Motion Clocks

by sheilamarie

Motion clocks, or clocks that move, may be whimsical or beautiful or may tickle the funny bone. Come see what I have found to display on this page!

As a child, I was fascinated by clocks that were musical and that moved when the hour struck. I have gathered here some motion clocks to delight you. Some I chose because of how they look, others because of the music they play.

Whimsy inspires some of these clocks. Others are chosen for their intricate movements. Still others inspire with their melodies.

I hope you enjoy them.

Clocks That Chime the Hour and Entertain with Their Movements

One of my grandmothers had a love for fine clocks. Our childhood home was adorned with a banjo clock, a cuckoo clock, and several mantel clocks, all of which struck the hour in tandem. I was convinced they were calling her name as they went off and was comforted with their chimes in the wee hours of the night. 

The clocks on this page are mostly (with the possible exception of the eBay offerings) digital versions of clocks that chime and entertain with their movements. They won't need to be wound the way my grandmother's clocks did and will probably keep more accurate time, too. You can program them not to chime through the night time hours, so they won't keep you awake. Most of them come with batteries included.

Joyful Land Musical Clock

Joyful Land Musical Clock by Rhythm Clocks 2010



 Plays 18 different melodies in all, six each of Christian, folk, and Christmas melodies. You choose which category of melodies you want to hear by flicking a switch on the clock's side.

The reviews on this clock are mostly very positive, as customers have reported loving the quality and variety of the melodies. A clown, a balloon, and a zeppelin bounce up and down while the melody plays. This nice-looking clock is quality made.

Melody in Motion Clock

Seiko QXM450BRH Melody in Motion Clock

 This clock features twelve hifi melodies, including both popular songs and Christmas carols.

Here's a selection of some of the popular songs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Stop In The Name Of Love. 

Click through to the Amazon site to get the full list of music this clock plays. The movements of this particular clock are unique. It is the most expensive of the clocks featured, but its description is fascinating.

Cinderella Princess Fantasy

Princess Fantasy Musical Clock by Rhythm Clocks - Updated Version of Cinderella




The melodies that this sky-themed clock plays are Americana songs, folk songs, Christian songs, and Christmas carols.

Poultry in Motion

Hot Wings Clock

Westland Giftware Sharon Neuhaus Ceramic Wall Clock Hot Wings, 9-Inch




With a knife and fork as "hands" and its bright colors, this clock will liven up your kitchen wall!

Clocks with a Sports Theme

Available in Baseball and Football Versions

Seiko Melodies In Motion Baseball Theme Clock


 When the hour strikes, each of these sports themed clocks plays one of six melodies accompanied by movement.

Some of the melodies on these clocks are "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"; "America the Beautiful"; and the "Star Spangled Banner."


 Whether you are a baseball fan or a football fan, you'll be delighted with the motion and music these clocks will provide. Each clock uses one AA and two D batteries, which are included.

Would One of These Clocks Be a Good Gift for Someone You Know?

If you are looking for a gift for a new home or to please a sports fan, one of these clocks may be just the thing. Check on the Amazon site for the full list of music that comes with each clock. The options range from 6 to 18 melodies offered.

Most of these clocks are manufactured by Seiko, a leading company in precision clocks. The others are made by quality designers as well.

Below you'll find clocks currently offered on eBay. Cuckoo clocks and banjo clocks much like my grandmother's clocks are there. Motion clocks are listed there, too. Maybe you'll find one you'll like.

Banjo Clocks on eBay

Cuckoo Clocks from eBay

Motion Clocks on eBay

Clocks galore. Getting places on time can be a challenge for some people. Here are some clocks to keep you on track.
Updated: 06/27/2013, sheilamarie
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sheilamarie on 07/01/2015

That feature is an improvement over the old style clocks, CruiseReady.

CruiseReady on 06/28/2015

I hadn't even thought about musical of motion clocks for many years. This was a nice reminder of how nice it would be to have one around. What's really cool is that you mentioned some of them can be programmed to be quiet during sleeping hours. How convenient that is!

sheilamarie on 06/27/2013

That's funny, Brenda because I've just aded that very clock to a new wizzle I'm creating about rooster clocks: I haven't actually published it yet as I'm adding a bit more text. I really love the colors in that clock. It would look perfect in my kitchen, too.

BrendaReeves on 06/27/2013
sheilamarie on 06/27/2013

Wow! I hope you enjoy it, Brenda! What colors did you choose?

BrendaReeves on 06/27/2013

I did it, but I bought one similar with different colors.

BrendaReeves on 06/27/2013

Sheila, I need a kitchen clock. I'm going to buy it right now. I think it's going to be hot wings.

sheilamarie on 06/11/2013

They are neat, Kimbesa, aren't they?

kimbesa on 06/11/2013

I had no idea there were so many of these motion clocks! Hot Wings are on my list!

sheilamarie on 02/22/2013

Thanks, Hollie. We had a cuckoo clock growing up, too.

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