Quartz Clock Movement Parts and Accessories

How to measure the minute hand

Quartz Clock Hands

Quartz Clock Hands that will fit any battery movement we offer. There are two types of quartz hands in the world. One is China standard and one is American standard. The China way of using the hands is with round holes in both the hour and minute hands. Comparatively, the 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, the old hands may fit the new movement just fine. If there is an oblong hole in the minute hand, chances are good that it will fit. The hour hand will fit the new quartz movement either way. To clarify, it is the minute hand (the longer of the two hands) that is a concern. In any event, if in doubt, it is best to order new hands for your new movement upon checking out. This way it will be all set and you will have everything you need for a smooth movement swap out.

Measuring and Ordering New Hands

Quartz clock hands come together as a set, and only the minute hand is measured when replacing them. Measure it, the long hand, from the mounting hole to the tip. The shorter hand, the hour hand, comes with the minute hand and is proportionally smaller. For larger dials, more than 10 inches wide, see our High Torque movement and Hands section. As for Second hands, they will fit the high torque clock movements, however they do not come in long lengths like the minute hands do.

Mounting Quartz Clock Hands

Mounting quartz clock hands is easy. First put on the hour hand, with it’s round hole. As a friction fit, just push it on. The minute hand, with it’s oblong mounting hole, and goes on next. Fit it onto the “I” on the top of the shaft. To tighten the hands use the nut with a hole if using a second hand. Use the cap nut if not using a second hand.

Item #H1

Clock Hands Sizes =
  • 2 1/16" (52mm)
  • 3" (76mm)
  • 3 1/8" (79mm)
  • 4 1/8" (102mm)
  • 4 11/16" (119mm)
H1: $1.00$9.00
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Item #H2

Sizes =
  • 1 7/8" (47mm) or 2 1/8" (54mm)
  • 2 1/2" (64mm) or 2 7/8" (73mm)
  • 3 3/8" (86mm) or 4" (101mm)
  • 4 1/2" (114mm) or 4 3/4" (121mm)
H2: $1.00$5.00
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Item #H3

maltese Sizes =
  • 1 3/4" (44mm)
  • 2 1/16" (52mm)
  • 2 3/4" (76mm)
H3: $1.00
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Item #H4

Tapered Clock Hands Sizes =
  • 1 1/2" (38mm) or 1 7/8" (47mm)
  • 2 3/16" (55mm) or 2 9/16" (65mm)
  • 3 1/8" (79mm) or 3 5/8" (92mm)
  • 4 1/2" (114mm)
H4: $1.00
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Item #H5

Tapered Clock Hands Sizes =
  • 2 1/8" (54mm)
  • 3 3/8" (85mm)
  • 4" (101mm)
H5: $1.00$10.00
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Item #H6

Clock Hand Straight Sizes =
  • 1 5/16" (33mm)
  • 3 3/4" (95mm)
  • 4 1/8" (105mm)
H6: $1.00
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Item #H7

Clock Hands Sizes =
  • 2 1/4" (57mm)
H7: $1.00
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Item #H8

Clock Hands Sizes =
  • 1 3/8" (35mm)
  • 1 13/16" (46mm)
  • 2 1/4" (57mm)
  • 2 3/4" (70mm)
  • 3 3/8" (85mm)
h8: $1.00
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Item #H9

Clock Hands Sizes =
  • 1 3/4" (44mm)
  • 2 1/2" (63mm)
  • 2 7/8" (73mm)
H9: $1.00
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Item #H10

moon hands Sizes =
  • 2 1/2" (63mm)
  • 3 1/8" (79mm)
H10: $1.00
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Item #H11

Wiggle Sizes =
  • 1 1/2" (38mm)
  • 2 3/8" (60mm)
H11: $1.00
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Item #H12

clock hands Sizes =
  • 3 1/4" (82mm)
  • 4 7/8" (124mm)
H12: $1.00
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Quartz Clock Second Hands

Quartz clock second hands have a hollow tube to mount it on the movement. This hollow tube mounts onto the pin that is inside the tip of the movement. In other words, the mount is by friction fit onto the quartz clock movement. Install the second hand by placing the tube over the pin in the hand shaft and push down. If the hand cannot make the uphand swing from 6 o'clock to 12 o'clock on the dial, the tube may need tightening so the fit is tighter. Likewise, if the second hand just flops down as soon as it is on the pin, then tighten it in the same manner.

