Time goes on and we are almost obsessed with tracking his journey. Another interesting way to do this is with our watches. Watches are a delightful combination of fine furniture, jewelry, and precision machinery. Many intricate crafts are covered in a fine piece of workmanship. Great craftsmen are needed. A watchmaker is a cabinet maker, machinist, and jeweler at the same time. Specializes in a few trades in many complex handicrafts.
Our oldest, functional watches date back to the 16th century. The watchmakers initially learned that these watches were not only a symbol of the passage of time but also of the value of the owner. Even the simplest external pride is magically proud of internal affairs. It is only recently, in the last 150 years or so, accurate timepieces have become cheaper for the public. Until then, they belonged to the elite or to those who wanted to have the right time through business.
All watches and clocks consist of three basic elements, a case, a motion and a dial. For watch and clock enthusiasts, or biologists, this movement is probably the most interesting part of the assembly. In ancient clocks, there are two basic types of movements, weight-bearing and spring-bearing movements. Around 1880, ancient clocks would be weighted. Spring models came in the late 20th century. Weights or springs give the clock energy to keep time. This energy is controlled, a part that specifically controls the release of stored energy in heavy springs or in heavy weights. Older watches avoid less vertical escape, while 1650 or older watches avoid anchoring. As the energy stored in the escape is released from the weight or spring, it changes a series of gears that control the hands on the watch, and give us time.
Clockmakers were usually made by cabinet makers, although some watchmakers certainly made their own. The cases were usually placed in the popular furniture style of the day. There are different case styles from each furniture period. Grandpa’s watches were originally known as long cassie or long bangles until the song, “My Grandpa’s Clock” labeled Grandpa’s watches on these big works. The case of regulators, wall clocks, birthday clocks, cuckoo clocks, and everything else is a matter of mechanism and current style of furniture. In the 18th century, Chippendale-era watches will showcase the ornaments found in Chippendale furniture, and Victorian-era watches will showcase the typical shape of this furniture.
The last element of the watch is its dial. They are usually made of metal, although some early, inexpensive watches had wooden dials that were heated or broken. Brass was commonly used and engraved. Brass dials can be much more expensive than other types of dials, especially if the brass has become silver. Brass was often enameled and painted with landscapes or maps.
High-quality watches from well-known manufacturers are readily available for collectors. Gustave Baker was one of the reformers from the mid to late nineteenth century. Baker was born in 1819 and trained as a watchmaker in Germany and Austria. He opened his workshops in 1850 in Silesia, Freiburg, Germany. Baker initially struggled with untrained help but won the Golden Medal for design at the 1852 Cecilia Trade Fair. Baker added this first medal and its startup, GB, to his trademark. The award recognized that it needed to attract skilled artisans to its workshops. Numerous awards and certificates followed, with exhibitions from as far away as Australia and as close to home as Vienna.
Baker watches are not difficult to identify. Until the 1880s and the introduction of the spring-operated mechanism, almost all of Gustave Baker’s clocks consisted of wall clocks of weight-regulating regulators. Baker’s watches carry his trademark and serial number on the dial and the weight is usually marked with his initial mark. The serial numbers refer to the year of manufacture, so determining the age is made very easy. This information and an excellent resource for it are available in Carl Kochman’s book “Gustave Baker Story”.
With the introduction of the spring-operated mechanism, a whole new type of watch was made possible. At their height, Baker Workshops produced more than 400 types of watches. The cases of these watches reflect the trends of day furniture and range from very simple to elaborate decorations. The work of the case is extraordinary and often involves hand-painting. Germany has never had a shortage of skilled caravans, and the Baker Clock cases are a testament to the talents of the region’s artisans.
Baker clocks are not limited to wooden wall clocks. Everything from birthday watches to wristwatches is available with the Baker trademark.
Gustav Baker watches are known for their standard workmanship and the name Baker on a watch will make it even more so.
More valuable than watches from a lesser-known manufacturer of similar quality. These collective works of art are not as expensive as their furniture counterparts and can cost from 500 500 to $ 5,000 and more. Although Gustav Baker lived only until 1885, the clocks carried its trademark until 1935.
Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for antique watches. First of all, like any valuable investment, know what you are buying. To do this, you will need to read the article on clocks, deals, procedures, manufacturers and signs. An educated buyer will always get a better deal.
An old watch with a modern watch mechanism would be practically pointless. Similarly, the mechanism of a watch that has undergone major repairs and replacements will be much less valuable than its original condition. A broken dial also reduces the value of a watch. All the features of a watch play a significant role in its value, so give each watch the item you are shopping for. Find appropriate trademarks and initials for Gustave Baker watches, but also look at the quality of the work. There was nothing wrong with the baker’s workshops.
Features such as moving figures or musical chimes and quarters, half and hour gongs add value to the watch. Also, consider how long it will last in the air. Usually not as valuable as 8 day or 30-day watches. Check to see if the finale and crown are missing from the watch. Their disadvantages are common, especially in tall clocks. It is not uncommon to find cases that do not match their method. To figure this out, you usually need to do some experiments with clocks or with a diagnostic specialist.
One last tip If you start collecting antique clocks with chunks or gongs, be sure to set them up every few minutes. If they all strike at the same time, you will complain to the neighbors.