Quartz Clock Hands
Quartz Clock Hands that will fit any battery movement we offer. There are two types of battery clock hands in the world. One is the China standard and one is American standard. The China way of using the hands are with round holes in both the hour and minute hands. An 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, your old hands may fit the new movement just fine. If there is an oblong hole in the minute hand, chances are it will fit. The hour hand will fit the new quartz movement either way. Only the minute hand (the longer of the two hands) is where the concern is. If in doubt, it's best to just get new hands for your new movement upon checking out. This way it will be all set. You will have everything you need for a smooth movement swap out.
How the hands come
These come as a set, but only the minute hand is measured when replacing them. It is measured from the mounting hole to the tip. The shorter hour hand comes with the minute hand and is just proportionally smaller. For larger dials more than 10 inches wide, see our High Torque movement and hands section. Second hands will fit the high torque clock movements however they do not make them very long.
Mounting quartz clock hands
Mounting is easy. The hour hand goes on first as a friction fit. Just twist and push it on. The minute hand has an oblong mounting hole and goes on next. 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 then you would use the cap style nut so it looks pretty.
Quartz Clock Second Hands
Quartz clock second hands are mounted with a tube under the hand that fits by friction fit onto the quartz clock movement. To install the hand all that is needed is to put it in hole at the end of the hand shaft. 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. 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.
High Torque clock hands
High Torque Clock Hands are used on larger clock dial diameters. These hands require a high torque clock movement that is run by a battery. These hands are for the American standard "I" shaft battery powered quartz clock movement. The minute hand will have an oblong mounting hole and the hour hand will have a round one. The minute hand mounts on the oblong shaft on the clock movement.
Mounting High Torque hands
Mounting the clock hands to the high torque clock movement is easy. The hour hand is a friction fit and gets pushed onto the post first. This gets pushed down as far as it will go without it touching the clock face. Next is the minute hand which has the oblong hole. It gets mounted on the tip of the oblong shaft on the movement and secured by the hand nut.
There are two hand nuts that come with a new high torque clock movement from clockworks.com. One is used with a second hand and has a hole in it. The other nut is a cap nut which has no hole and covers the entire tip of the post. The donut hand nut is used with a second hand. This allows the the tip to be exposed to push the second hand onto the pin that is in the tip of the post.
That concludes the mounting procedure. Things to look out for: the hour hand is not rubbing the dial and the minute hand is not rubbing the hour hand. Be certain the minute hand is not rubbing the glass door or anything else during its sweep around. These hands should be parallel and cannot come in contact with anything.
Sold as a pair with both hour and minute hands. Styles vary depending on length and the longer hands will have the tail counter balance.
Clock Numerals - Dial Numbers
Clock Numerals or numbers are used to replace missing ones on the clock dial. Can also be used to create a clock dial out of whatever material a clock is to be made out of. The sticky numbers have a peel and stick back however sometimes they required to use some more glue to secure them. The best glue to use with these are the clear epoxy that you mix and it dries in about 5 minutes clear. The brass numbers and the largest sized plastic numbers do not stick on there own and are required to epoxy on instead. So either way with the self sticking or the non self sticking the clear epoxy is a good idea for both ways they are sold.
These Numerals have a sticky back to them so they will mark your dial or wall.
These Numerals can be drilled and screwed onto a surface to stay more permanent.