Mechanical clock parts information and important facts to know. Additionally, it is not always easy to get parts for an antique clock. Many of the parts are now obsolete and the older the clock the harder things are to find. Subsequently, it is not uncommon to need a part custom made. If that's the case, we may be able to help. Please email pictures of the movement to us here at Clockworks.
Mechanical clock hand nuts
One of the most common parts a Mechanical clock needs is the hand nut. As previously stated, the older the clock the harder things are to find. The hand nuts Clockworks offer are for movements made after the 1930's.
Prior to 1930 clock hand nuts
There were not many standards on what the hand nut size should be on the early clocks. However, prior to around 1930 there is no telling what will work. In other words, it is literally trial and error. There was no standard hand nut size. Any hand nut we offer, may, or may not, work. This includes cuckoo hand nuts, American clock hand nuts, or German hand nuts. However, with even all of these assortments, there is a chance none of them will work on the clock.
Post 1930 clock hand nuts
Generally speaking, what we have to offer in the three types of clock hand nuts will cover most of the post 1930 Mechanical clocks. The cuckoo hand nuts fit about 80% of the post war German made cuckoo clocks. The American clock hand nuts fit many of the mechanical time strikes that were so popular. German hand nuts fit most post war German made mechanical clocks, with the exception being a few large grandfather clocks.
Clocks that do not take a hand nut
Not all clocks require a hand nut. Some antique mechanical clocks require a clock hand washer and a tapered pin instead. These secure the minute hand as an alternative to the hand nut. The washer may have a small square hole, or large, oblong or round hole. Clockworks offers an assortment of 100 clock hand washers that includes all the styles mentioned. A tapered pin is used to secure the hand with the washer on top of it. The taper pin is inserted into a hole in the end of the minute hand arbor to secure the washer and minute hand to the clock. A taper pin is a small brass or steel rod that is wide on one end and skinny on the other. Clockworks offers them in an assortment of 100 to ensure the right one is there.
Clicks and click springs
Mechanical clocks with a ratchet wheel use clicks. This can mean a spring driven clock or a weight driven clock. Clicks keep it wound in only one direction. Both have a ratcheting function as in a wheel being able to turn one way only. It spins one way and makes a clicking sound when this is done. That clicking sound is the click. This is the small part that makes the wheel turn in only one direction. The click is held in the down position with some pressure from what is known as a click spring.
Clicks on spring driven movements
Often when a mainspring breaks the click will loosen considerably from the shock. Replace or tighten the loose click to ensure it will not let go when winding the clock with the key. It is not uncommon to think the mainspring broke when really the click eventually came loose and let the mainspring slip. Once the click on the ratchet slips the mainspring lets loose and momentum of it unwinding is unstoppable.
Clicks on weight driven movements
In general, this is a harder style to replace and not really available on the market. If these are needed for a weight driven ratchet wheel it is best to replace the entire wheel. Replacing the entire wheel will include the ratchet wheel, the arbor it is on and also the gear. It will have the click and spring installed all as one unit. This maybe the ratchet wheel on a chain driven clock or a cable drum for a cable driven clock. In both situations it is best to replace the entire component with the click and spring installed. That way is it complete and done the best and quickest way.
Notes on Mechanical Clock PartsHere are some various mechanical clock parts to help with clock repair. This clock parts page is basically the mix hardware that is sometimes needed. For parts to a pendulum please see This Page instead. For clock hands, see the clock hands page. The most popular items on this clock parts page would be the German hand nuts and the taper pins. If you order glass be sure to get the correct size as these are returned and swapped often.
Mechanical Clock PartsWe have far more Mechanical Clock Parts then what is displayed here, please use the search bar up top of the page for more. Offering a full line of Hermle clock parts and components as well.
German Hand Nuts12 Assorted hand nuts for German movements. With this assortment of hand nuts you will get one for your German movement with no problem.However these hand nuts will not work on a cuckoo clock those are under cuckoo parts.
American Hand Nuts12 American hand nuts. These hand nuts fit the most antique clock movements that are made in the USA. They come mixed in steel and brass colorations.
Mechanical Pendulum NutsPendulum nut assortment of 10 for floor clocks and wall clocks. Turning the nut so to raise the bob will speed up the clocks time, lowering the bob will slow the clocks time.
36pc Click Spring AssortmentThese are the small springs that hold the click into the click wheel so the clock will wind in only one direction. There are 36 springs in the assortment. These are mixed springs for German, French and more.
Kieninger Click SpringSingle Kieninger click spring for modern German mantle movements. 1 1/16 long.
Clicks & Rivets50 Mixed sized clicks and rivets. Clicks hold the mainspring in the coiled position during and after winding the clock. Please use caution when working with mainsprings.
Tapered Pins100 Brass tapered pins with various diameters. These Clock Parts have many uses in clock repair. They attach some dials, movement plates, suspensions and sometimes hands on the clock.
Clock Hand Washers100 Assorted mixed clock hand washers. These go on top the minute hand on some clocks to maintain tension so the hand does not flop around.
500pc Wood Screw AstA 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.
E Style WashersSplit 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.
Bracket Clock Handle3 1/2 inch wide, 1 1/2 inch tall, solid brass Bracket Clock top handle. A Bracket clock is a square clock with a square dial, this is the handle that mounts to the top of the clock case.
Mix BushingsSolid brass bushings in a pack of 100 assorted outside and inside diameters. Bushings are needed when the pivot holes become oblong instead of round.
Arbor BushingsThese are bushings for winding arbors of larger clock movements. These are needed when the holes in the clock movement plates where the winders are become oval instead of round. Assortment of four bushings
- OD 09.8mm x ID 4.0mm
- OD 09.8mm x ID 7.8mm
- OD 10.8mm x ID 7.8mm
- OD 11.8mm x ID 7.8mm