How to Install Clock Hands on a Quartz Movement

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Battery-operated quartz clock movements are used in all kinds of clocks. Not only can they be found in the smaller desktop models and stylish wall clocks, but also in handcrafted clocks and clock building kits. In all of these varied types and styles of clocks, the last item to be installed is typically the clock's hands. Installing the clock hands on a quartz movement is a delicate task that requires close attention, however, anyone can accomplish this work in five minutes or less with a minimum of clock skill or experience

Things You'll Need

  • Hour hand
  • Tweezers
  • Minute hand
  • Open nut
  • Cap nut
  • Sweep-second hand
  • Place the hour hand onto the hour hand shaft with the tip of the hand pointing directly at the 12 o'clock position on the clock dial.

  • Press the hour hand into position by placing the separated tweezers jaws on either side of the hour hand shaft and applying an equal amount of pressure on the mounting ring of the hand only. Make certain that the hour hand is parallel to the dial and that it does not come in contact with the surface of the dial.

  • Place the minute hand onto the minute hand shaft by lining up the slotted hole in the mounting ring of the hand with the slot in the minute hand shaft.

  • Install the cap nut to secure the minute hand in place if the sweep-second hand is not to be used. Hand-tighten only. Take care not to overtighten the cap nut.

  • Set the minute hand at the 12 o'clock position over the hour hand. Realign the hour hand to the same position if necessary. Make certain that the minute hand is parallel to the hour hand and that it has ample clearance from the hour hand.

  • Install the open nut to secure the minute hand in place if the sweep-second hand is to be used. Take care not to overtighten the open nut. Make certain that the minute hand is parallel to the hour hand and that it has ample clearance from the hour hand. Realign the hour hand to the 12 o'clock position if necessary.

  • Install the sweep-second hand onto the sweep-second shaft. Gently press the back of the hand with the flat side of the tweezer's handle to secure into place.

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