Hermle Clock Movement 261

Hermle 261 clock movement seriesHermle movement identificationWhat Happened to the old movement?Other Names Used

What is being sold on this webpage is the movement with the chains, hand nut, leader and suspension spring. These units do not include the weights, pendulum, dial, hands or chime block.

How to identify a Hermle movement

On the back plate of the clock movement you will see the numbers such as 451-050 94cm. These numbers let us know everything we need to know about the mechanical clock movement itself. This tells us if the clock is weight driven or spring driven, if it has a pendulum, the size of the movement and the length of the hand shaft and much more. To match up the numbers to the new movement numbers is to get the exact same movement you have now but brand new. Since the new movement will be the exact same and not some knock off imitation, all of your existing clock components will usually fit just the same as the old unit.

With age, the mechanical clock movements oil solidifies and becomes black and sticky. By the time 20 or 30 years go by, the oil has solidified and is creating wear on the movements brass plates.

If you look at your old clock movement, you will see holes in the brass plates where there are small pivot arbors sticking into these holes. These pivots are what the gears of the clock ride upon and as the pivots spin in the solidified oil, this makes the holes oblong instead of round. With the pivot holes oblong, the holes are pinching the pivots and creating resistance in the gear train. With the solidified oil and the pinched pivots, the clock will eventually stop working or chiming.

This wear takes place in the holes that are in the brass plates and is hard to identify sometimes. These holes in the brass plates become oblong instead of round and this pinches the pivot arbor going into it. Between this, and the solid oil, the clock ceases to function. To have this repaired is an expensive and long process. To have a mechanical movement serviced can cost hundreds, if not over, a thousand dollars and in some cases it can take weeks or months to complete it.

Other Names Used

There are a variety of other names that can be on the movement even though it is produced by the Hermle company.

  • Hamilton
  • S. Larose
  • Mason & Sullivan
  • Welby
  • Pearl
  • Tally Industries
  • Bulova
  • Seth Thomas
  • Howard Miller
  • Sligh

Hermle Number Examples

Below are some typical examples of the Hermle clock movement numbering system. If your clock numbers are similar to this, its made by Hermle.

  • 451-050 94cm
  • 340-020
  • 140-070
  • 451-030 66cm
  • 341-020 45cm
  • 1151-050 114cm
  • 451-053 94cm
  • 1161-853 114cm
  • 141-070 45cm
  • 351-050 55cm
  • 1161-850 94cm
  • 241-070 94cm

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Clock Movements


261-080 series Hermle clock movement
  • 33.2mm Hand shaft
  • 1 Hammer Top Bell
  • Bell Strike
  • Chain Driven
Front Side Back
261-080: $180.00


261-030 series Hermle clock movement
  • 33.2mm Hand shaft
  • 3 Hammer Side
  • Bim Bam Strike
  • Chain Driven
Front Side Back
261-030: $180.00

271-053 114cm

271053 series Hermle clock movement
  • 52.3mm Hand shaft
  • 3 Hammer Back
  • Bim Bam Strike
Front Side Back
271-053/114: $203.00

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