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.
Clear
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.
Clear
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.
Clear
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.
Clear
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.
Clear
CUD34: $229.00

See if its Regula

To see if your time / cuckoo movement is Regula, please check the following.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. Now you know the clock movement is made by the Regula company of Germany.
    1. 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.
      1. Measure the complete bird arm wire on the old unit, including the right angled section.
      1. 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
    1. 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.
    1. 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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  • Solid Wood Deer Front Case Decoration for a Cuckoo Clock Solid Wood Deer Front Case Decoration for a Cuckoo Clock
    Solid Wood Deer Front Case Decoration for a Cuckoo Clock. Stands 4 7/8 inches (124mm) tall and 4 inches (1023=mm) wide. ...
    RC17: $24.89
  • Trapezoid Cuckoo Clock  Bellow Tops Trapezoid Cuckoo Clock Bellow Tops
    Trapezoid Tops For antique cuckoo clocks, these measure 2 1/4 x 2 and tapers to 1 inch and have a cloth flap material. These tops get epoxied on the old bottoms just as the old tops were taken off, see the help sec ...
    CU3: $29.89
  • Tweezers x 5 Tweezers x 5
    Stainless steel tweezers set of five. These are used in cuckoo repair when manipulating wires to go where you want them to among other things. They come in different styles and strengths so there will be the right on ...
    CU16: $14.89
  • Unstained Wooden Cuckoo Clock Bird Unstained Wooden Cuckoo Clock Bird
    Unstained wooden cuckoo clock bird with a mouth that opens when the tail is lifted. 3 1/2 inches (90mm) long and 1/2 inch (13mm) wide. Comes with its mount and set screw. ...
    RC14: $9.89
  • Wood Door for Cuckoo Clock Bird Wood Door for Cuckoo Clock Bird
    Cuckoo clock wooden door for the bird to come out of. This wood door has its hinge wire and also the hook on the back for the bird wire to go through installed. It stands 1 1/8 inch (29mm) tall and 1 inch (25mm) wide. ...
    RC9: $9.89
  • Wooden Cuckoo Clock Figurine of a Fawn Wooden Cuckoo Clock Figurine of a Fawn
    Thin neck mahogany style fawn figurine for decorating your cuckoo clock. Measures about 2 1/4 inch from tail to nose and it is about 1 inch tall ...
    RC52: $9.89
  • Wooden Railroad Cuckoo Clock Front Face Dressing Wooden Railroad Cuckoo Clock Front Face Dressing
    Deep wood painted pine cuckoo clock front featuring a railroad in a country scene coming out of a brick tunnel. Thick carved quality wooden front. Reads about 9 inches across and 12 inches tall minus the pine tree tips. ...
    RC31: $69.89
  • Wooden Sleigh Dog Cuckoo Clock Figurine Wooden Sleigh Dog Cuckoo Clock Figurine
    Wooden sleigh Dog figurine of a dog and his puppies for hunter style cuckoo clock. An adorable additive to any cuckoo clock wood working collection. Measures about 2 inches long when both dog leads are behind ...
    RC48: $14.89