This item was delivered less than a month ago. At first I loved it. Excellent retro design and just the right color. BUT, the primary reason I bought this was because the second hand was smooth, no "ticking" like my last clock. Now, just a few weeks old, this clock makes a very loud puttering noise, like a little boat motor puttering endlessly. It is a far more annoying noise than any ticking ever could be. So, ONE STAR. NOT SILENT. AWFUL. It did not make this noise when I first got it, so maybe it's just poorly built and will not last. I will probably replace it before it breaks though, because the sound it makes is irritating the heck out of me.