From Mantel Clocks

Smart Watches to Doom High-End Wristwatch and Clock Markets?

According to a recent article in Newser Magazine – shown here – there is the longer-term potential for smartwatches to siphon off enough sales to the high-end luxury watch market, including Rolex watches, to really doom the market over the longer-term.

While long-term it could conceivably have such an effect, we think that the concerns are overblown. It’s been true for some decades now that inexpensively priced quartz watches and clocks could keep more accurate time that even the highest-end mechanical wristwatches and clocks – including such watch brands as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantine and Jaeger LeCoultre, just to name a few, and mechanical clocks – including such makers as Howard Miller Clocks, Hermle Clocks, Kieninger Clocks and Ridgeway Clocks.

Buyers of high-end clocks and watches are drawn to them as pieces of art, with mechanisms and craftsmanship that defy time and are truly wondrous artworks to behold and be appreciated. For many wristwatch and clock owners and collectors, the more complications and the more sophisticated the skills are in making these masterpieces, the more appreciated these timepieces are by their owners, who frequently pass these works of art from one generation to the next.

This explains why so many individuals and families choose to have antique or new mechanical clocks, especially grandfather clocks, by brands such as Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks, Kieninger Grandfather and Mantel Clocks, and Hermle Grandfather and Wall and Mantle Clocks. The same is true for the Patek Philippe owner, as but one example of holding a timepiece to transfer from one generation to the next.

Model 22823-740352
Hermle Tellurium model 22823-740352 close-up view

Waltham Clocks and Watches

The Waltham Clock Company and Waltham Pocket Watch Company, also known as the American Waltham Watch Company, is one of America’s oldest and finest makers of precision timepieces.  Although best known overall the the many tens of millions of Waltham Pocket Watches that they produced, the company was also quite skilled in making some of the finest grandfather clocks of their era, including Tiffany Tubular Chime Grandfather Clocks, many wall clocks, including banjo clocks, and mantel clocks and desk clocks, and many clocks used in early automobiles, most of which were the oversize pocket watches in special casings with large mainsprings which would for run for 8 days on a single wind.

One can hold a Waltham Clock or Waltham Wristwatch or Waltham pocket watch, like those of Elgin from a similar time and comparable quality, and can get the clock or watch running, and they were made with such superb quality and workmanship that they frequently both look and still act and perform as though they were made yesterday.  It is no accident that Waltham referred to its scientifically built clocks and pocket watches and wristwatches.  Many watches which were in cases guaranteed for five years or ten years or 25 years not only still have the mechanisms in perfect working order, but also have the original finish which in many instances has exceed its claim guarantee by twenty times over.  It is about the closest we come today to time travel into the past with a time machine.

Some of the finest grandfather clocks made circa 1900 were made by Waltham Clocks, an almost stealth part of Waltham Watches, with Tiffany & Company of New York being one of the major retailer beneficiaries.  Still, Waltham did not advertise their name on Tiffany-branded clocks, which was also true of many timepieces retailed by Tiffany including Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. Tiffany and Company at that time did not actually make any of their clocks or pocket watches or wristwatches, and instead special-ordered them in small quantities from high-end horological suppliers such as those name above.  Indeed, one of several tubular chime grandfather clocks we have bought and sold over the years had the face, dial, movement, and tubular chimes made by Waltham, with the dial engraved Tiffany & Company, and the only giveaway to someone who is not a seasoned collector is that all of of the tubes are stamped with the Waltham name.

Which brings to mind one point we have wondered about thousands of times over the years, and especially true when looking at some of the most finely made verge fusee pocket watches made in Switzerland, England, France and Germany, and elsewhere, particularly in Western Europe, in the 1700 and 1800s.  Many of these pocket watches, including some of the highest caliber and quality, were never signed anywhere on the pocket watch case or movements.  Frequently one will find pocket watch cases with all of the era appropriate hallmarks, only to find the precision work of art, which in many instances is not an understatement that it had years worth of work involved in making, and yet still not in many instances signed the the maker, or in reality artist.  We have seen this on some of the highest quality minute repeater pocket watches and of almost every size and type.  The same is sometimes true of clock-makers, which in many instances can be equally mind-boggling.

At 1-800-4CLOCKS, we always strive to get discussions going about the best in new and antique clocks and watches.  Relevant feedback is always appreciated.

