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Offline IAShooters

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Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« on: March 02, 2011, 08:07:30 PM »
I'm looking for a good wind up alarm clock I can use for camping and for prepping equipment.

Would prefer Made in the USA, but if that is not possible as long as it is not made in China or sold at Chi-Mart i would take a look at it.

Anyone have any experience with a good quality wind up clock?

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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 08:11:32 PM »
Try Lehmans none electric cat
dollar store or doller days you get about 9 months out of them or its just me rough on them.
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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 08:31:30 PM »
Try looking for a Westclox Big Ben wind up. The Company was bought out a few years ago but they still use the name on clocks. If you have a good watch repair shop near you they usually sell better clocks too

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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 09:20:09 PM »
I was just going to mention a Big Ben. My dad gave me one to use as a teen because I was a sound sleeper.
It worked very well (back then). Only downside was the ticking was so loud I used to bury it in my dresser.
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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011, 07:16:53 PM »
I was just going to mention a Big Ben. My dad gave me one to use as a teen because I was a sound sleeper.
It worked very well (back then). Only downside was the ticking was so loud I used to bury it in my dresser.

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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011, 07:59:14 PM »
any idea where to find a big ben windup?  preferable not made in china?

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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2011, 10:02:11 AM »
I have seen "big ben" clocks at truck stops but don't know if they are windup.
I would like a windup clock myself, next time I am at a truck stop I will investigate.
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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2011, 10:12:34 AM »
I have seen "big ben" clocks at truck stops but don't know if they are windup.
I would like a windup clock myself, next time I am at a truck stop I will investigate.

let me know what you find out.

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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2011, 11:53:08 AM »
The big bens are wind up. They have one winder for the alarm, and another for the time.
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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2011, 11:59:34 AM »
I had a big ben clock when I was a kid. Wish I still had it. Built very well and that thing didnt play when it went off either.
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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2011, 08:09:08 PM »
Wired,
I recently completed a vigorous and through search for an American made wind up clock.  I wanted one, too.  Bottom line, (and found on this forum from an '09 thread) is that there are no more American made wind ups!  I was really disappointed.  If anyone can fire back that I'm wrong, I'm open to be straightened out, and to get hardcore info re where to obtain one of these ancient devices.  If you keep looking, you'll probably find, as I did, that the foreign wind ups suck; they don't keep good time and they go to clock heaven within a year.  I had to go to bed for two days when I got this dose of reality.

Ah, the memories: I loved watching my grandfather wind up his Big Ben (made in America) every night before going to bed.  From the next bedroom, I loved listening to the huge, soothing tick of that baby (actually a Big), and float off to sleep.  But then I also so miss the old steam locomotive whistle as it roared passed the house at night.  Durn fire but I miss those days and would go back in a heart beat.  I'm just lost with all these handheld computer engine thingies that have apps and cameras and all sorts of do-dahs I don't know anything about.  And I'm not that old, . . . yet, . . . I don't think.  Dinosaurs, American made wind up alarm clocks, honor . . . all gone.  I'm ready to leave.

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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2011, 08:59:15 PM »
Now THAT was amusing. had to give you a +1 for that little rant, Zula. ;D


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I see them from time to time on garage sales and grandma's estate sale ....... anywhere from a $1 to $20 depending on who's price tagging .......
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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2011, 05:33:11 PM »
I've been looking at a Sternreiter Double-Bell recently.  I figured if I can't go American, then some European hardware is acceptable.

It's a 30-hour wind-up with brass and steel internals (See this link).  I'm pretty sure it can also wake the dead!

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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2011, 03:28:01 AM »
 Watch thrift stores like Goodwill. I've managed to pick up 3 Big Ben clocks, all at the Goodwill 1/2 mile away, and haven't paid over $4 for any of them. I keep one in the bedroom, 1 in my basement prep area, and 1 tucked away in my camping gear. (though I've never really needed an alarm while camping)
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Re: Looking for a good reliable wind up alarm clock
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2011, 09:11:23 PM »
We just got one of these:

http://www.lehmans.com/store/Home_Goods___Clocks__Radios_and_Batteries___Twin_Bell_Key_Wound_Alarm_Clocks___AlarmClocks#67815326781533

We like it so far. Nice, loud alarm and the tick-tock is quite. It is a Bulova brand, but it is make in China. We shall see how it holds up.
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