Tubular Bell Grandfather Clock Kit
Tubular Bell Grandfather Clock Kit
1171-890 Hermle Clock Movement
1171-890 Hermle Clock Movement

Tubular Bell Grandfather Clock Kit

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Tubular Bell Grandfather Clock Kit

Tubular Bell Grandfather Clock Kit is one of the finest quality clock movements made in modern times. Specifically, it plays 4/4 Westminster, Whittington, or St. Michael’s chimes each quarter hour and strikes the full hour.

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Mechanical Clock Kit Styles Available

Mechanical Clock Kit Styles Available include wall clocks, mantle (shelf) clocks, and floor clocks. Floor models includes the granddaughter, grandmother, and grandfather series. Mechanical Clock Kit Styles are in the list below.

Mantle clocks

Mantle clock kits are always spring driven and wound with a clock key. Moreover, it can come in a variety of chime types. Triple chime, Westminster only, bell strike, bim bam or gong strike.

If the clock has three places to wind with the key it is a quarterly chime unit. This means it is either Triple chime or Westminster only. In other words every 15 minutes it will progressively play part of the song. At the top of the hour it will play the complete song then strike out the hours.

Wall clocks

Wall clock kits may be spring driven or weight driven. There are more spring driven wall clocks in the world than weight driven. The weights are not light and it is a lot for a wall to hold.

So fastening it well is very important. The movement can have a pendulum or no pendulum but of course the pendulum is most popular. When a mechanical clock does not have a pendulum it has a balance wheel instead. This is a floating and rocking wheel on the top of the movement and operates more like a watch balance.

Mechanical Clock Kit Styles - Granddaughter or Grandmother clocks

Typically, granddaughters are spring driven with no weights.

The grandmothers are usually chain driven. The chiming units have three weights. Any other strike style has two weights. It is a shorter clock overall than a grandfather clock.

Grandfather clock kits

Typically cable driven with three weights and triple chimes.

This means the weights will hang on cables instead of chains, and plays choice of three songs. However it is not always triple chime because some are Westminster only. This is the largest and tallest of the floor clocks.

Chime types

All of the above mechanical clock kit styles, in the past, have been made with every chime type. In other words there are all these various ways to make the clock play a song or make a noise.

There is the quarterly sounds that play a tune ever quarter hour, the most common of the songs is Westminster. Or there is the triple chime that includes Westminster, St. Michaels, or Whittington.

As for the other noise makers, we call them strike clocks because they only strike out the hours and usually bong once on the half hour. These include Gong strike (coil gong on the back or below the movement), Bell strike, or Bim Bam (sounds like its name, on two or three strike rods).

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Mechanical clock-kit movement options

The following are the various options for Mechanical clock-kit movements to utilize in building a clock.

We offer complete kits at Clockworks, however we can't include them all as it would be overwhelming. It may be possible to alter any aspect in the clock kits that are available. Please call to let us help with kit modifications or for general assistance.

Mechanical clock-kit movement options - Floor Clocks

Chime type

Either Westminster only or triple chime. Both of these Mechanical Clock Kit options play a melody every 15 minutes and require a three weight movement.

Also there is the bell strike option that will play on the top of the hour whatever hour it is, and once on the half hour.


Options are the length, the bob diameter, and if would like a wood stick style The Pendulum or a fancy lyre style The Pendulum. The wood stick style is more antique look and the lyre is the contemporary style.

Hammer location

Either on the back for standard depth cases, or for the shallow depth we can do a side hammer unit.


Either a phase of the moon style, or just the hump top that says Tempus Fugit. Or we can zip off any moon Dial or TF dial to provide a very nice square metal dial with no hump on the top at all.

Another option is to use heavy paper stock on a thin board, use spray glue to make it stay.

Mechanical clock-kit movement options - Wall Clocks

Chime type

Either Westminster only, Triple chime, Bim Bam, gong or bell. Lots of chime options there, but whatever wanted to listen to out of these we can do.


Either the wood stick style or sometimes if its short enough, we can put a brass rod pendulum in.

The Mechanical Clock Kit options brass rod pendulum is different than the metal lyre pendulum as its just a brass rod going straight down with out all the decor.

Hammer Location

Includes the back, or on the side, or even the bottom on the wall clock kits.


Square dial made of heavy paper stock that uses a spray glue in order to attach it to a thin board, or a metal dial.

In Arabic or Roman numerals. The dial on a wall clock would mount to the wood trim that goes around the dial, not interlocking with the movement.

