled atomic time of the USA’s Atomic Clock. The only two real downsides here are that these movements do not tend to last as long as mechanical clocks, and their chime sound quality tends to be OK, but not horrible. The real risk or variable is to ensure these clocks are housed in the proper cases, or they risk being real junk from a furniture standpoint. Also, buying an established brand basically assures that replacement parts will be available for generations to come, whereas replacing a part of a no-name clock could be an exercise in futility. Battery driven clocks movements tend to have a much shorter life-span than those of mechanical clocks, when looking at and comparing the better and best ones by the major manufacturers out there today.
1-800-4CLOCKS believes consumers would benefit from these added choices, and to a great extent preempt the introduction by some low quality brands out there that are beginning to think about clock and timepiece introductions along these time lines.