Clock Hands

Removing the Clock Hands

If you have a mechanical movement post 1960 from a German origin, these instructions will help you remove the old hands.

Hold the minute hand as you turn the nut to the left, with some small needle nose pliers just slightly only to loosen the nut. Once the nut is loose you can turn it with fingers until it is off. Then minute hand will be able to wiggle straight off its square arbor and off of the clock. The hour hand is a friction fit, so just twist the hour hand back and forth and pull toward you until it comes off.

How to Order Mechanical Hands

The mechanical clock hands are measured differently then the battery hands. These are measured by the clocks timetrack, or also known as the dial diameter.

The time track is the ring around the outside of the numerals, you can measure the diameter of the timetrack and this is the dial diameter, same thing. If for some reason you do not have a time track ring on your dial, just measure from outside the 3 to outside the 9.Clock Hand Measurement

Chime on Time Clock Hand Fix

After a new mechanical movement is installed, or just installing a new set of hands, you will notice the clock will not chime at the time its supposed to.

Take the minute hand off of the clock, this is the longer of the two hands. With this minute hand off of the clock, turn it upside down and you will see it has a square hole where it attaches to the clock. This square hole is in a bushing that will rotate WITHIN the minute hand itself. So just use needle nose pliers to turn this bushing so the square in the bushing will rotate. Then put the hand back on the clock and see if it’s pointing to the correct place where it chimed. Then set to time.

Hands For Mechanical Clocks

Hands For Mechanical Clocks listed are sold by the dial diameter. This is not the same as hands for a battery operated clocks. Instead hands for mechanical clocks are determined as an after effect of just measuring the dial diameter, from outside of the 9 to outside the 3. For example if you come up with 6 inches, you would order a set of hands for a 6 inch time track. A time track is that outer ring that clocks sometimes have just outside the numerals.


German Mechanical

These hands are for mechanical clocks post war 2, of German origin. This will include most mechanical clocks after 1950, they are by far the most common. Post war clocks are made in either Korea, China, or Germany. The Korean and China clocks are pretty easy to identify as they usually say 31 day on it, if this is the situation these hands will not fit. If you would like to be certain your clock is from Germany, you can look at the back plate of the clock movement itself, there will be a stamp engraved that says Made in Germany. These hands will fit 90% of these clocks, with exception of some tubular bell units, and some of the older German units. If you want to be absolutely 100% sure these hands are for you, you can measure the diameter of the posts and match it up with the sizes they specify.

German Spade Hermle german mechanical spade hands

For many dial diameters. These are to fit most German mechanical clock movements. The minute hand has a 2.2mm square mounting hole, the hour hand has a 4.5mm round hole.

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CH1: $14.89$19.89
German Maltese Hands For Mechanical Clocks

For Hermle mechanical movements as well as Urgos. 5" Dial diameter only.

CH12: $14.89
German Serpentine German Serpentine Clock Hands

The most popular choice for German clock movements. These black Serpentine hands come in 4 to 10 inch dial diameters. These fit most German movements in existance. The minute hand has a 2.2mm square mounting hole, the hour hand has a 4.5mm round hole.

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CH3Hands: $9.89$19.89
German Regulator Style Hands For Mechanical Clocks

These are to fit most German mechanical clock movements. The minute hand has a 2.2mm square mounting hole, the hour hand has a 4.5mm round hole.

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CH8: $17.89
German Spade Variant Clock Hands

Hands for a German mechanical clock such as made by Hermle, Urgos or Kieninger. These hands are for a dial that is 6 inch (15cm) to 6 1/2 inch (17cm) wide from outside the numeral 3 to outside the numeral 9.