One style you can't get these days are the round dials that do lock into the movement, to have the appearance of the dial just floating in the air with the mounting hidden such as the Vienna regulator style.

Mechanical clock-kit movement options - Mantle or Shelf Clocks

Mechanical clock-kit movement options - Chime type

All of them really. an have Westminster, triple chime, gong, bell, or Bim Bam strike for Mechanical clock movement kit options.

Mechanical clock-kit movement options - Pendulum

Options include metal rod to a decor for the kitchen style clocks are available, or a wood stick pendulum if the clock is tall enough. For the shorter mantle units it will be just a round bob that is usually adjustable for time keeping.

Mechanical clock-kit movement options - Dial

The hardest on the mantle units. To get a the dial with bezel with glass in convex or flat is ideal, however not always possible.

If the situation calls for this type of clock dial, may want to chase a different clock design to make, it is not often it works out well unfortunately. The shelf clocks are easier as it has a door that closes with glass in the front, rather than the round brass bezel with dial and glass all in one combination.

This concludes the Mechanical Clock-Kit movement options. Please call to discuss the clock kits with us 800 381 7458.

The content of this website is copyright by Clockworks and written by James Stoudenmire in year 2022

Clock kit before building the clock case

It is important to order the clock kit before building the clock case. It's possible the kit will not fit if the case is built before getting the mechanical clock kit.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, it is more common than you might think. To put a lot of effort into building a luxury case only to realize that the necessary components do not fit inside. It is advisable to purchase the clock kit first to avoid this frustration and potential financial loss, . This will allow you to ensure that all the components fit properly before investing time and resources into the case.

Why order a clock kit before building

To find or adapt a clock kit to the case is very difficult. The ideal dial or other parts may not exist in the size that the case requires.

Moreover, measurements need to be correct for the clock kit to fit into the case.

Always order the Mechanical Clock Kit before building the case. Having the clock kit set up on a stand while working on the case is ideal.

Naturally, it will be easy to measure the various parts of the clock kit such as the pendulum swing and dial. Having the luxury of the components being in the air makes it much easier to measure and is a wise decision.

Not all clocks are made

Many sizes of antique clocks dials are not made anymore. Grandfather clocks back in the day had large Clock dials with ships on them.

They most certainly are gorgeous but try to find another one like it. These are no longer available. This is the case with many others as well. This is yet another reason to buy the clock kit before building the case.

The winding arbor holes will need to be done, if a dial can be found. This way it will have a hole to put the key or crank into. Chain driven clocks are the only style that does not need winding holes in the dial.

Alternate kit component availability

Clockworks offers a large variety of clock movements. However, when it comes to some components resources can get slim. This is why it is important to buy the clock kit before building the case.

Clock dials are the hardest because there are so many shapes, sizes, and options available. Examples include round dials, square, hump top with no moon, and moon dials.


To sum up this topic on clock kits. It is wise to get the Mechanical Clock Kit before building the clock case. The best thing to do is set up the movement kit in the workshop. This way you can visualize the size prior to installation.

So, do not build a beautiful case before buying components for it. Purchasing all of the components first will give you the opportunity to measure them and ensure they will fit in the case. This will help you avoid the disappointment of designing a case that cannot accommodate your components.

The content of this website is copyright by Clockworks and written by James Stoudenmire in year 2022

Making a Grandfather-Clock Seat-Board

Making a Grandfather-Clock Seat-Board, which is the mount that the weight driven movement sits upon, is fairly easy.

Of course, the movement sits on this with cables or chains. Subsequently, they hang directly down between the boards.

Typical approximate dimensions

Additionally, many of the modern clocks have a seatboard that is 16 inches wide and is 2 and a half inches deep. However this varies depending on the clock case dimensions.

In the center of the mounting board is a hole that is 1 inch wide. It goes across the center of the 2 and a half inch deep seat board.
Grandfather clock movement seatboard

Putting it together

The hole is wide enough for the movement to sit on the board with its chains hanging down in the center. Then the seat board screws and washers can go up into the movement’s arbors on the bottom.

These are the screws with the rectangle washers. Of course, an easier method would be to mount two, three quarter or 1 inch square boards running parallel, which are 1 inch apart, across the inside of the clock case. This is really all a mounting board needs to consist of.

The only thing that has to happen is the movement is in the air with the chains dangling down in between these boards. The boards just can’t be so wide that the pendulum rubs it on the back of the movement.

With the movement mounting in the air, all that needs to be done is have the chime block mounted.

