Mechanical Clock Kits

Mechanical Clock KitsTypes of clock kitsWhat the Clock Kit IncludesGet the kit before making the caseMaking the seat board

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Mechanical Clock Kit Styles Available

Mechanical Clock Kit Styles Available include wall clocks, mantle (shelf) clocks, and floor clocks that include the grand daughter, mother, and father series.

All of the above, in the past, have been made with every chime type. In other words there are all these various ways to make noise, lets list them. There is the quarterly sounds that play a tune ever quarter hour, this are most common in the songs Westminster only, Or triple chime that includes Westminster St Micheal, or Wittington. As for the other noise makers, we call them strike clocks because they only strike out the hours and usually bong once on the half hour. These include Gong strike (coiled gong on the back or below the movement), Bell strike, or Bim Bam (sounds like its name, on two or three strike rods). Now that is not to say every one of these chime types are available for every type of clock kit in the world today, but those cover most of clocks ever produced in history.

Mechanical Clock Kit Styles are listed below, these are the names of the types of clocks you will see in the world. They are the clocks that you could potentially replicate in the modern world.

  • Wall clock kits = Either weight driven or spring, but usually spring driven. The weight driven is less common because of all the weight that is hanging on the wall.
  • Mantel clock kits = Always spring driven, with or without a pendulum but usually with one. If there is no pendulum this means it has a balance wheel instead more like a watch. Can come in either triple chime or Westminster only as far as the chime units.
  • Grand daughter clock kits = These are usually spring driven with no weights. The
  • Grandmother clock kits = Usually chain driven with three weights for the chime units, two weights for any strike types. Its a shorter clock overall compared to the grandfather clocks.
  • Grandfather clock kits = Typically cable driven with three weights and triple chimes. This means the weights will hang on cables instead of chains, and plays your choice of three songs. Not always but usually. This is the largest and tallest of the floor clocks.
  • Grandfather clock kits = Typically cable driven with three weights, but not always, sometimes two weights. This is the largest and tallest of the floor clocks.

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Clock kit before building the clock case

Clock kit before building the clock case, this is very important. Sometimes people build the clock case before getting the Mechanical Clock Kit.

These same people sometimes have a very difficult time adapting a clock movement kit to their current case that they built because they will have the ideal dial size or other things in mind that they would like to do, but these items may not exist in the size they have built the clock case for. As you can see with the subject line “What measurements do I need?” there are a lot of measurements that need to be correct with the movement kit installation. What all this means is to order the Mechanical Clock Kit before building the clock case. This way you will have the kit and can measure the various items to build the case around the clock kit instead of the other way around.

We do offer a large variety of clock movements, but when it comes to some things it is not as easy.

Clock dials are the hardest part because there are so many shapes, sizes, and options. Such as round, square, hump top with no moon, hump with moon. Then you have all sorts of sizes, many of the antique clocks had clock dials that are in a size that is just not made on the market anymore. The grandfather clocks back in the day had over sized Clock dials with ships on them, cant get those anymore, as well as many other ones. Also you have to wind most clocks (unless they are chain driven) through the dial with a key. In other words the dial needs to be drilled out for the specific movement you ordered.

So with all this, and this is not a complete listing of reasons, it is wise to get the Mechanical Clock Kit before building the clock case. Besides it will give an opportunity to set the movement kit up in your work shop to look at, get used too it, and measure for yourself what is needed.

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Making a Seat Board

A seat board is the mount that the weight driven movement sits upon. The movement sits on this with the cables or chains hanging directly down between the boards.

Many of the modern clocks have this about 16 inches wide and is 2 and a half inches deep but this would vary on the clock case dimensions being worked on. In the center of the mounting board is a hole that is 1 inch wide going across the center of the 2 and a half inch deep seat board.

