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Pendulum Measuring on German Clocks

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Sequential steps to obtain a pendulum

  • 1. First, know who really made the movement. If the clock was made in Germany post WW2, it will be one of four makers. Hermle, Jauch, Kieninger, or Urgos. If none of these names are on the movement it is still, most likely made by one of these factories. They made movements for other clock makers who had their own name on the movement because they were buying so many. Best to use the identification page to narrow down exactly who made the clock movement. Then return to this page to continue the process of pendulum measuring on German Clocks.
  • 2. Get the CM numbers, or PL numbers from the back plate of the movement itself. Match these numbers with what we are offering.
  • 3. Determine the bob diameter. Measure how wide the inside of the case is and then subtract 4 inches. This will be the maximum pendulum bob diameter that the clock case can handle.
  • 4. Decide between Lyre, Wood stick, or a brass rod pendulum if the options are there. They all come with a brass round bob for the end, but leading down to the bob can be any of these three styles.
  • 5. Order it
  • 6. Once received, the pendulum install it on the clock, then Put The Clock In Beat.

Pendulum Measuring on German Clocks

Measure the pendulum on a German Clock from the very top of the movement down to the very bottom of the pendulum rating nut threads. Naturally, if the clock says something like 94cm, choose 94cm from the list, making sure it also lists the correct bob diameter. Clockworks will calculate the length, making sure it is correct, before shipping it. A customer may receive the pendulum and think that it is not the correct length. Most likely, this is not the situation. Ordering a pendulum for a Hermle 94cm movement, does not mean a 94cm long pendulum will arrive. The pendulum may be shorter, although it will be correct.

Hermle Clock Movement Availability

Determine Bob Diameter after Pendulum Measuring on German Clocks

Of course, bob diameters vary so that they will not hit the sides of the case. bob width is determined by the inside of the case width. Measure how wide the inside of the clock case is and then subtract 4 inches from that measurement. That measurement is the largest diameter Bob that can be used in the clock case. Likewise, a smaller diameter bob can be used, but not a larger one.

Pendulum clocks need to be put "In Beat"

Finally, after installing the new clock pendulum the clock will need an adjustment for it to run correctly. This is very easy to do and only takes a few minutes. Moreover, no mechanical pendulum clock will run right without "Putting The Clock In Beat" first.

The content of this website is copyright by Clockworks and written by James Stoudenmire in year 2020

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