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Alarm Clocks

Timepiece aficionados collect vintage or luxury alarm clocks for the same reason collectors prize other antique clocks; they are fascinating gadgets that can be a window to the past. Even with the use of the digital clocks and cell phones as alarm clocks, buyers still consider the stylish mechanical alarm clock or travel clock a fascinating piece of workmanship that will be functional and valuable for a long time to come.

Clock watches fitted with a device that struck the hour on a bell in the watch case became common by 1600. Queen Elizabeth I is rumored to have worn a watch as a ring that would scratch the skin on her finger at an established time. Royal courts often had their own clockmakers during this period. Charles I commissioned a gold alarm watch after he failed to awaken one morning. He kept by his bed until led to his execution.

The Art Deco movement was a large influence on clock design in the 20s. Geometric artifacts of the industrial age, both table and travel clocks came into vogue. The Parisian-based jeweler Cartier began making a variety of clocks including the well known and stylish travel alarm clocks with gold hands. In the modern market, collectors often follow alarm clocks made by luxury brands including Cartier, Tiffany, and Jaeger Le-Coultre.


Quick Facts

  • A contemporary quartz Cartier alarm clock (circa 2000) enclosed in a leather case sold at auction for $1,128 at Bonham’s Hong Kong in 2012
  • A lot of two gilt desk alarm clocks sold at a price of $7,942 at Christie’s of London in 2014
  • A Simon Willard painted lighthouse clock with brass 8-day movement and alarm sold for $15,000 at Bonham’s New York in 2013

Recommended Items at Auction

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DUPONT. TRAVEL ALARM clock simulating a light
Dec 03, 2:00 PM CET
DUPONT. TRAVEL ALARM clock simulating a light
by FW Auction
Est: €60- €80
€803 Bids
Mid Century Mod General Electric Alarm Clock Radio
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Mid Century Mod General Electric Alarm Clock Radio
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Gucci vintage travel alarm
Nov 30, 5:00 PM CET
Gucci vintage travel alarm
by Faraone Casa d'Aste
Est: €200- €300
€2001 Bid
Timco
Dec 02, 5:00 PM CET
Timco
by Bozner Kunstauktionen
Est: €250- €325
€2400 Bids
A VINTAGE DOUBLE BELL ALARM CLOCK WITH MOVING MOTION CROCODILE. IN WORKING ORDER. HEIGHT 18CM.
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A VINTAGE DOUBLE BELL ALARM CLOCK WITH MOVING MOTION CROCODILE. IN WORKING ORDER. HEIGHT 18CM.
by Cadmore Auctions
Est: £10- £20
£100 Bids
A VINTAGE CAPITAL FM BREAKFAST SHOW DOUBLE BELL ALARM CLOCK. HEIGHT 17.5CM. IN WORKING ORDER.
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A VINTAGE CAPITAL FM BREAKFAST SHOW DOUBLE BELL ALARM CLOCK. HEIGHT 17.5CM. IN WORKING ORDER.
by Cadmore Auctions
Est: £10- £20
£100 Bids
A Vintage Russian Santa Maria Double Bell Alarm Clock. A/F 15cm tall
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A Vintage Russian Santa Maria Double Bell Alarm Clock. A/F 15cm tall
by Cadmore Auctions
Est: £10- £20
£100 Bids
A Huge Flintstones Double Bell Alarm Clock. 22cm diameter. 31cm tall. In working order.
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A Huge Flintstones Double Bell Alarm Clock. 22cm diameter. 31cm tall. In working order.
by Cadmore Auctions
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
CARTIER Reisewecker ¨Trinity¨
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
CARTIER Reisewecker ¨Trinity¨
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €0- €0
€2400 Bids
Alarm clock with tripod, 20's
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Alarm clock with tripod, 20's
by Auktionshaus Wersching
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Group of proof silver, clad and copper proof coins in a Lucite paper weight with an Elgin alarm clock
Dec 01, 11:30 PM EST
Group of proof silver, clad and copper proof coins in a Lucite paper weight with an Elgin alarm clock
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $65- $75
$500 Bids
A large collection of travel alarm clocks, mainly first half of the 20th century.
Dec 12, 6:30 PM CET
A large collection of travel alarm clocks, mainly first half of the 20th century.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids
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TWO MONT BLANC TRAVEL ALARM CLOCKS
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
TWO MONT BLANC TRAVEL ALARM CLOCKS
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Group of old radios and a Big Ben alarm clock
Dec 04, 11:30 PM EST
Group of old radios and a Big Ben alarm clock
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $125- $150
$750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Alarm Clocks


Cadmore Auctions

Cadmore Auctions

Litchfield Auctions

Litchfield Auctions

Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG

Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG