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Chiming quartz movement instructions QU40

QU40 Chime-Pendulum Clock Movement

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A new quartz clock movement that will play 4 different song options, has accurate time keeping, and premium sound quality. The light sensor makes it silent automatically if it does not see light.

The clock hands and the second hand are sold separately.

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QU40P: $70.00
Chiming quartz clock movement with the best sound by When replacing the QU40 Chime-Pendulum Clock Movement, you will need to measure the post on the old unit. So then you can match it up with your new chiming quartz movement. In addition, the post is the part that goes through the dial (face) and mounts from the front.
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Dial Thickness

  • 1/16 inch thick
  • 3/16 inch thick
  • 5/16 inch thick
  • 9/16 inch thick
  • 3/4 inch thick

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  • 3/16"
  • 5/16"
  • 7/16"
  • 11/16"
  • 15/16"

Removing a Bad Unit

The first step to replacing a quartz movement, is to be able to get to the movement from the back and also the front where the hands are.

1. Getting to the dial

There are many case designs and styles and there is no telling what way your clock case is made to get to the dial (face) of the clock. Sometimes it is very easy to get to the dial and hands, other times the dial has a glass covering it. You may find yourself trying to figure out how the clock case was put together, in order to take it apart enough to get to the dial. You may have to remove some screws, or if there is a bezel you may have to bend the bezel tabs a little to get it off. Once you're at the point where you can remove the hands, and also the back of the quartz unit, you're good to start replacing the unit.

2. Removing the hands

If there is a second hand on the clock, grab it with your thumb nails and pull straight off of the clock to take it off. There are two styles to the minute hand. One type has the nut holding it down and the other kind has a minute hand only held in place by friction. The second type has a perfectly round hole in the hand in comparison to the oblong hole of the first style. Obviously, the friction fit with no nut style just pulls straight off like the second hand did. The other style (the kind we sell) has the nut on the top of the minute hand to hold it down. To take this off, hold the minute hand still as you turn the nut to the left with needle nose pliers to loosen the nut so you can take it off with your fingers. Next is the hour hand, this is only a friction fit with a round hole in the hand, the tube its on is tapered fatter as it goes down into the movement. Simply twist the hand and pull it toward you until it comes off.

3. Removing the hex nut

Then you will see a hex nut (six sided nut). So, use the same needle nose pliers to just turn the hex nut some to the left so you can unscrew it with your fingers. Of course, once the hex nut is off, the quartz clock movement will just fall out of the back side of the dial (face).
Clock Dial Dial = The clock face that the movements post goes through. Clock Dial Post = Threaded portion on the movement that takes the hex nut. Clock Dial Hex Nut = A six sided nut that threads onto the movement post.
Clock Dial Hanger = Included, but optional, steel part to hang clock. Clock Dial Hands = AKA needles, arms, pointers. Indicates hour and minute. Clock Dial Second Hand = The optional skinny pointer that ticks out the seconds.

Quartz Movement Assembly

These are the assembly instructions for the time only quartz clock movement into the clock case.
    1. Place hanger on post (optional)
    2. Place black washer on post (optional)
    3. Put post through the clock dial face
    4. Slide the brass washer onto the post of the movement that is sticking out of the clock dial face
    5. Put hex nut on post and tighten to hold movement to the back of the clock face – you may use needle nose pliers to get a tighter fit, however do not crank it down so tight that it ruins the clock face.
    6. Push hour hand on the post (smaller of the 2 hands with round hole). This is a friction fit and should be pushed all the way down on the post without it touching the clock face.
    7. Put the minute hand on the post
    8. If using a second hand, skip to step 9. If you are not using a second hand, screw the cap nut on. You are done.
    9. If using a second hand, screw the small donut on top of minute hand and then push the second hand onto the pin in the center of the unit. You are done installing you're brand new quartz clock movement !

