Clock Info

Clocks of all types can be found on our site and in our showroom.  Indeed, you're sure to find the "gift of time" here.  We feature, and can service for our customers, many of the timepieces from some of the finest manufacturers in the United States and around the world, such as Howard Miller, Hermle, Ridgeway, Sligh, Sternreiter, Comitti of London, K. Mozer, Kieninger, Alma Klokken, Hekas, Hones, Harzer, Hubert Herr and Rombach and Haas.  Below you will find some info about each of the collections offered and some general info on clocks.  You can buy any of these fine timepieces online through our website or order in our showroom.  As always, our experts can be available to offer assistance, guidance and advice on a purchase.  Moreover, as an authorized service center for some of the leading manufacturers, such as Howard Miller, Ridgeway and Sligh, we can provide continuing technical service support on many timepieces purchased from us for our customers.

Howard Miller Clocks

Howard Miller Clock Company was founded in 1926.  The company's founder, Howard C. Miller, was schooled in the fine art of clockmaking by his father, Herman, in the Black Forest region of Germany.  Howard developed into a visionary whose keen sense of innovation spawned a tradition of excellence that has been uncompromised through three generations.  While the early years focused on the manufacture of chiming wall and mantle clocks, Howard Miller also produced trend-setting avant garde clocks that stand today in collectors' galleries.  During World War II, Howard Miller joined forces with the Ford Motor Co. to produce anti-aircraft covers.  In the 1960's, the company turned its attention to grandfather clocks, eventually earning the company the title of "World's Largest Manufacturer of Grandfather Clocks.

While Howard Miller timepieces might once have been primarily considered as gifts for weddings, anniversaries and retirements, the company's expanded collection is enticing more and more buyers who simply desire quality timepieces in their homes and businesses-no occasion required.  Today, with its sprawling facility in Zeeland, Michigan, Howard Miller has timepieces manufactured both home and abroad and offers hundreds of styles to complement any decor.  For more information on their clock collection visit our departments for Howard Miller mantel clocks, Howard Miller wall clocks and Howard Miller grandfather clocks.  You'll also find outdoor, nautical, alarm and tabletop clocks by Howard Miller.  Within this collection you'll find many styles, such as chiming mechanical key-wound clocks, chiming quartz, decorative pendulum styles, large gallery models and wrought-iron styles.

Howard Miller clocks of note include their Limited Edition Wall 620-262, which features a weight-driven movement with triple chime options and an automatic night chime shut-off option.  Howard Miller's Limited Edition Mantel 630-260 features triple chime options with fifteen different species of hardwoods and veneers.  Their Limited Edition Grandfather 611-030 features sixteen different species of hardwoods and veneers and come with free in-home delivery and set-up anywhere within the Continental U.S..  Howard Miller's quartz nautical 645-597 includes a barometer/thermometer.  Finally, tabletop 645-636 features an illuminated dial.

Hermle Clocks

Nearly 100 years ago, Franz Hermle began manufacturing and selling mechanical timepieces.  In 1922, Franz Hermle founded the Franz Hermle Clock Company in Gosheim/Wuerttemberg, Germany.  Within ten years the company became known as one of the most modern and efficient manufacturers of clock movements in the clock industry.  Franz Hermle and his sons' dedication weathered the effects of WWII and made Franz Hermle and Sohn, prosper while other companies capitulated.

The founder, Franz Hermle, died in 1953 and left a modern and prosperous operation to his sons Gebhard, Alfred, Hans and Heinrich Hermle.  They have continued to build the company into a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of fine timepieces and mechanical clock movements.

Now in its third generation, Franz Hermle and Sohn employs over 500 people in 4 locations in Germany and an additional manufacturing facility, Hermle Black Forest Clock, in Amherst, Virginia.  Hermle exports their collection to more than 100 countries worldwide and are dedicated to leading the industry in computerized and automated precision manufactured clock parts and mechanical and quartz movements.  For more information on their clock collection view Hermle mantel clocks, Hermle wall clocks, desk and Hermle grandfather clocks.  Within their collection, you'll also find many styles such as chiming mechanical clocks, chiming quartz, skeleton, reproduction and decorative models.

Hermle timepieces of note include the Tellurium, which reproduces the annual orbit of the earth around the sun.  Wall clock 70700-Q10351 is an elegant weight-driven timepiece and grandfather 01087-160461 emphasizes a clean design.

Comitti of London

For over 150 years, Comitti of London has been making the finest quality timepieces and barometers.  Onorato Comitti initially established his workshops in London as a maker of barometers and related instruments.  In a very short time his beautiful products were gracing the homes of discerning customers.  Yet it was not until the late Victorian period that the company diversified into clockmaking.  Still, many of the styles made in these early days continue to be available today and they are recognized as English classics.  View the clock collection of Comitti mantel clocks, Comitti wall clocks, skeleton clocks and Comitti grandfather clocks.

Comitti timepieces of note include the rolling ball, which reflects an attempt to find an alternative to the pendulum as the escapement regulator.  C3202CH is an elegant weight-driven wall with book-matched burr yew veneers.  C4112TCH is a faithful reproduction of the classic Georgian table models with a triple chime nested bell movement.  Finally, grandfather C2210TCH reflects the influence of Georgian architectural design with a hood that slides forward for ease of adjustment.

