When comparing grandfather clock makers, Kieninger Grandfather Clocks come out on top for design and overall quality in the minds of many high-end grandfather clock shoppers. Kieninger Clock is run independently of Howard Miller Clocks, even though Howard Miller bought Kieninger Clocks about eight years ago. Kieninger Clcoks, along with Hermle Clocks, remain the last two high-end grandfather clock movement manufacturers left in the world today who make grandfather clock movements in any high quantity. Additionally, both Hermle Clocks and Kieninger Clocks also offer their own lines of grandfather clocks, mantle clocks, wall clocks and more. Kieninger is in our experience much better known in Western Europe than it is the USA, though it is certainly one of the finest mechanical grandfather clock, wall clock and mantel clock makers around today.
Both Hermle and Kieninger make and offer their own brand of clocks, in addition to selling their clock movements, including mechanical wall, grandfather clock, grandmother clock, and mantel clock movements to other makers, including over the years Bulova Grandfather Clocks, Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, Sligh Grandfather Clocks, Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks, Americana Grandfather Clocks and others. The movements offered are generally speaking, and in our opinion, fairly comparable in quality, although sometimes that needs to be examined on a clock-buy-clock basis. Both offer mechanical movements with chimes including Westminster, Whittington, Ave Maria, Ode to Joy, St Michaels and Bim Bam chimes. The movements with either brand, for grandfather clocks, can be cable-driven or chain-driven, have an automatic night silence feature or not, be time only or time and strike, or single chime, usually the Westminster, or triple-chime clocks. The clocks may have a working moondial, a faux or fake moonphase dial, or none at all. A chime silence option is offered on most all, but not all, grandfather clocks, wall clocks, grandmother clocks and mantel clocks movements made by each of Kieninger and Hermle.
Kieninger has been around for almost 100 years, so some of their earliest clocks, including early floor clocks by Kieninger, can be considered antique grandfather clocks and antique grandmother clocks.
One unusual aspect of Kieninger Clocks is that almost all of their models are made to order in Germany AFTER an order in placed with an Authorized Kieninger Dealer like 1-800-4CLOCKS in the USA. The lead time between when an order is placed and when it is actually delivered is generally 2-3 months. All orders are considered Custom and once an order is placed is cannot be canceled. Generally, when a customer expresses an interest in a particular clock, the Authorized Dealer needs to check with Kieninger in Germany to ensure that all the component parts are available and advise if there may be any timing issues in that regard.
Sounds a little difficult, time consuming, and a lot of patience is required. Given the number of ultimately satisfied customers who end up purchasing a Kieninger Clock, the wait and cost appear to be well worth the time and money.
One question we get fairly regularly from our grandfather clocks shoppers is: do you have the such-and-such model of the Howard Miller Grandfather Clock available, or the Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks or Hermle Floor Clock, so I can come in and see the actual clock model before I place my order. The grandfather clock reality is that it is highly unlikely that either we or any other Authorized Dealer for the major clock companies will have any specific grandfather clock model on display. While a few grandfather clock dealers around the country still stock large numbers of high-end grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks, the reality of grandfather clocks economics in recent decades is that there are fewer and fewer dealers both around in general, and of those that are still around, even fewer who may stock more than at most a handful of high-end grandfather clock models by any specific high-end maker.
For many years in our NYC Grand Central Station showroom, we typically at most would have 3-4 Howard Miller grandfather clocks on display at any one time. In our case, it is also importantly because we deal in and with antique clocks as well as new clocks, and from the very smallest miniature clocks to the largest tower clocks and street clocks in the world, doing service and having dome for many years most all of our clock repairs on-site as well. So when you add all of that up together, for any specific niche clock, e.g. an antique grandfather clock or a new mantel clock, the many categories and permutations mean there is that much less room for any specific clock category, much less any specific maker of grandfather clocks or floor clocks in this case.