Antique Waltham Clocks and Watches
Antique Waltham Clocks and Watches

Howard Miller means Clocks Plus

The Howard Miller Clock Company, as it had been formally organized for many years, has evolved from its origins.  Some are aware that Howard Miller was the son of Herman Miller of Herman Miller Furniture fame, and Howard Miller started his career making clocks as part of a new Clock Division at Herman Miller.  Eventually, Howard Miller moved just across the street in Zeeland Michigan, and started his own company, Howard Miller Clocks, to focus on the clock market specifically, to which he was most dedicated and enthusiastic.

Almost 100 years later, both Herman Miller and Howard Miller live and thrive as companies still within the general framework of their founders. One fact worth noting is that Howard Miller Clocks still does much of its own manufacturing in the USA, allowing most of its grandfather clocks to sport the Made in USA logo.  Seems especially worthy of not given this post is being written during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Howard Miller Clocks is probably best known for its historical domination of the high-end grandfather clock market.  The cache with the Howard Miller clock name is undoubted, and many people gravitate to Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks because of the reputation and well-known and respected name, in addition to making the largest selection of high-end grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks in the market today.  This is true whether you are looking at mechanical chiming grandfather clocks with Westminster Chimes or Triple Chimes, or a grandfather clock or grandmother clocks with special features such as automatic nighttime shutoff, illuminated dials, rotating moon phase dials, or lit cabinets.  Tubular Chime grandfather clocks is one area where one of its competitors is gaining ground, with Hermle Clocks offering a nice selection of Tubular Chime Grandfather Clocks.  Both Howard Miller Clocks and Hermle Clocks offer German Mechanical movements, with Howard Miller having Kieninger Grandfather Cl0ck movements and Hermle Grandfather Clocks having movements made by Hermle itself in its main German headquarters and manufacturing location.  Kieninger, though owned by Howard Miller Clocks, is also a German company, and by itself offers a magnificent collection of German-made grandfather clocks.  Interestingly, during this period in recent years, Hermle Clocks has also started to make some of its best high-quality Grandfather Clocks here in the USA, in its Amherst Virginia USA headquarters, warehouse and manufacturing location.

The Howard Miller Clocks story has evolved, and in quite interesting ways.  In addition to grandfather clocks, wall clocks, and mantel clocks, the company makes Television Consoles, Furniture and upholstery for the Home and institutional marketplace, Wine and Bar Furnishing. Clock Urns,  Mirrors, and Home Storage units, just to name the main ones.

Interestingly, and most likely on purpose, Howard Miller and Herman Miller today still do not overlap in any meaningful way in their offerings.

Howard Miller seems to be transforming itself into a Lifestyle Brand.  The new Howard Miller Logo with the words Enhancing Life at Home™, shows the transformation the grandfather clock wall clock, and mantel clock industry giant is successfully making.

Howard Miller Clocks is Evolving into a Lifestyle Brand
Howard Miller Clocks is Evolving into a Lifestyle Brand




Howard Miller Wall Mantel Clock Guide





Howard Miller Wall Clocks Mantle Clocks Manual-1





Located in the shipping carton with the clock will be a key to wind the clock. If provided on your model, the shipping carton may also include a pendulum and finial that are separately packed. Please keep all of the original packaging material.


Access to the clock movement and chimes is made through the back of the clock. Howard Miller uses a combination of rubber bands, foam, Styrofoam, metal, and cardboard to secure the movement and chimes during shipping.

Cut rubber bands with scissors and discard.


Mechanical Movement Mechanism Parts - Figure 2
Mechanical Movement Mechanism Parts – Figure 2




Remove foam, Styrofoam, and cardboard from around the movement and chimes. When possible, pull in the direction shown to remove. (See figure 1 & 2)

For clocks with a pendulum, cut the rubber band or remove the metal spring clip from the back side of the movement by first pulling one end free. (See figure 2).

Open the front door and remove the white plastic insert holding the minute hand at the 3:00 location (this insert is not used on all models).

Follow the remaining instructions as they apply to your clock.


Follow these instructions for hanging pendulum.

NOTE: To perform the following steps, Howard Miller suggests wearing cotton gloves or using a soft cloth when handling parts.

Some pendulums have a colored protective plastic film covering the pendulum disk. Carefully remove this film before hanging the pendulum.

To hang the pendulum, locate the pendulum guide through the front door or back access panel. While holding the pendulum guide with one hand, slip the pendulum through the front door with your other hand. Place the pendulum hook over the pin or through the slot on the end of the pendulum guide, and lower the pendulum until it is hanging securely on the pendulum guide. (See figure 2).

