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The first step to replacing a quartz movement, is to be able to get to the movement from the back and also the front where the hands are. Read More »
1. Getting to the dial There are many case designs and styles and there is no telling what way you're clock case is made to get to the dial (face) of the clock. Sometimes it is very easy to get to the dial and hands, other times the dial is covered with glass and may require you to figure out how the clock case was put together, so you can take it apart enough to get to the dial. You may have to remove some screws, or if there is a bezel it maybe required to bend the bezel tabs some to get it off. Once you're at the point where you can remove the hands and also the back of the quartz unit, you're good to start replacing the unit.
2. Removing the hands If there is a second hand on the clock, it only needs to be grabbed with the thumb nails and pulled straight off of the clock to take it off. There are two styles to the minute hand, the kind that has the nut holding it down and the kind that is only on by friction fit with a round hole in the hand. The friction fit with no nut style just pulls straight off like the second hand did. The other style (the kind we sell) has the nut on the top of the minute hand to hold it down. To take this off, hold the minute hand still as you turn the nut to the left with needle nose pliers to loosen the nut so you can take it off with you're fingers. Next is the hour hand, this is only a friction fit with a round hole in the hand, the tube its on is tapered fatter as it goes down into the movement. Just twist the hand and pull it toward you until it comes off.
3. Removing the hex nut Then you will see a hex nut (six sided nut). use the same needle nose pliers to just turn the hex nut some to the left so it can be unscrewed with the fingers. With the hex nut removed the quartz clock movement will just fall out of the back side of the dial (face).
These are the assembly instructions for the time only quartz clock movement into the clock case. Read More »
Add the quartz clock movement to the cart, then come back and hands from below
3" x 4 3/4" x 1 1/4"
Hands available below
Low price chiming unit that does not take up much room. The bob is the round disk on the pendulum.
3 1/4" x 5 1/4" x 1 5/16"
Hands available below
Quality C cell dual chime movement by Seiko. Will play either Westminster or Whittington on the quarter hour.
4 9/16" x 4 3/4" x 1 1/8"
Hands available below
Song options: Westminster quarterly, Westminster just on the top of the hour, Ave Maria quarterly, Bim Bam or Gong that count out the hours and once on the half hour.
7" x 5 7/8" x 1 7/8"
Hands available below
Bim Bam movement has an electromechanical strike that makes the sound, Bim Bam. It will do this once on the half hour and also strike out the hour. This unit operates with one D size battery (not included)
2 1/8" x 3 3/4" x 7/8"
Hands available below
This non chiming pendulum unit comes with a pendulum, bob, hardware, hanger and hands. The bob is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum and comes in 3 diameters.
1-11 $0.85 / 12-49 $0.75 / 50-99 $0.65 / 100+ $0.55
1-11 $0.80 / 12-49 $0.70 / 50-99 $0.60 / 100+ $0.50
Choose length and color option
Hold the minute hand as you turn the nut to the left with needle nose pliers to loosen and then remove. Next is the hour hand, this is only a friction fit. Twist and put it toward you until it comes off.
Then you will see a hex nut (six sided nut). Unscrew the hex nut and the movement should fall out the backside of the clock.
1. Mounting the hour hand. Put the hour hand, which is the shorter of the two hands, on its white post. This hour hand will only be friction fit, so it will be able to turn left or right, or positioned up or down, depending on you're needs. So you would turn the hour hand left or right to point it to the proper hour that the clock chimes. For the upward or downward directions, you would twist and raise upward to loosen the hour hand, or push down on the hour hand to tighten it on its white post. The ideal position of this hand will be at a level where it will not engage with the minute hand and it’s not touching the clock dial.
2. Mounting the minute hand. Put the minute hand on the oblong shaped brass threaded portion of the hand shaft above where the hour hands white post is. The minute hand has an oblong hole to mount on its brass oblong post. Then put the minute hands brass nut on.
