Cuckoo Clock Movement

Cuckoo Clock MovementHow to orderWhy order new?Basic InstallationRegula IdentificationCM to Inches

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Ordering The Cuckoo Movement

Ordering The Cuckoo Movement (post 1950) requires getting the numbers off of the cuckoo movement. In this webpage and section, we are talking about cuckoo movements made after 1950 and not before. The most sold cuckoo movements in the world are made by Regula of Germany. They put there mark above and slightly to the right of the wheel that lifts the bellow wires on most. It will say something like 25L or 34XL or 72 something simple like this, with 25 being the most made. The Regula 25 is about 80% of the post war cuckoos out there.

How many weights

Regula 25 indicates you have a two weight movement that runs one day per wind. To clarify, when we say a two weight movement, the clock may still have three weights on it. How does this make sense? Well if you look in the back of the clock case where the movement is, sometimes there maybe three weights on the clock, but only two go into the movement. The other weight drives the music or a dancer platform up top. But even if you have three weights on the clock, you are replacing the movement and that takes two weights only, so you order a two weight movement.

Dancing People Platform

You may or may not have dancers on a spinning platform up top. If you do not, please skip this section. If you do, we need to determine if the dancers are permanently attached to the movement, or are they separate from the movement. We sell them both ways, but need to know what way it is. The ones that are attached to the movement will come out with the movement, and you would buy one with the dancer platform installed on the new one also. The dancers are only press fit onto the platform unless someone glued them on over the years. Just twist and pull at the same time in the up direction with your fingers. If they break we sell them for the mass production style dancer people. To get the new movement with the dancer platform it will ask you for the dancer height, this is measured from the top of the movement to the top of the platform where the dancers feet were.

The drop, measuring the pendulum

Measuring the pendulum is known as the drop. The drop is the measurement from the suspension post down to the center of the pendulum leaf where the clock keeps approximate time. The easiest way is to see yourself on the drop down list what the options are for the drop and get one that is the closest. Remember you have a 6 inch wood stick and that leaf can slide up and down that entire length to keep time, so the drop does not have to be exact. If the clocks time should be faster, just slide the leaf up more on its pendulum stick, the opposite way of course for slowing it down.

Ordering The Cuckoo Movement - Final

Now you have the numbers off the cuckoo movement, how many weights it takes, what the drop is, and if it has dancers you know the dancer height. You can now browse the movements and order with this now known information.

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Why a new cuckoo movement

Why a new cuckoo movement is because a new one is less money and ships fast compared to a overhaul on your old unit. A overhaul would cost alot more and take months to complete. The best clock maker cant make a cuckoo movement better than a new one, that is impossible.

A new cuckoo clock movement is factory lubricated and tested. It is still in production so the movement will be the same as you have now, but brand new. In other words it’s not some knock off unit that will not last, it is the same movement you have but new. So to think how old the cuckoo clock movement is now, it should last that same amount of time before service is needed again with the new unit. The movement comes with the chains, the hooks and rings for the chains and the hand hardware. A cuckoo clock movement repair will not last like a new movement would, and it is more expensive to have it repaired than just getting a new one.

To attempt to repair this is very time consuming, frustrating, and costly. In addition to this, the entire clock has to be shipped and the case usually incurs extensive damage as it makes it's travels. This is the reason we no longer accept cuckoo clocks for repair.

So the choice is sort of obvious, the new one is less cost, lasts longer, quick instead of slow. Now that is not to say they are easy to put in, sometimes they can drive someone crazy if there are multiple functions on the clock like music and water wheels and people dancing. These do not come with instructions as there are too many variations the instructions we have cant cover all the cuckoo case environments. Its best to just look in the back of the clock and see for your self what needs to be done. This way you can judge yourself if its something you would like to try to swap out. If it all goes south we can bail you out here for a fee if you choose to send it in.

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Cuckoo Movement - Clockworks Installation

Cuckoo Movement - Clockworks Installation of the cuckoo clock movement can be challenging if you have never done one before but these are the basic steps.

  • Take off the hands, unhook the bird off of the door and remove the hooks and rings from the chains, then flip the clock over.
  • Take the back off and undo the bellow wires off of their lifters. This is done by opening the loop that lifts the bellow wires up and down. Open the loop with a small flat screwdriver by twisting it so it will open.
  • Next, take out the bellows by unscrewing the screw on the outside of the side of the cuckoo clock case. The bellows will now come out and you can take the four screws out that hold the cuckoo clock movement in.
  • When you receive your new cuckoo clock movement, the arm that the bird sits on will have to be bent and cut to size, then you can take the bird off of the old cuckoo clock movement by loosening the birds set screw and put it on the new unit.
  • Installation is then the reverse of what you did to remove the movement.

