Time Only Quartz Clock Movements

Assembly diagramQuartz removalQuartz installationWhat to measure on the oldDial thickness to post size neededDefinitions

Removing a Bad Unit

The first step to replacing a quartz movement, is to be able to get to the movement from the back and also the front where the hands are.

1. Getting to the dial There are many case designs and styles and there is no telling what way you're clock case is made to get to the dial (face) of the clock. Sometimes it is very easy to get to the dial and hands, other times the dial is covered with glass and may require you to figure out how the clock case was put together, so you can take it apart enough to get to the dial. You may have to remove some screws, or if there is a bezel it maybe required to bend the bezel tabs some to get it off. Once you're at the point where you can remove the hands and also the back of the quartz unit, you're good to start replacing the unit.

2. Removing the hands If there is a second hand on the clock, it only needs to be grabbed with the thumb nails and pulled straight off of the clock to take it off.

There are two styles to the minute hand, the kind that has the nut holding it down and the kind that is only on by friction fit with a round hole in the hand. The friction fit with no nut style just pulls straight off like the second hand did. The other style (the kind we sell) has the nut on the top of the minute hand to hold it down. To take this off, hold the minute hand still as you turn the nut to the left with needle nose pliers to loosen the nut so you can take it off with you're fingers. Next is the hour hand, this is only a friction fit with a round hole in the hand, the tube its on is tapered fatter as it goes down into the movement. Just twist the hand and pull it toward you until it comes off.

3. Removing the hex nut Then you will see a hex nut (six sided nut). use the same needle nose pliers to just turn the hex nut some to the left so it can be unscrewed with the fingers. With the hex nut removed the quartz clock movement will just fall out of the back side of the dial (face).

Quartz Movement Assembly

These are the assembly instructions for the time only quartz clock movement into the clock case.

  1. Place hanger on post (optional)
  2. Place black washer on post (optional)
  3. Put post through the clock dial face
  4. Slide the brass washer onto the post of the movement that is sticking out of the clock dial face
  5. Put hex nut on post and tighten to hold movement to the back of the clock face – you may use needle nose pliers to get a tighter fit, however do not crank it down so tight that it ruins the clock face.
  6. Push hour hand on the post (smaller of the 2 hands with round hole). This is a friction fit and should be pushed all the way down on the post without it touching the clock face.
  7. Put the minute hand on the post
  8. If using a second hand, skip to step 9. If you are not using a second hand, screw the cap nut on. You are done.
  9. If using a second hand, screw the small donut on top of minute hand and then push the second hand onto the pin in the center of the unit. You are done installing you're brand new quartz clock movement !
How to measure quartz clock movement post

When replacing, you will need to measure the post on the old unit, so you can match it up with your new chiming quartz movement.
The post is the part that goes through the dial (face) and mounts from the front.

Dial Thickness

  • 1/16 inch thick
  • 3/16 inch thick
  • 5/16 inch thick
  • 9/16 inch thick
  • 3/4 inch thick

Size Post Needed

  • 3/16"
  • 5/16"
  • 7/16"
  • 11/16"
  • 15/16"
Clock Dial Dial = The clock face that the movements post goes through. Clock Dial Post = Threaded portion on the movement that takes the hex nut. Clock Dial Hex Nut = A six sided nut that threads onto the movement post.
Clock Dial Hanger = Included, but optional, steel part to hang clock. Clock Dial Hands = AKA needles, arms, pointers. Indicates hour and minute. Clock Dial Second Hand = The optional skinny pointer that ticks out the seconds.

Time Only Quartz Clock Movements

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Low Torque (For dial diameters 3" to 10")

Low torque clock movements are small, accurate and well made. They come with the hanger to hang it on the wall if you want too, and the mounting hardware. The post that is being measured is as described on the above diagram. This is the threaded portion of the movement that goes through the dial face and needs to be long enough to mount the hex nut onto this post, in the front of the dial face. This means the movement is just mounted to the dial face and nothing else, then you can put you're hour hand on, and then the minute hand with its nut.
M2 Low Torque Step Motion

(Step) 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 1/2

Quartz clock movements M2 Low torque quartz clock movement with a 5/16 diameter threaded post. The Clock Movement the second hand will jump from one second to the next. If replacing, please get new hands also, as the old ones may not fit. They are offered below, and also in the checkout pages.
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M2: $9.89
M7 Low Torque Continuous

(Silent) 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 1/2

Continuous sweep Quartz clock movements A Continuous sweep Quartz Clock Movements do not make a ticking sound. When a second hand is used, the second hand will sweep around the dial rather than jumping from one second to the next. If replacing, please get new hands also, as the old ones may not fit. They are offered below, and also in the checkout pages.
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M7: $14.89

High Torque (Any dial diameter 3" to 30")

High Torque are geared special on the inside of the unit stronger as to take more weight. The C cell units are stronger than the AA units and would also last longer with the very long hands. The post that is being measured is as described on the above diagram. This is the threaded portion of the movement that goes through the dial face and needs to be long enough to mount the hex nut onto this post, in the front of the dial face. This means the movement is just mounted to the dial and nothing else, then you can put you're hour hand on, and then the minute hand with its nut.
AA Cell High Torque #HT1 High Torque Clock MovementsThe AA high torque quartz clock movements are much stronger than the low torque models. They have a threaded post diameter of 5/16 and a case dimension of 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 1/2D. The long hands for these movements are offered below.
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HT1: $14.89
High Torque Clock MovementsEvery High Torque clock movement comes with the mounting hardware and also a metal hanger to mount it to the wall. We offer a large variety of hands on this same webpage also.

C Cell High Torque #HT2

High Torque Clock MovementsThe powerful C Cell high torque movement is the strongest on the market before getting into the electrical units. They have a threaded post diameter of 5/16 and a case dimension of 2-3/4"H x 2-3/16"W x 1"D. The long hands for these movements are offered below on this same web page.
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HT2: $19.89

Low Torque Quartz (Less Than 5")

How to measure quartz clock hands
Item #H1

Clock Hands
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H1: $0.89
Item #H2

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H2: $0.89
Item# - H3

maltese
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H3: $0.89
Item# - H4

Tapered Clock Hands
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H4: $0.89
Item# - H5

Tapered Clock Hands
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H5: $0.89
Item# - H6

Clock Hand Straight
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H6: $0.89
Item# - H7

Clock Hands
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H7: $0.89
Item# - H8

Clock Hands
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H8: $0.89
Item# - H9

Clock Hands
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H9: $0.89
Item# - H10

moon hands
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H10: $0.89
Item# - H11

clock hands
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H11: $0.89
Item# - H12

clock hands
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H12: $0.89

Second Hands

Second Hand

Choose length and color option

Item #SH1 Quartz clock movement second hand clockworks.com
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SH1: $0.89
Item #SH2 Quartz clock movement second hand clockworks.com
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SH2: $0.89
Item #SH3 Quartz clock movement second hand clockworks.com
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SH3: $0.89

High Torque Hands (5" Plus)

Needs a High Torque Movement, comes with both hour and minute hands Styles vary depending on length. Longer ones have the tail counter balance.
How to measure quartz clock hands
Item #HTH1 Long High Torque Clock Hands Tapered High Torque Hands
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HTH1: $2.89$12.89
Item #HTH3 Long High Torque Clock HandsSpade Style High Torque Hands
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HTH3: $1.89$14.89
Item #HTH7 Long High Torque Clock Hands Howard Miller Design High Torque Hands
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HTH7: $6.89$9.89
Item #HTH8 Long High Torque Clock Hands Serpentine High Torque Hands
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HTH8: $8.89