Removing the Clock Hands
If you have a mechanical movement post 1960 from a German origin, these instructions will help you remove the old hands.
Hold the minute hand as you turn the nut to the left, with some small needle nose pliers just slightly only to loosen the nut. Once the nut is loose you can turn it with fingers until it is off. Then 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.
How to Order Mechanical Hands
The mechanical clock hands are measured differently then the battery hands. These are measured by the clocks timetrack, or also known as the dial diameter.
The time track is the ring around the outside of the numerals, you can measure the diameter of the timetrack and this is the dial diameter, same thing. If for some reason you do not have a time track ring on your dial, just measure from outside the 3 to outside the 9.
Chime on Time Clock Hand Fix
After a new mechanical movement is installed, or just installing a new set of hands, you will notice the clock will not chime at the time its supposed to.
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 just use needle nose pliers to turn this bushing so the square in the bushing will rotate. Then put the hand back on the clock and see if it’s pointing to the correct place where it chimed. Then set to time.
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.
The most popular choice for German clock movements. These black Serpentine hands come in 4 to 10 inch dial diameters. These fit most German movements in existance. The minute hand has a 2.2mm square mounting hole, the hour hand has a 4.5mm round hole.
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)
#CH7 - $8
For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and on) This has a square hole in the minute hand.
#CH10 - $8
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
#CH9 - $8
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.
#CH13A - $7
Low Torque Quartz (Less Than 5")
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
High Torque Hands (5" Plus)
Needs a High Torque Movement, comes with both hour and minute hands
Styles vary depending on length. Longer ones have the tail counter balance.
Hand shapes may vary some from the pics, each length has some slight changes to the design.