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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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Swiss Antique Dore Metal Petit Point Vanity Clock
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Swiss Antique Dore Metal Petit Point Vanity Clock
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Antique musical alarm clock with jeweled movement
Nov 01, 11:30 PM EDT
Antique musical alarm clock with jeweled movement
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$750 Bids
Louis XVI marble and bronze clock Sizes: H=170mm l=120mm Weight (K): 0,87kg Condition
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Louis XVI marble and bronze clock Sizes: H=170mm l=120mm Weight (K): 0,87kg Condition
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €300- €400
€3000 Bids
2 small travel alarm clocks N
Nov 02, 10:00 AM CET
2 small travel alarm clocks N
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
LARGE GLOBE SPRINKLER ALARM BELL
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE GLOBE SPRINKLER ALARM BELL
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
GAMEWELL EXCELSIOR GONG FIRE ALARM NEW YORK
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
GAMEWELL EXCELSIOR GONG FIRE ALARM NEW YORK
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $800- $1,000
$2000 Bids
Austrian Gilt Bronze Desk Clock
Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
Austrian Gilt Bronze Desk Clock
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8000 Bids
Skeleton Telephone by L.M. Ericsson, 1892 onwards
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Skeleton Telephone by L.M. Ericsson, 1892 onwards
by Auction Team Breker
Est: €400- €600
€2400 Bids
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afB (American Foundation for the Blind) De Luxe Alarm wristwatch for blind persons
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
afB (American Foundation for the Blind) De Luxe Alarm wristwatch for blind persons
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€3300 Bids
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Poljot "Columbus 1492- 1992" Anniversary Wristwatch with alarm and central second hand
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Poljot "Columbus 1492- 1992" Anniversary Wristwatch with alarm and central second hand
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€2400 Bids
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Orist Wrist Alarm, Bi- Color-steel wristwatch
Oct 30, 1:00 PM CEST
Orist Wrist Alarm, Bi- Color-steel wristwatch
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€4500 Bids
LOTTO DI DUE OROLOGI DA SCRIVANIA IN ARGENTO
Oct 28, 3:00 PM CEST
LOTTO DI DUE OROLOGI DA SCRIVANIA IN ARGENTO
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €30- €50
€300 Bids
10- New Lark Pro Sleep Monitor Silent Alarm Clock
Oct 29, 12:00 PM PDT
10- New Lark Pro Sleep Monitor Silent Alarm Clock
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
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altes Uhren-Weckerwerk in Messinggehäuse
Oct 29, 11:00 AM CEST
altes Uhren-Weckerwerk in Messinggehäuse
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Westclox alarm clock, wooden box, 2 wooden change bowls, and magazine rack
Nov 06, 11:00 AM EDT
Westclox alarm clock, wooden box, 2 wooden change bowls, and magazine rack
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Henri Robert French gilt bronze mantel clock
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Henri Robert French gilt bronze mantel clock
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Alarm Clocks


Nadeau's Auction Gallery

Nadeau's Auction Gallery

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions