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George Nelson Hand / Quartz Movement Replacement Guide
German made high torque quartz movement for Vitra produced George Nelson clocks. Please contact us if your clock is missing hands or other parts. Most stopped clocks require a new movement only.
- Movement Replacement Kit
- Compatible with Vitra produced George Nelson Clocks
- German made high-torque quartz movement
- Special fixing nut key
- AA Duracell battery
- Rubber washers, fixing nuts, closed and open nuts (available upon request)
Quick Help & Manual
- How to replace movement and hands
Replacing the battery
All wall clocks are powered by a AA 1.5v battery (included). Inserting the battery: Angle the battery in pressing the negative flat side of the battery into the spring, and then push down. If your clock is running slow at any point, try a new battery (we recommend Duracell or Energizer).
Extending the life of the movement
The clock movement is easily replaced, but with good care, it can last 10-15 years. To extend the movement's life, change the battery once a year (during fall or spring time change is a good idea). Keep dust from building up on the hands and movement. Do not display the clock in a space that gets intense sunlight and/or heat throughout the day. Adjust the hands using the dial or knob on the back of the clock only. It's best to rotate the dial so the hands move in a clockwise direction, but it's ok for them to rotate counter-clockwise (for example, when setting the time back an hour in the fall).
Warranty & Repairs
Please contact us if you have any issue with your replacement movement—whether in or out of warranty. Our movements are covered under a 5 year parts warranty by Clock Forward. If our replacement movement fails within 5 years, we will send a replacement.
Is it difficult to replace the movement and/or hands?
If you are mechanically inclined, replacing the movement and/or hands is something you may be able to do yourself. If they are not tasks you can perform, it is a simple job for any reputable local clock repair shop (without the risks and expenses of shipping). Please consult our courtesy Guide for Hand/Movement Replacement.
Do your movements and hands come from Vitra?
We order movements directly from a German distributor so we can provide the specialty tool too. They are the same movements used in Vitra produced George Nelson clocks. We order replacement hands directly from Vitra and can custom order what we do not have on hand. If it is important you order directly from Vitra, please order directly from Vitra.
How long do the movements last?
With the proper care, quartz clock movements can last 10-15 years.
Why don't you ship your movements with other parts?
Whether you need an end nut (and what color) or open nut depends on your clock. Most clocks that have stopped working only require a new movement. We'd rather send you the right items than guess or waste parts. You can consult our replacement guide to see what additional parts you may need.
Will it devalue my clock replacing the movement?
No, you are purchasing the same movement. If you want to keep the original movement after you replace it, do so. It's neither cost-effective or practical to try repairing the original quartz movement.
Do you test run your replacement movements?
No. It would add to your cost and has not been necessary.
The minute hand fell off my clock. What parts do I need?
You likely need an end nut or second hand; they hold the minute hand in place.
My hands are bent. Can I order new ones?
Minute and second hands (and some hour hands) are intentionally pliable. Try to straighten your hands first. We only recommend replacing if hands are severely damaged (by a fall or drop) or missing. Please be respectful of our very limited supply.
- Is it difficult to replace the movement and/or hands?