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Jmacmadcap

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11-13-2017 05:30 AM

Hello everyone.

I am in process of designing a small collection of clocks. I am in pre-prototype phase and need some help with movements.

For some of the clocks I had planned to use a high quality quartz movement. Highest quality that I can find. Could someone recommend a brand? Seiko makes them and I had planned to move in that direction, but wanted some input on quartz movements that may be of higher quality.

Also, I am looking to make one grandfather clock height clock with a mechanical movement, but no pendulum. Closest thing I can find to what I think will work, is mechanical mantle clock movements. Anyone able to provide specific brands? Reliability, overall quality, and ease of mounting is paramount.

Any clockmakers out there willing to let me pick your brains?

Thanks all!!!!

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#1 posted 11-13-2017 08:08 PM

Have you checked Klockit? I’ve used their quartz “atomic” movements. Seem to work great.

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 08:36 PM



Have you checked Klockit? I ve used their quartz “atomic” movements. Seem to work great.

- ScottM

Scott,

Yes. Klockett is the current “go-to” for me. I guess I’m so new to anything chrono-inclined, that I just would like to get to know who makes what, and at what level of quality.

Pricing for quartz movements seems fairly universal, so I guess going with a name brand like Seiko would be fine for my needs.

However, I am also planning versions of this proposed collection that are outfitted with mechanical movements also. There only seems to be one or two manufacturers that would fit the bill here, where as there are tons for the quartz movements.

This issue is fairly key for me since, once I select the movements, that is what will be used for the duration of whatever run of this collection I end up building.

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 11-13-2017 08:38 PM

I like klockit movements (they have Seiko), but I don’t think you will find much variety in electronics. I keep the movements replaceable in the clocks I build.

With mechanical movements, the range of quality (and price) is astounding.

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#4 posted 11-13-2017 09:03 PM

I am in the process of doing exactly the same thing only I have actually started to build some inventory. One thing you may want to consider is hand selection. Make sure you select a movement that can be fitted with the style hands that you would like to use. Know the face or dial size you intend to use then look for hands that will suit the project. Seiko movements are known to have very low failure / return rates, others to consider are german movements I believe UTS and Hermle are good as well but they all use different hand systems. The german movements are a couple of bucks more per unit and suppliers in the US are fewer. I think I found UTS movements on both Ebay and Amazon as well. I needed a UTS movement to replace a failed unit in a clock I had and it was a bear to determine which version I needed, different web sites listed different specs for the diameters of the hand mounts and for the thickness of the material the unit would handle. I finally had to email the seller to verify, it all worked out but it taught me that movements are not easily interchangeable if you have very specific hands that need to be mounted to the movement.

You are correct that with mini quartz movements the prices are all in the same ballpark so again it depends on warranty, hand selection and future repairability/replaceability as to which you select.

Good luck
Let me add a link or two:
http://www.uhrentechnik-schwarzwald.de/html/movement.html
https://timesavers.com/
https://www.merritts.com/merritts/public/default.aspx

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#5 posted 11-13-2017 09:31 PM

You can also try Emperor Clock for the grandfather style your are looking to build. I’m not sure if they have a movement without the pendulum or not, but they show a number of different styles. My FIL built one from them back in the 70’s and it is still going strong.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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Jmacmadcap

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#6 posted 11-14-2017 03:37 AM

Thanks everyone.

ONHILLWW….
Thanks for that response. Exactly the type of info I am hoping for.

I am also hoping to be able to find one movement to use for both my quartz pieces and also the mechanical piece.

I just want to find one model for each, (quartz and mechanical) as each of the pieces in the collection share similar dimensions so that would allow the use of interchangeable movements. Good call on your part. Great minds thinking, and all that.

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#7 posted 11-14-2017 03:39 AM



You can also try Emperor Clock for the grandfather style your are looking to build. I m not sure if they have a movement without the pendulum or not, but they show a number of different styles. My FIL built one from them back in the 70 s and it is still going strong.

- Firewood

Mike,
Thanks. They too are on my to do list regarding research.
Thanks.

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