11620 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33612 

Phone: 813-777-3437     Email: info@boydclocks.com      web: www.boydclocks.com

Our Specialties

Clock Repair Tampa, St. Petersburg

Clock Restoration

Grandfather Clock Service

Clock Sales (Cuckoo and Antique)

Serving Tampa since 1944.

BOYD  CLOCKS

​​since 1944

Very Large Cuckoo Clock.

Clock of the Month September


Origin of Cuckoo Clocks

8 day Cuckoo Clock


11620 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33612

Phone: 813-777-3437

Email: info@boydclocks

Web: www.boydclocks.com

Store Hours

1 pm to 5 pm, Tuesday thru Friday

11 am to 1 pm, Saturday

Closed Monday

One day or 30 Hour Cuckoo Clock


There are several stories about who invented the cuckoo clock.  One is that Franz Anton Ketterer, a Black Forest mechanic, created the Cuckoo Clock in the 1730s.  However Ketterer could not have been the inventor as it was discovered that he was born in 1734.  In 1629 Philipp Hainhofer penned the first known description of a modern cuckoo clock.  In 1650 the scholar Anthanasius Kircher wrote a handbook that described in words and pictures how a mechanical cuckoo works.  It is not clear who made the first cuckoo clock.

The cuckoo clock did not find its way into the Black Forest Region until sometime between 1740 and 1750.

The basic cuckoo clock today is the Bahnhausle (Railway-house) that was introduced in the 1860s.  It is the “traditional” or carved, which is decorated with carved leaves, birds, deer heads or other animals.

The Chalet design originated in Switzerland in the late 1800s.  Today they are knowns as the Bavarian chalet. The cuckoo clocks today often, in addition to the cuckoo bird, have other animated figures such as beer drinkers, turning water wheels, wood cutters, musicians and many others. Music boxes are often used in both Traditional and Chalet models.

Cuckoo clocks are either 30 hour (Have to be wound every day.) or 8 day (Have to be wound once a week.)

They come in many sizes from small to very large.