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Removing Mechanical Clock Hands
Removing Mechanical Clock Hands is fast and easy. These instructions are for German mechanical movements post 1960.
German Post WW2 wall, mantle and floor models
First, hold the minute hand as you turn the nut to the left. Some small needle nose pliers may be needed to loosen the nut. Once the nut is loose, you can turn it with your fingers until it comes off. The minute hand will be able to wiggle straight off its square arbor and off of the clock. The hour hand is a friction fit, so just twist the hour hand back and forth and pull toward you until it comes off. If you have a second hand bit, that is only a friction also, so just grab it with your fingernails and pull toward you.
American Antique time and strike
These type of movements come in two styles. if there is a minute hand nut, the first style is the same as above. Be very careful not to lose this hand nut. They are very hard to find and replace. The second style will have a pin holding the minute hand on instead of a nut. This pin is tapered, meaning it's fat on one side and skinny on the other usually. Just grab the fat side with needle nose pliers and yank the pin out. The minute hand will fall out with a washer. Save the washer and the pin for ease of reinstalling the hands.
Ordering Mechanical Clock Hands
Ordering Mechanical Clock Hands with Clockworks is by the dial diameter. The dial diameter is the diameter of the time track, and this means from just outside the 9 to just outside the 3. For example, if this explained time track diameter is 6 inches, you would order hands for a 6 inch time track in the option list. When you get the hands for a 6 inch time track you will have a minute hand about 2 7/8 long from the mounting hole to the end, and a hour hand that is proportionally smaller. This is a vastly different way of measuring than the quartz clock hands.
So when your ready to start Ordering Mechanical Clock Hands the first thing to do is get the time track diameter as explained, and then choose a style of hand. When you choose the style you would like, drop down the option menu and see if it's available in your time track diameter.
The hands you have ordered will ship the next business day from Clockworks.com in Huntington MA USA, via the method you chose upon checkout.
Mechanical Clock Chime On Time
These are the directions to get a German mechanical clock to chime on time. This means having the clock hands point to the right spot when the clock chimes. When replacing a clock movement, or getting new hands, either one, you will notice it will chime 5 minutes before it is supposed to, or 10 min after, something like this. This page explains how to correct this situation. It is unbelievably fast and easy to do.
After a new mechanical movement is installed, or if you are just installing a new set of hands, you will notice the clock will not chime at the time it's supposed to. To correct this, take the minute hand off of the clock. This is the longer of the two hands. With this minute hand off of the clock, turn it upside down and you will see it has a square hole where it attaches to the clock. This square hole is in a bushing that will rotate WITHIN the minute hand itself.
So, all you have to do is just use needle nose pliers to turn this bushing ever so slightly. Put the hand back on the clock and see if it’s pointing to the correct place where it chimed. If it is, then you are all set. If it is still not right, take the hand off and try again. Once you get the minute hand to point where it just chimed you then set to the correct time.
It is really that easy. You do not have to mess with the clock at all, only the hand itself. In other words, to put it in a silly way, take the minute hand off of the clock and walk to the garage with it. Take it far, far away from the clock. When in your garage take needle nose pliers and turn the bushing within the hand itself. Then walk back to the clock and put it on. See if it's now pointing to the right spot. Sounds silly but you get the idea!
Hands For Mechanical Clocks
Hands For Mechanical Clocks listed are sold by the dial diameter. This is not the same as hands for a battery operated clocks. Instead hands for mechanical clocks are determined as an after effect of just measuring the dial diameter, from outside of the 9 to outside the 3. For example if you come up with 6 inches, you would order a set of hands for a 6 inch time track. A time track is that outer ring that clocks sometimes have just outside the numerals.
These hands are for mechanical clocks post war 2, of German origin. This will include most mechanical clocks after 1950, they are by far the most common. Post war clocks are made in either Korea, China, or Germany. The Korean and China clocks are pretty easy to identify as they usually say 31 day on it, if this is the situation these hands will not fit. If you would like to be certain your clock is from Germany, you can look at the back plate of the clock movement itself, there will be a stamp engraved that says Made in Germany. These hands will fit 90% of these clocks, with exception of some tubular bell units, and some of the older German units. If you want to be absolutely 100% sure these hands are for you, you can measure the diameter of the posts and match it up with the sizes they specify.
For many dial diameters. These are to fit most German mechanical clock movements. The minute hand has a 2.2mm square mounting hole, the hour hand has a 4.5mm round hole.
These are to fit most German mechanical clock movements. The minute hand has a 2.2mm square mounting hole, the hour hand has a 4.5mm round hole.
