132-071 Ships Bell Clock Movement Tabs

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Hermle 132-071 clock movement

Hermle 132-071 clock movement is now equipped with a Swiss platform escapement. The quality of this escapement is much improved from the past and easier to time than ever. This ships bell strike clock movement is the only one in production in today's world. There is no other ships bell clock movement in either mechanical or quartz other than this one. Its just as well, as this one is a very good unit and is compact and high quality.

About the 132-071

The clock movement has outer plates 90mm wide, its spring driven, runs eight days on a single wind up of the springs. This one often said Seth Thomas on it, but when it says that its after the Seth Thomas USA name has been sold. So its really a Hermle clock movement of Germany instead of Seth Thomas making the clock. Seth Thomas maybe who put the clock together and brought it to market, its just not made by ST themselves. So I guess you would say both are true, Seth Thomas made it and also Hermle made it depending on if your talking about the clock or the mechanics within the clock.

These types of clocks were used in two different ways, bell strike and gong strike. If you order a new movement, it will come as a bell strike and will include the bells. If you rather stay with the gong instead, its only one screw to remove the bell from the new unit. You then bend the hammer out so it will hit the gong instead.

Swapping the 132-071

Removal and installation on this unit is pretty simple and people do not have trouble with this one typically. The minute hand comes off by holding the minute hand while turning its nut to the left. Next the hour hand comes off by friction fit, twist and pull toward you. The dial is next with a couple screws, then you can see the dial blind plate with another couple screws. When these are removed if you flip the clock upside down the movement will drop out into your hands.

We also offer the movement with the dial and the hands, to use this unit on the Schatz Royal Mariner movement that is no longer in production. The Schatz unit is not available and this unit is very close, however the winding arbors are in different places, so this is why the new dial. The hands will need to be changed also for this conversion.

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Timing clock movement 132-071

The 132-071 has a platform escapement. This means is it has a balance wheel rather than a pendulum. When adjusting the timing lever it pushes or pulls the hairspring on the balance wheel. This manipulates the speed of the balance wheel oscillations and therefore the speed of the time. It is done with the lever that sticks out of the dial face. If you move the lever more to the plus side, it will speed up time.

Why the need to time the 132-071

This lever or arm sticking out of the dial slot is able to move up or down to adjust the timing. The factory had it keep perfect time when the arm was in the middle of this slot. This is intended to stick straight out in the middle of the slot in the dial, in between the + and - symbols. It would not surprising if this moved some in shipping and have to adjust the timing a little. It may be best to adjust this arm and start in the dead center. If the clock is slow, move the arm slightly to the + and do the opposite if it is running fast.

If the 132-071 will not time

Timing clock movement 132-071 platform balance escapement can sometimes require to go beyond the limit of the dial slot. If it is at the end of its slot and you cannot go any further, do the following.

  • The hands get removed to get them out of the way. First the minute hand comes off by holding the hand still and turning the nut to the left. Then the hour hand comes off, twist and pull toward you.
  • Remove the screws to take off the dial, it will only be 3-4 flat head screws.
  • Remove the movement by taking out another 3-4 screws.
  • Flip the clock upside down and the movement will fall out into your hands.
  • Notice the lever used to manipulate the time, this is the lever that was sticking out of the dial slot.
  • Next move the time lever to where ever it will keep approximate time.
  • Loosen the set screw and move the lever to the middle of the slot area, and then tighten the screw again.
  • Be cautious of during all this is the balance hairspring, this cannot get all bent up or distorted in anyway.

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132-071 Clock Movement Installation

132-071 Clock Movement Installation instructions for a new 132-071 clock movement that you purchased from Clockworks.com.

Remove the hands

Remove the minute hand by taking off the hand nut. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to gently turn the nut to the left. Once it is loosened, you will be able to remove it with your fingers. Once the hand nut is off, the minute hand will easily come off. The hour hand is a friction fit. Twisting it back and forth while pulling toward you at the same time will remove the hour hand. Although you may not be able to tell, the hour hand tube is tapered wider as it goes into the movement. This means the more the hour hand is pressed down onto this post, the tighter it will be. It will also be harder to come off.

Remove mounting screws

Use a flat head screwdriver to remove the screws. There are usually four screws at the 12 - 3 - 6 and 9 o’clock positions. Sometimes, there are also screws on the back of the clock case. These need to be removed so the entire movement, and the dial, can come out the front. These are a couple of different mounting methods you may encounter.

Take off the clock dial

The dial is usually attached to a metal plate. This metal plate will have three or four posts that go into the clock movement. The dial comes off of the metal plate with three or four small flat screws. The metal plate that the dial is attached to comes off by releasing the posts that go into the movement. The posts that go into the movement will come off by one of two ways. The first being that the post may have a tapered pin holding it. This means a pin that is fat on one side and skinny on the other. The skinny side will be stuck into a hole drilled into the post. To remove the pin, grab it with a pair of needle nose pliers and yank it out.

The other instance you will encounter is a locking collar. The locking collar will have a set screw that needs to be loosened for it to come off. With the posts released from the movement, the dial will come straight forward and off of the movement.

Installing the new movement

Installation is the reversal of the removal process. The first step is to put the metal plate with the posts back on the clock movement with its tapered pins or set screws. Install the movement with its metal dial plate into the round metal clock case and reattach. Install the clock dial back onto its metal holding plate. Put the hour hand on the clock as a friction fit and then the minute hand with its nut.

Set the chime with time

After the new movement is installed, you will notice the clock will chime 5 minutes before the hour or after the hour, or 8 minutes, or whatever. The idea being that it won’t chime when it’s 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. 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.

Grab that bushing with needle nose pliers and rotate the bushing a little bit. Then put the hand back on the clock and see if it’s pointing to the correct place where it chimed. If it is, then set to time. If it isn't, take the minute hand off again and rotate the bushing some more. Keep doing this until you get it to point to where the clock just chimed. Then set it to the correct time. This concludes the 132-071 Installation Instructions.

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About Hermle Clock Movements

Hermle clock movements are among the finest movements made in the modern times. The German made Hermle units typically work night and day for 30 years without much complaint. To go and get it overhauled like you normally would with any clock after a long time, it is found that is cost is high. This is for good reason as it can be a large task to restore it. But as you see, since its a modern day unit (Post War German) it can be available new for a very good price. So what happens is you get a new movement instead of a fixed up old one, you get it in 3 days instead of 6 months. You will save hundreds of dollars doing it also.


All the Hermle clock movements we offer is the best grade. In other words there are a couple styles some units have that are not as good as others. There are various movements that have more than one grade. Some units can have plastic for the hour hand tube and the next wheel down, instead the better brass. Meanwhile the number is the same for both grades. In other words there is the economy grade and there is the full grade, on some movement series. To get the movement from someone besides clockworks.com, you may not know what one you will get. Please know that Clockworks.com will only ship the best grade Hermle clock movement available, every time.

What you will get

Each one of the these fine Hermle clock movements come already oiled, will come with the hand nut also. If it is a pendulum style clock, it will come with the suspension spring and the pendulum hanger (leader). If its a weight driven clock, it will come with new chains or cables and with pulleys. So this will be the movement with its hammer assemble on. This is the complete movement that comes out after you get in your hands and walk away from the clock with it. No weights, pendulum, chime block, hands, dial all this you have already usually.

When you place your online order you will get a receipt emailed to you providing you put in the correct email address. If you do not get a receipt, please check your spam folder for the receipt from us. On the receipt is the link to click for the instructions for your product. The Hermle clock movement ships from Huntington, MA 01050 USA and sometimes from other locations also. The movements go out the next business day unless there is something we have to do to it such as a regear. The Hermle Clock Movements ship out UPS or sometimes FedEx. Never USPS unless there is a special request or you are an international customer.

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Mechanical Clock Movement Issues

Mechanical Clock Movement Issues arise after years go by because the oil turns solid. With age, the mechanical clock movement's oil solidifies and becomes black and sticky. By the time 20 or 30 years go by, the oil has solidified and is creating wear on the movements brass plates.

If you look at your old clock movement, you will see holes in the brass plates where there are small pivot arbors sticking into these holes. These pivots are what the gears of the clock ride upon and as the pivots spin in the solidified oil, this makes the holes oblong instead of round. With the pivot holes oblong, the holes are pinching the pivots and creating resistance in the gear train. With the solidified oil and the pinched pivots, the clock will eventually stop working or chiming.

