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08-06-2016 07:24 PM

One of the items on my project list for this fall is a custom clock for our RV. We do some traveling across time zones and so am thinking of a clock that would have multiple faces to show times across the USA. The tentative plan is for the faces to be lined up vertically as there is a perfect spot between two windows. The design is still a work in progress (something to contemplate when I have trouble sleeping) but thought I should start looking into the clock mechanism as that will be a factor in the design. I did some searching and noted various brands, including Quartex, Seiko, and Mudder. This one looked pretty good: “http://www.klockit.com/products/dept-157__sku-BBBBN.html” Has anyone used one of these or have others that you found to be good? Thanks!


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#1 posted 08-06-2016 08:03 PM

The link comes up “not valid.” Late entry. It is valid I just did not get it all in.
I have purchased 9 mechanical movements fro Klockit and I am happy with the product and service. I have no experience with the electric ones.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 08-06-2016 08:14 PM

Jerry – glad to read that Klockit has provided you with good product/service. Sorry for the link problem – I was looking at the continuous sweep one noted on this page: http://www.klockit.com/depts/QuartzTimeOnlyClockMovements/dept-157.html. Like the idea of the “no clicking” option.

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#3 posted 08-06-2016 08:17 PM

I was about to comment that most cheap clock inserts have really annoying clicking sounds that drive me crazy if I am trying to sleep. That unit looks like a great insert that should be really quiet. The link has a trailing parenthesis that needs to be removed. Klockit also has a continuous sweep Seiko high torque unit that might be a better option if you are planning to have large hands.

Thanks for sending the link. I never knew there was a quiet insert for such a good price.

-- Steve

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#4 posted 08-06-2016 08:33 PM

Not sure what is going on with the link (tried to fix it) but hopefully doing a cut and paste will work for anyone interested in the source.

Steve – the quiet insert was desired as I can only imagine how annoying multiple clicking clocks would be within the small space of an RV!

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#5 posted 08-06-2016 08:37 PM

When I first read the title I was going to suggest a wooden geared clock, but that probably wouldn’t be too good in an RV LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 08-06-2016 08:40 PM


When I first read the title I was going to suggest a wooden geared clock, but that probably wouldn t be too good in an RV LOL!

- Mark Shymanski

Mark: Whatever goes into an RV has to be pretty sturdy as the jarring from the roads is anything but gentle!

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#7 posted 08-06-2016 08:47 PM

Just to give my comment a little credence when it comes to Klockit motors, I have attached a picture showing “SOME” of my current inventory.

However, in all honesty, I did buy these from PrimeUSA, which is the wholesale side of Klockit. I have used a lot of them in the past. My experience is some are better than others. They are all made in China and as we all know quality control is not always the best. The comment above about clicking is a very valid point. There is one more that you should be aware of and that is the fit of hands. Once again, quality control strikes. Some hands fit better than others and then some don’t fit at all. Prepare yourself for some aggravation, especially if you plan to add the second hand. I don’t say this to discourage you, but just passing on some of my experience dealing with clock motors. I have used other vendors and Klockit is no better or worse than others i have used. Good luck with your project. Sounds fun.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 08-06-2016 08:56 PM

Bob – looks like you have a good inventory! Had not really thought about the second hand in addition to hour and minute hands…wouldn’t really be a requirement for the RV use as when on vacation one does not focus so much on small units of time! Quality control is an issue with about every purchase, no matter the area. Maybe I’ll just order an extra so I have a backup (and if not needed, an incentive for a future project).

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#9 posted 08-06-2016 09:28 PM

Would you consider digital clocks?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 08-06-2016 09:43 PM



Would you consider digital clocks?

- Mark Shymanski

Had not thought about that option. My guess is they would be easier to use/install.

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#11 posted 08-06-2016 11:29 PM

I have made many clocks for myself and clients, friends and relatives. Klockit is my source and has never failed me for what I needed. Last ones where an electronic chime, you could not tell the difference between it and a mechanical chime. A shut off if you want on it from 11pm to 6 am, volume control and 2 different classic chimes on it. Quartz action. With or without a Pendulum Swing.

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#12 posted 08-06-2016 11:49 PM



I have many clocks for myself and clients, Klockit is my source and has never failed me for what I needed.

- nightguy

Thanks…sounds like a good source.

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