Schatz's founders, August Schatz and Anton Harder, were committed to producing clocks that could accurately keep time over a long period, with an extreme minimum of winding or other maintenance. To this end, they are known today for two types of clocks with different 'life spans' for their winding: the Schatz 400-day clock and, later, the 1000-day clock. This far exceeded the other leading clocks of the day, which were wound every week or so.
The 400-day clock was a sensation, partly due to the fact that it could be wound once yearly, often in association with a special event like a birthday or other anniversary. This made Schatz clocks ideal for gifts. Due to Schatz's spring-mounted pendulum system, they were able to achieve a longer life span per wind but continued to be somewhat inaccurate until the pendulum was redesigned in the 1950s.
Today, Schatz clocks are famous in both the 400- and 1000- day varities, and are also sought after due to the fact that many contain a ship's bell that rings at certain intervals. Attractive and ingenious Schatz clocks continue to occupy shelf and wall space in thousands of homes, boats and buildings the world over. The 400-day variety is often called an "anniversary" clock.
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