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Help Me Choose a Hermle Grandfather or Floor Clock

Nearly one hundred years ago, Franz Hermle began manufacturing and selling mechanical clocks. In 1922, Franz Hermle founded the Hermle Clock Company in Germany and quickly became known as one of the most modern and efficient manufacturers of clock movements in the clock industry.

The founder, Franz Hermle, died in 1953 and left a modern and prosperous operation to his sons who built the company into a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of clocks, and mechanical clock movements.

Now in its third generation, Hermle Clock Company employs over 500 people in Amherst, Virginia, and Germany.exports clocks and clock movements to more than 100 countries worldwide and are dedicated to leading the industry in computerized and automated precision manufactured clocks.

Hermle Grandfather Clock Tutorial


Hermle is an innovator in the grandfather clock category exclusively offering traditional 8-day mechanical chiming movements with optional AUTOWIND.

The Hermle Autowind system automatically winds your mechanical movement grandfather clock! Hermle's Autowind is ideal for:

  • Offices, Lobbies or Second homes
  • People who travel frequently
  • People with physical limitations making manual clock winding difficult
  • Makes sure your moon phase is always correct
  • Wonderful conversation piece

    Select the Autowind version of Hermle Grandfather Clocks in the options menu above the "Add to Cart" button.

    The Cabinet

    Only the finest materials go into Hermle time pieces. The very best solid woods are skillfully used to build the finest clocks possible.


    There are two basic crown styles; closed pediment or bonnet style, and the open or broken pediment style.
  • The Bonnet Sytle starts low on both sides and rises to a high point in the center of the clock.
  • The Open Style has a pediment in the top center of the clock with arms rising up on either side of the pediment.


    The clock doors are excellent examples to see that the grandfather clock is a finely crafted piece of furniture. Hermle Grandfather Clocks feature:

  • Locks – Locking door with brass key to keep small children form tampering.

  • Glass – Beveled glass accents including hand beveling around curved shapes.

  • Side Glass – Side glass panels add illumination to the pendulum and weight shells.


    The pilasters on either side of the pendulum door reveal detailed craftsmanship and styling differences.


    The base of the grandfather clock frequently mirrors the styling elements of the crown and door and highlights the cabinetry and beautiful finish.

    The Movement, Dials and Pendulum

    Hermle Clocks use the highest quality German movements.

    The two basic styles are Chain Wound Movement and Cable Wound Movement. Cable Wound Movements are more expensive.

  • Chain wound – movements are wound by pulling the chains to raise the weights. See Chain Wound Grandfather Clocks
  • Cable wound – movements are wound with a crank that fits into the winding arbors on the face of the clock. This type of movement has become more popular recently because there is no need to touch the weights when winding. An automatic stop prevents over winding. See Cable Wound Grandfather Clocks

    Grandfather Clock Weights

    Each mechanical movement Hermle Grandfather Clock has three weights, each with their individual functions:

  • The weight on the left powers the Big Ben hour count.
  • The middle weight controls the timekeeping function and powers the pendulum.
  • The weight on the right controls each quarter hour chime.

    Grandfather Clock Dial

    The moving moon disc automatically moves one half of a full rotation every 29½ days. It was especially important to people in early America since it signaled the appropriate times for planting and harvesting of crops as well as many other activities. Is very easy to set and once set, it will not have to be reset unless the clock runs down.


    The different size pendulums are proportioned to the movement’s weight requirement. Timekeeping accuracy is easily regulated with the nut on the bottom of the pendulum.

    The Chimes

    Single chime movements sound the Westminster chimes and sound the full Big Ben hour count. See Single Chime Grandfather Clocks

    Triple-chime movements play three different sets of chimes. Ridgeway’s three-chime movement plays the Westminster, St. Michael’s (or Winchester) and Whittington chimes and sound the Big Ben hour count. See Triple Chime Grandfather Clocks

    Triple Chime Grandfather Clocks are more expensive.


    Glossary of Grandfather Clock Terms

    Arabic - Most familiar numeral style (1,2,3, etc.) used on clock dials, as distinguished from Roman numerals (I, II, III, etc.)