Whenever we can, we find it makes the most sense to ship a factory fresh grandfather clock directly from the manufacturer’s warehouse, assuming they are in fact in stock there. This is also true for higher end wall clocks and mantel locks. The reasoning is that if the grandfather clock, or the wall clock or mantle clock, ship only once, that minimizes the chance of any potential shipping damage, which is rare, but each time a clock ships the chance of shipping damage increases if not exponentially then still significantly. Additionally, the customers knows that he or she is getting a 100% brand new factory fresh grandfather clock, and that it is authentic, and that it is not a seconds or floor model or anything like that – we would never sell a Floor Model to a customer unless the customer were made explicitly aware that was the history of the item and that they were OK with it. Additionally, not well known, but important for all grandfather clock shoppers to know, is that some grandfather clock maker warranties include a calculation based on the actual date of manufacture, so that if, say, a clock was made more than 4 years ago, even if it were bought from an authorized dealer yesterday, the manufacturer’s warranty would no longer be valid. We are always very upfront with our customers about this fact, so that there are no grandfather clocks warranty surprises for anyone.
Because we must pay State sales tax on any grandfather clocks we sell shipped to New York (not many are “carried out”), the vast majority of our sales are to individuals and organizations outside of New York State. Those grandfather clock customers, whom like any smart shopper nowadays is looking the grandfather clocks on sale and looking to maximize the discount grandfather clock possibilities, are the ones who frequently beat a path to our door.
Franz Hermle started the Hermle Clocks Company in the Black Forest region of Germany in the early 1900s. Today, Hermle Clocks makes some of the finest and highest quality grandfather clocks, wall clocks, and mantel clocks available today anywhere in the world.
Time never stands still and is becoming increasingly precious. Ever since its founding in 1922, the company, started by Franz Hermle in Gosheim, has developed constantly. With its three German cornerstones – Uhrenmanufaktur, Mechanische Uhrwerke, and Drehteile – Hermle serves diverse markets and customer groups worldwide. Fully in keeping with its mission to ensure that with each product, it develops, manufactures and delivers the very highest in clock making quality. Grandfather clocks have been one of their special offerings throughout, with Hermle Grandfather Clocks, Hermle Grandmother Clocks, and Grandfather Clocks made by other makers with Hermle’s mechanical grandfather clocks movements inside their cases, all being extremely sought offer and collectible.
Hermle clocks, including Hermle Grandfather Clocks, are made by hand to a large extent and enhanced with interesting technical as well as visual details, making them highly sought after. Whether floor grandfather clock, wall clock, table clock, ship’s clock or a regulator, Hermle Clocks masterpieces represent time in its finest form all over the world. There are many Hermle clocks out there in the world that are considered antique grandfather clocks, antique mantel clocks, and antique wall clocks. Hermle has been around long enough to have earned that distinction with its earlier clock models.
In 1922, the founder Mr. Franz Hermle founded the Franz Hermle Clock Company located in Gosheim in Baden Wuerttemberg, a small town in southern Germany’s Black Forest region. Within 10 years the company became known as one of the most efficient manufacturers of clock movements in the clock industry. Even though the first half of the 20th Century brought with it many difficulties to overcome, including the complete dismantling of the factory after the World War II, Franz Hermle and his sons’ dedication allowed them to prosper while other companies struggled.
Here is a sampling of some of our favorite Hermle Clocks:
At 1-800-4CLOCKS.com, where we offer the widest selection and savings on all kinds of new and antique grandfather clocks, wall clocks and mantel clocks, we are always on the lookout for any special news story featuring clocks of all types and sizes.
We were recently informed by a customer that some clocks, including a grandfather clock and wall clock, still partially intact, reached the shores of the western continental USA, and are thought to be from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated so much of Japan just a little over a year ago. While the mechanisms were mostly all gone and ruined, the grandfather clocks and wall clock cases themselves, while also effectively no longer of use for much of anything, still maintained their overall shape and grandfather clock construction and wall clock case design. These antique clocks effectively acted like a combination of ships and driftwood and different points in their journey. We have yet to see any actual news reports on this, but we are hopeful it may be covered by some of the major media outlets including television and newspapers that have recently done stories on debris washing up on different parts of Hawaii.
Given Japan’s culture and rich history and reverence for antiquities, we know from first-hand experience that many Japanese citizens collect both many types of clocks, including mantle, wall and grandfather clocks, and also pocket watches and even sundials. We have sold many antique clocks to customers in Japan, and we have heard from many individuals who are looking to replace a cherished heirloom clock that may have been in their family for many generations, and they hope they can find one that is nearly identical in form and design if not the very same clock.
