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Posted 5 years ago


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Hi, I would love to know more about this item that I purchased from a friend about ten years ago:

* Phinney Walker keyless clock - Rim Wind.
* Brass and quite heavy for its small size (7cm diameter / 5cm deep.)
*On rear is stamped;
Patented Feb.5 1907 / Nov 24 1908 / Aug 16 1910 / Nov 28 1911 / Jul 9 1912 / others pending / Made in USA
* This number also stamped on rear: 116265

Clock winds by turning knurled rim and is working although running a bit slow; losing about eight minutes a day.

Am wondering if this was perhaps designed for a boat or even car dash-board? Please let me know if you can shed any light on the history of this lovely little piece.



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  1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    Phinney-Walker was a leader in the industry for producing "Car Clock" back during this time frame. I'd venture to guess , It's an Automobile clock
  2. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
    John, it's a car clock. Here's another Phinney-Walker that's a rim-wind.
  3. JohnM JohnM, 5 years ago
    Kerry, Jason & Dave - thanks very much for responding so promptly to my request for more information; it's great to have a better understanding of the history of such an item.
    I'm curious though; were such clocks fitted at manufacture of the vehicle, or were they added as an extra by the owner?
  4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    These were add-on by the owner after they had the auto
  5. JohnM JohnM, 5 years ago
    Thanks Kerry!
  6. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 5 years ago
    Some were, like my Olds.
  7. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
    Here is another one I posted which works like yours does. It's a rim-wind & rim-set by the Keyless Auto Clock Co. Mine has one more patent date added on the back of the case.
    You turn the bezel rim clockwise to wind and pull out on the bezel rim and turn clockwise to set.
    What is printed below the bottom edge of your dial? I can't read it.
  8. JohnM JohnM, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the link. The writing on the bottom of the dial is: Phinney-Walker co. followed by the patent dates as listed above and Made in USA. There is also something written at 12 on the edge, however it is obscured by the screw, I can just about make out 'no 14'.

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