The hole is wide enough for the movement to sit on the board with its chains hanging down in the center. Then the screws with the rectangle washers seat board screws and washers can go up into the movement’s arbors on the bottom. Even easier would be just to mount two, three quarter or 1 inch square boards running parallel, which are 1 inch apart, across the inside of the clock case, this is really all a mounting board needs to consist of. The only thing that has to happen is the movement is in the air with the chains dangling down in between these boards. The boards just can’t be so wide that the pendulum rubs it on the back of the movement.

With the movement mounting in the air as described all that needs to be done is have the chimeblock mounted on the back of the clock case so the hammers can engage with them and make the chime sound. You will hang the weights and pendulum on the movement obvious places, and lock the dial into the movement from the front.

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Grandfather Clock Kits

GFKIT101
  • 1161-853
  • Triple Chime
  • Cable Driven
  • Lyre Pendulum
  • Back 12 Rod Strike
  • Presidential Moon Dial
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GFKIT02
  • 1161-853
  • Triple Chime
  • Cable Driven
  • Lyre Pendulum
  • Back 12 Rod Strike
  • Decorative Moon Dial
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GFKIT03
  • Kieninger MSU
  • Triple Chime
  • Cable Driven
  • Autonight shut-off
  • 11 x 15.5 Moon Dial
  • Lyre pendulum
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GFKIT4
  • 1171-890 114cm
  • Triple Chime
  • Cable Driven
  • Auto night
  • Moon Dial
  • Back 9 Tube
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Grandmother Clock Kits

GMKIT102
  • Hermle 451-053
  • Westminster
  • Chain Driven
  • 9 7/8 x 13in Moon Dial
  • Back 8 Rod Strike
  • Wood Stick Pendulum
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GMKIT05
  • Hermle 451-030
  • Westminster
  • Chain Driven
  • 11 x 15 1/2in TF Dial
  • Side 5 Rod Strike
  • Wood Stick Pendulum
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GMKIT04
  • Hermle 451-050
  • Westminster
  • Chain Driven
  • 11 x 15 1/2in Moon Dial
  • Back 8 Rod Strike
  • Wood Stick Pendulum
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GMKIT06
  • Kieninger SKS
  • Westminster
  • Chain Driven
  • 11 x 14 7/8 TF Dial
  • Back 4/4 Rod Strike
  • Wood Stick Pendulum
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GMKIT07
  • Hermle 241-081 75cm
  • One bell top
  • Chain Driven
  • 11 x 14 7/8 TF Dial
  • Adjustable hammer
  • Wood Stick Pendulum
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Wall / Mantle Clock Kits

Kit WMKIT01 Mechanical Clock Kits
  • Hermle 341-020 45cm
  • Westminster
  • Spring Driven
  • 6" Overall dial width
  • Grid pendulum 12"
  • Bottom 5 rod chimeblock
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Kit WMKIT2 Mechanical Clock Kits
  • Hermle 141-041 55cm
  • One Hammer Gong Strike
  • Spring Driven
  • 6" Overall dial width
  • Wood Stick Pendulum
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Kit WMKIT3 Mechanical Clock Kits
  • Hermle 131-070 18cm
  • Two Bells Back
  • Spring Driven
  • Brass Rod Pendulum
  • Spade or Serpentine Hands
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Kit WMKIT04 Mechanical Clock Kits
  • Hermle 131-041 25cm
  • One Hammer Gong
  • Spring Driven
  • Metal Rod Pendulum
  • Roman Dial
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Kit WMKIT105 Mechanical Clock Kits
  • Hermle 130-678
  • 2 Bells Back
  • Spring Driven
  • Balance Escapement
  • Rear Wind
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Kit WMKIT6 Mechanical Clock Kits
  • Hermle 131-081 18cm
  • Two Bells Back
  • Spring Driven
  • Brass Rod Pendulum
  • Spade or Serpentine Hands
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Kit WMKIT24 Mechanical Clock Kits
  • Hermle 341-020 33.5cm
  • 5 Hammer below Westminster
  • Spring Driven
  • 8 inch wood stick Pendulum
  • Dial Bezel Glass 7 inch
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