Hands For Mechanical Clocks
The Mechanical Clock hands in the list below are sold by dial diameter size. Alternately, this is not the same method as a clock that operates on a battery. Instead, determine the hands for mechanical clocks as an after effect of measuring the dial diameter. Furthermore, a time track is the outer ring that clocks sometimes have just outside the numerals. Measure the dial diameter from outside of the 9 to outside of the 3. For example, if you come up with 6 inches for this measurement, then order hands for a 6 inch time track. So, for a pair of hands made for a 6 inch time track would have a minute hand around 2 7/8 inches long.
These mechanical clock hands are for German mechanical clocks that are post WW2 and includes most mechanical clocks after 1950. Post war clocks are made in either Korea, China, or Germany. Of course, the Korean and China clocks are pretty easy to identify as they usually say 31 day on it. If this is the situation and the clock says 31 day, these hands will not fit.
If you would like to be certain the clock is from Germany, look at the back plate of the clock movement itself. There will always be a stamp with an engraving that says Made in Germany. These mechanical clock hands will fit 90% of these clocks. Although there are some exceptions. Some tubular bell units and some of the older German units are a couple of examples. To be absolutely 100% sure these hands are correct, measure the width of the mounting post on the movement and match it up with the sizes they specify.
For many dial diameters. These 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.
German Regulator Style
These 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.
American Mechanical hands for Seth Thomas, Sessions, Ansonia, Gilbert, Bristol, Ingram, Welch, New Haven and others. These are for American made mechanical movements produced prior to the end of WW2 because they did not produce many clocks after this time. The hands come in a couple minute hand mounting styles such as Oblong or Square. The hour hand just has a round hole every time.
The further back in time one goes with USA antiques movements there was less mass production. This means the older the clock the weirder things can get. 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 is available. Such as soldering two hands together to make one good one that fits or filing a hole bigger with a needle file.
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 so on)
For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and so on) This has a square hole in the minute hand.
For American antique movements. (Seth Thomas, New Haven, Ansonia, Gilbert, Waterbury and so on). Specify if the hole in the minute hand is oblong or square. Measurement is the dial diameter
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