Collecting & Repairing Antique Clocks : Antique Clock Collecting: Telechron Electric Clocks

There’s some other early electric clocks which
more and more now people are beginning to appreciate especially since plug in clocks
pretty much are a thing of the past now with battery clocks taking their place. Telechron
is really the company that perfected plug in clocks. Before that you had the problem
with power interruptions. Your clock wouldn’t restart or it would start again and you didn’t
know that there’d been a power interruption and it would be saying the wrong time. The
Warren Telechron Company coordinated with the power companies to make sure that we were
getting a 60 cycle power. And as long as 60 cycle power came through the lines your clock
was going to be accurate because it was geared to turn to convert that 60 cycle power into
accurate time keeping in an electric clock. There’s early ones in beautiful wooden cases.
So they’re attractive to look at. Often if you’re unsure about whether the Telechron
electric motor in there is any good or if it has stopped working these can be converted
to battery. You don’t have to worry about the chord but you can still enjoy the aesthetics
of them. We have again a book by Jim Linds on these Telechron clocks. Telechron later
became part of GE but there were thousands of styles and he’s assigned contemporary collecting
baggage to them as well. So this gives you a guide at least of which ones are rare and
which ones are more common. The final thing to note and some of you may remember in the
past too, that these Telechron clocks always had a little porthole in the dial which would
show red if the power had been interrupted. The clock would restart but at least you know
that the power was off for a minute or 5 hours and you would no longer trust the time that
the clock shows. As soon as you reset the clock that red dot goes away until the next
time the power goes off.

2 Replies to “Collecting & Repairing Antique Clocks : Antique Clock Collecting: Telechron Electric Clocks”

  1. My General Electric with telechron motor wall clock broke today. It has been plugged into the outlet in the kitchen continuously since about 1957. I heard it making a hum noise and took it down and found that the plug had a green jellyish substance on it and upon opening up the clock the transformer looked burnt. The clock started out as pink, then my parents painted it blue, and then white over the years.

  2. I have a sizable collection of Telechron clocks. I find the earlier ones, built in the 30's and 40's to be very attractive, built with high quality materials, and extremely reliable. They are also easy to repair on the rare occasion something does go wrong. Thanks for the vid.

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