The Anniversary Clock Project — Preview

Two summers ago I was in an antique store and asked on a whim whether the owner had any “mechanical clocks or time pieces”.

He said “No, I’m sorry I don’t. But I do have this fun clock here.”

He handed me a Kundo clock, which is in fact a mechanical clock. The contradiction made my head hurt slightly, but I was fascinated by what looked like a beautiful clock. He said it needed to be serviced / fixed, and I wondered if my recently formed passion for watches would propel me all the way into buying what I thought might be an expensive object (needing repair no less).

I asked “How much is it?” and he said “Forty bucks”.

And so I bought it immediately and then plunged myself into the world of what I now know are called “Anniversary Clocks”.


It turns out that such clocks have a bit of a cult following, and I was proud to be its latest member. Anniversary clocks are so-named because you only need to wind them once and they reportedly run for 400 days. Not quite the perpetual motion machine of the might ATMOS (see my essay on Atmos here), but very impressive.

I found my way to the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) and discovered a whole world of Kundo Anniversary Clock aficionados and enthusiasts. I asked for some guidance from the group about my find and ended up believing that I would clean and repair the clock myself.

Needless to say I have never started the journey, but with this essay I am putting a stake in the ground and saying: stay tuned for a blog journey of whether I can pull off this task. I will likely screw it up (not being a clock maker…), but the journey is the goal, as they say.

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