Frequently Asked Questions about wall clocks
About our clocks:
Do the clocks make a ticking noise?
A standard quartz movement will make a ticking noise, regardless of whether or not the clock has a second's hand. There are sweep-second movements which do not make any ticking noise. This technology has improved over the years.
How does the Radio Controlled clock work?
The US Government operates the world's most accurate clock, the atomic clock, in Colorado. This atomic clock is the standard reference for the correct time. The time is broadcasted 24-hours a day via a low frequency radio signal. When the sun goes down, the earth's upper atmosphere reflects these radio waves, allowing the signal to reach all continental US locations, and most of North America. Radio controlled clocks receive this signal through an antennae and will decode the signal through an internal computer, synchronizing themselves each night .
How does the quartz movement work?
Quartz sounds exotic, but it's actually one of the most common minerals on Earth. It's made from a chemical compound called silicon dioxide, which can be found in sand and most types of rock. Perhaps the most interesting thing about quartz is that it is piezoelectric. That means if you squeeze a quartz crystal, it generates a tiny electric current. The opposite is also true: if you pass electricity through quartz, it vibrates at a precise frequency (it shakes about an exact number of times each second). Inside a quartz clock or watch, the battery sends electricity to the quartz crystal through an electronic circuit. The quartz crystal oscillates at a precise frequency: exactly 32,768 times each second. The circuit counts the number of vibrations and uses them to generate regular electric pulses; one per second. These pulses drive a small motor, turning gear wheels that spin the clock's second, minute, and hour hands. For more information here's an article on how quartz movements work
How long will it take for my order to ship?
We ship Monday – Friday and we will ship in 1-2 business days
Installing your clock:
Do you have any tips on how to hang my new clock?
Here's a great guide on How to hang anything on anything
Do you have any tips on where I can find some help to hang/ set up my clock?
Yes! Here are some sites that can help connect you with someone who can help install your clock
- Find reviews for a local handyman on Yelp
Choosing a clock:
Why do I need a clock when I have a cell phone?
We are firm believers that while your phone can tell you the time it cannot do a lot of the things that a clock can. Take a look at how a clock can add to your home's decor or even improve your health!
What type and size clock should I get?
Before buying a clock think about where you would like to put it. Will it go on a tabletop or on the wall? Will it go inside your home or office or outside? Once you have answered these questions think about the size of the space the clock will go. A large clock can make a great statement on otherwise empty, boring wall. A small clock can add just a touch of color in a smaller space.