When natural disasters strike, including Hurricane Katrina and the more recent Hurricane Sandy, we tend to hear from good numbers of individuals who are looking perhaps not only for insurance claims, but also to replace a treasured item in their home with something that will be meaningful to them. While we most shy away from doing grandfather clock appraisals, and antique clock appraisals in general, because it can be such a murky area, we usually try to help these individuals to the extent we can. Sometimes we get great new customers for grandfather clocks that way, as well as those replacing mantel clocks and wall clocks, but we do it to try to keep the spirit of antique clocks collecting and grandfather clock ownership alive and hopefully thriving in our ever more modern society.
Grandfather clocks, much like a fireplace in Winter, were seen by many families as the gathering spot in the living room around which to congregate. Now that grandfather clocks and mantel clocks have more competition from televisions and computers, not to mention telephones, grandfather clocks are less the heartbeat of the home than they used to be.
We hope to keep the grandfather clock heartbeat tradition and ticking alive in homes around the world through good times and bad, through periods of vast technological progress (think atomic clocks), and with natural disasters that seem to be coming ever more frequently. But let us hope and cherish the safe time together.
Zero Percent Interest Free Financing on Grandfather Clocks
At 1-800-4CLOCKS, we strive to add value to meet all of our customers’ needs, and to make ordering from us as positive experience as possible. That is why we offer the 0% APR 12 Month Interest Free Financing [as well as Free In-Home Set-Up on all new Grandfather Clocks (except quartz models, for which the set-up is so easy to do by oneself), and Free Shipping in USA and Canada] on all orders for new clocks over $100].
We are currently offering 2 (TWO) 0% Financing Options:
OPTION 1 – NEWEST AND EASIEST:
If you purchase a clock from our eBay Store, and clicking on this link will take you there ->
1-800-4CLOCKS Store on eBay, simply purchase the clock on eBay, choose PayPal as your Method of Payment, and then Choose the BillMeLater payment option. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A CURRENT PAYPAL USER, OR EVEN EBAY MEMBER [although you would need to "join" or register with eBay (which has no cost and is a quick process)]. Depending upon the price point and subject to their Credit Approval, you will be eligible for:
(a) 6 Months of 0% Financing — No payment for 6 months, with Zero Interest (full payment due at end of 6 month period)
(b) 12 Months of 0% Financing, with monthly payments due
(c) 18 Months of 0% Financing, with monthly payments due
We are able to offer this at this time through purchases from us on eBay only through promotional financing we have in place with BillMeLater. Please read the BillMeLater Terms and Conditions carefully before agreeing. If you are not approved for the 0% Financing via BillMeLater via your eBay purchase, and want to cancel your purchase, we will work with you to do so in a way that there is no obligation on your part. You are then free to apply for the Second Financing Option we offer, described below. You can also choose to buy from us or our website directly, with no eBay usage or involvement whatsoever, with our alternative Financing Approach, described just below, which can of course also be your first choice for zero percent financing.
OPTION 2 – OUR MORE TRADITIONAL FINANCING APPROACH:
Our more traditional 0% APR Financing application is a very short and painless process, yet involves multiple steps, which is why we suggest the first approach be tried first. We work with a highly reputable financing company. There is a half-page form which we provide to you (simply call us or email us to request it!) to fill out.
We work with a highly reputable financing company. There is a half-page form which we provide to you (simply call us or email us to request it!) to fill out.
During weekday “normal” business hours, we will normally get a response to you within 1 hour. 90%+ of applications we receive are in fact approved for the 0% Financing.
You WILL RECEIVE your Grandfather Clock (or any new clock over $500) BEFORE you even make the first of your 12 monthly payments (twelve monthly payments — simply the purchase price divided by 12 — NO HIDDEN FINANCING CHARGES!!!).
Generally, if one pays their credit card bills reasonably on time, one will qualify for the 0% 12 month interest free 0% APR financing. In some cases, you may choose to, or we may request, a small % down-payment.
Regarding sharing your information, please note we are members of the Better Business Bureau and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Also, if you do a search on Google for 1-800-4CLOCKS, you will see something like 15,000+ search results for us [WE ARE CURRENTLY THE NUMBER 1 NON-PAID SEARCH RESULT FOR "GRANDFATHER CLOCK" ON www.GOOGLE.com!]. (ALSO, see an article in The New York Times (on their website) — link below — that features us importantly):
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We have a Store in Grand Central Terminal. We are a well-established and highly reputable company. WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION 100% CONFIDENTIAL (and we literally destroy the paperwork after your application is approved).