Hands for a German mechanical clock such as made by Hermle, Urgos or Kieninger. These hands are for a dial that is 6 inch (15cm) to 6 1/2 inch (17cm) wide from outside the numeral 3 to outside the numeral 9.
American Mechanical hands for Seth Thomas, Sessions, Ansonia, Gilbert, Bristol, Ingram, Welch, New Haven and others. These are for mechanical movements produced prior to WW2. Americans did not produce many clocks after the war. These are for your Antique clock that was made in America it will say USA on the plate usually. The hands come in a couple styles like Obong or Square. This is the mounting hole in the minute hand. The minute hand has a couple popular options for the mounting hole, the hour hand just has a round hole every time, with its bushing. The further back in time you go, and these are considered Antiques, there was no mass production. This means the older the clock, the weirder its going to be you could say. So these hands are not going to fit every clock that is old and from America, but they do cover the mass productions instead. Sometimes is it required for the older antiques to make something work, from what you can get. Such as soldering two hands together to make one good one that fits, or filing a hole bigger with a needle file, things like this.
For 5 inch dial diameter. Choose square or oblong hole in the minute hand. For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and on)
For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and on) This has a square hole in the minute hand.
For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and on). Specify if the hole in the minute hand is oblong or square. Measurement is the dial diameter
Second hand sweep for a mechanical floor clock with the second hand option. Please choose the movement number that is on the back plate of the brass movement itself for the correct second hand to be shipped.
Quartz Clock Hands
Quartz Clock Hands that will fit any battery movements we offer. There are two types of battery clock hands in the world, one is the China standard and one is the American standard. The China way of using the hands are with round holes in both the hour and minute hands. The American style has an oblong mounting hole in the minute hand and a round hole for the hour hand and fits what is known as an "I" shaft clock movement. What we offer here all fit our "I" shaft movements, in other words they all fit all the movements we sell.
If replacing a quartz clock movement, your old ones may fit the new movement just fine, if you have an oblong hole in the minute. The hour will fit either way, but the minute (longer of the two ) are where the concern is. If in doubt, its best to just get the new ones for your new movement upon checking out. This way its all set and you have everything you need for a smooth movement swap out.
These come in a set, so even though your measuring only the long hand, the shorter one comes with it proportionally smaller. If you need them for a larger dial than 10 inches wide, please see our High Torque movement and hands section. Mounting is easy, the hour hand goes on first as a friction fit, just twist and push on. The minute hand has an oblong mounting hole in it, and this goes on the "I" shaft top of the hand shaft of the movement with its nut. If you have a second hand you would use the nut with a hole in it, if no second hand is used than you would use the cap style nut so it looks pretty.
If you would like a second hand they are in a different section and sold separately as they are optional and not required to run on your new movement.
Quartz Clock Second Hands
Quartz Clock Second Hands come with a mounting post that is a tube sticking out of the bottom. This tube is what sticking into the top of the hand shaft post on the quartz clock movement. It is only a friction fit, press the tube in and its all installed. If by chance it is not climbing the hill from 6 o'clock to 12 o'clock, it may require tightening for a better fit. This is not the usual situation, but it does happen. To tighten the post for a tighter friction fit is easy because the tube that mounts the hand is split, so just squeeze slightly with some needle nose pliers and it will be tight again. Remount the hand as before and it should climb the hill no problem.
There are two types of quartz movements that run these hands. Step motion is a movement that the second hand jumps from one second to the next. Sweep motion, this is when it sweeps around with no stopping right around the dial.
High Torque Clock Hands
High Torque Clock Hands and used on larger dial diameters. These hands require a high torque clock movement that is run by battery power. These hands are for the American standard "I" shaft battery powered quartz clock movements. What this means is the minute hand will have an oblong hole and mounts to the oblong shaft on the clock movement.
Mounting the clock hands on to the movement is easy and is as follows. The hour hand gets mounted first, has the round hole and is only mounted via friction fit. As you put the hour hand on first, twist and push toward the dial, it will stay there by friction only. Be sure its not rubbing the dial. Next is the minute hand, this has the oblong hole, it gets mounted to the oblong shaft, and gets secured by the hand nut. There are two hand nuts that come with a new high torque movement from clockworks.com, one is if you were to use a second hand and it has a hole in it. The other nut is a cap nut, and has no hole in it. The idea is to use the doughnut one if your going with the second hand, if not use the cap nut so its better looking.
That concludes the mounting procedure. Just be sure the hour hand is not rubbing the dial, the minute hand is not rubbing the hour hand, the minute hand is not rubbing the glass door. These hands should be parallel and no contact with anything but its own mount.
Needs a High Torque Movement, comes with both hour and minute hands Styles vary depending on length. Longer ones have the tail counter balance.