Retro Diamond Wind-Up Alarm Clock

R275.00

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Retro Diamond Wind-Up Alarm Clock

R275.00

We’ve bought and sold a number of these Chinese Diamond clocks over the years, and while I’ve always loved them (the quality of these clocks is easy to spot), I think today is the first time I’ve read up on the history of the clock factory.

It seems that the ‘Shanghai Watch Factory’ is China’s most renowned watch maker, but according to Wikipedia the Shanghai ZuanShi (Diamond) Watch Factory has a long and illustrious history that easily rival’s its more famous sibling. The company started out life in 1932 as the Tak On Clock Factory, but within a few short years was completely destroyed during the 1937 invasion by the Japanese. The factory was promptly rebuilt, and renamed the Jin Xing Industrial Association, with the first pocket-watches bearing the ZuanShi/Diamond brand being produced in 1958, which is more or less when I think today’s alarm clock dates to.

While the clock does keep time (provided you remember to wind it!), there is some damage to the clock face, where the (presumably glow-in-the-dark?) ring that borders the face has cracked. We’ve opened up the clock and reglued what we can (the pieces were lying loose inside the clock), and to be honest, the damage isn’t very noticeable at all, but we needed to point it out. Another thing worth commenting on is that these clocks do tick! A Minter recently emailed me to ask me about another clock (which fortunately was very quiet), so I thought it was worth mentioning that if you have our beautiful vintage clock next to your bed, it is going to produce a classic tick-tock sound, so might be better suited to sitting on a desk, unless you’re a deep sleeper!

P.S. A beige version of this clock (not quite as pretty as our baby blue model!) is currently for sale online for $168 (R3000)!

Note: Unfortunately because we’re away at the moment we aren’t able to provide dimensions for this item. Also please note that there will be a delay in couriering this item due to the current government restrictions

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