This goes on the back of the clock case. This enables the hammers to engage with the rods for the chime sound. Next hang the weights and pendulum. The final step is to lock the dial into the movement from the front.

Making a Grandfather Clock Seat-Board

A plywood seat board

Making a Grandfather Clock Seat-Board

Many ways to make a seat board


A simple test stand


Clock case seat board

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Grandfather Clock Pendulum Information

Grandfather clock pendulum information begins with the obvious discussion of length. The length of the pendulum on German units comes in a few CM options.

German units measure the pendulum from the top of the movement to the bottom of the nut threads.

The pendulum itself, the leader it hangs on, and the suspension spring that the leader hangs on.

All three components in centimeters make up that CM length in the drop down menu.

Hermle Clock Movement Availability

Pendulum length information

To know how long the actual pendulum is, subtract 15CM from the options with the pendulum length.

This will exclude the leader and suspension spring, and be the actual pendulum length from tip to tip off of the clock.

This length can vary as if a larger pendulum bob is selected, the actual length of the pendulum gets longer.

Why the CM length matters at all is because if the pendulum length is not near the CM length of the movement, the clock will not keep time.

So the gearing in the movement and the pendulum length works together to keep time around the specified CM length.

The bob width Options

A Lyre grandfather clock pendulum comes with either a 6 1/2, 8 1/2, or 10 1/2 inch bob diameters. The 'Bob' is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum.

Moreover, the CM length on the movement will indicate the length of the pendulum from the TOP of the movement all the way down to the bottom of the pendulum nut threads.

This is an approximate length that depends on other factors such as bob diameter and weight of the pendulum.

Basically if the CM is 94CM the pendulum itself will be about 35 inches tip to tip off of the clock, and the 114CM option would put this same measurement at approximately 44 inches.

Tubular Bell Grandfather Clock Kit

Hermle 1171-890 Tubular Bell Grandfather Clock Kit is one of the finest quality clock movements made in modern times. Specifically, it plays 4/4 Westminster, Whittington, or St. Michael's chimes each quarter hour and strikes the full hour. Additionally, it has an automatic beat adjustment, over wind protection, removable cable drums, second hand sweep.
  • Weight drop after 8 days is 63"
  • Full Weight Drop: 58"
  • Automatic night shut off for when your sleeping.
  • Exact second beat and automatic beat adjustment
  • Easy to mount system
  • Polished brass weight shells and pendulum bob
  • Black serpentine hands for a 10" time track dial
  • 61 inches from top of movement to bottom of longest chime tube
  • Moon dial measures 15 5/8"H x 11"W
  • Full 2-year factory warranty.
  • Made in Germany by The Hermle Clock company

Large Components for the Tubular Bell Grandfather Clock Kit

Movement Description

German made by Hermle and known as the 1171-890 Tubular bell grandfather clock kit movement. Specifically, it plays 4/4 Westminster, Whittington, or St. Michael's chimes each quarter hour and strikes the full hour. It has an automatic beat adjustment, over wind protection, removable cable drums, second hand sweep. Furthermore, the movement will come from the factory with oil so it is ready for installation. Of course it also includes cables, pulleys, mounting screws and washers, the leader, the suspension spring, hand nut and moon dial gear. Additionally, it has two rectangle outer plates made of brass with the puzzle of gearing between them, and then it has the 9 hammers on the back for the tubular bells.

Movement Installation

Despite the size of this tubular bell unit, the installation is easy in comparison to chime rod grandfather clock kits. It comes mounted on the seat board that it sits upon so it is all set to be secured to the clock case hood.

Phase of the Moon Dial

Dial Description

Includes a standard 11 x 15 1/2 dial for cases the size of grandfather clocks. Moreover, the silver and brass tone dial has raised numerals. It includes the moon drive gear to run the moving moon phase function.

Dial Installation

The Moon Gear

First, mount the moon gear to the movement. It will be a single loose gear with a big hole in the center. Of course, this will be in your shipment. Note this gear has a small set screw on the side of it, sometimes two of them. This gear goes over the post that the clocks hour hand will go on, and then tightens via the set screw. As a result, it may take a couple of tries to get the height correct on this post. Accordingly, it has to mesh with the gearing on the back of the clock dial only.

