261-030 Hermle Clock Movement

$180.00

261-030 Hermle Clock Movement

The 261-030 Hermle Clock Movement runs 8 days on a single wind up. It has three hammers on the side of the 261-030 Hermle Clock Movement and will strike out the top of the hours, and then once for the half hour.

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Hermle 261 clock movement

This is a nice chain driven wall clock movement. The screw or nail in the wall will have to take some weight so be sure it's well anchored. There are two weights hanging on this movement. Each weighing close to 5 lbs each. This unit was used in the Dutch style clocks with the pear weights. Subsequently it is a good replacement for the same using the 261-080 movement.

The movement

Correspondingly, if you order the clock movement, you are ordering just that. The movement comes with the chains, hand nut, leader and suspension spring. These units do not include the clock weights, pendulum, dail, hands or chimeblock.

The Hermle 261 clock movement support

This Hermle 261 clock movement is an easy install as it mounts with only two screws underneath. Once you take the weights and pendulum off, get the hands out of the way, you only have these two screws underneath the movement to remove. The movement comes out and the new one goes in. Comes with instructions and a factory 3 year warranty. Now even if you have questions long after the warranty expires, even years later, if you have a question we will answer and help you with the clock. This is your advantage from making your purchase from a family of clock makers with literally 100 years of experience. This is your best choice, the alternate choice of course being making the purchase from a place that knows nothing about what they sell, and trust me they are out there.

The speed

If you choose to get your movement overhauled instead of getting the new one, be prepared to spend 2 - 4 times the cost of the new one. Does this make sense? Of course not, your shining up an old movement when you can't possibly restore a clock movement to the point of being in a better condition than a brand new one. But not only that, you get the movement in a few days, instead of waiting a month to a year for someone to finish the overhaul and bring it to your door with a smile. You do not need to hire someone for this, you can do it. You will have the movement up and running in a week or two, accomplished by yourself. We ship everyday from MA USA, there is no delay and no waiting.

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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 restored 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.

 
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Hermle Clock Movement Identification

Most important is the identification of the Hermle clock movement and it requires locating the numbers on the back plate of the movement itself. This can be done by removing access panels, sticking a phone inside and taking a picture, or even a mirror. Use any possible means to get the number of the Hermle clock movement. This information is not in the manual that came with the clock or on the wood case. On the back plate of the Hermle clock movement there are numbers such as 451-050 94 cm. These numbers indicate everything there is to know about that particular mechanical Hermle clock movement.

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Mechanical Clock Movement Wear

Mechanical clock movement wear 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 brass plates of the movement. So, when this happens, the clock movement will not run correctly. This is when the movement will need a cleaning or be replaced. Of course, a brand new movement is always your best option.

What wear and where

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.

Invisible clock movement wear

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. However, once the movement starts having problems due to the oblong pivot holes, something will need to be done. The clock will never stay running otherwise.

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New Clock Movement Benefits

New clock movement benefits far outweigh the benefits of an overhaul. This section will explain why that is and what the best course of action is to get your clock working.

Getting the movement worked on

Clocks need to have fresh oil after 10 years or so. Then, after 20 or 30 years, a full break down of the movement is necessary. This is all well and good and can be done with the old movement. The movement will run for another 5 or 15 years with no issues but then it will be time to do it again. So obviously this is a new clock movement benefit.

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Hermle Clock Movement Aliases

Hermle produces clock movements but the use of aliases is quite prevalent. The movement could have a stamp with any name but really it will be made by Hermle. Some companies bought so many movements that they were able to get their 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 Aliases in Disguise

Seth Thomas and Mason and Sullivan had not only their name, but also their own internal numbering system. Their stamp and number was on the movement instead of the Hermle number. Since it is not a Hermle number, the number would need to have a conversion to the real number. Correspondingly, 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.

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261 Hermle Clock Movement

To get a replacement 261 Hermle Clock Movement all you need are the numbers off of the back plate. If the numbers match then the 261 Hermle Clock Movement matches. If the clock is a pendulum unit, be sure to select the proper CM length that matches the old unit.

261 Hermle Clock Movement
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  • 33.2mm Hand shaft
  • German made
  • Weight Driven
  • Chain Driven
  • Less cost than a cleaning in most cases
  • Should last 25-30 years, a repair would not
  • Easy to install, we can help if needed
  • Ships same day as order

261-030 Hermle Clock Movement

The 261-030 Hermle Clock Movement runs 8 days on a single wind up. It has three hammers on the side of the 261-030 Hermle Clock Movement and will strike out the top of the hours, and then once for the half hour. This high quality German movement comes oiled and includes its leader, suspension spring and hand nut. Removal of this movement is easy and we provide instructions for the installation. This 261-030 Hermle Clock Movement is in stock and can ship today. We are full time clock makers and retailers both, so if you need any assistance with install we can help.

Additional information

Weight3 lbs
CM Length

31cm, 45cm, 55cm

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