HELLO, CAN ANYBODY TELL ME ABOUT THIS CLOCK I PURCHASED TODAY? IT IS MISSING THE PENDULUM BUT I FASHIONED ONE OUT OF SOME ODDS AND ENDS I HAD IN THE JUNK DRAWER. IT IS IN GREAT, WORKING CONDITION. IT DID NOT COME WITH THE ORIGINAL KEY, HOWEVER I WAS ABLE TO GO TO MY CLOCK MAN AND GET A REPLACEMENT. IT DOES NOT STRIKE WESTMINSTER, ALTHOUGH IT HAS FOUR HAMMERS THAT IT USES TO PRODUCE ONLY TWO TONES. IT ALSO CHIMES ON THE HALF HOUR. THE GLASS IS IN PERFECT SHAPE, AND THE DIAL IS AS WELL. IT IS CIRCA 1955 ALTHOUGH THE DIAL IS ART DECO IN STYLE. IT READS "BLACK FOREST" ON THE DIAL AND "HALLER" ON MOVEMENT ITSELF, ALTHOUGH THERE APPEARS TO BE AN "S" AT THE END WITHOUT AN APOSTROPHE. THERE IS NO MOVEMENT NUMBER.
a relatively typical German clock of the 1950s/60's.Many similar ones out there just like it. Worth about $100 if in good condition, working order and with original pendulum. Worth about $75 with a "good" replacement pendulum that fits right
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I was under the impression that all caps are easier to read, but to each his own. I paid $25 plus I was out another $10 for a replacement key. I still don't have the correct pendulum, so I may cut my losses. Unless I decide to repaint the dial.
JMHO. Haller started post-war only; was never top drawer; Black Forest was a typical marketing name for these models for export, no continental European in his right mind would see anything "Schwarzwald" here.
at the moment they're not en vogue, but it comes in waves with these. after Eastern Germany called it a day there was a fashion to go back to 50s stuff also in the west. western 50s = eastern 80s...
My experience is that the durability of post war German movements is nothing like as good as the pre-war German ones.
One opinion is that the pivots are not hardened, meaning that instead of a fairly easy re-bushing job you have worn pivots and a far more tedious and expensive re-pivoting job. I think the earlier pinions are harder too. Even pre WWI lantern pinions seem to last better than post WWII toothed pinions.
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