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There are exceptions, but you can wear yourself out trying to improve their timekeeping.
Remember, a peg leg Big Ben from 1915 only cost .50 when it was new. ), it was not intended to be a precision instrument.
: Sadly, when Westclox closed it's doors in Norcross, Georgia, in 1999, it was the end of alarm clock manufacturing in the United States.
Most other manufacturers moved their plant overseas by the 1970s. The majority of our restored clocks were made in the US, and we can sometimes offer new-old-stock clocks when we can find them and they are serviceable. It is so common, that clock manufacturers have tried many methods to make adjusting their clocks self-explanatory.
Typically, on the back of an alarm clock, you will see a crescent shaped opening.
Just inside the opening there is a lever that can be moved to different positions within the opening. (or -, or "Slower") Move the lever in small increments and move it slowly.
Gilbert and Ingraham also dated many of their clocks, but not in the same manner as Westclox.
(The "Clock of Tomorrow" and some later style 8 Big Bens have this feature.) The same rules apply with this type of adjustment.