Quartz Specialty Clock Movements

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Removing a Bad Unit

The first step to replacing a quartz movement, is to be able to get to the movement from the back and also the front where the hands are.

1. Getting to the dial There are many case designs and styles and there is no telling what way you're clock case is made to get to the dial (face) of the clock. Sometimes it is very easy to get to the dial and hands, other times the dial is covered with glass and may require you to figure out how the clock case was put together, so you can take it apart enough to get to the dial. You may have to remove some screws, or if there is a bezel it maybe required to bend the bezel tabs some to get it off. Once you're at the point where you can remove the hands and also the back of the quartz unit, you're good to start replacing the unit.

2. Removing the hands 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.

There are two styles to the minute hand, the kind that has the nut holding it down and the kind that is only on by friction fit with a round hole in the hand. The friction fit with no nut style just pulls straight off like the second hand did. The other style (the kind we sell) has the nut on the top of the minute hand to hold it down. To take this off, hold the minute hand still as you turn the nut to the left with needle nose pliers to loosen the nut so you can take it off with you're fingers. 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.

3. Removing the hex nut Then you will see a hex nut (six sided nut). use the same needle nose pliers to just turn the hex nut some to the left so it can be unscrewed with the fingers. With the hex nut removed the quartz clock movement will just fall out of the back side of the dial (face).

Quartz Movement Assembly

These are the assembly instructions for the time only quartz clock movement into the clock case.

  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 installing you're brand new quartz clock movement !
How to measure quartz clock movement post

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.

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"
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.
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
Instructions
Minimum units Price/unit
1 $49.89
5 $44.89
12 $39.89
Clear
QU30P: $49.89

#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
Instructions
Minimum units Price/unit
1 $59.89
5 $54.89
12 $49.89
Clear
QU40P: $59.89

#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
Instructions
Minimum units Price/unit
1 $39.89
5 $36.89
12 $31.89
Clear
QU22P: $39.89

#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
Instructions
Minimum units Price/unit
1 $19.89
5 $17.89
12 $14.89
Clear
QU3: $19.89

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)

HDPend: $25.89

Low Torque Quartz (Less Than 5")

How to measure quartz clock hands
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Second Hands

Second Hand

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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.