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I have this cool clock that I want to use but don't know if its 6/12v. Any ideas what its from? It says NEW HAVEN (clock?) AND WATCH on back and MADE IN U.S.A. on the dial.

posted by  r.mac

to me it looks like a clock off 50-60s cars

posted by  DARKtEAGLE

Not an easy one, but I would guess buick

posted by  newyorker

A simple google search yeilded this:

This gives you a good idea of the age, Which if it was from a car, which i assume you are suggesting since this is a car forum, would probably mean it was 12 volts, since (i believe) most cars in that time period were 12 volt.
Edit: I would be interested to see what the back side looks like, and where the wires are suposed to connect.

posted by  dvdrose18

thanks for the answers, google never even occurred to me. heres what the back looks like..

posted by  r.mac

Most cars were 6 Volt until the late 1940's - early 1950's. Most cars were 12V by 1955. Buick began the transition in 1953 with their Skylark with everything else they built being 12V in 1954

I don't know how to verify what voltage the clock in the picture was designed for.

posted by  tbaxleyjr

one option would be to put 6 volts to it and see if it keeps time. I am assuming that the body would be the negative side, as it looks like there is only one terminal? Feel free to correct be again Tbax, but i think on most cars the body was the negative?

posted by  dvdrose18

Looks exactly like this (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1955-Buick-Clock-RARE-55-Clean-and-Runs_W0Q QitemZ200198360969QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item200198360969) one from a '55 Buick...and this (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1953-Buick-Clock-Very-Nice_W0QQitemZ1102229 97368QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item110222997368) one from a '53.

All of their clocks look similar, but those two were the closest. Check out the link to the second one, it has a picture of the back too, to see if it matches yours.

Isn't there any other writing on the back? (Like the date of production)

posted by  chris_knows

yep, thats it! the back is the same its got 9165(5or3) which i assume is the date code? thanks all for your help

posted by  r.mac

Yeah, that would have to be September 16, 1955 or 1953.

posted by  chris_knows


It looks like you're trying to sell "Viagra by gross" lol.

posted by  chris_knows

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