Ridgeway

Ridgeway Furniture Company began as The Gravely Furniture Company in 1926 and started producing grandfather clocks exclusively in 1960.  This makes Ridgeway the oldest continuously produced grandfather clock brand in the United States.  Tens of thousands of Ridgeway timepieces since 1960 are part of American families' legacies to be handed down through generations.

Ridgeway mechanical grandfather clocks are still crafted by American clockmakers.  This insures that each clock is built correctly.  With care your Ridgeway timepiece will become the heirloom passed through generations of your family.  

Rombach and Haas

Rombach and Haas began producing Black Forest timepieces in 1894 in Schonach/Schwarzwald, Germany.  Schonach later became the center for cuckoo clock production in the Black Forest and has remained so to the present.  In the beginning of the 20th century the company only produced wall clocks.  Both World Wars temporarily brought production to a stop.  However, over the years the company has gained a reputation for the production of high quality Black Forest clocks.  Today, Ingolf Haas, the current owner of Rombach and Haas, and his wife, Connie Haas, produce many unique and extraordinary timepieces.  View our collection of Rombach and Haas wall clocks. Part of our cuckoo clock collection also consists of some Rombach and Haas one-day cuckoos, one-day musical cuckoos, eight-day and eight-day musical cuckoos. (black-forest-clock.de)

Rombach and Haas timepieces of note include 7304, which is a reproduction of a Black Forest "Waaguhr" of the Baroque era and features four crystal bells.  Additionally, 7378 depicts a bell ringing monk.

Hekas Cuckoo Clocks

This Black Forest cuckoo clock company was founded in 1938 by Helmut Kammerer after having served an apprenticeship and acquiring the full professional qualification of clock-maker. Indeed, the origins of cuckoo clocks being made in the Black Forest go back as far as the middle of the 18th century. In fact, the first cuckoo clock has been said to have been built in 1750 by Franz Anton Ketterer of Schonwald.

Helmut Kammerer started making cuckoo clocks in his small German shop.  Over the years, production facilities were enlarged step by step to the present extension of their factory.  Now as before, carving must be done manually by skilled and experienced masters.  Hekas guarantees that each cuckoo clock is hung up and rigorously inspected over a period of 12 to 24 hours before being packed for shipment.  Hekas German cuckoos are also regularly exported into more than 50 countries in all parts of the world.  Their line includes one-day cuckoos, one-day musical cuckoos and some of their German eight-day and eight-day musical cuckoo clocks are added to our collection of cuckoo makers. (home.t-online.de)

Harzer Cuckoo Clocks

Founded in 1948, Harzer's German cuckoos are made of select linden, pine and spruce woods at their German factory, which is nestled in the Harz mountains.  The wood is naturally dried for at least five years before the manufacturing process begins.  Experienced master carvers handcraft all cases and carvings and their factory is the only German one that also traditionally manufactures the cuckoo bellows.  Each Harzer clock is tested for several days before it receives approval for shipment to more than 30 countries around the world.  Some of the Harzer line of German musical cuckoo clocks have been added to our collection of cuckoo makers, along with some of their eight-day and eight-day musical cuckoos. (harzer-kuckucksuhren.de)

Kieninger

In 1912 the Kieninger Clock Factory was founded in the Black Forest of Germany by Joseph Kieninger and his company has become the oldest existing manufacturer of mechanical clock movements for mantel, grandfather and Kieninger wall clocks in the world.  From its very beginning Kieninger has stayed with its traditional concept-the manufacture of technically advanced, high quality mechanical movements and timepieces.  This has proved successful and it is no surprise that today Kieninger is known for its craftsmanship and only the highest quality products.  Kieninger timepieces are noted among the classics of the industry and some have been or are even shown in famous clock museums.  Experience Kieninger's masterpieces in German clock craft.  Noteworthy models include 2802-93-01, which features a curved and beveled glass door.

Sligh

Sligh Furniture Co. is a privately held company founded in 1880 and based in Holland, Michigan.  Sligh designs, creates and markets prestigious wood home and business office furniture, home entertainment furniture and fine timepieces.  Sligh products are manufactured in six countries and sold throughout North America and many other countries.

In 1968, then company president Bob Sligh and his brother Charlie acquired the Trend Clock Company for $1 and made it profitable within a year.  Within ten years it was an important part of company sales.  In the 1980's, the Trend name was dropped in favor of simply Sligh. Although Sligh has recently ended production on their timepieces, their collection included many chiming mechanical clocks, chiming quartz styles, wrought-iron, oversized gallery and decorative styles.

Additional Information

Please let us know if you have any specific questions about these collections offered or about timepieces in general.  Additional information can be found on how clocks work, including the patriarch - the grandfather clock.  We have also outlined clocks by type, which is a short guide on the different styles.  An overview on chiming clocks is also provided to explain the history of the most common and famous clock chimes.  Our section on clock terms highlights the definitions of common terms and may be helpful.  Finally, we provide an outline on clock repair, which our service center provides to the public and for which we can be authorized to do for various manufacturers.  Our clock repair outline attempts to address common troubleshooting issues found with new clocks.  For the current precise time see time.gov.  We also like this government resource on timekeeping.