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Brands of Grandfather Clocks

Brands of Grandfather Clocks

Grandfather clocks make a distinctive statement of confidence and it is important to get one that will suit your individual style. There are many things to consider when choosing a grandfather clock, and Premier Clocks have covered most of them here. Now, we would want to look into what brands of grandfather clocks exist and their advantages and disadvantages.

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Howard Miller Clock Company

Howard Miller Clock Company is the largest grandfather clock manufacturer with a long history. It was founded in 1926 as the Herman Miller Clock Company, and in 1960, the company started manufacturing grandfather clocks. The craft and reputation of Howard Miller grandfather clocks was passed down through three generations of clock makers.

Howard Miller grandfather clocks are considered to be one of the best available today in the market and heirlooms that are worthy to be treasured for generations. Let’s look at what are the pros and cons of Howard Miller grandfather clocks.

Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks Advantages:
  • High quality of craftsmanship and materials
  • Cases are handcrafted in the USA
  • Kieninger movement mechanisms are hand made in Germany
  • Big variety of choices from traditional to contemporary designs (over 70 grandfather clocks)
  • Great value for money
  • Exclusive limited edition grandfather clocks
  • Wealth of details and extra features
Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks Disadvantages:
  • Expensive compare to other brands

 

Hermle Clock Company

Hermle is a German grandfather clock builder founded by Franz Hermle nearly 100 years ago in the Black Forest. Hermle Clock Company is one of the leading manufacturers of German grandfather clocks that trades in over 80 countries worldwide and are exquisite in quality.

Hermle Grandfather Clocks Advantages:
  • One of the most well-known and prestigious clock companies
  • High quality movements are made in Germany
  • Cases are crafted in the USA
  • Affordable prices
  • Remarkable finishes on exotic veneers and hardwoods
  • Unique details such as ornate gold and silver grandfather clocks dials
Hermle Grandfather Clocks Disadvantages:
  • Lower priced clocks are made with imported Asian cases

 

Ridgeway Clocks

Ridgeway is the oldest continuous producer of grandfather clocks in the USA that started exclusive production in 1960. Now, Ridgeway is owned by Howard Miller and has its own division in the company. But nevertheless, Ridgeway grandfather clocks are very unique timepieces that are made to the high quality standards.

Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks Advantages:
  • The oldest company in the USA producing grandfather clocks
  • German-made movements
  • Designed and assembled in the USA
Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks Disadvantages:
  • Lower variety of products

 

Kieninger Clock Company

Kieninger Clock Company started its history in 1912 and was founded in Germany. The company used the expertise of Black Forest clock makers to create the brand of grandfather clocks that were not only precise and accurate but also were beautiful. Howard Miller acquired The Kieninger Clock Company in 1993.

Kieninger Grandfather Clock Advantages:
  • One of the oldest and best clock manufacturers
  • Highest quality of craftsmanship
  • Exotic hardwoods
  • Hand-rubbed finishes
  • Designs from classic to modern
Kieninger Grandfather Clock Disadvantages:
  • Lower variety of choices
  • High price

 

Seth Thomas Clock Company

Seth Thomas Clock Company was named after an American clockmaker that was famous in the 19th century. In January 2009, the company stopped their production and went into receivership but  already in May 2009, it was reopened under The Colibri Group

Seth Thomas Grandfather Clock Advantages:
  • Great value for money
  • Excellent craftsmanship
  • Timeless designs
Seth Thomas Grandfather Clock Disadvantages:
  • The company has ceased to make grandfather clocks a few years ago

 

Bulova Clock Company

The Bulova Grandfather Clocks is named after Joseph Bulova, it was founded and incorporated as the J. Bulova Company in 1875. A 23-year-old man wanted to fulfill his dream and open his own jewelry store on maiden lane in New York City. Grandfather clocks were made in a privately owned factory in Canada. Grandfather Clock factory closed in late 2010. Today, Bulova designs, manufactures, and markets a number of different brands like Caravelle, Wittnauer Swiss, Accutron, and their signature “Bulova”.

Bulova Grandfather Clock Advantages:
  • One of the top clock makers in the world
  • High quality materials
  • Variety of types and styles
Bulova Grandfather Clock Disadvantages:
  • Cost too much compared to other quality brands

 

Sligh Grandfather Clocks Company

Sligh grandfather clocks got their start as part of the furniture making venture of Charles Sligh. Sligh Clock Company has since ceased producing and all Sligh design rights are now owned by the Bulova Clock Company.

Sligh Grandfather Clock Advantages:
  • Quality workmanship
Sligh Grandfather Clock Disadvantages:
  • Sensitive to external movement

 

Inexpensive Chinese Clocks

There are a number of Chinese clock companies that produce grandfather clocks. However, it is more like grandfather clock shaped objects with two or three faux/decorative weights hanging from a thin chain. These are sold under different names, for example Kassel Grandfather Clocks, Edward Meyer Grandfather Clocks and others. But these are just names that are being used by these Chinese companies and have nothing to do with the real brands that produce grandfather clocks. 




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