This is not the usual situation, but it does happen. The tube on the Quartz clock second hand is split so tightening it to achieve a better friction fit is easy. Squeeze the tube slightly with needle nose pliers and it will be tight again. Remount the hand as before and it should climb the hill no problem. Alternately, sometimes the tube will not go onto the pin at all because the tube split is too close. Open the tube slightly on the Quartz clock second Hand, or push a little harder, and it will go onto the pin.

Type of Quartz Movements

There are two types of quartz movements that run these hands. The first type are step motion movements. Step motion movements have Quartz clock second hands that jump from one second to the next. Each second is visible because the second hand bounces as each second goes by. Even though the second hand bounces, they do not make a loud tick tock sound as one might think. In fact, most people say they cannot hear it at all unless their ear is right up against it. The second type are sweep motion movements. Sweep motion movements have a second hand that scrolls smoothly around the dial. There is no jumping of the hand as it goes around.

Item #SH1

Quartz clock movement second hand clockworks.com

Sizes =

  • 1 7/16" (36mm)
  • 1 13/16" (46mm)
  • 2 1/2" (63mm)

SH1: $1.00
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Item #SH2

Quartz clock movement second hand clockworks.com

Sizes =

  • 2 3/8" (60mm)
  • 2 3/4" (70mm)
  • 4 1/2" (114mm)

SH2: $1.00
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Item #SH3

Quartz clock movement second hand clockworks.com

Sizes =

  • 3" (76mm)
  • 3 1/2" (89mm)
  • 4 1/2" (Black)
  • 5 1/4" (133mm)

SH3: $1.00
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High Torque Hand Information

In the first place, use High Torque Clock Hands on larger clock dial diameters. Subsequently, these hands require a high torque clock movement that is run by a battery. Of course, these hands are for the American standard "I" shaft quartz movement that use a battery. The minute hand will have an oblong mounting hole and likewise the hour hand will have a round one. Altogether, the minute hand mounts on the oblong shaft of the clock movement. High torque hand information is important to know in order to choose the right ones.

Mounting the clock hands

The first piece of high torque hand information is mounting the clock hands. All in all, mounting the high torque hands to the high torque clock movement is easy. First, the hour hand is a friction fit so push it onto the post. Furthermore, push it down as far as it will go without it touching the clock face. Second is the minute hand which has the oblong hole. Similarly, it mounts on the tip of the oblong shaft of the movement. Finally, secure it with one of the hand nuts.

High Torque Hand nuts info

The second piece of high torque hand information is selecting the correct hand nut. There are two hand nuts that come with a new clock movement from Clockworks. One is a donut, which you use with a second hand, and has a hole in it. Likewise, the other nut is a cap nut which has no hole and covers the entire tip of the post. Of course, a second hand requires the use of a donut and not a cap nut.

High torque hands checklist

That concludes the high torque hand information on the mounting procedure. To sum up, some things to look out for: the hour hand is not rubbing the dial and the minute hand is not rubbing the hour hand. Equally important, be certain the minute hand is not rubbing the glass door or anything else during its sweep around. In fact, these hands should be parallel and cannot come in contact with anything. If any of these things occur, the movement will not run. Not to mention, causing frustration in the process.

Sold as a pair with both hour and minute hands. Styles vary depending on length and the longer hands will have a tail with counter balance.

