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Investing in Timepieces

Most of our clients are primarily motivated by the emotional thrill of collecting with thoughts of any potential gains or losses superseded by more immediate questions such as ‘will it look good in our home’ or ‘does it fit into my collection’. While the answers to these questions are certainly important, the most important questions from an investing stand point should be ‘is it an honest clock’ and ‘how does it equate to other comparable pieces’.

Knowledgeable collectors understand that unlike stocks or bonds no two antique clocks are the same – even if they are remarkably similar to the untrained eye. The skill of the craftsmen, the strength and popularity of the design and the results of a distinctive history, frequently including at least one restoration, make each piece unique and recognizing and appreciating these differences is essential.

That is why either educating yourself or acquiring pieces from a trusted source such as Sundial Farm is so important. Doing so might not provide giant profits, but it is the best way to avoid certain loss. Buying a ‘look’ without any insight into the many factors that determine its value is an unnecessary and avoidable gamble.

While no one can predict the future and what the market might favor, nearly 45 years’ experience has shown that, on whole, properly restored and accurately vetted rare and unusual antique clocks have always outperformed average or compromised pieces, no matter the prevailing economic climate.


Unlike other decorative items the clock is the combination of form and function, a complex spring driven movement housed in a decorative case. If done well it is both aesthetically pleasing and keeps time.
There are seemingly infinite variations in horology and since each piece has numerous parts there is always a chance that something was lost or replaced. There is also a strong likelihood that they have undergone at least one restoration.
Our ability to accurately recognize the good, restorable merchandise allows us to offer only the finest examples to our customers.


Rarity, condition, quality, provenance, demand, and originality are some of the things considered when establishing the fair market value.
Forty years’ experience actively trading and an extensive horological library that includes books, pamphlets and catalogs from around the world allows us to accurately evaluate each piece.


We understand the subtleties of the restoration process and recognize both the benefits of a good restoration and the ramifications of a bad one.

We feel a good restoration makes the piece look as though it was well-cared for through the centuries and that small dents, dings and worn areas are not imperfections that need to be fixed, but the marks of history and an affirmation of age.
Unless otherwise noted all of our clocks are sold in excellent working order and were meticulously restored at our in-house conservation studio.