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Up-Cycled Clock Makeovers

AFTER the Makeover - this clock is refreshed in new colours and fitted with a modern AA battery powered Quartz Movement

Just a few examples of some of my recent vintage clock makeovers. For the very latest customer commissions please pop over to my Instagram page. This is where you’ll find the most up to date conversions and makeovers. I do my very best to retain the style of the clock and as many original parts as possible. Any unrepairable mechanical movements beyond repair are used in-house for spares or sold on eBay or ETSY for spares or repair.

Remember, if you don’t want to give the clock a makeover I also offer a discrete clockwork clock to battery movement conversion service here.

New Life to Vintage Clocks

Some more examples of two 1950’s classic mantle clocks up-cycled and converted to battery. These two clocks have both been converted to battery movement and painted in black & gold and the other in claret (burgundy). The mechanical movements were sold on eBay for spares or repair. On the claret clock the original glass, bezel and clock face were all up-cycled – the clock hands are new. The black clock has all original hands, glass, dial and bezel. It puts a smile on my face every time I up-cycle clocks like these two – saved from the landfill and welcomed in to a new home ?

Smiths Art Deco Clock – Repainted & Converted to Quartz

Example of an art deco mantle clock upcycled by ClocksUpcycled. Sky blue case with cream accent. Clock makeovers available now

This stylish Smiths 8 day clock was beyond repair so needed complete upcycling. Case cleaned, sanded and repainted in a robust satin sky blue. The mechanical movement has been recycled for spare parts. Once removed we replaced the old clockwork movement with a modern quartz (battery) movement. We managed to retain the original dial, glass, bezel and hands. Why not send me your vintage clock for a makeover – pop over to my Etsy store for more information. If you just want me to convert your old clock to battery – that’s another service I offer.

Smith’s 8 Day Mantel Clock – Two Tone Makeover

A family heirloom given a mechanical service and a full two colour makeover. This lovely Smith’s 8 Day Mantel Clock dates back to the 1950’s. The customer sent it to me in a non-working state with no key or pendulum. The case was a dark wood – typical for that period. The customer chose the apple green and antique cream colours from a choice of over 25 available. The clock’s mechanical movement was cleaned, oiled and regulated. Another upcycled clock restored back to pride of place on the family mantel piece.

An example of a vintage clock given a modern retro paint makeover

Vintage Clock Makeover to a Pastel Yellow & Grey

This clock has been repainted in pastel yellow and grey and converted to a battery operated movement
The inside of the clock showing the new quartz AA battery mechanism.

When upcycling a clock – my aim is always to maintain as much of the original clock as possible. This clock has the original hour and minute hand, glass, bexel and dial. The dial and bezel all shows signs of age, but that’s what makes each and every clock unique. Remember you can send me your clock for a makeover – price on application – you can choose up to two colours.

Smiths Sectric Clock given Retro Makeover

These two Smiths Sectric (main electric) clocks from the 1950’s have been converted to AA battery and given a fresh makeover. The grey clock maintains it’s original hands with the addition of a new second hand. I also managed to keep the original clock dial and bezel. The cream clock had to be fitted with NEW hands but maintains the original clock glass, chapter ring and bezel.

More examples of Vintage Clock Makeovers

An upcycled Napolean Hat clock
Raspberry Ripple (quartz upcycle)

Napolean Hat clock painted purple & pink. Clockwork mechanism converted to AA battery

An upcycled Smiths 8 day floating balance clock maintaining the original clockwork mechanism
Smiths Mantel Clock (mechanical)

Smiths 8 Day Floating Balance clock fully restored & regulated – also painted cream.

An upcycled Art Deco style mantel clock given a see through Skeleton quartz AA battery movement
Smiths 8 Day (Quartz Skeleton)

A beautifully proportioned Art Deco mantle clock converted to a quartz skeleton mechanism. Old movement was beyond economical repair

Rear view of this Upcycled Clock showing the modern battery movement
Leaving the Scars of Time

Whenever possible, I leave some part of the clock as it was when given to me. In many cases this means leaving the rear of the case untouched

Buy your own AA Battery Clock Mechanisms

If you want to try it yourself – please pop over to our DIY Clock Conversion page with a range of AA Quartz Clock Movements – everything thing you need to either build or convert a clock. These battery clock kits are great for anyone interested in converting a mechanical clock to battery power or build their own design of quartz clock.