Simplex Time Recorder. 1920’s. Lightweight Time Recorder.

A nice, clean Simplex Time Recorder.

Simplex Time Recorder. 1920’s.

Simplex Time Recorder. 1920’s.

The first time recorder I added to my collection. This is the smallest of my punch clocks. At 40 lbs., this is a lightweight, considering the fact that some of my other punch clocks weigh-in at almost 90 lbs. Mind you, I have never hung a time recorder on the wall!!

Relationship Building

One reason we love time recorders so much is because of the daily personal relationships we like to imagine hundreds of employees having had with these machines once upon a time. A child can have a fond memory of laying on their grandparents’ living room floor listening to the rhythmic tick tock of a mantel clock and feeling peace. A wife can remember the long, slow gong of the grandfather clock in the hallway the moment she received news on the telephone of her husband’s passing.

But there is something so intensely personal about the day in / day out intimacy between an hourly employee and his time clock. The amount of times it was cursed at the clock in; the amount of times it was kissed on the clock out. What names was it given? Could they be repeated on our family blog!?! It’s fun to imagine these workers, this clock, in its former life.

Click here for Wikipedia info on the Simplex.

16 responses to “Simplex Time Recorder. 1920’s. Lightweight Time Recorder.

  1. I have one of these. What is it worth? other than being refinished all the parts are original and it works.

    • Simplex Time recorders are not terribly rare. From my experience, I would expect to find a reasonable example between $200-$350.

      • I have a Simplex T-10, probably the same age as yours. Your clock is in much better shape than mine. Your case does not appear to be oak like mine. The wood on yours seems to be a tighter grain than mine .Very nice clock. Charles Crow Penn Valley, Ca

    • I’m looking to purchase a vintage Simplex Time Recorder. Please email me if anybody is interested in selling. I believe the model number is T-10.

  2. I might have a T-& for sale. It was in my father’s office

  3. It is a T-7. All original

  4. My father had this exact time clock(Simplex) in his store on 28th Street in NYC. He purchased the store in 1933 and the clock was already there and was in use every day until about 1987 when it finally gave out. I had it repaired and it is hanging in my home in Florida and keeps accurate time. The punch card portion still works. I love it because it is part of our family history. I recently saw a later electic version at an antique shop in NC. It was in fair condition and priced at $260. The punch card portion was not working and the push rod handle was missing. I think I may purchase it if I can buy it for no more than $200.

  5. Just acquired a early 1900’s Simplex Time Recorder Clock–in nice working shape. Would like to find the original key that hangs on the holder on the left in side the case. Thanks, Chas

  6. I tried www, for winding keys and it seemed they had never heard of such things.
    Try http://www.agthomas,co,uk they seem to have a very comprehensive range of horologicalstuff

  7. I have Simplex Model 2 100 Employee In – Out Recorder. Does anyone know the value?

    • Hi Jodi,

      Thank you for writing!

      I am not sure about the exact model you have, but the clock in the photo for this post is probably valued anywhere between $300 and $600, depending on condition.

  8. I am looking for a replacement ribbon for a time this – 5/8″ wide, 1-1/4″ dia reels.

    I just had it cleaned, and that wasn’t cheap.

    • Hi Jack.

      Thank you for writing. We have purchased ribbons for our Gledhill Brook time recorders from ebay UK. However, if that’s not a feasible option for you, I would think an office supply store would be able to provide you with the carbon ribbon, provided you take a spool into them.

      Let us know how you fare.

  9. Hi- I have a Simplex Time Recorder Electric Clock in Oak Case and with 2- 25 timecard slot holders-they are Oak cases too. The clock is 31″H and the timecard holders are 36″H. the only number I found (inside the clock case) is “654” stamped on a piece of the metal mechanism at the bottom. Does anyone know how to look for a Model number?
    Thanks- this clock has been in my Dad’s machine shop since the building was built-in 1928-in Chicago. The clock may be older than that, because the machine shop did exist in another Chicago building before that. I read a history of Simplex that says they came out with a timecard clock in 1912. Not sure when the electric ones were introduced. I have only seen pictures of the non-electric pendulum time clocks.

  10. I saw your description of the time clock that you remember. Mine was similar at 5308 W. Madison in Chicago. A three generation auto business. Your thoughts about how people viewed them is how I look at vintage treasures like this.

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