Chiming Pendulum Quartz Clock Movements

Chiming Pendulum Quartz Clock MovementsRemovalInstallationWhat To MeasureDial Thickness To Post SizeDefinitionsPendulum Hits Sides

Please view these information tabs - Chiming Pendulum Quartz Clock Movements can come with or without chimes, and with or with out a pendulum.

Quartz Clock Movement Removal

This note explains quartz clock movement removal from the case. The following does not apply to quartz units made in Germany and also clock inserts. It is required that there is already access to both the back side and the dial side of the clock. There is no many case designs it would not be possible to cover this information. The clock case went to together so it comes apart that is the logic. So in whatever way we need to be able to access both the front dial and the back of the movement to continue.

Getting access to the dial area

There are many case designs and styles and there is no telling what way you're clock case is. Most times this is a very easy thing to do but of course there are some instances they do not make it user friendly. It is on the customers end to get to the dial and movement area to continue with the swap out.

Clock hand removal

Quartz Clock Movement Removal always needs the hands removed first. This is so there is access to the hardware that mounts the unit.

Minute hand

In the vast production of quartz clock movements exists mainly two styles of minute hands. One has the nut holding it secure and the other style is only on by friction fit. The friction fit has no nut and just pulls off with twist and pull at once. The other style has the nut on the top of the minute hand to hold it down and this is the style we work with here at clockworks.com. Removal is done by holding the minute hand while turning the nut to the left with needle nose pliers. Now it can taken off the rest of the way with the fingers instead of using the pliers.

Hour hand

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.

Second hand

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.

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Chime Quartz Movement Installation

The following is the basic installation for a chiming quartz movement from clockworks.com. There is more to do with whatever specific chime unit purchased however this will get it mounted. Each unit is varied with there chime functions and speaker style so it would be required to see individual instructions for this information.

Installation sequence

The sequence of installation of these fine quartz clock movements. The movements come with two different minute hand nuts. One is a cap nut if no second hand is used, the other one is a doughnut style and this is used if there is a second hand. The intent is to use one nut and toss out the other one that is not needed.

1. Hanger and rubber washer

Hanger goes on the new movement if it has this option and then the rubber washer. Both go over that fat post that sticks out the front of the movement.

2. Mount the movement

The movement goes through the back of the dial toward the front. Put the brass washer and hex nut on next to secure the movement to the back of the clock dial. A clock dial is the part with the hands and numbers on it and is also called a clock face.

3. Hour hand

The hour hand goes on as a friction fit just twist and push.

4. Minute hand

The minute hand has an oblong hole and this goes onto the oblong shaft at the end of the hand shaft. The minute hand goes on and its nut secures it.

5. Second hand

If there is a second hand this goes on just by a friction fit and this would be last. Just stick it in the hole at the end of the hand shaft as a friction fit.

6. The finish line

Point the hands to whatever time it is and your done chime quartz movement installation.

Chime Quartz Movement Installation

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Quartz clock movement measuring

When the quartz clock movement is ordered it will ask for the post length. A hex nut will be on this threaded post that is to be measured. A hex nut is a 6 sided nut that secures the movement to the back of the clock dial. A clock dial is the thing with the numbers on it also called a clock face. The dial may or may not have a wood backing to it. With a wood backing the dial or face would be thicker and need a longer post. Clockworks.com offers multiple post lengths on the quartz movements for this reason. The post has to be long enough to go through whatever thickness we are calling the dial.

How to measure quartz clock movement post

What to measure

When replacing a quartz clock movement you will need to measure the post on the old unit. This is so you can match it up with your new quartz movement. The post is the part that goes through the dial (face) and mounts from the front. This applies all clockworks.com quartz movements including chiming quartz, time only quartz.

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Measuring quartz post lengths

To replace a quartz clock movements we need to do some measuring to get the post length. The post has to stick out through the front of the clock dial. It has to stick out on the front side enough to put on the hex nut on. The movement would then be secured to the back of the dial (clock face) so it will stay and not move. So the movement will turn and the hands will point to the right place where it was set.

Use the chart if building a clock

The below chart will tell us what size post is required to be able to go through the thickness of the clock dial. Again, all that is needed is the post to be longer than the thickness of the clock dial. A clock dial is the face or you can say the thing with the numbers on it.

