As the year ticks down, one might consider just what kind of clock would be best to welcome the new year with. That it be a vintage clock is a given. But what vintage clock?
Big Ben in London is an obvious choice. Except that Big Ben is actually not the clock, it’s the bell in the Elizabeth Tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. The clock is called the Great Clock of Westminster, it’s face is 23 feet in diameter and it’s made of opal glass. The details of the movements are rather detailed and astounding, we’ll leave those details to Wikipedia.
There’s the Rathaus-Glockenspiel Clock in Munich for those who enjoy a little dancing and music with their hourly updates. There are 43 bells, 32 life-sized figures and a giant herd of sightseers ready to watch them do their thing. Murophobes can relax, Rathaus translates as Town Hall.
Or closer to home, the Big Penn, the illuminated four-faced clock at Philadelphia City Hall. One the highest and biggest when it was built in the late 1800s, it is still one of the most beautiful.
And traditionalists will argue for the ball drop in Times Square. Which is of course quite beautiful with it’s 12 foot diameter geodesic ball of Waterford crystals and LED lights. You can even download an app so you can count down with the ball. Which is probably much more pleasant than actually being in Time Square to watch it, since you have to arrive quite early to stake a spot and cannot leave your assigned corral once you’re in it. And there are no porta facilities.
If those crowd magnets aren’t your thing, we can suggest a few smaller vintage clocks you can call your very own from some of our favorite Etsy shops.
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Ornate Hollywood Regency clock from BlueMoonCollectibles.
Bulova Accutron wristwatch from avintageobsession.
Bakelite Sessions Art Deco clock from alwaysmaybevintage.
Detex Guardsman watch clock from CreekLifeTreasures.
Oversized Seth Thomas watch clock from SouthernGilt.
Classic Big Ben Westclox Alarm Clock from ThirdShift.
Art Deco deer clock from 4EnvisioningVintage.
Benrus ladies watch by AtticandBarnTwo.