Mounting the dial

Likewise, mounting the dial is easy as it has four posts on the back that lock into the movement. Most importantly, do not touch the dial with your bare hands as you can discolor it. Ordinarily, it is best to use gloves or a rag to handle it. First, line up the clocks hand shaft to the hole in the center of the dial and then line up the posts with the holes in the movement. At this point the dial is on the clock but it is not secured. There are two ways to secure the dial. One style has locking arms on the back of the front plate of the movement that slide over the end of the dial post to lock it tight. This is if both the dial and the movement are made this way. Otherwise, there maybe holes in the ends of the dial post feet where a tapered pin will go through the hole after it is on the movement. Of course, sometimes the dial will be made with the holes in the end of the posts, and sometimes it will lock into the movement with the arms.

Hour, Minute, Second Hands

Hands Description

Black Serpentine style hour and minute hands fit for the 10 inch dial diameter. Along with a separate sweep second hand that is its own indicator track on the dial.

Lyre Style Pendulum

Pendulum Description

Lyre pendulum with a round 270mm wide polished bob. At the bottom of the pendulum is the rating assembly. This is only a nut and threads that hold the pendulum bob on. So, as the name rating nut and threads indicates, its use is to adjust the time keeping of the clock. Thus, if you turn the nut at the bottom as to raise the pendulum bob a little, this will speed up time. Of course, do the reverse for slowing down the time.


Weight Description

Altogether, the Tubular Bell Grandfather Clock Kit includes three polished brass tone weights. Weights ship complete with fillers already in them. Please note, these are tricky to ship. The lead shifts back and forth sometimes in transit so the end caps can sustain damage or become concave. If this is the situation just let us know and we will ship out new end caps free of charge.


Set of 9 Tubes

The tubes give off a better type of sound to the chime, it sounds more majestic or rich when it plays the chimes. The tubes are really just that, a high polish tube from short to long in a set of 9.

Additional information

Weight80 lbs
  • German Movement
  • Triple Chime
  • Cable Driven
  • Lyre Pendulum
  • Factory Oiled
  • Weight drop after 8 days is 63′
  • Full Weight Drop: 58′
  • Automatic night shut off for when your sleepi

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2 months ago

I have a Hentschl Grandfather Clock, chime rod type. Can the entire chime rod mechanism be removed and your tubular kit be installed?

George Bidleman
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Charlie Hoffkins
Charlie Hoffkins
3 months ago

I am interested in purchasing your the tubular bell grandfather clock kit and installing it in my existing Sligh which has a rod chime presently installed. But I would not be interested in having the need to use either a new pendulum, face plate, nor weight set as I do not want to change the elaborate color and style of the original clock (the ones shown in the kit are quite low level styled). Is there a kit which would allow the elimination of those items and only include the works plate and cables?

Roger Luchies
Roger Luchies
1 year ago

What is the material used to suspend the tubular chimes in a kieniger HTU clock works

Don Gedye
Don Gedye
8 months ago
Reply to  Roger Luchies

Roger – my Kieninger uses metal hooks – will never wear out. (It’s the HTU movement). If anyone can tell me how to post a photo, I’d be happy to post it. Alternatively, Roger if you can give me your email address, I will email the photo of the wire hanger to you.

Scott Peterson
Scott Peterson
1 year ago
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You guys are great, thank you.

Stephanie Stoudenmire
Reply to  Scott Peterson

No problem. Thank you for choosing Clockworks!

John Snackers
John Snackers
3 years ago

Re the Tubular unit.
German made.Who by.Kieninger,Hermle,Jungmans,Schatz?????????
Kind regards,

John Snackers
John Snackers
2 years ago
Reply to  John Snackers

Dear Sir/Madam
Do you supply to New Zealand?
If in the affirmative ,we are interested in a Kieninger HTU 9 tube Kit.
Can you advise the items included in a Kit?
The cost of same.
The total cost of the Kit + Freight to Christchurch New Zealand.
Delivery time.
Thanking you in anticipation of a reply.
Kind regards,
J.H. Snackers
Canterbury Horology.

John Snackers
John Snackers
2 years ago

Willing to meet shipping cost,if only you would tell me the amount.

Kind regards,
J.H. Snackers
Canterbury Horology.

George Wright
George Wright
3 years ago

……..I am the owner of a Kieninger HTU 9 tube movement which is presently operating with the equipment originally supplied with the movement in 2001. This movement also has three 2 3/8″ by 11 1/4″ weight shells which I am unable to find available anywhere in the engraved, or banded upgrade. Can you advise where I might find the upgraded long weight shells?

Don Gedye
Don Gedye
8 months ago
Reply to  George Wright

Does anyone know where I can get the banded upgrade – they would look great in my clock – but can’t find them.