Weight Driven Pendulum Wall Clocks - Figure 3
Weight Driven Pendulum Wall Clocks – Figure 3



Follow these instructions for hanging weights.

Do not remove the Styrofoam blocks until after your clock has been operating for at least eight (8) hours.

Check the weights to ensure that they are tightly assembled. Check to make sure that the cable is in the cable pulley. Hang the weights on the pulley. (See figure 3).




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FOR ALL CLOCKS – SETTING TIME (moving the hands)

To set the time, move ONLY THE MINUTE HAND counterclockwise (backwards) until the hour and minute hand are at the correct time. (See figure 4). DO NOT MOVE THE HOUR HAND WHEN SETTING THE TIME. The hour hand will move automatically when the minute hand is moved. By moving the minute hand counterclockwise it is not necessary to wait for the clock to chime as the minute hand passes each quarter hour.

Moving Clock Minute Hand - Figure 4
Moving Clock Minute Hand – Figure 4



The movement has a self correcting feature which synchronizes the chimes with the time. If after setting the clock on time, it does not chime properly, permit it to operate 12 hours to correct itself.


Clocks without a pendulum will start automatically if the clock is wound.

To start clocks with a pendulum, reach through the front door of the clock and place your hand on the side of the pendulum disk. Move the pendulum to the far left of center and release. Let the clock operate a few minutes until the pendulum settles into an even swinging motion. (See figure 5). If your clock gains or looses time after 24 hours, see General Information Section to regulate the time keeping of your clock.



General Clock Maintenance and Set-up Information
Clock Maintenance and Set-up Information – Figure 5




The product information label identifies the clock model number and serial number. The clock model number and serial number are essential for obtaining parts or service. The product information label is located either on the back or bottom of the clock. Refer to this label when contacting your dealer or Howard Miller. For easy reference in the future, take a moment to record these numbers in the space provided on page 5 of these instructions. Attach your sales receipt to this manual for future reference.






Insert the winding key into the holes located in the dial face. (See figure 6). Depending upon the model of your clock, there can be 1, 2, or 3 winding key holes. Turn the key clockwise until the spring becomes tight and will not turn further. For clocks with hanging weights, raise the weights using the crank. DO NOT lift the weights by hand while cranking. Wind your clock once a week.


Day One

1. Select a time of day that will allow you to check your clock at the same time for at least six days.

2. Record time selected ______

3. Check correct time.

4. Re-set the minute hand to the exact, correct time.

Day Two, Three, Four, Five, Six (If Necessary)

1. Check correct time.

2. Compare time shown on your clock with correct time. Is your clock fast or slow?


Adjusting Mechanical Clocks with and without Pendulums - Figure 6
Adjusting Mechanical Clocks with and without Pendulums – Figure 6

3. Adjust as detailed under “Clocks with Pendulum”or “Clocks without Pendulum”.

4. Check correct time.

5. Re-set the minute hand to exact, correct time.

Clocks with Pendulum

Changing the speed of time keeping is accomplished by moving the pendulum disk up or down. The pendulum disk is moved up or down by turning the adjustment nut. To slow the clock down, move the pendulum disk down by turning the adjustment nut to the left. To speed the clock up, move the pendulum disk up by turning the adjustment nut to the right. (See figure 7). Turn the adjustment nut one complete revolution for each half minute fast or slow per day. (24 hours).

Clocks without Pendulum

Changing the speed of time keeping is accomplished by moving the time adjustment lever. (See figure 1). To slow the clock, move the lever down towards the “-” (minus). To speed the clock up, move the lever up towards the “+” (plus).


Selecting the chime melody is accomplished by moving a lever on or next to the clock dial. Some models play only the Westminster chime, while others give you a selection of three melodies.

Adjusting Speed on Pendulum Clocks - Figure 7
Adjusting Speed on Pendulum Clocks – Figure 7


If the dial states “WESTM-SILENT” (Westminster-Silent) or “STRIKE-SILENT”, your clock has only the Westminster chime. If your clock has a triple chime movement, the chime lever identifies the melody choices.

Never change the selection while the clock is chiming or positioned near the release points. See figure 8 for when it is safe to move the chime selection lever without damaging the movement.








Your clock requires little care and maintenance. Listed below are steps you can take to maintain the exceptional quality of your Howard Miller clock.

• Wind your clock every seven days.