Measure if replacing a clock

If replacing a movement and not building clocks it maybe easier to just measure the old post instead. Remove the quartz clock movement first by removing the hands and then the hex nut. Next measure the threaded post that the hex nut was on only. Only measure the fat part of the hand shaft that we call a post, this is the part that takes the hex nut only. This is the part that secures the movement to the dial and is all that needs to be measured. The old unit fit before its the correct post length you will need for your brand new quartz clock movement. This applies to all quartz clock movements available on clockworks.com. Such as chiming quartz and time only quartz.

Dial Thickness

  • 1/16 inch thick
  • 3/16 inch thick
  • 5/16 inch thick
  • 9/16 inch thick
  • 3/4 inch thick

Size Post Needed

  • 3/16"
  • 5/16"
  • 7/16"
  • 11/16"
  • 15/16"
How to measure quartz clock movement post

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Quartz Clock Movement Definitions

Definitions listed are for the quartz clock movement products only. They are the terms used in replacing a quartz clock movement . This is to clarify what the names of the parts are and what we are referring to when they are explained. It is easy to replace a quartz clock movement and does not take long if it is known what the parts are called.

Clock Dial

Dial =

The clock face that the movements post goes through is called a dial. This is the face of the clock with the numbers on it. They are available in either Arabic (regular) numerals or Roman (XII for 12) style. Dials also come in many shapes or sizes. Larger sized dials may require a High Torque clock movement instead of a Low Torque. A High Torque unit is used when the dial is over 10 inches wide. This is measured from outside the 9 to outside the numeral 3 and we call this the time track diameter.

Quartz Clock Movement Definitions of Terms

Post =

Threaded portion on the movement that takes the hex nut. This is the fat threaded portion that goes through the dial from the back to the front. The hex nut gets attached to it so the movement is mounted behind the clock dial. They all come 5/16 wide except for the QU22 unit. The QU22 has a 7/16 wide threaded post rather than the 5/16 like the rest of the quartz units. The lengths are variable and is chosen upon ordering the clock movement.

Quartz movement clock Hex Nut

Hex Nut =

A six sided nut that threads onto the movement post. This is the nut that attaches to the post that goes through the dial from the back to the front. It secures the movement to the back of the clock dial. This should be tight enough so the movement will not spin sideways if the clock case gets moved.

Quartz Clock Steel Hanger

Hanger =

Included but optional, this is the steel part that allows the clock to hang on the wall. This slips over the movements hand shaft and threaded post before the movement gets mounted to the back of the dial. Therefore you would have the hanger top of the movement and will allow it to be hung on the wall. These are usually made of steel however sometimes comes in aluminum instead. All of the time only quartz clock movements will have this hanger but not the pendulum units.

Quartz Clock Movement Hands

Hands =

Also sometimes called pointers needles or arms, these are the things that point to the time. The hour and minute indicators to tell you want time it is. When you order the clock hands it will ask for the length of the minute hand needed. This is measured from the center of the mounting hole to the end of the minute hand only. The hour hand comes with the minute hand but is just proportionately smaller so it will look right. The minute hand we offer for the quartz units have an oblong mounting hole and the hour hand has a round hole. This is refereed to as the American standard "I" shaft style. In China they use a different style with round mounting holes in both the hour and minute instead. All of our quartz clock hands fit the quartz clock movements we sell and are the standard "I" shaft as described.

Quartz Clock Movement Second hand Second Hand =

The optional skinny pointer that ticks out the seconds. The mount on the quartz second hands are just a press and friction fit. There is a post that sticks out of the backside to mount it. This tube fits over a pin that is inside of the quartz clock movement's hand shaft post. The second hands post fits down into the end of the hand shaft and mounts via friction fit. There are two styles of time only quartz clock movements, step motion and continuous sweep motion. The step unit will run this second hand in a jumpy one second intervals. The continuous sweep movement runs the second hand in a fine non stopping sweep motion around the dial instead.

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Quartz Pendulum Hits the Sides

Do you hear a bonk, bonk, bonk all day and night? This is because the pendulum bob keeps hitting the sides of the clock case with each swing. It may not stop the clock, the clock will work just fine. However the knocking sound of the pendulum hitting the sides of the clock case can be annoying. Lucky for us the correction is fairly simple on these pendulum quartz clock movements.

Why

A quartz pendulum hits the sides of the clock case happens when the magnet on the movement is too strong. Either the magnet is too strong or the bob on the pendulum is too wide. Both of these problems can be fixed easy.

The correction

The pendulum bob diameter can be swapped out for a smaller size. The alternative fix is to lessen the strength of the magnet on the back of the movement itself. I have heard of this being done with masking tape with good results. It just creates a slight barrier of the magnetic pull enough to reduce the overall swing of the pendulum. Either way, putting tape on the back or swapping out the bob, you will be left with a quiet clock again.

