promoting and preserving the history of American-made clocks and watches

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Doing Research at ACWM

Would you like to know more about an American-made clock or watch that you own?  Are you conducting research for personal use, publication, or exhibition?  If so, there are some research options available to you. 

A Note about Appraisals 

American Clock & Watch Museum staff are prohibited by law from offering financial appraisals, even ballpark figures. To get an appraisal, please contact the American Society of Appraisers or the Appraisers Association of America.

Meet the Collection

Check out a slide show of images of clocks and watches in our collection.

How a Watch Works

Watch this 1949 educational film by the Hamilton Watch Company entitled "How a Watch Works."  19 minutes in length.

Use our Library

A small research library is available for visitors' use to find information about their clock or watch.  The library is open during our regular hours of operation.  No appointment is necessary during the open season. However, please note that appointments MUST be made during the winter--M-F 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

A larger collection of research material is available by appointment only. To access the Archives and Special Collections, please call 860-583-6070 or email to schedule an appointment with our Curator.

Let us Research for You

Research is conducted as a fee-based service by ACWM staff for $40 for non-members.  Members of ACWM are entitled to one free research request per year (a $40 value for only $30!). Requests are answered in 1-4 weeks depending on request volume and research needed. Click to get the PDF form and mail it WITH PICTURES of your item to ACWM. For more info or if you are unable to open pdf files call: 860-583-6070. 

Photo, Film & Measuring Requests

If you would like to request permission to take photographs or to film in our museum, please make an appointment by calling 860-583-6070 or emailing our Curatorial Department. Onsite research is by appointment only.

Types of Artifacts 

Tall Case "Grandfather" Clocks

Pillar & Scroll

OG Shelf Clocks

Outside Escapements

Pocket Watches

Alarm Clocks

Novelty Clocks

Railroad Clocks

Character Watches

Mantel Clocks

Banjo Clocks

Tower Clocks

Gothic Revival

Beehive Clocks

Mechanical Toys

Industrial Timers

Television Case

WWII Artillery Timers

& much more!