Bending the bird arm into position

These movements have the bird wire also, this will come way too long and will need to be cut to length. After cut to size it must be bent into a 90 degree angle, and this bend must be done right the first time or its difficult to correct. The correct way to do adjust this bird arm wire is as follows.

  • Measure the complete bird arm wire on the old unit, including the right angled section.
  • Cut the new units bird wire to the same size.

Take note of your old unit if the arm is forward or back, you want the arm forward on the old and the new as to avoid an improper 90 degree bend. A proper bend will be when both movements are in the bird coming out, arm forward to the front of the movement, both units at once, then make the bend. Otherwise it will be hard to correct as one 90 degree will not be in forward when the other one is, and will result in having to correct. How you put the arm forward =make the clock in strike mode, or you can say in cuckoo mode, as when its in cuckoo mode, the bird is forward.

Measure where the bend is on the old movement and then go ahead and bend the new units bird arm to a right angle, at the same location as the old one (where the arm is even with the front of the movement, not back)

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Regula Cuckoo Movement Identification

Regula Cuckoo Movement Identification is done with these steps. To see if your time / cuckoo movement is Regula, please check the following.

    1. If your clock movement has two weights on the movement itself, your in the right section. You may have three weights, but the movement itself only carries two of them, and if you have another weight that is only on the music box, your in the right section.
    1. Next see if your cuckoo movement says 25 or 34 on it above the spiked wheel that makes the bellows go up and down, above this wheel and to the right some. It may have more numbers or letters after the 25 or 34 but don't pay attention to anything but the 25 or 34. If you have 25 or 34 on the back, your in the right section.
    1. Now you know the clock movement is made by the Regula company of Germany.
    1. The pendulum drop is measured from the top of the movement and down to the center of the pendulum leaf where the clock used to keep approximate time.

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The following chart has the most common CM measurements converted to inches.
  • 2.54 CM = 1 inch
  • 25.4 MM = 1 inch
  • 19.5cm = 7 3/4"
  • 23.5cm = 9 1/4"
  • 28.5cm = 10 1/2"
  • 40.05cm = 15 3/4"

PLEASE NOTE:

Cuckoo Movements are not always easy to install. No returns on these.


Made by Regula

Cuckoo Clock Movement

1 Day (Regula 25)

Most popular one day weight driven cuckoo clock movement. Comes with chains, hooks and rings. This movement uses two weights at 5/8 LBS (275 Grams) each (not included). The pendulum is the smaller one day size. The drop is the measurement from the suspension post (top of the movement) down to the center of the pendulum leaf where the clock keeps approximate time.
Clear
R25: $119.89
Regula 34 Cuckoo Clock Movement

8 Day (Regula 34)

Most used 8 day weight driven cuckoo clock movement in the world. Comes with chains, hooks and rings. This movement uses two weights at 3 1/4 LBS (1500 Grams) each (not included). The pendulum is the larger 8 day size. The drop is the measurement from the suspension post down to the center of the pendulum leaf where the clock keeps approximate time.
Clear
R34: $169.00
Cuckoo Clock Movement

Regula 35 cuckoo

Comes with chains, hooks and rings and is already oiled. The drop is the measurement from the suspension post down to the center of the pendulum leaf where the clock keeps approximate time.
Clear
R35: $169.00
Cuckoo Clock Movement

1 Day Dancer 25

Offering the most used one day dancer cuckoo clock movement in existence. The Regula dancing series. This is a two weight movement that takes 2 of 275 gram cuckoo pine cone weights. The movement does not come with chains or hooks and rings, these things are offered separately. So there you have it, a brand new cuckoo clock movement for less cost than even just a cleaning and oiling of the old one. The movement comes oiled, tested, and with a 3 year warranty.
Clear
CUD25: $140.00
Cuckoo Clock Movement

8 Day Dancer 34

Offering the most used 8 day dancer cuckoo clock movement in existence. The Regula dancing series. This is a two weight movement that takes 2 of 1250 or 1500 gram cuckoo pine cone weights. The movement does not come with chains or hooks and rings, these things are offered separately. So there you have it, a brand new cuckoo clock movement for less cost than even just a cleaning and oiling of the old one. The movement comes oiled, tested, and with a 3 year warranty.
Clear
CUD34: $229.00

