How to Remove a Quartz Clock Movement

Updated February 21, 2017

Quartz movements brought the art of hobby clocks into full swing with small, battery-operated mechanisms that could be installed in virtually anything, from washboards to wooden ships. Major clock manufacturers also offer wall, shelf and floor clocks equipped with quartz movements. The movement batteries usually last a year or more, but when new batteries are installed and the clock remains inoperative, the need to remove the quartz mechanism arises.

Inspect the clock to determine how to access the quartz movement. If the dial and hands of the clock are behind a framed glass door, open the door. If a back panel secured with screws exists that requires removal, use the appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws.

Remove the pendulum. If your clock has a pendulum, raise the pendulum up and out of the suspension rod loop to remove.

Remove the sweep-second hand. If the clock has a sweep-second hand, grip both sides of its centre hub with your thumb and forefinger. Pull the hand straight out off its arbor.

Remove the minute hand. Hold the minute hand in place while turning the hand retaining nut. Turn the nut counter-clockwise to remove. If the nut is tight, remove it using needle-nose pliers, and then slide the hand off the centre shaft.

Remove the hour hand. Gently move the hour hand from side to side, gripping its centre hub while pulling the hand forward off the centre shaft.

Remove the movement-retaining nut and washer. Turn the nut counter-clockwise with the combination pliers. The quartz clock movement is now free and can be removed from the clock case.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Combination pliers
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Max Stout began writing in 2000 and started focusing primarily on non-fiction articles in 2008. Now retired, Stout writes technical articles with a focus on home improvement and maintenance. Previously, he has worked in the vocational trades such as automotive, home construction, residential plumbing and electric, and industrial wire and cable. Max also earned a degree of biblical metaphysician from Trinity Seminars Ministry Academy.