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NOS VDO "Perohaus" Oval Clock and Grill   Price: $1999US
Here we have a NOS VDO oval grill clock in beautiful condition. This is the early style that sits flush with the grill, although you can add a step bezel. It is missing the original U shaped bracket to hold it to the grill but includes one that I have made.

We did have to remove the chrome bezel to replace with a new glass because the glass had a small crack.

$1999US

Please note that all mechanical clocks wear over time. Ideally, the clockworks are oiled once per year. This is not possible because the clocks are a sealed unit. The next best thing NOS like this one. It does not get better. below is info I have learned over the years.

Oval Grill Clock History

At Matt's Parts we only sell correct original oval grill clocks - just because the housing is 80MM does not mean it is a VW clock yet my competitors would have you think that. For some years now most clocks advertised on Samba and other sites (thin EEEEBBBAAAYYY) are not correct clocks.

Two companies that I know of made correct clocks for ovals with clock faces that match the oval speedometer face: VDO and Kohler.

For Kohler, I have only ever had two. Both are sold. I also have had a Kohler glove box clock with face matching the speedo faces.

VDO - the history as I know it.

The earliest oval grill clocks came out in 1952:--the glass was flat,
--The housing was the deepest so the face could sit lower in the housing held by 3 "long legs" hanging from the housing edge so that clock hands clear the glass
--Numbers and slashes on the faces could have a blue/green tinge to them as opposed to white of the later clocks.
--Hands painted either white or military brown
--Knob is longer than later version. Very early knobs screw onto the winding/time set shaft and have a bolt to hold them to the shaft where later ones slide on and have the holding bolt.
--Earlier production has date stamped into the housing. Some later production units are in tachometer housings with no date stamp.

The later versions:
--The glass was curved,
--The housing was shallower and the face is suspended by 3 "short legs" that hang from the housing edge
--The suspension by short legs concept was abandoned in later production units in favour of the face being held to the clockworks by 2 screws-just like speedo faces.
--Numbers and slashes on the faces are white.
--Hands painted either white or military brown
--Knob is shorter than earlier version
--Some have Perohaus at 6 o'clock and VDO at 12 o'clock and some just have VDO at 6 o'clock
--date usually ink stamped on back of housing.

All of the VDO-Perohaus clocks have essentially the same clockworks made by Kienzle (There are minor variances). My clockmaker did say the very latest clockworks had minor improvements in them.

I do not know who made the Kohler clockworks but they are TOTALLY different than the Kienzle's in the VDO clocks.
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