Spade quartz clock hands
Spade quartz clock hands for the standard "I" shaft battery clock movements. Basically if it takes a battery and you got it from clockworks.com, these will fit. We only carry the "I" shaft units. What this means is the hour hand will have a round hole, and the minute hand will have an oblong hole. The oblong hole just fits over the movements "I" post and than the nut goes on top to hold it down.
Quartz clock hands are measured by the minute hand only, from the mounting hole to the end. The hour hand comes with the pair, but only measuring the minute hand. The hour hand will just come shorter proportionately.
About High-Torque clock hands
High-Torque, clock hands over 5”, need a strong battery movement known as High Torque. Measuring the minute hand only, from the center of the mounting hole to the tip of pointer gives the correct measurement to order them. You will receive one set of hands, minute and hour, from that one measurement. The hands we sell are known as the USA standard “I” shaft type, meaning that the minute hand has a oblong hole and the hour hand has a round hole.
Styles vary depending on length
Longer clock hands have (and require) a counter weight on the back end of the minute hand. This is needed for it to operate by the small battery operated, High-Torque clock movement. If the counter weight was not there, the long hands would not be able to climb uphill to the top of the hour.
Quartz Clock Hands we offer fit on any battery movement we offer. There are two types of battery clock hands in the world. One is the China standard and one is American standard. The China standard has round holes in both the hour and minute hands. American standard has an oblong hole in the minute hand and a round hole in the hour hand, thus fitting the American "I" shaft. All of the hands offered here fit "I" shaft movements, therefore we sell only "I" shaftquartz movements.
Quartz clock hand compatibility
When replacing a quartz clock movement, the old hands may fit the new movement just fine. If there is an oblong hole in the minute hand, chances are it will fit. The hour hand will fit the new quartz movement either way. Only the minute hand (the longer of the two hands) is a concern. If in doubt, it's best to just get new hands for your new movement upon checking out. This way it will be all set. You will have everything you need for a smooth movement swap out.
How the hands are sold
These hands come as a set, but only the minute hand is measured when replacing them. It is measured from the mounting hole to the tip. The shorter hour hand comes with the minute hand and is proportionally smaller. For dials more than 10 inches wide, see our High Torque movement and hands section. Second hands will fit any of our movements, including the high torque clock movements, but, not made long.
Mounting quartz clock hands
Mounting is easy. The hour hand goes on first, as a friction fit. Just twist and push it on. The minute hand has an oblong mounting hole and goes on next. Push it onto the "I" shaft, the top of the hand shaft, and screw on it's nut. If you have a second hand you would use the nut with a hole in it. If no second hand is being used, use the cap style nut so it looks pretty.