We’re “falling back” this weekend as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on November 3.
Newer technology makes this task automatic or at least a lot easier. Computers, tablets, smart phones, cable boxes and even some cars are programmed to change at the right time. But as long as there are collectors, there will always be clocks and watches that have to be changed the old fashioned way—by hand.
Antique clocks require a delicate touch. The only way an antique clock should be set is forward—think “spring forward, never back”—which makes spring the easier time to change an old clock. But now it’s time to “fall back” and the safest way to change the time is just to stop the clock and then restart it an hour later. Attempting to change complicated watches that have perpetual calendars, moon phases or date features can also be tricky business. Care should be taken so that delicate mechanisms aren’t damaged.
We also have to think about the clocks on our ovens, microwaves, coffee makers and thermostats. And remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors—which hopefully are neither antique nor vintage!
The wall clock pictured was designed by George Nelson for the 1960s "Meridian" line made by Howard Miller Clock Company of Zeeland, Michigan. It's yellow and orange glazed stoneware, 14 1/4 inches in diameter, and sold for $594 at a recent Rago auction.