• Wax and polish your clock cabinet as frequently as you do your other furniture. Use a non-silicone liquid or paste wax.

• When cleaning glass, use a non-ammonia glass cleaner. Never spray the cleaner directly on the clock.

Chime Selection Lever - Safe and Unsafe Times, Figure 8

Chime Selection Lever – Safe and Unsafe Times, Figure 8

• For clocks with hanging weights, check the weights occasionally to ensure that they are still tightly assembled.

• Avoid exposing the clock to direct sunlight or high intensity lighting which may fade the finish. Protect from extreme temperatures and humidity changes which may cause the wood to split or crack.

• It is recommended that your clock movement be oiled every two years from the date of purchase and thoroughly cleaned every five to ten years depending on climatic conditions. Extremely dry, humid or salty air, heat or cold may necessitate more frequent servicing. Howard Miller does not recommend that you service the clock movement yourself. Contact an authorized Howard Miller Service Center.


Ensure that all instructions provided with your Howard Miller product have been carefully followed. These instructions will provide detailed information to answer most questions. Contact the Howard Miller web site [www dot howardmiller dot com] for a list of frequently asked questions that may conveniently resolve your problem or answer your questions.


If the clock chimes more than one minute before or after the proper time, the minute hand should be removed and adjusted.

CAUTION: When performing this operation be careful not to scratch the hand nut, hand or dial.

1.    When the clock starts to chime, stop the pendulum and record the time.

2.    Using pliers, carefully remove the small nut that holds the minute hand in place by    turning

the nut counterclockwise while at the same time hold the minute hand with your fingers near the small nut.

3. Remove the hand from the hand shaft by grasping it with your fingers at the point where it attaches to the shaft. Pull the hand straight off. This hand is not screwed on and should come off easily. The minute hand has a small raised area on the back side directly around the shaft hole, this is the hand bushing. Using pliers, grip the bushing firmly by its sides so that it cannot slip in the pliers. With your other hand, turn the clock hand forward or backward the distance necessary to chime at the correct time. (See figure 9).

Clock Chime Adjustment - Figure 9
Clock Chime Adjustment – Figure 9




4.    Re-attach the hand to the shaft and turn the hand nut finger tight. Make sure the hand    points

to the correct location that you recorded in Step 1 plus any corrections you made in step 3.

If the hand does not point to the correct mark, repeat steps 2 and 3.

5.    Snug up the hand nut with the pliers. Do not over tighten.

6.    Start pendulum.

7. Re-set the time by moving ONLY THE MINUTE HAND backwards as described in the set-up operation.

EXAMPLE: Clock chimes at 1:10 but should chime at 1:15.

Step 1: When clock chimes at 1:10 stop the pendulum and record the time of 1:10. Step 2: Carefully remove the small nut. Step 3: Remove the minute hand. Grip the bushing by its sides and turn the hand forward 5 minutes. Step 4: Reattach the hand so it points to 1:15. Attach the hand nut finger tight. Step:5 Snug up the hand nut. Step 6: Start pendulum. Step 7: Reset clock to current time.


Move Chime Selection Lever  ONLY When MINUTE HAND is in a Safe Time Area - Figure 8
Move Chime Selection Lever ONLY When MINUTE HAND is in a Safe Time Area – Figure 8 AGAIN





Clock Chimes Adjustment - Figure 9
Clock Not Striking Correct Hour – Figure 10


If after several hours of operation your clock does not strike the correct hour, grasp the HOUR HAND ONLY and move it forward or backward to line up with the correct hour on the dial indicated by the number of times the hour strikes. Rotating this hand independently will not damage the clock.

If the minute hand needs to be reset (to correct time), move the minute hand counterclockwise (backwards) as described in the “FOR ALL CLOCKS-SETTING TIME” section of these instructions.


1. Make sure that the selection lever is not in the “silent” position or halfway between two chime melody positions?

2. Make sure that all the packing material is removed from the movement area.

3. Make sure that the clock is wound.

4. Check hammer adjustment and correct chime tone as necessary.

5. Lift all hammers approximately one inch and then let them return to their resting position.


DO NOT ADJUST CHIME HAMMERS, unless the chime tone is incorrect. Chime tone may be affected by the hammers resting on the chime rods or striking the rods off center. Although the hammers were set at the factory, it is possible for them to get out of adjustment. For most clocks, it will not be necessary to adjust chime hammers. There are different types of chimes (rods, coils and bells).

