A wall clock compliments any living room or family room and can also be a classy accent for the office. You'll find many different styles here, such as chiming key-wound wall clocks, chiming quartz, large decorative and many other fine pendulum styles. So browse these collections or let our experts help you find the "gift of time." As an authorized service center for some of the leading manufacturers in the world, such as Howard Miller, Ridgeway and Sligh, you can be sure that we can provide the best in customer service and continuing technical service support on many timepieces purchased from us.
Wall clocks on our site are generally offered in one of two different types of movements: a mechanical key-wound or a quartz movement. Key-wound wall clocks are mechanical timepieces that are powered, or driven, with either weights that hang on cables or with springs and are referred to as "cable-driven" and "spring-driven." Both mechanical styles need to be wound with a key. The weights or springs in mechanical "wind up" wall clocks power the clock from the gravitational pull of the weights slowly falling down or from the springs slowly unwinding. The weights and springs are generally strong enough to power the clock for up to seven days, at which time they will need to be wound up again by inserting a key into the holes in the dial. Indeed, mechanical wind up wall clocks are easily recognizable because they have holes in the dial. Usually there will be three holes in the dial and each hole, or winding arbor, has a specific function. The middle hole regulates the timekeeping function of the clock. The right hole, as you're looking at the clock, regulates the clock chimes. The left hole regulates the hour strikes. However, some mechanical wind up styles may only have one or two holes, in which case the clock is either a time-only mechanical wind up wall clock or is just simply a 1/2 hour strike or passing hour strike with no melody. If a mechanical weight-driven wall clock does not any have holes in the dial at all then it usually needs to be wound by manually pulling up chains that the weights hang from and are referred to as "chain-driven." Although mechanical wall clocks are required to be wound every seven days, they're often referred to as an "eight-day clock."
Wall clocks with a mechanical, key-wound, movement will also likely produce a chiming melody that will be played on metal rods, coils, brass bells, crystal bells and even metal tubes. Chiming wall clocks will most often produce the traditional Westminster chime. However, more sophisticated models will include the triple chime option of Westminster, Whittington and St. Michael's. Other forms of chimes include the bim-bam tones, the passing bell strike and the 1/2 hour strike. Most chiming wall clocks will also have a manual silencer option and the more sophisticated models will have an automatic silencer option
Wall clocks with a mechanical, key-wound, movement are extremely durable and are known as a true heirloom timepieces. The timekeeping function with a mechanical wall clock is generally regulated with the use of a pendulum, which can be adjusted to make the clock run faster or slower. Quartz wall clocks, however, offer the attractiveness of a sophisticated timepiece and many feature an electronic version of the same traditional chiming melodies. Moreover, quartz types require less maintenance and the cases are usually constructed with the same quality standards as mechanical types.