Tempus Fugit Grandfather Clocks: Time Flies on a Grandfather Clock!

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Many grandfather clocks, and some mantel clocks and wall clocks as well, have the words Tempus Fugit shown above or on the dial of the clock.  1-800-4CLOCKS has received thousands of inquiries over the years with questions about “My Tempus Fugit” grandfather clock. And Grandmother Clocks for that matter.  Tempus Fugit Clocks — would you pay a premium for them?

Tempus Fugit, it is important to note, is not a brand name for clocks, like Bulova Grandfather Clocks, Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks, and so forth.  Tempus Fugit is simply the Latin for “Time Flies”, and is inscribed on and above the dials of many grandfather clocks.  No single clock company or watch manufacturer has the exclusive right to using the words tempus fugit. This time term is in the public domain, and can be used by anyone, at any time.

Tempus Fugit also shows up on many other timepieces, both antique and new, pocket watches, wristwatches, and sundials and even some sandtimers.

So when comparison shopping and looking for grandfather clocks discounts or any clock on sale, just remember, don’t be fooled by a bargain price for a Tempus Fugit clock.  This is another tip to shop smart and save you money while comparison shopping.

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  1. […] some interesting things about the clocks. For instance, did you know that the latin phrase “Tempus Fugit“, which appears on many clocks, actually means time flies? I didn’t! If you’d […]

  2. […] Many of these posts are quite informative. For instance, they explain the meaning behind the words tempus fugit and that it’s really not a brand name. It actually means “time flies!” […]

  3. […] above the dial of the clock? You might think that Tempus Fugit is a brand of clock, right? Nope. Tempus Fugit is simply Latin for “time flies” is on a lot of clocks.  That’s kind of funny, […]

  4. Susie Utech says:

    In 1980, my husband & I were given a Seth Thomas grandmother clock as a wedding gift (Tempus fugit at top) 6 feet 16 inches by 9 1/2 in.I am witing up an inventory for our daughter and I am trying to put information and approximate sale $$ for pretty much everything we own. It has been moved professionally twice. It was last cleaned in the late 1990s. We run it about a month or two a year, then seem to forget it.
    Perhaps you could help.

  5. Fabian Humberto Cedano C says:

    Acabo de adquirir un reloj Set Thomas (Tempus Fugit)hermoso, que funciona perfectamente, quisiera saber cual puede ser su año de fabricación, pues se dice que puede tener entre 70 y 90 años, sera cierto?

  6. marshall says:

    how do you make it chime..i push the lever on the face to chime but nothing

  7. Genesis says:

    I am thinking to buy a grandfather clock I always want to have one, finally I found one I do not the brand but in the dial say Tempo Fugit has 3 weight and the guy is selling this clock in $280.00. But one of the chain felts and the hands are not set correctly probably needs some repair. What you guys recommended? thank you for your help.

  8. connie says:

    we have a tempua fugit grandfather clock 2-weighted chain /pendlen the pendlen was removed,now we don’t know how to put it back on.help!!!!!can you email us some imformation.thank you

  9. Viridiana says:

    Where can i take my tempus fugit to repair in California?

  10. ken says:

    can you help me to find the value on a howard miller grandfather clock. Serial#263038.It is oak and says tempus fugit on it. Please help?

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