We service all mechanical aircraft clocks and try
to maintain an inventory of fully refurbished/restored warbird clocks
for sale. If you are seeking information about clocks we for sale
(Hamilton, Elgin, Waltham, Elgin, Junghans, Smiths, Kienzle, Jaeger)
please see Warbird Clocks for Sale.
As a rule, we have clocks available for WWII aircraft from the
British, German and US air forces. Very rarely we have pieces from
Japanese, Italian and French forces.
one of a kind piece that may be of interest is the display case Hamilton/Elgin
37500 explained here.
I did make the skeletonized dial and can offer skeletonized dials on
have the only stock of brand new stainless mainsprings for the three
major WWII clocks: 37500, LeCoultre/Smiths Chronoflite and Waltham CDIA.
parts inventory includes dials, new unbreakable mainsprings, hands,
balance staffs, knobs, etc. We seek old caches of original parts
before they wind up in the landfill. Some parts are unavailable
yet commonly need replacement (such as knobs, winding wheels and stems
in some of the Swiss models). These we make in small runs in our
shop. Please note that unless offered on our professional products
page, we only provide parts in the course of a restoration. As a
rule, our parts inventory is maintained solely to support our repair
activities. Aircraft clocks are highly collectible and a great
deal of fun. They are precision instruments made to withstand
rugged conditions encountered in combat aircraft. They also can
also have a number of complications (features) including: chronograph,
elapsed time and calendar.
An example of
our work is the restoration of this rare
1937 RAF Time of Trip Clock of Swiss origin but no identifiable maker.
These clocks need to be
serviced just like any precision watch. In fact, more so. A
modern watch is well sealed against moisture and dirt. These
clocks are not as tightly sealed and frequently are installed in
unpressurized aircraft that operate at over 10,000 feet. The changes in
temperature and humidity can degrade the lubricants and the atmospheric
dust works its way into the case through the openings for the winding stem
and function buttons.
These clocks are completely disassembled when overhauled. It is
the only way to check all
jewels, springs and pivots. During service it is important to install new
mainsprings, renew all pivots, adjust the escapement and various
functions for wear, clean the case and dial, refinish hands if needed,
For more information, see How
We Service and When
Only a Watchmaker Will Do.
This year I received several requests to make
corrections to several aircraft clocks under warranty. I would
have done, except the work was not mine. Apparently there is
someone very active on eBay using a similar sounding business name and a
website that is similar in layout to mine. While I am flattered,
this causes problems for those who use and or collect aircraft
clocks. Every piece I service is recorded in my invoicing system
and is tagged with my service label, as well as the mainspring barrel is
marked in pen with the date and location of where the mainspring was
last serviced. Also, you the customer will have an invoice/receipt
from Historic Timekeepers, Inc.
I cannot be responsible for someone else's
work. I provide service to organizations that include the USAF,
the USN and military contract service providers and aircraft restoration
hangers. I take my work and my reputation seriously.
The Basic Service Charges are as follows:
Time only (A-11 Type)
Time and Calendar (CDIA)
Time and Chronograph (MIG)
Time, Chrono, Elapsed Time (Chronoflite,Mig) $425
Time, Chrono, ET and Calendar
These prices will cover the cost of all work needed to bring an
unabused clock to good running order. If parts are broken or
missing, they will be charged the rates quoted on the Custom