RC30: $14.89

American Mechanical

American Mechanical hands for Seth Thomas, Sessions, Ansonia, Gilbert, Bristol, Ingram, Welch, New Haven and others. These are for mechanical movements produced prior to WW2. Americans did not produce many clocks after the war. These are for your Antique clock that was made in America it will say USA on the plate usually. The hands come in a couple styles like Obong or Square. This is the mounting hole in the minute hand. The minute hand has a couple popular options for the mounting hole, the hour hand just has a round hole every time, with its bushing. The further back in time you go, and these are considered Antiques, there was no mass production. This means the older the clock, the weirder its going to be you could say. So these hands are not going to fit every clock that is old and from America, but they do cover the mass productions instead. Sometimes is it required for the older antiques to make something work, from what you can get. Such as soldering two hands together to make one good one that fits, or filing a hole bigger with a needle file, things like this.

Pierced Spade Pierced Spade American Clock Hands

For 5 inch dial diameter. Choose square or oblong hole in the minute hand. For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and on)

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CH7: $9.89
Seth Thomas ST Style American Clock Hands

For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and on) This has a square hole in the minute hand.

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CH10: $9.89
Spade Hands American Spade Mechanical Clock Hands

For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and on). Specify if the hole in the minute hand is oblong or square. Measurement is the dial diameter

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CH9: $9.89
Maltese American Maltese Mechanical Clock Hands

For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and on) Specify if the hole in the minute hand is oblong or square. Measurement is the dial diameter

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CH11: $9.89

Mechanical Seconds

Second Hand Clock Hands

Second hand sweep for a mechanical floor clock with the second hand option. Please choose the movement number that is on the back plate of the brass movement itself for the correct second hand to be shipped.

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CH13A: $9.89

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Quartz Clock Hands

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

If replacing a quartz clock movement, your old ones may fit the new movement just fine, if you have an oblong hole in the minute. The hour will fit either way, but the minute (longer of the two ) are where the concern is. If in doubt, its best to just get the new ones for your new movement upon checking out. This way its all set and you have everything you need for a smooth movement swap out.

These come in a set, so even though your measuring only the long hand, the shorter one comes with it proportionally smaller. If you need them for a larger dial than 10 inches wide, please see our High Torque movement and hands section. Mounting is easy, the hour hand goes on first as a friction fit, just twist and push on. The minute hand has an oblong mounting hole in it, and 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 than you would use the cap style nut so it looks pretty.

If you would like a second hand they are in a different section and sold separately as they are optional and not required to run on your new movement.

How to measure the minute hand
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Tapered Clock Hands
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Clock Hand Straight
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Quartz Clock Second Hands

Quartz Clock Second Hands come with a mounting post that is a tube sticking out of the bottom. This tube is what sticking into the top of the hand shaft post on the quartz clock movement. It is only a friction fit, press the tube in and its all installed. 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, so 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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High Torque Clock Hands

High Torque Clock Hands and used on larger dial diameters. These hands require a high torque clock movement that is run by battery power. These hands are for the American standard "I" shaft battery powered quartz clock movements. What this means is the minute hand will have an oblong hole and mounts to the oblong shaft on the clock movement.

Mounting the clock hands on to the movement is easy and is as follows. The hour hand gets mounted first, has the round hole and is only mounted via friction fit. As you put the hour hand on first, twist and push toward the dial, it will stay there by friction only. Be sure its not rubbing the dial. Next is the minute hand, this has the oblong hole, it gets mounted to the oblong shaft, and gets secured by the hand nut. There are two hand nuts that come with a new high torque movement from clockworks.com, one is if you were to use a second hand and it has a hole in it. The other nut is a cap nut, and has no hole in it. The idea is to use the doughnut one if your going with the second hand, if not use the cap nut so its better looking.

That concludes the mounting procedure. Just be sure the hour hand is not rubbing the dial, the minute hand is not rubbing the hour hand, the minute hand is not rubbing the glass door. These hands should be parallel and no contact with anything but its own mount.

Needs a High Torque Movement, comes with both hour and minute hands Styles vary depending on length. Longer ones have the tail counter balance.

How to measure battery operated hands

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Long High Torque Clock Hands

Spade Style High Torque Hands

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Long High Torque Clock Hands

Howard Miller Design High Torque Hands

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Long High Torque Clock Hands

Serpentine High Torque Hands

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