Chime hammer arms are made of brass and can be safely bent. If necessary, adjust hammers so that they do not interfere with each other while moving or striking the chime rods, chime coil or chime bell. This is accomplished by bending the hammer arms slightly in the middle so that each hammer rests approximately 1/8″ from each rod or 1/8″ from the coil or bell. (See figure 10).

DO NOT bend the chime rods or chime coil. Chime volume cannot be adjusted.


Although it is not recommended that you repair your own clock, you should check these items before contacting Howard Miller, your dealer, or an Authorized Service Center. Do not attempt any adjustment you do not feel confident in making.

1. Has all the packing material been removed from the movement area?

2. Did you wind the clock?

3. Is the clock level?

4. Do the hands operate without interference? Do not let the hour hand hit the second hand. If the second hand is rubbing the dial, pull it out slightly. If the hour hand is rubbing against the back of the minute hand, the hour hand should be pushed closer to the dial (put your thumb nails on the center portion of the hour hand and push).

5. Make sure the pendulum is hanging correctly in the pendulum guide.


This warranty is our promise and commitment that our products have been manufactured using the finest materials and have been thoroughly inspected prior to being shipped from our facilities.

Products are warranted to the original consumer or recipient to be free from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, conditions and service from the date of purchase for a period of 1 Year.

This warranty does not include: damage to product or components resulting from abuse, accident, alteration, or climatic/environmental conditions; damage resulting from normal wear and tear, misuse, or unauthorized repair; natural variations in wood grain or changes in surface finishes due to aging or exposure to light. The company’s obligation under this warranty shall be limited to repairing the product or component, or at its option, replacing it with a new product or component.

A copy of the sales receipt or other comparable proof of original purchase is required to obtain warranty service. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or the limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.



Before pursuing service, ensure that all instructions provided with your Howard Miller clock have been carefully followed. These instructions will provide detailed information to answer most questions. Contact the Howard Miller web site ( www dot howardmiller dot com ) for a list of frequently asked questions that may conveniently resolve your problem or answer your question. Most problems can be quickly resolved without returning the clock for service. Before calling, please have these instructions and the following information available:

Model Number:_ Serial    Number:_ Date of Purchase:_ Where Purchased:_

The model and serial number can be found on the Product Information Label (see General Information).    (A copy of the original bill of sale or proof of purchase or receipt date.)

Brief Description of Problem:_


• In the unlikely event that your clock appears to be malfunctioning or require repair, IN NORTH AMERICA please call one of our Repair Technicians at (616) 772-9131. OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA please call your distributor or agent.

• Have a copy of the original bill of sale or other proof of purchase or receipt date available.

• Have the Howard Miller model number and serial number and a complete description of the problem available.

• Return Authorization is required for all returns to Howard Miller. If you have been given authorization to return the clock to Howard Miller, you will be given a Return Authorization number (RGA#). Returns without prior authorization may be subject to additional charges and delays.

If a return is necessary, please package clock in the ORIGINAL packaging. Failure to properly pack the clock may cause damage that is not covered under warranty. You should obtain insurance for the return shipment. If ORIGINAL packaging is not available, you may find it convenient to take the clock to a professional packaging and shipping company (consumer expense). Otherwise, please follow the instructions below.

1. Package the clock into a stiff corrugated carton. This carton needs to be larger than the clock and should have at least 4″ (inches) of space between the clock and each carton wall, to allow for adequate cushion material.

Return Authorization # Your Address here
Return Authorization #
Your Address here


Howard Miller Company Attn: Customer Repair 860 East Main Ave. Zeeland, Mich 49464-1300 U.S.A.


2. Position the clock into the carton.

• Wrap the item in a plastic bag.

Damaged Glass Note: Remove all broken glass before packing the clock for return.

Failure to do so may further damage the clock and would not be covered under warranty.

• Cover the bottom 4″ (inches) of the carton with cushioning material. Cushioning material may include foamed peanuts, tightly packed newspaper or other similar material.

• Place the clock in the center of the carton on top of the cushioning material.

• Enclose the following inside the carton with the clock: the reason for returning the product, the RGA#, and a copy of the original bill of sale or proof of purchase.

• Fill the remaining space around the clock, and use enough additional cushioning material so that the clock cannot move or shift in transit.

3. Seal the carton securely with packaging tape. DO NOT use masking or tape intended for gift wrapping.

4. Clearly mark the outside of the carton with the complete Howard Miller Company “ship to” address. Include your complete address. Please include the Return Authorization number (RGA#), above your name, on the address label.

