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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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A The Simpsons Homer Talking Alarm Clock, Wesco & 20th Century Fox 2001, In Original Box
Feb 28, 6:00 PM AEDT
A The Simpsons Homer Talking Alarm Clock, Wesco & 20th Century Fox 2001, In Original Box
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD707 Bids
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Tek Time Nickelodeon SpongeBob Alarm Clock, Bikini Bottom
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Tek Time Nickelodeon SpongeBob Alarm Clock, Bikini Bottom
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$62 Bids
John Wayne Alarm Clock
Mar 23, 7:00 AM PDT
John Wayne Alarm Clock
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
A Cartier gilt brass Colisee table alarm clock, modern
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
A Cartier gilt brass Colisee table alarm clock, modern
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2502 Bids
Imperial Jaccard 5 Jewel Mechanical Alarm Clock
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Imperial Jaccard 5 Jewel Mechanical Alarm Clock
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$100 Bids
PETER - JUNGHANS, LOTTO DI DUE SVEGLIETTE DA VIAGGIO O DA SCRIVANIA, CIRCA 1970
Feb 26, 3:00 PM CET
PETER - JUNGHANS, LOTTO DI DUE SVEGLIETTE DA VIAGGIO O DA SCRIVANIA, CIRCA 1970
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
Purina Chows alarm clock
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Purina Chows alarm clock
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
3 Vintage Travel Pocket Alarm Clocks Phinney Walker Westclox and Cliff
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
3 Vintage Travel Pocket Alarm Clocks Phinney Walker Westclox and Cliff
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$90 Bids
(6) Small Travel Alarm Clocks
Mar 06, 9:00 AM PST
(6) Small Travel Alarm Clocks
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $30- $50
$200 Bids
Spirit of St. Louis Radio Alarm Clock Aviator Flight Case S.O.S. Collection.
Feb 25, 7:00 PM GMT
Spirit of St. Louis Radio Alarm Clock Aviator Flight Case S.O.S. Collection.
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £50- £75
£500 Bids
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Treasure 8-Day Style Alarm Clock with the Presto Alarm Clock Lift, with original case and description,
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
Treasure 8-Day Style Alarm Clock with the Presto Alarm Clock Lift, with original case and description,
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
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Small square alarm clock in original case, carrying bracket serves also for setting off alarm clocks,
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
Small square alarm clock in original case, carrying bracket serves also for setting off alarm clocks,
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€900 Bids
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Vintage Milton A. Fuller Sterling Silver 8 Days Travel Alarm Clock
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Milton A. Fuller Sterling Silver 8 Days Travel Alarm Clock
by Market Auctions Inc.
Est: $300- $600
$1000 Bids
Golden Rooster ‘Dongfanghong 1’ Commemorative Alarm Clock
Feb 29, 1:30 PM GMT
Golden Rooster ‘Dongfanghong 1’ Commemorative Alarm Clock
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids
REISEWECKER VON LAMBORGHIN
Mar 01, 11:00 AM CET
REISEWECKER VON LAMBORGHIN
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€150 Bids
Collection of 6 small alarm clocks / clocks,
Mar 16, 10:00 AM CET
Collection of 6 small alarm clocks / clocks,
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €120- €0
€1200 Bids
Reisewecker und 2 Messgeräte - Travel alarm clock and 2 instruments
Mar 02, 9:30 AM CET
Reisewecker und 2 Messgeräte - Travel alarm clock and 2 instruments
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€350 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Alarm Clocks


Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC