Cuckoo Clock Movement

Why order a new cuckoo movementHow to order a cuckoo movementIdentifyingTiming a cuckoo movementInstallationWhat happened?CM to Inches
A new cuckoo clock movement is factory lubricated and tested. It is still in production so the movement will be the same as you have now, but brand new. In other words it’s not some knock off unit that will not last, it is the same movement you have but new. So to think how old the cuckoo clock movement is now, it should last that same amount of time before service is needed again with the new unit. The movement comes with the chains, the hooks and rings for the chains and the hand hardware. A cuckoo clock movement repair will not last like a new movement would, and it is more expensive to have it repaired than just getting a new one. To attempt to repair this is very time consuming, frustrating, and costly. In addition to this, the entire clock has to be shipped and the case usually incurs extensive damage as it makes it's travels. This is the reason we no longer accept cuckoo clocks for repair.
Cuckoo clock movements that are stamped 25, 34, or 35 on the back plate, or have a KW stamped on it, can utilize this information and do the rest of the things required to narrow down what movement you need. First of all, is it a two train movement or three? Although the cuckoo clock movement may have three weights, we need to determine if the three weights all go into the movement, or just two into the movement and one weight controls an “outside of the movement” music box. Most of the time, you will have only a two weight movement and if it does play music, an outside music box. So now, if you have a platform with dancers that spin around, this is a different unit also. You will then need to measure the “drop” as described below. Overwhelmed? Email Us: [email protected] with some pictures please.
Cuckoo clock movements are not always easy to identify but here are some suggestions. To begin with, most of the cuckoo movements out there are made by Regula. They have produced the most cuckoo clock movements and this is automatically what is put into most cuckoo clocks. Although the movement may not say the words Regula, and may say something else on the back plate of the movement, it still may be this company. So you need to look at the back plate of the cuckoo clock movement itself, not off the paperwork or case. If the movement says 25, 34, or 35 on it, anywhere, it is Regula. Just follow the directions below and you can get a new cuckoo movement. If there is no 25, 34, or 35 on the back plate, it's best to email a couple of pictures of the movement to us at [email protected]
If the clock kept time in the past and has somehow stopped keeping proper time beyond the adjustments of the pendulum, it is time for a new movement. If the clock is running fast where before it always kept good time, this means the escape wheel is worn and it is advancing more than one tooth at a time. The escape wheel alone would be hard to find, and hard to replace as the entire movement would be disassembled to replace this.

The cost of having someone do this for you would be the same price as a new movement. There is no such thing as having a repair on a clock movement being better than a new movement and the price would be about the same. Often enough the new movement would be less money than a repair.

So what all this means is to first see if the clock movement is in production and available new instead of having it overhauled. We do this by getting the numbers off of the back plate of the movement itself, right off of the brass, then email this information to us at [email protected] and we will check availability and quote. If the movement is not in production anymore, then a repair is the only option.
Swapping the cuckoo clock movement can be challenging if you have never done one before but these are the basic steps.
  • Take off the hands, unhook the bird off of the door and remove the hooks and rings from the chains, then flip the clock over.
  • Take the back off and undo the bellow wires off of their lifters. This is done by opening the loop that lifts the bellow wires up and down. Open the loop with a small flat screwdriver by twisting it so it will open.
  • Next, take out the bellows by unscrewing the screw on the outside of the side of the cuckoo clock case. The bellows will now come out and you can take the four screws out that hold the cuckoo clock movement in.
  • When you receive your new cuckoo clock movement, the arm that the bird sits on will have to be bent and cut to size, then you can take the bird off of the old cuckoo clock movement by loosening the birds set screw and put it on the new unit.
  • Installation is then the reverse of what you did to remove the movement.
With age, the oil that is supposed to be lubricating the cuckoo clock movement, will solidify and become an abrasive rather than a lubricant. This abrasive creates wear that is usually evident within the pivot holes in the cuckoo clock movement’s brass plates. The pivots spin around in the holes in the plates with the dried up oil, and make the holes oblong instead of round. The oblong holes pinch the pivots, and with the dried up oil, the clock stops functioning.
The following chart has the most common CM measurements converted to inches.
  • 2.54 CM = 1 inch
  • 25.4 MM = 1 inch
  • 19.5cm = 7 3/4"
  • 23.5cm = 9 1/4"
  • 28.5cm = 10 1/2"
  • 40.05cm = 15 3/4"

PLEASE NOTE:

Cuckoo Movements are not always easy to install. No returns on these.


Made by Regula

Cuckoo Clock Movement

1 Day (Regula 25)

Most popular one day weight driven cuckoo clock movement. Comes with chains, hooks and rings. This movement uses two weights at 5/8 LBS (275 Grams) each (not included). The pendulum is the smaller one day size.

The drop is the measurement from the suspension post (top of the movement) down to the center of the pendulum leaf where the clock keeps approximate time.

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R25: $119.89

Regula 34 Cuckoo Clock Movement

8 Day (Regula 34)

Most used 8 day weight driven cuckoo clock movement in the world. Comes with chains, hooks and rings. This movement uses two weights at 3 1/4 LBS (1500 Grams) each (not included). The pendulum is the larger 8 day size.

The drop is the measurement from the suspension post down to the center of the pendulum leaf where the clock keeps approximate time.

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R34: $169.00

Cuckoo Clock Movement

Regula 35 cuckoo

Comes with chains, hooks and rings and is already oiled.

The drop is the measurement from the suspension post down to the center of the pendulum leaf where the clock keeps approximate time.

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R35: $169.00

Cuckoo Clock Movement

1 Day Dancer 25

Offering the most used one day dancer cuckoo clock movement in existence. The Regula dancing series. This is a two weight movement that takes 2 of 275 gram cuckoo pine cone weights. The movement does not come with chains or hooks and rings, these things are offered separately. So there you have it, a brand new cuckoo clock movement for less cost than even just a cleaning and oiling of the old one. The movement comes oiled, tested, and with a 3 year warranty.

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CUD25: $140.00

Cuckoo Clock Movement

8 Day Dancer 34

Offering the most used 8 day dancer cuckoo clock movement in existence. The Regula dancing series. This is a two weight movement that takes 2 of 1250 or 1500 gram cuckoo pine cone weights. The movement does not come with chains or hooks and rings, these things are offered separately. So there you have it, a brand new cuckoo clock movement for less cost than even just a cleaning and oiling of the old one. The movement comes oiled, tested, and with a 3 year warranty.

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CUD34: $229.00

See if its Regula

To see if your time / cuckoo movement is Regula, please check the following.

      If your clock movement has two weights on the movement itself, your in the right section. You may have three weights, but the movement itself only carries two of them, and if you have another weight that is only on the music box, your in the right section.
      Next see if your cuckoo movement says 25 or 34 on it above the spiked wheel that makes the bellows go up and down, above this wheel and to the right some. It may have more numbers or letters after the 25 or 34 but don't pay attention to anything but the 25 or 34. If you have 25 or 34 on the back, your in the right section.
      Now you know the clock movement is made by the Regula company of Germany.
      The pendulum drop is measured from the top of the movement and down to the center of the pendulum leaf where the clock used to keep approximate time.

Bending the bird wire

These movements have the bird wire also, this will come way too long and will need to be cut to length. After cut to size it must be bent into a 90 degree angle, and this bend must be done right the first time or its difficult to correct. The correct way to do adjust this bird arm wire is as follows.

      Measure the complete bird arm wire on the old unit, including the right angled section.
      Cut the new units bird wire to the same size.
      Take note of your old unit if the arm is forward or back, you want the arm forward on the old and the new as to avoid an improper 90 degree bend. A proper bend will be when both movements are in the bird coming out, arm forward to the front of the movement, both units at once, then make the bend. Otherwise it will be hard to correct as one 90 degree will not be in forward when the other one is, and will result in having to correct. How you put the arm forward =make the clock in strike mode, or you can say in cuckoo mode, as when its in cuckoo mode, the bird is forward.
      Measure where the bend is on the old movement and then go ahead and bend the new units bird arm to a right angle, at the same location as the old one (where the arm is even with the front of the movement, not back)

Cuckoo Clock Parts & More

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  • 36 Note Cuckoo Clock Music Box for Regula 34 units 36 Note Cuckoo Clock Music Box for Regula 34 units
    DIY Cuckoo Clock: Music Box 36 Note cuckoo music box plays two different songs and works with the Regula 34 movements. The 36 notes is more than the typical music box and sounds much richer in tone. The shaft for the gear is approximately 2.37mm or 0.0935 inches wide...

    RC6: $150.00

  • Air Brush Cuckoo Clock Wooden Bird Top Air Brush Cuckoo Clock Wooden Bird Top
    Hand painted pine wood cuckoo clock rooftop decorative wooden piece. Features air brushed maple leaves and a bird at the top of the roof. Measures about 7 inches from the tip of each leaf. A unique addition to any woodworkers collection for creating timepieces. ...

    RC37: $29.89

  • Animated Cuckoo Clock Figurine of Goats Jumping Animated Cuckoo Clock Figurine of Goats Jumping
    Wooden figurine of two goats for building cuckoo clocks. Perfect for hunter style. Moves by a rotating bar in the back that can be connected to your movement to animate. the whole piece is about 4 inches wide, 2 inches tall. Each goat is about 2 inches long....

