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How to Update Vintage Clocks and Watches the Correct Way


This weekend, we’re “springing forward” as Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 11. Computers, tablets and smart phones adjust automatically. But if you have a vintage Mickey Mouse watch or an old clock like the one pictured here, you have to spring forward the old fashioned way — by hand.

Attempting to change complicated watches with perpetual calendars, moon phases or date features can be tricky. Care should be taken so precise mechanisms aren’t damaged. Antique clocks also require a delicate touch. Antique clocks should only be reset by moving the mechanisms forward — think “spring forward, never back” — which makes spring the easier time to change an old clock. When it’s time to “fall back,” the safest way to change the time is to stop the clock and restart it an hour later.

This cuckoo clock sold for $354 at Fox Auctions. It's carved and painted walnut, 30 inches high, and features rabbits, birds, crossed rifles and a stag's head.

Resetting clocks, both old and newer, is a minor inconvenience but, in the end, life is a little brighter when it’s still light outside at 7:30 p.m.

Find prices of antique and vintage clocks and watches in the FREE online price guide at Kovels.com.

(Updated March 2018)





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