5. Damage caused by poor packaging or freight handling is not covered under warranty.


Charges will result for repair services if a bill of sale or other proof of purchase date is not provided, if instructions were not followed, if the clock is beyond the Limited Warranty period or is otherwise outside the scope of the Limited Warranty.


Repair service and/or parts to correct the following minor adjustments are at the consumer’s expense:

1. “Set-Up“. Set-Up instructions have been provided with your Howard Miller product.

2. Mechanical Movement Oiling and Cleaning. The movement in your clock is a mechanical mechanism and, therefore, requires periodic oiling and cleaning depending on climatic and environmental conditions. Under normal conditions a movement requires oiling with high quality clock oil approximately every two years from the date of purchase. Please contact a qualified clock repair person or authorized Howard Miller Service Center for this service.

3. Replacement of Suspension Spring.    Please return broken suspension spring to Howard Miller for proper identification. Replacement suspension springs are available from Howard Miller.

4. Pendulum, Timing, and Chime/Strike Hammer Adjustments. Instructions for these adjustments have been provided in this publication.


By accepting our product for shipment, the carrier acknowledges that the product is in First Class condition. By signing (or someone else signing on your behalf) to accept the shipment, you acknowledge that the product has been received in the same First Class condition as shipped. If the carton is crushed or otherwise damaged, instruct the driver to note the damage on the freight bill and file a claim immediately with the carrier. For your protection, we suggest that you inspect all merchandise at the time of delivery, before signing the Bill-of-Lading. When you or your representative signs without noting any damage, shortages or exceptions, you accept and own the merchandise, as delivered.


Should damage be discovered after delivery, you (the consignee) are responsible for filing a written Concealed Damage Claim with the carrier, requesting the carrier to make an inspection and create a damage report. This must be done no later than 14 days after the delivery date. Filing this claim is your responsibility, however, we will help you with the process and act as your advocate in reaching a satisfactory resolution with the carrier.



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Hermle Tellurium Instruction Guide and Best Telluriums

Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-1







Celestial Time

Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-4


INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TELLURIUM CLOCK – Also see Hermle Astrolabium Clocks – Wonder Timepiece Specialty Clocks

The solar system as well as the calendar feature work with the clock. As long as you keep the clock mechanism wound the solar system work in real-time and the calendar keeps track of the the day and date.  Tellurium is one of our Masterpieces that can illustrate the position of the Earth, moon and sun, month and date, as well as the constellation. And it tells time too.

Solid wood with black piano finish. The Tellurium clock reproduces the annual orbit of the earth around the sun, with the earth rotating around its own axis once in twenty four hours. The moon, in turn, revolves around the earth in 29.5 days completing a full rotation around its axis. This allows the reproduction of the different moon phases as they are visible from earth. In the course of one year, the earth passes all twelve zodiac signs, months and individual days which are indicated on the flat disc. Mechanical 8-day spring wound movement with 4/4 Westminster chime on 4 polished nested bells, Separate second feature. Different Hermle Tellerium models have different features, and one example showcases an 11 jewel deadbeat escapement, polished nickel plated brass, disc has milled zodiac signs, and rosettes in addition to the months and days of the year. The Tellurium has reproductions of the sun, earth and moon, incorporating the day/month indicator.   All Hermle Telleriums are Made in Germany.  See some examples with links to specific models.  These are among the finest automata timepieces made today.

Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-2





This item is a masterpiece of clock manufacture, please unpack it carefully and use the gloves provided for setting up the clock.

1.) Unpack the clock

First, take out the upper carton in which you will find the polished Sun ball, the winding key and the glass dome of the Tellurium, Please then pull out the second inner carton, with the 2 handles, out of the outer carton and take out the upper foam cushion and the Tellurium. Open up the carton with the glued foam cushion and take out the clock from the carton.

2.) Transportation securing devices

Open the door of the clock and remove all of the packaging materials such as rubber, paper, foam, etc., from the hammers and bells, as well as the fixation tubes from the 3 winding holes.

3.) Winding the clock

The power reserve for the clock, when fully wound, is approximately 1 week. Do not forget to wind the clock up regularly, if the clock stops it will require the setting procedure to be repeated in full. Using the key supplied, insert the key into the winding holes and turn the key clockwise until fully wound up, approximately 4,5 full turns. As you look at the clock, the right winding hole is for winding up the chime, the central winding hole is for the time and the left winding hole is for the hour strike.