Cuckoo Clock Parts & More

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  • 36 Note Cuckoo Clock Music Box for Regula 34 units 36 Note Cuckoo Clock Music Box for Regula 34 units
    DIY Cuckoo Clock: Music Box 36 Note cuckoo music box plays two different songs and works with the Regula 34 movements. The 36 notes is more than the typical music box and sounds much richer in tone. The shaft for the ...
    RC6: $150.00
  • Air Brush Cuckoo Clock Wooden Bird Top Air Brush Cuckoo Clock Wooden Bird Top
    Hand painted pine wood cuckoo clock rooftop decorative wooden piece. Features air brushed maple leaves and a bird at the top of the roof. Measures about 7 inches from the tip of each leaf. A unique addition to any woodwo ...
    RC37: $29.89
  • Animated Cuckoo Clock Figurine of Goats Jumping Animated Cuckoo Clock Figurine of Goats Jumping
    Wooden figurine of two goats for building cuckoo clocks. Perfect for hunter style. Moves by a rotating bar in the back that can be connected to your movement to animate. the whole piece is about 4 inches wide, 2 inches t ...
    RC47: $14.89
  • Back Opening Clock Bellows with Tubes Back Opening Clock Bellows with Tubes
    Back Opening Bellows Bellow top flaps will open on the back side of the tube, opposite of the hole in the tube. Bellow tops are 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 preattached to the tubes. Size is the length of the tube and top all tog ...
    Clear
    CU1: $24.89
  • Bird Lovers Wooden DIY Cuckoo Clock Front Plate Bird Lovers Wooden DIY Cuckoo Clock Front Plate
    DIY Cuckoo Clock: Dark painted pine wood cuckoo clock face front. A gorgeous visual of two birds resting on a house with maple leaves. Perfect for creating your very own cuckoo clock for a DIY or repairing a cuckoo cloc ...
    RC34: $59.89
  • Blonde Wooden Bird Top for Cuckoo Clocks Blonde Wooden Bird Top for Cuckoo Clocks
    Hand painted pine wood cuckoo clock rooftop decorative wooden piece. Features air brushed maple leaves and a bird at the top of the roof. Measures about 7 inches from the tip of each leaf. A unique addition to any woodwo ...
    RC39: $19.89
  • Clear Set Epoxy for Cuckoo Clock Repair Clear Set Epoxy for Cuckoo Clock Repair
    Quick setting clear epoxy great for cuckoo clock bellows, figurines, and broken cuckoo wood repair. You squirt out equal amounts of both sides and mix it up with tooth picks, then its good to apply to the job. Will set i ...
    HBF1: $9.89
  • Clock 500pc Wood Screw Assortment Clock 500pc Wood Screw Assortment
    500pc Wood Screw Ast A very large assortment of smaller sized wood screws all brass tone for case work or movement mounting. This is the best assortment for mounting mantle or cuckoo clock sized clock movements. ...
    CP19: $14.89
  • Clock Chain by Movement Maker Clock Chain by Movement Maker
    Clock chain by movement maker. The chain is sold by LPF. Take a section of your old chain and count the links so it matches the LPF (links per foot) that are on the drop down menu below. Most one day cuckoo clocks take 6 ...
    Clear
    Chain: $5.89$24.89
  • Clock E Style Washers Clock E Style Washers
    E Style Washers Split washers are similar to C clips as they attach various parts to the movement. These are usually used more on cuckoo clocks. There is 100 mixed sizes in this pack. ...
    CP17: $9.89
  • Cuckoo Bellow Top Epoxy Cuckoo Bellow Top Epoxy
    Cuckoo Epoxy The cuckoo epoxy for bellow top replacement, attaching numerals, or repairing broken wood. ...
    CU27: $4.89
  • Cuckoo Bird Cuckoo Bird
    Cuckoo Bird Three inch cuckoo bird that opens its mouth when the tail is lifted. The cuckoo bird is only installed with a single set screw (included) holding it onto a bent wire rod. Loosen this set screw ...
    CU11: $9.89
  • Cuckoo Clock Bellow Cloth Cuckoo Clock Bellow Cloth
    If you have a unique shapped bellow set and need to replace the cloth than this will help. Our bellow tops come in limited sizes and it is possible to recloth the bellows with this material. ...
    CU31: $9.89
  • Cuckoo Clock Bellow Tops Cuckoo Clock Bellow Tops
    Bellow Tops Bellow tops are the most frequently needed item on a cuckoo clock. These tops come as a pair and get epoxied on the old bottoms just as the old tops were taken off, see the Cuckoo Clock Parts help sec ...
    Clear
    CU4: $14.89
  • Cuckoo Clock Chain Cuckoo Clock Chain
    Replacement Chain These chains are sold in single 6FT lengths and come in various links per foot (LPF). There are two ways of determining the correct chain, you can count the LPF in the existing chain your trying ...
    Clear
    CU8: $7.89$14.89
  • Cuckoo Clock Dancer Figurine Couple Cuckoo Clock Dancer Figurine Couple
    Cuckoo clock dancing man and woman figurine for the dancer platform. Sold as replacements for the broken and missing usually. These have a small hole on the bottom for the pin that sticks out the dancer platform to go in ...
    RC13: $9.89