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Chiming Quartz Instructions

When replacing, you will need to measure the post on the old unit, so you can match it up with your new chiming quartz movement. The post is the part that goes through the dial (face) and mounts from the front.

Clock Dial

Chiming Quartz Clock Movements

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Dial Thickness

  • 1/16 inch thick
  • 3/16 inch thick
  • 5/16 inch thick
  • 9/16 inch thick
  • 3/4 inch thick

Size Post Needed

  • 3/16"
  • 5/16"
  • 7/16"
  • 11/16"
  • 15/16"

#QU30 Chiming Seiko (Great Sound)

3 1/4" x 5 1/4" x 1 5/16"

Chiming Quartz clock movements

Chime 1 Chime 2

Seiko durability in a chiming quartz clock movement. This unit will play either Westminster or Whittington on the quarters, and then strike out the hours on the top of the hour. It has an optional autonight silence switch and volume control.

The hands are sold separately and this unit can take a second hand if you want it to. The pendulum can be shortened to anything less than 16 inches and the bob comes in three diameter options. The bob is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum.

The post length listed is the fat threaded part that goes through the dial and attaches with a hex nut. The part that you put the hands on, are a little longer than this measurement at 1/4 inch, but we are only measuring the post that mounts the movement only.

  • Automatic night silence switch
  • 16" pendulum at longest
  • Detachable speaker
  • 5/16 Diameter post
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5 $44.89
12 $39.89
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#QU40 Four Melody Chime (Best Sound)

4 9/16" x 4 3/4" x 1 1/8"

Chiming Quartz clock movements

Chime 1 Chime 2 Chime 3 Chime 4

Song options: Westminster every quarter, or Westminster, Ave Maria, Bim Bam options on the top of the hour only. On the top of the hour it will count out the hours after the song. Includes a light sensor and will be silent automatically if its dark in the room.

The hands are sold separately and this unit can take a second hand if you want it to. The pendulum can be shortened to anything less than 16 inches and the bob comes in three diameter options. The bob is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum.

The post length listed is the fat threaded part that goes through the dial and attaches with a hex nut. The part that you put the hands on, are a little longer than this measurement at 1/4 inch, but we are only measuring the post that mounts the movement only.

  • Volume control
  • 16" pendulum at longest
  • AutoNight Silence Switch
  • Light sensor for chime off
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Minimum units Price/unit
1 $59.89
5 $54.89
12 $49.89
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#QU22 Westminster C-cell (Good Sound)

3" x 4 3/4" x 1 1/4"

Chiming Quartz clock movements

Chime 1

Takane Westminster chiming quartz clock movement. This movement is simple in design and to use. There is not a lot of options to figure out and costs less also. The chime is the electronic type and comes out of a built in speaker. So no speaker to mount, not many settings, simple economical compact and effective.

The hands are sold separately and this unit can take a second hand if you want it to. The pendulum can be shortened to anything less than 16 inches and the bob comes in three diameter options. The bob is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum.

The post length listed is the fat threaded part that goes through the dial and attaches with a hex nut. The part that you put the hands on, are a little longer than this measurement at 1/4 inch, but we are only measuring the post that mounts the movement only.

  • 16" pendulum at longest
  • Built in speaker
  • 7/16 Diameter Post
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Minimum units Price/unit
1 $39.89
5 $36.89
12 $31.89
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#QU3 Time and Pendulum (No Chime)

2 1/8" x 3 3/4" x 7/8"

Chiming Quartz clock movements

No Chime

This non chiming pendulum unit comes with a pendulum, bob, and hardware. The bob is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum and comes in 3 diameters.

The hands are sold separately and this unit can take a second hand if you want it to. The pendulum can be shortened to anything less than 16 inches and the bob comes in three diameter options. The bob is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum.

The post length listed is the fat threaded part that goes through the dial and attaches with a hex nut. The part that you put the hands on, are a little longer than this measurement at 1/4 inch, but we are only measuring the post that mounts the movement only.

  • Operates on 1 "AA" cell
  • Includes a 16" pendulum that can be shortened
  • 5/16 Diameter post
  • Non Chiming
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Minimum units Price/unit
1 $19.89
5 $17.89
12 $14.89
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Heavy Duty Pendulum Drive

5 1/2" x 2 5/8" x 2"

Heavy duty Clock pendulum drive

No Chime

Heavy Duty External Quartz Pendulum Drive. The strongest battery operated pendulum swinger available. This pendulum swinger is so strong we put the largest metal grandfather clock pendulum on the market, along with added weight, and it kept swinging no problem.