This wear takes place in the holes that are in the brass plates and is hard to identify sometimes. These holes in the brass plates become oblong instead of round and this pinches the pivot arbor going into it. Between this, and the solid oil, the clock ceases to function. To have this repaired is an expensive and long process. To have a mechanical movement serviced can cost two times as much or even three times the amount of the new one.

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New Mechanical Movement Reasons

New Mechanical Movement Reasons to get the new one when we can just repair the old one? The reason is because it is still in production. Its still made in mass production in Germany, so this means its available for a lot less cost. Even the best repair job from the best repair professional, cannot make it as good as a new one.

New Mechanical Movement Reasons are because it can ship from USA the same day you order it. The time it takes you to get you're clock up and running is very short. A repair can usually take months and then you are still left with a used overhauled movement rather than a new one.

When you receive a new movement it is the same as you're old movement. All clock component parts such as weights will fit on to the new movement. The cost of a new movement is less and when it's installed it should last another 25-30 years without intense service. Over the years, if there is improvements that can be done on the movement, the factory updates them. We here at Clockworks offer only the highest grade mechanical clock movements and they come with a 2 year warranty.


The new unit will cost less and ship now. It will be far better in every way than getting the old one restored. You will have a new movement in days instead of the used one back in months.

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Hermle Clock Movement Aliases

Hermle produced clock movements and used aliases for names in a way. The movement could be stamped many names but really it will be made by Hermle. Some companies bought so many they were able to get there name on the movement instead of Hermle. The following is only a partial list of names that could be on the clock movement.

The best disguised Aliases

Seth Thomas also Mason and Sullivan had not only there name, also there own internal numbering system. This was stamped on the movement, instead of the Hermle number. Since it is not a Hermle number, the number would need to be converted to what the real number is . This is done with the Mason and Sullivan chart, or the Seth Thomas conversion Chart. However the Seth Thomas chart is not very accurate, please see instructions on that page.

It is best to replace the clock movement if either of these names are on the movement automatically. You do not have to think and decide if repair is better, the answer is a simple no. These companies went out of business long ago and the unit is over its lifetime. The lifetime is 25 - 30 years before it needs an overhaul or replacement. Both ST and Mason Sullivan on the movement would indicate the clock is about 40 years old.

The other Hermle Clock Movement Aliases are easy

Hermle Clock Movement Aliases on other clocks used only their name, and not there own internal numbering system on the Hermle movements. So basically if the clock is of post war German origin you can just look at the number and forget the name. The numbers will indicate what movement it is. If it is a Hermle movement its 3 or 4 digits followed by a hyphen, and then 3 more digits. Like this 1161-853 or 340-020 or 351-060. If the numbers look like this it is made by Hermle.

Other Names Used

  • Hamilton
  • S. Larose
  • Mason & Sullivan
  • Welby
  • Pearl
  • Tally Industries
  • Bulova
  • Seth Thomas
  • Howard Miller
  • Sligh

Hermle Number Examples

Below are some typical examples of the Hermle clock movement numbering system. If your clock numbers are similar to this, its made by Hermle.

  • 451-050 94cm
  • 340-020
  • 140-070
  • 451-030 66cm
  • 341-020 45cm
  • 1151-050 114cm
  • 451-053 94cm
  • 1161-853 114cm
  • 141-070 45cm
  • 351-050 55cm
  • 1161-850 94cm
  • 241-070 94cm

132-071 Ships Bell Clock Movement

132-071 Ships Bell Clock Movement is replace by the movement numbers alone. All you need are the numbers off of the back plate of the old one, to order the new one. If the numbers match then the movement matches.

132-071 Ships Bell Clock Movement
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Hermle Clock Movement

  • Swiss Platform Escapement
  • 11 Jewel Balance
  • 27.6mm Hand shaft
  • Ships Bell Strike
  • A fraction of the price of an overhaul
  • Should last 25-30 years, an overhaul would not
  • Instructions and expert support
  • Ships same day as ordered
  • 132-071 Ships Bell Clock Movement

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