    RC47: $14.89

  • Back Opening Clock Bellows with Tubes Back Opening Clock Bellows with Tubes
    Back Opening Bellows Bellow top flaps will open on the back side of the tube, opposite of the hole in the tube. Bellow tops are 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 preattached to the tubes. Size is the length of the tube and top all together in one overall length. Sold as a pair....

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    CU1: $24.89

  • Bird Lovers Wooden DIY Cuckoo Clock Front Plate Bird Lovers Wooden DIY Cuckoo Clock Front Plate
    DIY Cuckoo Clock: Dark painted pine wood cuckoo clock face front. A gorgeous visual of two birds resting on a house with maple leaves. Perfect for creating your very own cuckoo clock for a DIY or repairing a cuckoo clock case you own. Solid, sturdy wood with a touch of elegance. Measures about 11 inches tall and 7.5 across at the longest points. The inner dimensions are 4.5 inches by 7....

    RC34: $59.89

  • Blonde Wooden Bird Top for Cuckoo Clocks Blonde Wooden Bird Top for Cuckoo Clocks
    Hand painted pine wood cuckoo clock rooftop decorative wooden piece. Features air brushed maple leaves and a bird at the top of the roof. Measures about 7 inches from the tip of each leaf. A unique addition to any woodworkers collection for creating timepieces. ...

    RC39: $19.89

  • Clear Set Epoxy for Cuckoo Clock Repair Clear Set Epoxy for Cuckoo Clock Repair
    Quick setting clear epoxy great for cuckoo clock bellows, figurines, and broken cuckoo wood repair. You squirt out equal amounts of both sides and mix it up with tooth picks, then its good to apply to the job. Will set in around 5-10 minutes only and also sets clear so it will not show as much when done....

    HBF1: $9.89

  • Clock 500pc Wood Screw Assortment Clock 500pc Wood Screw Assortment
    500pc Wood Screw Ast A very large assortment of smaller sized wood screws all brass tone for case work or movement mounting. This is the best assortment for mounting mantle or cuckoo clock sized clock movements....

    CP19: $14.89

  • Clock Chain by Movement Maker Clock Chain by Movement Maker
    Clock chain by movement maker. The chain is sold by LPF. Take a section of your old chain and count the links so it matches the LPF (links per foot) that are on the drop down menu below. Most one day cuckoo clocks take 61LPF. Many 8 day cuckoo clocks take 48LPF. All Hermle chain driven units take 46.5LPF....

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    Chain: $5.89$24.89

  • Clock E Style Washers Clock E Style Washers
    E Style Washers Split washers are similar to C clips as they attach various parts to the movement. These are usually used more on cuckoo clocks. There is 100 mixed sizes in this pack....

    CP17: $9.89

  • Cuckoo Bellow Top Epoxy Cuckoo Bellow Top Epoxy
    Cuckoo Epoxy The cuckoo epoxy for bellow top replacement, attaching numerals, or repairing broken wood....

    CU27: $4.89

  • Cuckoo Bird Cuckoo Bird
    Cuckoo Bird Three inch cuckoo bird that opens its mouth when the tail is lifted. The cuckoo bird is only installed with a single set screw (included) holding it onto a bent wire rod. Loosen this set screw and unhook the door wire and the bird will fall out to be replaced. If wires are needed, please consider ordering the cuckoo wire assortment also....

    CU11: $9.89

  • Cuckoo Clock Bellow Cloth Cuckoo Clock Bellow Cloth
    If you have a unique shapped bellow set and need to replace the cloth than this will help. Our bellow tops come in limited sizes and it is possible to recloth the bellows with this material....

    CU31: $9.89

  • Cuckoo Clock Bellow Tops Cuckoo Clock Bellow Tops
    Bellow Tops Bellow tops are the most frequently needed item on a cuckoo clock. These tops come as a pair and get epoxied on the old bottoms just as the old tops were taken off, see the Cuckoo Clock Parts help section for details. Sold as a pair. Recommended to also get the wire assortment with this....

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    CU4: $14.89

  • Cuckoo Clock Chain Cuckoo Clock Chain
    Replacement Chain These chains are sold in single 6FT lengths and come in various links per foot (LPF). There are two ways of determining the correct chain, you can count the LPF in the existing chain your trying to match up or go by who made the clock movement. Please note, the maker of the clock movement is not the maker of the cuckoo clock complete....

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    CU8: $7.89$14.89

  • Cuckoo Clock Dancer Figurine Couple Cuckoo Clock Dancer Figurine Couple
    Cuckoo clock dancing man and woman figurine for the dancer platform. Sold as replacements for the broken and missing usually. These have a small hole on the bottom for the pin that sticks out the dancer platform to go into. Can also be glued on with clear epoxy sold separately. This dancing couple stands 1 1/2 inches (38mm) tall and 3/4 inch (19mm) wide. Usually a cuckoo dancer platform will take four of these, we se...

    RC13: $9.89