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(4.2)  autom. night shut-off

chime OFF

(4.1) chime-shut-off

chime ON



4.) Chime

a Chime shut off @ (4.1)

The chime shut off lever is beside the 3 o’clock position. If the lever is up = no chime, if the lever is down = chime.

b Night shut off @ (4.2)

The night shut off will automatically stop the chime and strike during the night. The night shut off can be found between centre of the dial and the 3 o’clock position. For easier identification the open dial is shown on the picture.

Lever up = night shut off activated, lever down = night shut off is not activated.

If the night shut off is activated the clock will not chime or strike from 10.00 PM until 06.45 AM. If the clock will not chime between 10.00 AM and 6.45 PM, when the clock has the night shut off engaged, it is out of synchronization, it is set to the wrong 12 hour cycle. You must turn the minute hand forwards by 12 hours, i.e.

5.) Chime and strike setting

Remove the tissue paper from the hands, if any, and push the chime shut off lever to the “on” position, downwards. Release the hour chime by turning the minute hand, the long hand, forwards to the 12 o’clock position. After the Westminster melody, the chime, you will hear the hour strike. If there is no Westminster chime when you have turned the minute hand to the 12 o’clock position, turn the minute hand counter clockwise to 10 o’clock and move it forwards again clockwise to    the    12 o’clock    position.    Repeat    this    until the

clock strikes the hour where the hour hand is set, the hour hand    is the shorter    of    the two    hands.    If    it    does    not

strike the correct number of hours to where the hour hand is originally set, turn the hour hand forwards until it is set to the hour which the clock has struck. Then move the minute hand, clockwise or counter clockwise, to the desired time. After one hour the in-built chime synchronization will ensure that the clock will chime the correct time and the following melody sequences.

15 minutes past the hour – First quarter chime

30 minutes past the hour – Half of the chime

45 minutes past the hour – Three quarters of the chime

On the hour    –                         Full Westminster chime & strikes the number of hours indicated

Automatic chime shut off – Silent between 10.00 PM and 06.45 AM.

Chime shut off    –                    Silent all day/night

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual-Song Notes

6.) Regulating the clock (§)

The clock is equipped with a high precision eleven jewels escapement which has been pre-regulated during the testing period of the clock. If additional regulation should be necessary, do this very carefully, do not touch the coil spring. By pushing the regulating finger approximately 1 mm you can change the accuracy up to 3 to 4 minutes per day.

Shifting to the plus, +, position, left, will speed up the clock.

Shifting to the minus, -, position, right, will slow down the clock.

(6) regulating finger    \    1.5-2

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Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-6

7.) Hammer adjustment (7)

Each of the hammers should be approximately 1,5 to 2 mm away from the bed. Please check that the hammers hit the bell approximately 1 mm from the outer edge. If the hammer is not hitting the bell in the perfect position, double strike, you can bend the hammer wire slightly to adjust the hammer strike to the perfect position.

8.) How to set the Hermle-Tellurium

Take the brass Sun ball and push the Sun carefully onto the centre axle of the Tellurium, see picture. The mechanical Tellurium reproduces the annual orbit of the Earth around the Sun, with the Earth rotating around its own axis once in 24 hours.

The Moon rotates around the Earth in 29,5 days, completing a full rotation around its own axis. In the course of one year the Earth passes all 12 zodiac signs, months and individual days, which are indicated on the brass disc.

By tilting the Earth axle, respectively the equator, we can even show Summer and Winter according to the seasons, sunbeams heat the Earth during the Winter with a flat angle and during the Summer with a sharp angle.

8.1) Turn the complete gear wheel carrier (A), with the black date hand, to ^ December 20th, the Winter solstice – longest night. Please be careful that you are not touching the shifting star (B) with the black hand. You can turn the black hand in either direction.

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual 8.1  8.3

8.2) Turn the retainer (D), holding the Earth Globe, so that the retainer is located at the opposite side of the Sun. This is valid for the Northern hemisphere, for the Southern hemisphere the retainer of the Earth must be between the Earth and the Sun.

8.3) Now, turn the wheel carrier with the date hand to the actual date (C), do not touch the star wheel behind the hand.

8.4) Set the Moon according to the actual Moon phase. You will find the phase of the Moon in your diary or calendar, see also our sketch on page 6.

