Atmos clocks were and still are available in various models, sizes and shapes. It’s all a matter of taste what one prefers.
Most Atmos clocks had a glass cabinet and some are housed under a glass dome, like the famous 1930 and 1934 models.
But especially in the beginning there were also some completely closed clocks available, like for instance the M154
in a wood cabinet with ivory details and Art Deco styled and the M147 housed in a stunning Amboina veneer case or cabinet. Very detailed and rich looking.
But like I said in Part One, when I was going through this amazing collection, I was speechless about one clock especially and that was the Model FJ1, often called the ‘JukeBox’ clock by J.L. Reutter. An all steel, 24cm tall model and also completely in Art Deco style but só rare that it deserved its own ‘article’.
Of course, since the case is completely in steel and closed, one can’t see very well, the balance wheel moving back and forth, like we are used from most Atmos clocks and what actually is part of the attraction of an Atmos Clock. However that model FJ1 has só much charm, that it is hard to resist. Clocks like this are truly unique and are really difficult to find in good condition. A ‘JukeBox’ Atmos will sell for around 15000.- euro, which is compared to what some watches do these days, not an absurd amount of money, especially when one considers, how rare these really pieces are.
The movement is mounted in a metal case with silvered dial with signering, Atmos Pendulum Perpétuelle, Brevets JLReutter and those gorgeous fat Roman numerals.
Now I wonder; have I said too much?
CLICK for Part Three; The Current Collection of Atmos clocks by Jaeger-LeCoultre
I mention a few things, where to think of when obtaining an Atmos clock,
since I know you’re going to need a new- or vintage one, sooner or later anyhow.
With the kind and generous help by John Hubby, Director at the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors from 2001 to 2011, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for the last two years of his term and currently the Principal Administrator of the NAWCC Message Board, one of the largest and most active horological sites on the Internet that is dedicated purely to education of NAWCC members and the general public.