Feel free to call us [at 1-800-4CLOCKS (1-800-425-6257), Ext 1] to make sure we have the Grandfather Clock, or other clock over $500 in which you are interested, in stock. We could also answer any additional questions you may have, and send/email you the application form.
When shopping for heirloom quality grandfather clock discounts, educated grandfather clocks customers know to look for weight driven grandfather clocks and floor clocks. Historically, weight driven clocks, including freestanding floor clocks like grandfather clocks, are the most precise timekeepers. The weights may require adjustments up or don’t to maximize accuracy, but in the past these timepieces were the best way to tell accurate time. If there is a grandfather clock with 3 weights, almost always it its the center weight which is driving the timekeeping ability of the grandfather clock. One of the other weights would be driving the chime portion of the grandfather clocks mechanical movement, and the third weight would be driving the hourly strike or gong grandfather clock mechanism.
Weight driven grandfather clocks can be either cable driven or chain driven. A cable driven grandfather clock, which is wound in the clock’s face or dial, usually with 3 holes, winding the clock in each hole brings up each of the weights, doing one at a time. Generally a grandfather clock with this type of movement will last the longer, meaning longer than a chain-driven grandfather clock, which is wound by pulling down on the 3 chains one at a time, again with each weight performing the same function. Chain-driven grandfather clocks are favored by many, they are usually much less expensive, but they have fewer frills and add-on features, and the mechanical grandfather clock movement will not last as long as that of a cable driven grandfather clock.
Both types of grandfather clocks movements, made by high-end German makers such as Hermle Clocks and Kieninger Clocks, will typically last 8 days, so if one winds the clock weekly, it will keep running continuously. If you forget, it will not harm the clock to wing it up and start it up again, although we always recommend following the guidelines in your grandfather clock instruction manual. Some of the featured included in many cable-driven movements but not chain-driven movement include things like triple chimes, automatic nighttime shut-off options, rotating vs. faux moondial, and usually larger and taller and more ornate grandfather clock cases.
Another consideration when looking for discount grandfather clocks on sale is that a cable-driven clock, will, in our experience and if not damaged by external forces, and with proper grandfather clock maintenance, should last 50-100+ years. A chain driven grandfather clock, however, because so much strain is put on the movement being wound by pulling on chains, should though still reasonably last 25-50+ years with proper care and maintenance. Clock movements can generally be replaced at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new clock, although one should always consider the investment value of keeping the clock all original if possible.
Who makes these chain-driven weight driven and cable driven weight driven grandfather clocks? Well, some of the highest end makers include Howard Miller Clocks, Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks, Hermle Clocks and Kieninger Grandfather Clocks.
Interestingly, weight driven wall clocks and less common weight driven mantel clocks generally have all of the same benefits, with the same pros and cons to each kind of movement.
Generally, if looking for the highest quality clocks, whether wall or mantle or grandfather clocks, assuming the maker is one of the good ones, it is difficult to go wrong with a weight-driven clock. Weight driven wristwatches and watches, not so much!
Howard Miller Layton Grandfather Clock
Weight Driven Howard Miller Layton Grandfather Clock model 611-118 611118
Did you know that for several years 1-800-4clocks has had a presence on eBay selling both new and antique grandfather clocks, pocket watches, wall clocks, atomic clocks, mantel clocks and other antiques, selling new Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks and Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks in particular at our ebay UserID GrandfatherClocks , which can be found on UserID, which alternates between grandfatherclocks and grandfather-clocks store on eBay or see or GrandfatherClocks UserID World on eBay.
Historically, we have been featuring Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks, the Hermle Grandfather Clock collection and more. We plan to be adding even more, including Howard Miller Wall Clocks and Mantel Clocks, and Ridgeway mantle clocks and wall clocks. We expect to be adding Schneider Cuckoo Clocks very soon as well, including the 8 Day Movement mechanical cuckoo clocks, as well as the 3 day mechanical cuckoos, and the quartz driven cuckoo clocks also made by the German company Schneider.
If you look right now, as of the date of this post, you will not find much on eBay from us by way of Grandmother Clocks or Grandfather Clocks by Howard Miller or Ridgeway, but we plan for that to change within the next week. We expect to be offering the full line of mechanical Howard Miller Clocks, mechanical Ridgeway Clocks, as well as some of the nicer wall clocks and mantle clocks by Howard Miller and Ridgeway Floor Clocks that are quartz-driven.
