How to Replace a Clock Movement

If you have a favorite clock that has stopped working, it's relatively simple to purchase a new movement as a replacement. Learn the technique with help from this step by step video.


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July 29, 2020

Battery operated clocks can slow down or even stop working entirely. Save a favorite clock by easily replacing the movement and hands for accurate timekeeping for years to come.

An old clock with replacement hands and movement.

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February 13, 20210 found this helpful

No "seconds" hand?


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February 14, 20210 found this helpful

You can buy clock movements that have all three hands if you want. A lot of decorative clocks don't have them.


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July 5, 20220 found this helpful

I used a movement without a seconds hand but the store had all different variations including sweep second hand or tick second hand.

July 5, 20220 found this helpful

When I replaced the movement in a round, flat wooden clock, I decided to change the color a little. It was yellow, but my bathroom is mostly gray and shades of blue. I put a wash of blue acrylic on the face, let it sit for a minute and then wiped most of it off.


The picture is still visible, but it fits in better now.


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