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Movement information

This QU40 Chime-Pendulum Clock Movement is a four melody chime unit and is unique as it has a light sensor. If the lights are off, or it does not see light, it will not chime. Easy! Simple! So what this means is if you want to just set and forget, and not bother with turning the chimes on or off during the night, this unit will be the one for you. Of course there is a overnight automatic shut off that is an option as well. In addition, the pendulum, clock hands and the second hand are all sold separately.
Congratulations on the purchase of our new QUAD quartz movement. In fact, they are backed by our one year warranty. Also, with their amazing Tubular Chime sound, these movements should provide years of worry free performance. Furthermore, this unit has a premium sound quality and takes two C-cell batteries. The speaker is on a wire so it can be mounted anywhere in the clock case with two wood screws.
  • Volume control
  • Supports a 16 inch pendulum or shorter
  • AutoNight Silence Switch
  • Light sensor for chime off

QU40 Chime-Pendulum Clock Movement Notes


The new QU40 Chime-Pendulum Clock Movement has step motion timekeeping accuracy and includes a time setting knob on the back of the unit. The knob on the back is so the time can be set by the back, in case you have the hands not easily accessible from the front. This is a pendulum unit but you can use it with or without the pendulum. The pendulum motion does not have anything to do with the timekeeping on this unit.


This is the only unit with four options for the chime. Choose between Westminster chime on every quarter and then striking out the hour, or choose Westminster or Ave Maria or Bim Bam on the top of the hour only. The light sensor is easy, if it does not see light, it will not make noise. The sensor is on a wire, and you can tuck it in just so it can detect if there is light or not anywhere in the case that light would fall upon.


Any of the hands we sell for quartz clock movements will fit this unit. As far as the quartz units go, we only have the standard American “I” shaft units and hands. This means the hour hand will have a round hole and the minute hand would have a oblong hole. The hour hand goes on as a friction fit, then the minute hand goes on the upper post with its nut. Use a second hand only if you want to. All hands are sold separately and are offered here as well.


This movement supports a pendulum that is 16 inches at its longest length. However you can shorten it to anything less than 16 inches with ease. The pendulum has three bob diameter options to choose from, the bob is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum rod. Please note although this is a pendulum unit, you can use it with or without the pendulum. If you do not use a pendulum, you can just lock the pendulum swinger to one side and not use it.

Mounting Post

The movements threaded post comes in three lengths. This is the fat part with the threads that takes the hex nut. This post length is what we measure, the actual part that the hands go onto sticks out another ¼ inch beyond this measurement, but we do not count that in the measurement. The post lengths available for this unit is either 5/16 long or 7/16 or 11/16 long. The posts are all 5/16 wide, and fit into a ⅜ dial hole.
Chiming Quartz Instructions QU40

Features of the QU40 Chime-Pendulum Clock Movement

  • Westminster every quarter, and then strike out the hours
  • Or Westminster / Ave Maria / BimBam on the top of the hour only
  • Auto Night Silence Option (10pm to 6am)
  • Volume Control
  • Second Hand Option
  • Pendulum Option
  • Light sensor auto chime off
  • Takes Two C Cell Batteries

Instructions for the QU40 Chime-Pendulum Clock Movement

  1. Connect the speaker to the movement
  2. Rotate handshaft clockwise until you hear a faint click sound. Insert hands at 5:00
  3. Insert the proper C cell batteries into the movement. Note that the positive end of the battery faces downward.
  4. Double check to see that the hands are at the 5:00 position. Press the gray RESET button at the bottom of the back side of the movement. This will set the electronic strike to 5:00AM. Rotate hands to 6:00 and note that it will strike 6 times. If everything is correct advance the hands to the correct time.
  5. Choose the melody in which you wish the movement to play. Note when in the 4x4 mode it will chime on the quarter and half hours as well as on the hour.
  6. When in the 4x4 mode, it may take a complete hour to correct itself after the time set knob is turned to the correct hour. This is completely normal.
  7. If you desire that the sound be shut off at night while asleep, set the sound lever, which is on the back right hand side, to PM 11:00-AM 5:45 Night off. This will be the auto night shut off mode and will shut the chimes off between 11 and 5:45AM. If you wish to have it strike all 24 hours, move lever to the 24 HR mode.
  8. The monitor button is to demonstrate the hourly chime.
  9. The SET button is to advance the strike one hour. This will not move the hands
  10. Very Important! Never turn the hands backwards. If setting the time from the back of the clock, turn the time set knob on the back of the movement Counter Clockwise only, if setting the clock from the front, turn hands Clockwise only

How to make the clock chime correctly.

