Saturday, September 23, 2017


Dolmabahçe, Beşiktaş - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'25.2"N 28°59'59.7"E / 41.040321, 28.999925


In Dolmabahçe Palace Harem Garden, in the old Inner Treasury building, a museum where the watches belonging to National Palaces Watch Collection are exhibited, since 2004. Said watches that were kept in close rooms and depots as they couldn’t get exhibited in the promenade passage, they have undergone a repair period of eight years.

Dolmabahçe Watch Museum which is the first and unique watch museum of Turkey become a museum where you can marvel at the 18th and 19th century English automaton, the splendid mechanics made by French masters and also the extraordinary art works of Ottoman Mevlevi watch masters that found its peak in 19th century.

In 2009 they decided to make the general maintenance of the watches and the museum, to get into a new show room and exhibition arrangement and to add certain watches to the museum and the museum was closed for one year. During this period the masters of the palace had gone through the watches, one by one, and the museum again opened to the visitors in 2010.

In the museum 71 watches are exhibited, among them you can find works of art that have an important place in the world mechanic watch collection like, English reputed watch master George Prior’s musical automaton, French golden coating console watches, automaton and semi automaton musical watches, Ahmet Eflaki Dede’s last watch of number 9, Mevlevi masters Mehmet Şükrü and Mehmet Muhsin’s turbulon watches, the splendid astronomic watch of es-Seyyid Süleyman Leziz and the decimal watch of Osman Nuri.

Selections From The Collection

Mechanical Clock
This is the 9th and last clock of Eflaki Dede, who made 9 clocks in his life. The clock is in the form of skeleton clock rendering visible its both inside and outside. The entire brass surface is adorned with decorations carved by Dede. The movements of the clock’s balance that turns to the both sides for one second each, moves up with the connection gears, and gives motion to the four separated dials; as well as the six different musical pieces from the Turkish music played by the music box below are extraordinarily impressive. The clock covered with elegance, dream and the ordeal intended for making the dream come true is entirely a masterwork.

Mechanical Clock
The wooden case of the clock is covered with tortoiseshell and adorned with bronze. Equipped with a quarter player and a helix fitting, the mechanism is winded up once a week; and can be adjusted in such a way as to be able to play the music after each three hours or hourly. It does not play the music with a drum (barrel organ); instead, it uses a organ bellows system creating pipe organ sound, through the sound created by the aluminum pipes in consequence of the air blown by the leather bellows.

When the music starts, the animal figures on the top of the clock begin to walk and move their heads, ears and tails. With the music, the curved crystals at the bottom of the clock begin to turn in the form of waterfall, and the boats and sailing boats begin to move. 4 different music tones are played. It is made for the Turkish market, so, its white enamel dial has Turkish numbers. The mechanism is extremely complicated, labor demanding and one of the highest-degree examples in its kind.


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