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Wim van Klaveren Portrait

Wim van Klaveren is a professional restorer and conservator of antique clocks and barometers working near Oxford. His experience spans over 40 years and as a result Wim has had the pleasure to work on hundreds of clocks.

His approach is always based upon a dialogue with the owner as to the options and outcomes desired for each individual object. Any components that are missing or damaged beyond repair are always made in a sympathetic style that matches the original.


In 1988 Wim was given the opportunity to work under Mario Crijns, and along side Peter Zwaanenburg and Niko van Keep. Working with one of the Netherlands top antique clock dealers gave Wim a wealth of knowledge in the field of horology, and the conservation and restoration of antique clocks.

Wim progressed quickly, supported by his background in mechanical engineering and a deep motivation to master his craft. Soon he was restoring many different types of clocks for the trade and private clients whilst also working as a translator.

In 2006/07 Wim spent a year at West Dean College where he further honed his practical skills of clock conservation in ideal circumstances to achieve his professional status.

Writing and Editing

Through assisting Mario Crijns at various antique fairs, Wim developed his knowledge of clocks, culminating in the editorship of H. M. Vehmeyer’s Clocks – Their Origin and Development 1320 – 1880 (2004). This he considers to be a lifetime’s achievement.

Some years later he also edited Prof. R. Plomp’s book, Early French Pendulum Clocks, 1658 – 1700, Schiedam, 2009 and has been the editor of the Horological Desk Diary since its advent in 2010.

In addition to clock restoration, Wim continues with his textual work ranging from writing and editing to translating, mainly technical or horological texts into Dutch and English. His other source languages include French and German.