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Best Chiming Wall Clocks

Updated on March 11, 2014

Wall Clocks that Chime for a Hint of Nostalgia!

Are you looking to bring back some childhood memories with your home décor? Take a look at these best chiming wall clocks and see if that doesn't do the trick!

It was very common in years past that homes would have a clock that chimed the hour, half hour and quarter hour and then strike the time every hour. They were all key wound and set to the correct time regularly. The familiarity of those sounds was something that families could count on but they have sadly almost disappeared today.

However, all is not lost! If you want a chiming wall clock but don't want to wind it up every week, or suddenly find it has stopped, there are established names in the clock industry that make beautiful quartz clocks that run on battery.


Bulova Ridgedale Chime Wall Clock
Bulova Ridgedale Chime Wall Clock | Source

Most have volume control and an auto-off feature for the night. Many are hand crafted and are well worth the price, but you can also find great cheaper clocks.

The chimes available on each clock can vary. Take a look at the ones I've featured here to see if you can find one chimes your favorite melody and that's within your budget, or take a look at all the top rated chiming wall clocks available on Amazon.



Contemporary Wall Chiming Clocks

You don't have to go extremely traditional with the look of the clock if you don't want to. In fact, you don't even have to have traditional chimes and a pendulum and can instead get a clock that plays other melodies!

For modern wall clocks with chimes, look for sleek and simple lines with brushed steel or aluminium and Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals. You can stay moderate with a pendulum clock or go completely modern without. Pendulums in battery operated clocks are just decorative, and not needed for the clock to work but the sound quality can still be great.

Bulova Vision Black Wall Chime Clock

This 5 inch deep and 25.5 inch high rectangular clock features a white aluminum dial, black Roman numerals, polished silver rim and brushed aluminium pendulum. Rounding off the more modern look is the case which is finished in black satin wood.

The Westminster, Ave Maria, or Bim-Bam chimes sound out the hour. It runs on three AA batteries which are not included with your purchase.

Howard Miller Alvarez Wall Clocks with Chimes

Howard Miller is known for their high end clocks and it is little wonder why! The sleek look of this quartz clock comes from a brushed nickel bezel surrounding a white face with black Roman numerals and hands. The spun nickel pendulum is suspended by a black satin wood bar. The casing is made of a hardwood and black veneer.

It is a triple chime clock with the Westminster, Ave Maria and Bam-Bam chimes to choose from and can be set to chime either every quarter hour or just the hour. Other features include an automatic shut off for the night and volume control.


Rhythm Musical Clocks with Movement

If you're looking for an investment or a beautiful gift, Rhythm Clocks is well known for their beautiful works of art in time pieces. Their innovative designs feature Swarovski elements on the face with a miniature pendulum and an intricate scene.

A clock can feature up to 30 different melodies grouped into themes that you can select depending on the season, like popular music, holiday music, etc. A melody plays once on the hour, every hour. All melodies can be auto-shut off for the night and their volumes can be controlled.

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Rhythm Clocks Nostalgia Oak LegendPrecious Angels Clock in Black FinishRhythm Clocks Marvelous
Rhythm Clocks Nostalgia Oak Legend
Rhythm Clocks Nostalgia Oak Legend
Precious Angels Clock in Black Finish
Precious Angels Clock in Black Finish
Rhythm Clocks Marvelous
Rhythm Clocks Marvelous

Joyful Land Clock in Brown Finish

This inexpensive best selling Rhythm Clocks model comes in a burl wood finish with Swarovski elements. There are 3 categories of 6 songs each - Classical, Christmas and Hymns, which do not play when the clock automatically shuts of chiming for the night. The tone of the chiming bells is beautiful and the volume can be adjusted.

If your budget is smaller, you can get a good Rhythm clock like the Joyful one above but without the reveal every hour. These clocks still have beautiful accents and play lovely tunes.

The higher end models can cost $300 or more and they feature moving parts on the face that reveal an even more intricate design underneath. The movement happens every hour while a melody plays.




Seiko Musical Wall Clocks

Seiko has their own range of musical movement clocks called Seiko Melodies. They feature either Swarovsky crystals or tiny LED lights and the pendulum is rotating instead of swinging. You can select from quite a few melody groups to play once every hour.