This unit operates on two C cell batteries (not included)

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Quartz Clock Hands

Quartz Clock Hands that will fit any battery movement we offer. There are two types of battery clock hands in the world. One is the China standard and one is American standard. The China way of using the hands are with round holes in both the hour and minute hands. An American style has an oblong mounting hole in the minute hand and a round hole for the hour hand that fits what is known as an "I" shaft. All of the hands offered here fit "I" shaft movements only. In other words all of them will fit the quartz movements that we sell.

Quartz clock hand compatibility

When replacing a quartz clock movement, your old hands may fit the new movement just fine. If there is an oblong hole in the minute hand, chances are it will fit. The hour hand will fit the new quartz movement either way. Only the minute hand (the longer of the two hands) is where the concern is. If in doubt, it's best to just get new hands for your new movement upon checking out. This way it will be all set. You will have everything you need for a smooth movement swap out.

How the hands come

These come as a set, but only the minute hand is measured when replacing them. It is measured from the mounting hole to the tip. The shorter hour hand comes with the minute hand and is just proportionally smaller. For larger dials more than 10 inches wide, see our High Torque movement and hands section. Second hands will fit the high torque clock movements however they do not make them very long.

Mounting quartz clock hands

Mounting is easy. The hour hand goes on first as a friction fit. Just twist and push it on. The minute hand has an oblong mounting hole and goes on next. This goes on the "I" shaft top of the hand shaft of the movement with its nut. If you have a second hand you would use the nut with a hole in it. If no second hand is used then you would use the cap style nut so it looks pretty.

How to measure the minute hand
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Quartz Clock Second Hands

Quartz clock second hands are mounted with a tube under the hand that fits by friction fit onto the quartz clock movement. To install the hand all that is needed is to put it in hole at the end of the hand shaft. If by chance it is not climbing the hill from 6 o'clock to 12 o'clock, it may require tightening for a better fit. This is not the usual situation, but it does happen. To tighten the post for a tighter friction fit is easy because the tube that mounts the hand is split. Just squeeze slightly with some needle nose pliers and it will be tight again. Remount the hand as before and it should climb the hill no problem.

There are two types of quartz movements that run these hands. Step motion is a movement that the second hand jumps from one second to the next. Sweep motion, this is when it sweeps around with no stopping right around the dial.

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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.
Clock Dial Dial = The clock face that the movements post goes through. Clock Dial Post = Threaded portion on the movement that takes the hex nut. Clock Dial Hex Nut = A six sided nut that threads onto the movement post.
Clock Dial Hanger = Included, but optional, steel part to hang clock. Clock Dial Hands = AKA needles, arms, pointers. Indicates hour and minute. Clock Dial Second Hand = The optional skinny pointer that ticks out the seconds.
  1. Place hanger on post (optional)
  2. Place black washer on post (optional)
  3. Put post through the clock dial face
  4. Slide the brass washer onto the post of the movement that is sticking out of the clock dial face
  5. Put hex nut on post and tighten to hold movement to the back of the clock face – you may use needle nose pliers to get a tighter fit, however do not crank it down so tight that it ruins the clock face.
  6. Push hour hand on the post (smaller of the 2 hands with round hole). This is a friction fit and should be pushed all the way down on the post without it touching the clock face.
  7. Put the minute hand on the post
  8. If using a second hand, skip to step 9. If you are not using a second hand, screw the cap nut on. You are done.
  9. If using a second hand, screw the small donut on top of minute hand and then push the second hand onto the pin in the center of the unit. You are done.

1. Mounting the hour hand

To mount the hour hand, just put it on the white post, twist and push in at the same time. Now that its installed and seeing that it is a friction fit only, you can just point it to whatever hour the clock chimed if its a chime unit.

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 is. The minute hand has an oblong hole to mount on its brass oblong post. Then put the nut on over the minute hand. If using a second hand, use the nut with the hole in it. If not, use the cap nut with no hole.

3. If using a second hand

Using a second hand is easy, just when you put the minute hand on, you will use the nut with the hole in it. The second hand post will go through this nut and onto a small post, its just friction fit. If the second hand is not so tight in there, and sort of flops around instead, you can tighten that post. You would do this with a small needle nose pliers if needed. Just squeeze the post some with the pliers so its a tighter fit.

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. In other words be sure the movement is level up and down as well as side to side. This does not have to be perfect, but reasonable. 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.

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 protected] or call us with any further questions.