First we need to know, the clock chime is correct no matter what it says the chime is, its right. We only need to have the hands point to where the clock thinks it is, or where its chiming in other words. And then set the clock to time. So to point the hands to where the clock chimed we need to remove the hands, and put them back on the clock where the clock chimed. In other words if it chimed out that its 3 o'clock, put the hour hand to the three and the minute hand to the twelve. IF the clock minute hand will not point exactly to the twelve, do this. Find the circle spinning setting knob on the back of the movement and hold this still with your fingers so it will not move. At the same time you stop this from moving, point the minute hand to the twelve where it was supposed to point to when it chimed. Let go of both. [wcsp_cross_sell orderby="rand" order="ASC" product_num="4" display_columns="4" title="Need a hand??" product_id="381"]

Additional information

Weight1.0 lbs
Threaded Post Length

5/16 Inch, 7/16 Inch, 11/16 Inch

  • Volume control
  • 16′ pendulum at longest
  • AutoNight Silence Switch
  • Takes 2 C cell batteries
  • 5/16 Diameter post

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John Maslanik
John Maslanik
1 day ago

I purchased and installed the chime-pendulum clock movement. The clock movement is working just fine. However, after working well for several weeks the pendulum stopped working. The clock is level side to side and front to back. Of possible, please suggest what I can do to get it to work.

John Alban
John Alban
1 month ago

I have a Waltham 30 day wind Vienna regulator wall clock in which I want to replace the works with a battery operated works. The location where the clock is located is not an easy access to be wound (even if it is only thirty days!) and so I’m thinking battery operated is the way to go, The lyre pendulum that I believe is original to the clock weighs about 7.2 oz. Will the original pendulum work with these works or will I need to also order they heavy duty pendulum drive? Thanks so much for your help.

Joe Knight
Joe Knight
2 months ago

On the Chime Options switch, what does CDS stand for? The illustration about says “24 hour if there is light”. How do I set the clock to strike all the time?

Joe Knight
Joe Knight
2 months ago

Update. I confirmed that the illustration above is accurate in that the photodiode of the clockworks does need to be exposed to light in order to chime during the night. I confirmed this by 1) shining a small flashlight on the photodiode during the night, and 2) covering the photodiode during the day. In the first case, the clock chimed during the night. In the second case, the clock did not chime at all.

Is there a work around the bypass the photodiode?

Thank you,
Joe Knight

Elizabeth Dunham
Elizabeth Dunham
3 months ago

I’m interested in the QU40 movement, however my pendulum is 24 inches. It’s a Powel Westminster Quartz clock, second hand and pendulum so figuring the QU40 a good replacement. It not this QU 40, do you have another suggestion for replacement??

Eric Storck
Eric Storck
6 months ago

Is there a way to slow the movement down? Mine always seems to be running fast and I have to back the time a min or so bi-weekly

2 years ago

How far from center, on each side, does the pendulum swing?

2 years ago

1/4 he chime doesn’t work after changing batteries

2 years ago

How do I get the quarter hour chimes to work

Robert Heinkel
Robert Heinkel
2 years ago
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I had to reset my time a couple of times, mostly because it was off just a bit. The instructions are OK for the initial setup, but unnecessary for any adjustment to ensure the chime started exactly on the hour. I followed the instructions but I could never get it quite exactly where I wanted it. The chime was always a few seconds late or early. So, I simply moved the clock ahead to just before 5, and with the battery already installed, waited until the second hand hit 12. I hit the reset button and then moved the time to the correct time. This method works perfectly and you don’t have to remove the hands, and turn it back until it clicks and then hit the reset.

Steve Weidner
Steve Weidner
3 years ago

Can this movement drive a remote pendulum? Movement #QU40 Chime Pendulum Clock Movement. If not, do you recommennd one that can with chimes.

Thank You

Steve Weidner
Steve Weidner
3 years ago

Let me Clarify – The pendulum in the clock I am working on is not in the same plain as the movement so it has a remote module that plugs into the main movement. There is about a two inch different from the face of the clock to the location where the pendulum connects to the pendulum drive module (similar to your Heavy Duty Pendulum Drive)

Steve Weidner
Steve Weidner
3 years ago

Thank you. Going to try one last thing to make the one I have work, if it doesn’t I will be ordering new ones from your shop. I usually only work on mechanical clocks so this is new territory for me.

Thank you for the help.