Mechanical Clock Kits

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

Types of German clock kits available

  • 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.
  • Grandmother clock kits = Usually chain driven with three weights and Westminster chime only. This means the weights will hang on chains instead of cables, plays one song Westminster instead of three songs as in triple chime units. There are exceptions to this of course, there is triple chime options and cable driven options for a grandmother clock, but the mainstream is the Westminster only with chains. Its a shorter clock overall compared to the grandfather clocks.
  • 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. This can come in either triple chime or westminster only.
  • 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.

What the Clock Kit Includes

A clock movement kit comes with everything but the wooden clock case. This is the movement, pendulum, chime block and rods, dial, hands, and hardware.

This is a complete clock kit, but the clock case would be built on your end. The shipping on these mechanical clock movement kits usually consists of three or four packages, the heaviest one being the weights. They are always shipped UPS from the USA in one or two days of placing the order. Every clock kit comes with a 2 year warranty. To determine what clock movement kit would be right for you, please review the following pages and give us a call at 800-381-7458 and we will be happy to help you choose the clock movement kit.

Get the Movement Before Making the Case

Sometimes people build the clock case before getting the clock movement 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 clock movement 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.

Making a Seat Board

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

Many of the modern clocks have the seat board 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 seat 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 seat board screws with the rectangle 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 seat 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.

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