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Author Topic: CHEAP skeleton clock!  (Read 3859 times)
Zeppelin Captain
United States United States

« on: May 17, 2010, 10:52:35 pm »

While trolling thru the local Big Lots store I found an amazingly cheap skeleton clock. For those not familiar with the store it is a remainders/ closeouts/ cheap import store.

The exact clock is up on ebay for around $30 plus $20 shipping. You can find it at

Big Lots has it for $15.

I was surprised. First off it is very well packed, made of real metal and has a true mechanical movement. For 15 dollars I would have expected some plastic in the case! The build quality is higher than I expected. It is a 7 day movement with passing strike (strikes the bell once at the top of each hour). I was expecting a loop-end spring to cut down on costs but found that it has a loop-end in a going-barrel. While it is a bent-strip escapement it is formed as a true deadbeat rather than as the recoil escapement I expected. With a pendulum this short a recoil is going to be just as accurate but has easier tolerances; apparently modern assembly line automation can turn out a cheap but accurate deadbeat so you can have the snob factor of the higher quality escapement. Kind of like putting woodgrain on the dash of a ford escort, but whatever. So far it has run for 2 days and looks to have lost only 30 seconds. Not bad considering I haven't adjusted the rating at all.

Don't be fooled: it is still a cheap movement. The plates are thin; there are no oil sinks and I don't think there was any oiling done from the factory. That's easy enough to remedy on an open clock movement! So far it seems like it's far better than the price. I may have to go back and buy some more of them; I saw at least 7 more on the shelves.
Mr. Moonchylde
United States United States

« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010, 10:47:00 pm »

I bought the exact same clock at Biglots about a month ago, and now I'm glad I did... the ebay auction you linked to is down, but I found a nearly identical one going for $95. I think I payed seven dollars for mine, as the box and key were missing. Unfortunatly it's a static decorative piece until I can find a key that fits it, but now that I know how good of a deal I got, I can't wait to tell my girlfriend, who fought against me buying it all the way to the checkout line.  Grin

Oh, and if anyone's curious, this is the ebay auction I found:
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