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Seiko Melodies In Motion Swarovski Crystallized ClockSeiko Amazing Melodies in Motion Wall ClockSeiko Melodies In Motion Wall Clock Plays One of Six Hi-Fi Melodies with LED Lights
Seiko Melodies In Motion Swarovski Crystallized Clock
Seiko Melodies In Motion Swarovski Crystallized Clock
Seiko Amazing Melodies in Motion Wall Clock
Seiko Amazing Melodies in Motion Wall Clock
Seiko Melodies In Motion Wall Clock Plays One of Six Hi-Fi Melodies with LED Lights
Seiko Melodies In Motion Wall Clock Plays One of Six Hi-Fi Melodies with LED Lights

Seiko Melodies in Motion Musical Wall Clock with 18 Melodies

Whether you want Classic, Popular or Christmas melodies, this Special Collector's Edition from 2012 gives you that for a total of 18 melodies.

The center pendulum dial rotates continuously as the music plays, while the two figurines at the top rock back and forth with the small ring behind them rotating. The entire scene is sprinkled with Swarovsky crystals that twinkle when the light hits them. Small crystals at the bottom are always moving, so there's always something to catch your eye even in between the hourly movements.

All Seiko Melodies clocks have a demo button that allows you to show off the melodies when you have guests! They always have one or more moving parts on the face that are triggered at the same time as the melody.

You get complete control with an on/off switch and volume control, and because of an in-built light sensor, all movements and music turns off when the room becomes dark.

Faux Antique Chiming Wall Clocks

You can have the battery operated quartz clock with the auto or manual switch off and volume control but still have the Old World style with your clock. Choose one with a warm wood or veneer, gold accents and roman numerals on the face.

The chimes evoke the romance and nostalgia of yesteryear. The most common one is like Westminster, but a triple chime is also popular. With the latter, you will most commonly find Westminster along with two others, like Ave Maria, Whittington, St. Michael's or Bim-Bam.

Look for a clock that keeps time well without having to adjust it too often.

Bulova C4431 Edenhall Clock, Dark Oak Finish

This beautiful clock features a solid oak casing in a dark finish with burl accent carvings and recessed glass panels.

It plays the Whittington or Westminster melody every quarter hour and strikes every hour. Adjust the volume and set it for a night shut off as well.

It is a beautiful clock at a budget price.

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Cranbrook Wall Clock by BulovaSeiko Wall Clock With Pendulum Dark Brown Case Westminster/Whittington Chime
Cranbrook Wall Clock by Bulova
Cranbrook Wall Clock by Bulova
Seiko Wall Clock With Pendulum Dark Brown Case Westminster/Whittington Chime
Seiko Wall Clock With Pendulum Dark Brown Case Westminster/Whittington Chime

Seiko Wall Pendulum Clock Dark Brown Solid Oak Case with Hand-Rubbed Finish

This dark brown pendulum clock comes with a selection of two rich wood toned chimes that can be volume controlled and set to auto shut off at night.

Adding to the old world aesthetics is the glass door with a decorative trim, the vine patterned metal dial, and the ornate brass pendulum. The solid oak wood case is hand rubbed.





While Seiko, Bulova and River City Clocks are the major brands that make traditional chiming clocks, you should also consider Howard Miller if you have a bit more to spend.













Schoolhouse Chime Wall Clock With Pendulum

Schoolhouse wall clocks were originally found in colonial American classrooms, hence the name. Instead of the dial and pendulum set in a rectangular case, the dial is housed in a circular or octagonal shaped case, and the pendulum is in a short box below that. The style is traditional and you can find it in a walnut or light or dark oak finish.

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Bulova C3543 Ashford Old World Clock, Walnut FinishRiver City Clocks 801-403C 21-Inch Radio-controlled Schoolhouse ClockSeiko Dark Brown Oak Schoolhouse Wall Clock
Bulova C3543 Ashford Old World Clock, Walnut Finish
Bulova C3543 Ashford Old World Clock, Walnut Finish
River City Clocks 801-403C 21-Inch Radio-controlled Schoolhouse Clock
River City Clocks 801-403C 21-Inch Radio-controlled Schoolhouse Clock
Seiko Dark Brown Oak Schoolhouse Wall Clock
Seiko Dark Brown Oak Schoolhouse Wall Clock

Seiko QXH110BLH Dark Brown Oak Case Westminster/Whittington Pendulum Wall Clock

A best seller and 5 star rated, this Seiko schoolhouse clock comes in a solid oak wood case and chimes the Westminster or Whittington melodies every quarter with hourly strikes. There is a nighttime silencer and volume controller and no ticking.

This beautiful clock is great value for money with chimes that sound authentic.

The big plus point of this 19th century style of clock is the large face - perfect for reading the time from a distance.

A Simple Round Chiming Wall Clock

This 15 inch clock comes in a solid wood bevel rim with a very realistic chiming bell that can be set to any of 4 different options. This clock can be set to the silent mode or night shut off mode and includes volume control.

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