    Big Ben Gong - The hour strike inspired by the deep tones of the great bell in the Parliament Clock Tower in London.

    Bob - Polished round weight at lower end of clock pendulum, usually adjustable to provide regulation of timekeeping.

    Bow Top - A design feature of some wall, shelf and grandfather clock cases, characterized by a curved top section, sometimes called a bonnet crown.

    Cabinet - The wooden case of a grandfather clock, usually made of select hardwood, hand finished for best appearance.

    Cable Driven - A movement powered by weights hanging by cables form the movement.

    Chime Rods - Stationary metal rods that are struck by small hammers to create the chime melody and hour gong.

    Crown - The top of the clock.

    Escapement - The device in a clock which controls the action of its mechanism by releasing the mainspring or weight power at precise intervals.

    Finial - A decorative accessory, usually in wood or brass, forming the upper extremity of a column or structure. Often used to complement design on grandfather cabinets.

    Finish - The way in which the surface of the clock is smoothed, stained and polished.

    Grandfather Clock - A general term used to describe tall case floor clocks that stand 77” or higher.

    Grandmother Clock - A general term used to describe tall case floor clocks 71” – 76” high.

    Hands - Pointed metal indicators, usually highly decorative, which mark the hours and minutes on the clock dial.

    Moon Dial - A dial at the top of the clock face that operates on the lunar month of 29½ days and tells which phase the moon is in.

    Movement - This is the mechanism that makes the clock tick and chime. Pediment - An essentially triangular decorative accent at the top of the clock reminiscent of the low pitched gables on the front of some buildings in the Grecian style of architecture. The “broken pediment” design seen atop many Early American style clocks features a carved-out section at the apex of the triangle, often with a finial in the middle.

    Pendulum - A wood or metal shaft with a bob or weight attached that is suspended in such a way to regulate the movement of the clock.

    Pilaster - A flat decorative pane, usually rectangular in shape, used for columnar effect in clock cabinet design.

    St. Michael Chimes - The bells of St. Michael have endured a strange odyssey. Made in England, they were installed in St. Michael Church in Charleston, S.C. in 1764. Since then, they have been stolen by the British in the Revolutionary War, purchased in England and returned to Charleston, reduced to fragments by Sherman’s army, recast in the original molds in England in 1867 and once again returned to Charleston. They ring out joyously: “Home again, home again from a foreign land.”


    Tempus Fugit - Latin phrase meaning ‘Time Flies,” frequently engraved on grandfather clock dials.

    Three-Chime Movement - A movement that plays three different sets of chimes. Ridgeway’s three-chime movement plays the Westminster, St. Michael’s (or Winchester) and Whittington chimes.

    Tubular Bell Clocks - Clocks that, instead of striking chime rods to create the tune, striking tubes suspended behind the weights.

    Veneers - Thin layers of carefully chosen wood permanently bonded to a wood base.

    Waisted - Traditionally styled clock with the crown and base wider than the body of the clock that encased the pendulum.

    Weight Driven - A type of clock movement in which motive power is provided by gravitational effect of heavy weights.

    Weights - Lead weights encased in brass or chrome canisters suspended for chains or pulleys. These run the movement which controls the timekeeping chiming and gonging phases of the clock’s operation.

    Westminster Chimes - The best-known of chime melodies, made famous by London’s Big Ben. It is based on Handel’s’ symphony “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” and expresses this prayer: “Lord, through this hour, Be Thou our guide So, by Thy power No foot shall slide.”


    Whittington Chimes - These chimes honor Dick Whittington, 1358-1423, Lord Mayor of London and the subject of several English legends. They say: “Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of Londontown.”


    Winchester Chimes - The Norman conquerors of England did not like the chimes of the Saxons had installed in Winchester Cathedral. So, in 1093, Bishop Walkilin, a kinsman of William the Conqueror, demolished and rebuilt them. The lyric of Winchester chimes is:
    “O Art Divine, exalted blessing!
    Each celestial charm expressing!
    Proudest gift the gods bestow!
    Sweetest chimes that mortals know.”

    Your Hermle Grandfather Clock will become the heirloom passed through generations of your family.

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