Round White Clock Dial
White round dial in either Arabic or Roman numerals. Available in either thin metal aluminum or PVC (It is like thick fiber paper) Remember to remove the protective plastic coating. The sized listed below are the overall width from side to side.
Clock Dials and Numerals
Clockworks offers a variety of shapes and colors of clock dials and numerals. Of course the dials come in round, square, moon top and more. Many of the round clock dials have a choice of white, ivory or gold.
Create a new dial out of any type of material and then use the numerals to finalize the look. Most of the numerals are plastic, however we do offer two different sizes of gold aluminum numerals. These are generally for Grandmother and Grandfather clocks. The aluminum numerals need to have epoxy to hold them in place. They do not have sticky backs like the plastic clock numerals. Here are some tips to order the correct clock dial and numerals.
Arabic or Roman Numerals
Clock dials and numerals come in either Roman or Arabic. Roman numerals on clock dials are the kind that have letters to represent the numbers. For example, the 12 would be XII and five is written as V and so forth. The number 4 was IV in roman numerals, however the new style is IIII. This new style is popular with clock inserts. However, it is also becoming the norm on all clock dials. Arabic numerals are just the regular numbers where 12 is written as 12. Arabic is all numbers and no letters on the clock dial.
Sizing and Time Tracks
Clock dials come in many sizes in an attempt to cover many case styles. The sizes in the list are the overall diameter from side to side. Often there is another measurement known as the time track. A time track is the small ring that travels around the clock dial just outside of the clock numbers. In other words, the time track is the measurement of the dial from outside the 3 to outside the 9. Clock hands are usually half of the clock dial diameter. So clock dials and numerals will come in variable sizes to accommodate various case styles.
Clock Dials and Numerals - Types of clocks
Use these numerals on any type of dial providing the size is correct and it looks appropriate. We recommend using extra epoxy on the sticky numerals because they tend to fall off easily. The hardest clocks to find a dial for are the antique mantle clocks. These take a bezel and glass combination that often installs on the dial itself. Use your best judgement on what clock dials and numerals look best.
Clock dial information-drilling description
Description of what it means to require drilling of the clock dials. Clock dials often only have the center hole for the clock hand post to come through. If using a spring driven mechanical clock movement, holes need to be drilled. This is so the clock key will have access through the dial to wind the clock. This hole is typically 3/8 of an inch wide. Please continue to read the following text for more clock dial information-drilling descriptions.
What is a time track
A time track is that outer ring that runs around the numerals. Mechanical clock hands and battery run clock hands use the time track as well. Hence, the measurement of the time track dictates the length of hands to get.
About dial grommets for Clock Dial Information-Drilling Description
A dial grommet is a decorative ring that gets inserted into the winding hole to make it look pretty. Of course, it is a metal ring with prongs on the back to fold behind the clock dial. Thus, mounting the grommet via friction fit only. Dial grommets have a 3/8 hole in the center. In some rare situations it is 1/2 inch.
Drill the clock dial to wind a mechanical clock movement with a key. Use dial grommets for a nice finish on the new winding holes. Naturally, Clockworks can drill this before shipping for a fee. So if this is of interest, please email us.
Paper Clock dial information
The paper dials on this page come square but have a round time track. Use spray glue to stick the paper stock dial onto a thin board for a dial. If the dial is to be round instead of square it will require cutting into shape.
Round clock dial information
The round metal dials may come with a protective plastic coating. Sometimes it is hard to tell it is there so if the dial seems to have scratches, it most likely has this coating. This needs to be taken off for the finished clock project.