Cuckoo Clocks are available
in different styles with different movements. Some designs are quite
common – like the Dear Head Top – but over the time
many different colors, styles and basic characteristics find their
way to the hearts of the customer. For sure the cuckoo clock manufacturers
were always eager to create new models to find new customers.
The basic difference between the clocks – beside the attributes
on the clock front side, the different paintings and house styles
are the movements.
| These different movements / models
Generally Black Forest cuckoo clocks are driven
by a mechanical movement which is run by weights under the clocks.
To keep them working you have to pull up the weights from time to
time. With 8-day cuckoo clocks you have to do this once a week,
with 1-day cuckoo clocks each 24 hours.
The quality of the movement is a very
important aspect. The movement is like the heart of your clock.
So make sure that you buy a clock with an original swiss movement.
Do not hesitate to ask in the shop if they can tell you where
the movement comes form. Mostly with the movement comes a certificate,
or you see a kind of stamp at the movement. A original swiss
movement guarantees you also a 1-2 year warranty on the movement.
Cheap movements won't do that.
Typical clock movement
||1-Day Movement Clocks
All "1-day" Cuckoo Clocks are fitted with a quality
mechanical movement that requires winding every 24 hours. At
the full hour a little door opens to reveal the cuckoo bird
on a perch which calls the number of hours (for example; at
12 o'clock you will hear 12 cuckoo calls). The cuckoo bird also
calls once on the half-hour. No music comes with this clock.
A 1-Day Clock is mostly the cheapest cuckoo clock you can get
– regarding the fact if you want additional music or an
8 day movement. You only have two little weights hanging under
the clock. One is to keep time – the other for the cuckoo.
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1-Day Musical Clocks
"1-Day Musical" Cuckoo Clocks feature two quality
mechanical movements that require winding daily. At the full
hour, a cuckoo bird calls the number of hours followed by
a melody (for example; at 5 o'clock you will hear 5 cuckoo
calls). On the half-hour, the cuckoo calls once and then a
second melody plays. The two tunes are produced by tiny notes
plucked by a rotating drum. Over the years a lot of melodies
were produced – the most wanted tunes are “Edelweis”
and “The Happy Wanderer”. Most clocks are standard
equipped with those two songs. Different clock companies offer
different melody combinations – but this will take extra
time while ordering and additional costs. These clocks have
always a “M” in the ordering no combination. “M”
stands for music. Three weights are visible under the clock
– one for the melody, one for the time movement and
one for the cuckoo.
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All "8-day" Cuckoo Clocks are fitted with a mechanical
movement that requires winding every 8 days. At the full hour
a little door opens to reveal the cuckoo bird on a perch which
calls the number of hours (for example at 3 o'clock you will
hear 3 cuckoo calls). The cuckoo bird also calls once on the
half-hour. The visible difference between 1-Day to 8-Day clocks
are mostly the size of the weights. They 8-Day clock weights
are bigger thus more heavy than the 1 day weights. So don´t
worry if the shipping costs are higher than for a 1 day clock.
These clocks have always a “A” or an “8”
in the ordering no combination. “A” stands for 8-Day
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|8-Day Musical Clocks
In general there is except the music not much difference between
this clock and the standard 8-Day clocks. "8-Day Musical"
Cuckoo Clocks feature two quality mechanical movements that
require winding every 8 days. At the full hour, a cuckoo bird
calls the number of hours followed by a melody. On the half-hour
the cuckoo calls once. The two tunes, playing alternatively
each hour, are produced by tiny notes plucked by a rotating
drum. With this kind of clock you always purchase a “full-package-clock”,
which means there is nothing better to get. 3 heavy weights
are visible under the clock – so these clocks are always
pretty expensive to ship due to there weight. These clocks have
always a “MA” or an “M8” in the ordering
no combination. “A” stands for 8-Day movement and
“M” for music.
If you find a “T” in the ordering no – which
is most common in this price category – it indicates that
something is moving or turning on your clock. This could be
dancers, or a water-mill or movable animals.
Moving music dancers
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Quartz Cuckoo Clocks
Quartz cuckoo clocks are driven by batteries. They are not as
authentic as mechanical cuckoo clocks, the "feeling" is
quite different because they are using an animated cuckoo made of
plastic and a recorded cuckoo sound. Nowadays more and more old
fashion clocks are equipped with this kind of movement. Most batteries
will last approximately 1 year depending on conditions. All are
fitted with manual volume control and shut-off switch. One thing
that is unique about same quartz cuckoos is that it has a photo-cell
which is a light sensor so you also have an automatic night shut-off.
When you turn your lights off at night, it automatically turns off
the cuckoo call. During the call of cuckoo the double doors open
and the cuckoo bird comes out. With same models the cuckoo bird
actually flaps his wings as he cuckoos to the sound of running water
in the background. The call itself is the acutal recording of a
cuckoo bird in the wilds.
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This clock category do not belong consequently to the cuckoo
clock family. Mantle clocks have in many cases been considered
a memory of the past until recently. Some cuckoo clock manufacturers
have introduced an amazing range of exciting and innovative
mantle clocks to suit any style of interior, both traditional
and contemporary. The selections are made up ranging form
“1-Day” to "8-day" mechanical clocks
with or without music. Some of them feature traditional designs
like cuckoo clock houses as well the well-known Westminster
chimes. Distinctive mantle clocks are fitted with "triple
chime movements" or highly polished "bell movements"
adding an extra sense of elegance and class, sure to impress
family and friends. These clocks can be made out of solid
hardwood case with brown cherry finish, are equipped with
Roman dials, alarms and polished goldtone bezels. Attributes
you will hardly find on a traditional cuckoo clock.
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Like the just mentioned Mantle clocks, Grandfather Clocks
have also stamped their unique appeal over many years and
are becoming more and more popular every day. The increasing
demand for exquisite distinguished furniture leads the clock
manufacturer to offer an extensive range of stylish clocks.
Experienced and refined craftsmen decorate exclusive Grandfather
clocks with the highest quality movements, assuring an experience
of warmth and ambience in your own home. Like cuckoo clocks,
each Grandfather Clock is hand-assembled, adjusted and controlled
by expert clockmakers to guarantee the perfect function of
these impressive timepieces. Most available clocks are fitted
with an "8-day" mechanical movement that requires
winding every 8 days. A standard Grandfather clock is fitted
with a triple chime, chain driven movement, regular polished
brass weights and pendulum and a blue moon phase.
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