8th Mar 2022
Wall clocks are the most common type of clock but that does not make them the least interesting. There are many intriguing designer wall clocks as well as a treasure trove of antique wall clocks available today.
Choose a new (or old) wall clock for your home. Not only does it add to the room’s interior design, it is also a practical piece that every house should have.
History of Wall Clocks
Ironically enough, we don’t know the exact time of when clocks and antique wall clocks first appeared but we do know that they quickly became adopted by everyone in society.
When Was the Wall Clock Invented?
Historians have not been able to pinpoint the first inventor of clocks. Some attribute the pendulum clock to Galileo Galilei while others consider Christiaan Huygens as the true inventor.
What we do know is that wall clocks became more popular in households in the 17th century. This is when they first started to appear in paintings of home life.
How Do Clocks Impact Society?
Clocks have not been around since the beginning of time but their introduction has strongly influenced every aspect of daily life. They were first used in astronomy which later led to the establishment of time zones and the modern calendar.
They were first widely used in factories and train stations. When the mechanisms became simpler, more households could afford them. Nowadays, it is unthinkable how society could function without accurate time-keeping.
How Do Wall Clocks Work?
There are many different types of wall clocks, each with their own mechanism. Some are weight driven and others powered by mainsprings. The benefit of a mechanism being weight driven is that timekeeping is often more accurate as the power given to the mechanism by the weight is constant throughout the week. Mainspring mechanisms tend to run slightly faster at the start of the week when the mainspring is fully wound and then slow down as the mainspring unwinds. That said, high quality mainspring driven mechanisms are often very accurate and any timekeeping issues caused by a mainspring are minimal.
How Many Types of Wall Clocks Are There?
The list of wall clock types and styles is incredibly long. however, in terms of clock mechanisms there are;
- 8 day weight driven regulator wall clocks
- 8 day spring-driven wall clocks
- Month running weight driven wall clocks
- 8 day fusee wall clocks
- Quartz wall clocks
You can also identify them by their features. A few examples include;
- Westminster chime wall clocks
- Wall clocks with automatic night chime shut-off
- Radio controlled clocks
How Do I Choose a Wall Clock?
At Glenbryde we have an expansive array of wall clocks for you to choose from. Often, it is simply a matter of personal aesthetic.
Which Wall Clock Is Best for Each Room?
When choosing a wall clock, we recommend considering the room it will be in. This can give you some helpful parameters for choosing the type of clock, it’s size and function.
Round dial wall clocks are popular as kitchen clocks and office clocks. Large regulator wall clocks brighten up a hallway or living room and are easy to see from a distance.
Whichever type of clock you choose, our experts at Glenbryde are happy to advise you on the most beautiful options. Rest assured that we have a clock for every room in the house.