3. Putting the nut on the minute hand. To put the minute hand’s nut on, you will select from the two nuts we have sent. There is one brass nut that has a hole in the center of it called a doughnut, and then there is one without a hole in it called a cap nut. You will mount the doughnut if you intend on using a second hand sweep or you will use the cap nut if you do not want a second hand sweep.
With the hands on the clock, put the batteries in you're new chiming quartz movement and turn the minute hand to make it chime. Some chiming units are trickier as they will not chime quarterly when you turn the hands, so in this case you will have to wait for the clocks time to advance on its own and wait for the clock to chime. Be sure the clock is set to Westminster as it is easiest to set, if it has multiple chime options. So now with the clock chiming, take note of where the minute hand is pointing in relation to the quarterly chime as it will often point to somewhere besides the exact quarter upon setting the clock up.
If the clocks minute hand is not pointing on the exact quarter hour (15min / 30min / 45min / 60min) the fix is this; there is a round hand setter wheel on the back of the movement to rotate the minute hand clockwise or counter clockwise. You need to hold this wheel still with you're finger and keep it from turning, at the same time turn the minute hand to the place it just chimed. In other words if the clock chimed the quarter 5 minutes early, hold the wheel on the back still as you advance the minute hand forward 5 minutes. Now the quarter chimes are set with the minute hand.
Now make the clock chime, or wait for it to chime, and take note of what hour it strikes out. For example, if the clock strikes 5 times after the quarterly chime is done, you just turn the hour hand backward or forward to make it point to the 5 on the dial. You will then also take the minute hand off the clock and put it back on to point to the top of the hour, (12 on the clock dial) if it’s not pointing there already.
1. Check to be sure the clock is level up and down, meaning the clock case is not tipped forward or backward.
2. Check the position of the movement itself that you mounted in the dial. The movement should be straight up and down and not tilted on an angle. The top of the movement should be at the 12 o’clock position and the bottom, of course, will be at the 6 o’clock position. This way the pendulum hanger will be able to swing nice to the left or to the right without hitting the end of its path.
3. Be sure to take the pendulum hanger that swings on the back of the movement, out of the locked position. If this hanger is in the locked position, it will be off to one side and not easily be able to swing. You only need to yank it out of its locked position so it can swing freely.
4. Now be sure that the pendulum, or the movement’s pendulum hanger, isn’t rubbing anything in its swing. It should be only suspended at the top and hang down without rubbing or hitting anything at all when it’s trying to keep swinging.
5. Also please check to be sure that the pendulum bob (round disk at the bottom of the pendulum) is not hitting or touching the sides of the clock case in its swing.
When converting a mechanical unit to a battery operated unit, most people will choose the Four Melody Superior Chime (item QU40). Please read the directions carefully at the top of the page on how to determine the proper post length to order for you're clock.
If you have a grandfather, grandmother, or similar floor clock, you would also need the large pendulum drive unit to run you're pendulum that can also be found on this page. If you're pendulum is not too heavy (such as a wall clock) you should not have to order the separate pendulum drive.
Other things to consider when switching to a battery movement:
It will not work with you're dial if you have a moon phase, or you would have to modify the dial to take the battery movement. All the gearing on the back of the moon dial will need to be dealt with or removed. Also, the winding arbor holes in the dial will not have anything in them. Some people find ingenious ways of cutting off the arbors from their mechanical movement and gluing them into the holes to make it more realistic looking.
If the dial is attached to the movement and not the clock case, then you would need to change it to attach to the case somehow. Also if its weight driven now, the weights will not have anywhere to hang unless you mount them to something just to let them look connected.
The pendulum drive unit would be mounted separate from the movement, on the back of the case. So the pendulum would be set back more and this may look strange as you would have no weights and the pendulum would be farther back than usual.
If you decide you would rather stick with a mechanical movement please provide us with the movement numbers off of the back plate of the movement itself. It will be stamped right into the brass. We will be happy to assist you in getting the correct unit. Please email us at email@example.com or call us with any further questions.