Regardless of whether we list our antique clocks or new clocks on eBay or on our 1-800-4clocks website, we find that many customers end up calling us, frequently because of our easy to use toll-free number as well as our long-term association and background with Catalog sales, which may seem in some ways like a throwback to the past, but many customers like to talk to a live clock specialist who can both understand their questions and give them accurate answers. For that reason among others we do not believe in using call centers to staff our phone lines, nor have we historically put any of our grandfather clock or wall clock or mantel clock salespeople on commission, because we believe that selling the customer only the grandfather clock or other clock that they really want is good for them as well as us in the long-term in the form of repeat business from past clocks customers.
Many of our sales are from prior customers, and we work hard both to obtain and maintain customer loyalty.
Any suggestions as to how we can make our grandfather clock or gallery clock or mantle clock or other timepiece business more user-friendly or more effective and efficient, not to mention reasonably enjoyable, please let us know. We welcome customer feedback, and too frequently receive it only when there is a problem, We recently wrote a post that we have never taken up an offer from a customer who has volunteered to put up a positive testimonial online if we tell them where, meaning what website, we want it to go. WE should probably do both more formally.
Made in America is making a comeback, and American manufacturing has certainly been a hot topic not only as General Motors has reborn into a competitive juggernaut, but also more broadly speaking as more and more lower wage jobs seem to be replacing more skilled higher paying manufacturing jobs. Made in the USA has certainly been a focus of the presidential election debate, and no doubt will and should grow in importance in the coming decades. Grandfather Clocks Made in USA, in addition to American-made wall clocks and mantel clocks, are likely to be an increasing percent of the high-end grandfather clocks marketplace.
Interestingly, the Company leading the way right now is Hermle grandfather clocks, which now offers a great selection of Made In America Grandfather Clocks, in addition to other offering. Hermle Clocks is actually a German Company, which in a way makes the move to grandfather clocks production in the USA that much more intriguing and hopeful. Having said them the only two remaining mechanical grandfather clock high-end movement makers are both German, and include Hermle Clocks and Kieninger Clocks movements. So the case may be Made in the USA, but the high-end movement movements in the clock are still likely to b e German made, unless some big happens in the mechanical grandfather clocks movement market.
Our 1-800-4CLOCKS website also features some of Hermle clocks Made in USA, Virginia to be more exact, and we will be adding more Hermle Made in USA Grandfather Clocks in the coming couple of weeks. Keep an eye out!
It should be noted that most all of the cases for mechanical grandfather clocks made by Howard Miller Clocks are Made in Michigan, USA, and this is true for Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks as well. Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks and Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks both have German Kieninger mechanical movements, and Kieninger, although a German company, was acquired by Howard Miller Clocks about 10 years ago. Before this acquisition, Howard Miller used Hermle mechanical grandfather clock movements almost exclusively in their mechanical clocks. For whatever its worth, our view is that the Kieninger grandfather clock movements in Howard Miller grandfather clocks and Ridgeway grandfather clocks are extremely similar in quality and functionality as the Hermle Grandfather Clock movements.
Hermle Grandfather Clocks Made in USA Line worth a special look!
Perhaps we are being overly modest. At least once every week, we at 1-800-4CLOCKS have a grandfather clocks shopper who ends up purchasing a discount grandfather clock from us and who proactively offers to give us a written testimonial and/or to to provide feedback on any of the customer review websites that are out there. We almost invariably say to these clock customers, whether they are purchasing antique grandfather clocks or one of the brand new Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, or any of the other makers, such as Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks, that we appreciate the sentiment but that their thanks for our expertise, service, and great discount prices is enough thanks for us.
Given the increasing popularity of social networking websites including Facebook and Twitter, not to mention the micro review website like Angie’s Wishlist or MerchantCircle, we probably should be putting a lot more focus on this in our business. It appears that search engines like Bing and Google and Yahoo do place some importance on a business’ reviews and social networking rankings, whatever algorithm it is they may be using. We have even been looking at Pinterest as well as Reddit. We even have the Facebook User Name Grandfather Clocks or http://www.facebook.com/grandfatherclocks will take you there. We are hoping and planning to develop a real presence on Facebook that users will find both helpful and interesting in any number of ways.
If there are any other high-end luxury consumer and business-to-business brands and retailers that are out there that readers have found to be especially useful or well done or impressive or effective, or all of the above, we would very much love to hear about it!
Grandfather Clocks on Facebook. Is Floor Clocks on Twitter next?