How to measure battery operated hands

Item #HTH1

Tapered battery operated long hand

Tapered High Torque Hands

Sizes =
  • 5" (127mm) - 9 1/2" (244mm)
  • 6" (152mm) - 11" (279mm)
  • 8" (203mm) - 17.5" (444mm)
HTH1: $3.00$13.00
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Item #HTH3

Long High Torque Clock Hands

Spade Style High Torque Hands

Sizes =
  • 5 1/4" (133mm) - 8" (203mm)
  • 5 3/4" (146mm) - 8 3/4" (222mm)
  • 6 3/4" (171mm) - 7" (178mm)
  • 12" (304mm) - 17 3/4" (451mm)
HTH3: $3.00$15.00
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Item #HTH7

Long High Torque Clock Hands

Howard Miller Design High Torque Clock Hands

Sizes =
  • 8" (203mm) - 10 1/4" (260mm)
HTH7: $7.00$10.00
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Item #HTH8

Long High Torque Clock Hands

Serpentine High Torque Hands

Sizes =
  • 9" (229mm)
HTH8: $9.00
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Clock Numerals - Dial Numbers

A versatile product for multiple types of clocks or craft projects. Use clock Numerals or dial numbers to replace missing ones on the clock dial. Additionally, use these numbers to create a clock dial out of whatever material the clock is to be made out of. Of course, it is always fun to be creative and incorporate these numerals in a variety of projects and not just clocks. In essence, these are sticky numbers that peel off and press on to whatever material the dial is made out of. However, Clockworks recommends using some more glue to secure them. The sticky back is not always sticky enough to hold them in place for a long time.

The best glue to use with these are the clear epoxy. So mix the glue and let it stand for about 5 minutes. Then it will be set as well as being clear. Furthermore, the brass numbers, in addition to the largest plastic numbers, do not stick on their own. Above all, remember to apply epoxy in order for them to stick to the dial. So either way, if using the self sticking or the non self sticking clock numerals the clear epoxy is a good idea for both.

Arabic Numerals

Stick Numerals in Arabic

These Numerals have a sticky back to them so they will mark your dial or wall when they come off.

Item #DL18

DL18: $5.00
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Roman Numerals

Sticky Roman Numerals

For a more permanent method, drill and screw these clock numerals or dial numbers in place.

Item #DL19

CL19: $5.00
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Brass Tone Clock Numerals - Dial Numbers

Gold-Tone Clock Dial Numerals

Shiny brass color aluminum clock numerals for modern floor clock dials. Measurement is the overall height. The 1 1/8 inch size is for grandmother clocks and the 1 5/16 size is for grandfather clocks.

CD2: $15.00
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Quartz Clock Movement Accessories

The following are accessories that fit the quartz clock movements that Clockworks offers. There are many different types of quartz movements on the market, hence we specifically state these items are for the movements that we sell. Of course Clockworks encourages organizations to offer clock building as a fun project. Therefore, each product is available with bulk pricing for schools and other large orders. Please email your request for a quote on bulk purchases.

Quartz Clock Pendulum Bob

Pendulum Bob

A Quartz Clock Pendulum Bob is the round disk at the bottom of the quartz clock pendulum. In fact, these quartz pendulum bobs come in three different sizes to choose from. First, measure out the length of the rod that is appropriate for the clock. Then, slide it on the end of the pendulum rod.

Item #Q-BOB

Q-BOB: $3.00$5.00
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Quartz Clock Pendulum Rod

Pendulum Rod

This is the pendulum rod for quartz pendulum movements that operate by a battery. It is 16 inches at its longest length. Additionally, the rod is segmented every inch. So measure the length you need, bend it and snap it off. Then the bob slides onto the end of it.

Item #Q-ROD

Q-ROD: $3.00

Quartz Clock Steel Hanger

Quartz Clock Steel Hanger

This is a steel hanger for quartz clock movements. Thus, hang the clock on the wall by this steel hanger instead of by the clock case. Specifically, these hangers fit AA battery movements only. So simply install it by slipping it over the hand shaft post.

Item #Q-HANG

Q-HANG: $0.40

Quartz Clock Movement Hardware

Quartz Clock Movement Hardware

Quartz clock movement hardware for time only clock movements that run by a battery. Of course all movements that Clockworks sells includes a hardware packet. However it is always good to have extras on hand in case a cap nut gets lost. So all hardware packs include a rubber washer, a brass washer, a hex nut, a doughnut, and a cap nut. Additionally, these hardware packs are for posts that have threads which are 5/16 in diameter only. In other words, it is what the hex nut will screw onto, the 5/16 wide post.

Item #Q-HW

Q-HW: $0.75