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual 8.2

If the Moon is full, the silver side of the Moon should face the sun, the Earth will then be located between the Moon and the Sun. If there is a new Moon, the black side of the Moon should be facing the Earth, the Moon being located just between the Earth and the Sun. The Moon assembly is mounted on a friction bushing and you have to hold the big wheel, underneath the Earth globe, when you turn the Moon around the Earth according to the present phase of the Moon.

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual 8.4

8.5) Setting the Earth. Now turn the Earth, which has a friction bushing, according to the position you are and according to the time of day. If you are living in Europe, Europe should face towards the Sun during daylight hours. Be sure that the retainer of the Earth will not move anymore when you turn the globe.


Now your Tellurium is fully adjusted, put the glass dome on top of the whole Tellurium and place the clock at the final destination.

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual 8.5

9.) If you forget to wind the clock up, or perhaps it is your vacation and there is nobody to wind the clock up, you have to restart the whole set up procedure, from paragraph 3 above.

10) Service

Do not put any type of cleaner, polish, water, etc., on the brass parts of the clock. If you must do this, use a clean, dry, lint free cloth.

Ask your local clockmaker about future service of the movement. Since the mechanical parts of the movement can be affected by humidity, heat and cold, the time to lubricate or even clean the movement should be after 5 to 8 years depending on the environment of the clock.

Do not attempt to lubricate the movement yourself as a special clock oil is required.

See these 4 INCREDIBLE EXAMPLES of Hermle Clock Telleriums:

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News for Clocks

Clocks of all kinds, including grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks, have been top of mind in news reporting in recent weeks.  Just today we read an article about the Affordable Healthcare Clock, presumably referencing the time remaining both the have the recent and some still current website glitches fixed by the end of November at the latest, as scheduled, to the same clock countdown news notion being applied to people having only a certain time window to apply and be registered with an Affordable Health Care Insurance Policy, more commonly known as ObamaCare, before they risk losing their coverage entirely.  The people perhaps most concerned and susceptible to “getting lost” in the system, many of whom may be grandparents and even own their own grandfather clock, are those with pre-existing conditions which either would have made them not eligible for any health insurance in many cases, to those who may be somewhat to very ill, and are either currently covered but their insurance may be canceled, or are currently covered but may want to take advantage of policies which may have overall better coverage, and possibly at less cost, particularly in many instances when government subsidies may kick in for those individuals.  These individuals may (or in many cases may not) be the least able to fend for themselves, and have the most to gain or lose by having everything fall in place in time so they will miss no deadlines.  In other clock news, just today President Obama formally apologized to the American people for having, we believe in good faith, telling Americans that if you like your existing policy and existing doctor, you can keep them.  The main reason that fell by the wayside is that insurance companies, rather than perhaps rejiggering policies which did not meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Health Care Act, by and large it seems they simply canceled those policies.  Some no doubt may be worse off, and many no doubt will be better off, and all no doubt will have better coverage than they had before should the “unthinkable” happen to them.  As the clocks count down, the Country will hopefully set it with an alarm so that people will realize that with so many more covered with insurance, and with fewer visits being necessary to Emergency Rooms for the uninsured, along with about 100 other factors, more people will have many fewer financial and health care risks, more people will have coverage and better coverage, and overall we should continue to see a continuing slowdown in the rise of healthcare costs, which assuming the quality is the same or better, can and will make a tremendous difference to the state of the USA economy and our longer-term competitiveness.

Should we be calling this Health News for Clocks, or perhaps Grandfather Clocks Health News.

Clocks and counting down have played a big role in other countdowns.  There was the pre Government Shutdown Countdown.  Then there was the timer clock for How Long the USA Government had been shut down.  There was the Ohio Grandfather Clock outside the US Capitol Senate assembly room, in the Ohio Corridor of the Senate Building section, which stopped suddenly and mysteriously during the Government shutdown.

Now everyone is counting everything, including using clocks and timers and counters and countdowns to measure:

Number and types of problems with website for Affordable Care Act.

Number of days until everything, or mostly everything, should be fixed.

Numbers of people who have successfully signed up for this new health insurance — not only on Day 1 but week 1, week 2 and on and on.

Numbers of people who have visited, with a count by type of problem encountered.

How these numbers may effect midterm elections for the House and Senate.

We could keep going for hours.

This started as a post of News for Clocks, so here is more.  It was reported just today that the US Economy clocked an impressive 2.8% growth in GDP, significantly higher than expected, in the 3rd Quarter.  Great clock news!  With the Senate passage also just today of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), Anti-gay bigots are getting their clocks cleaned!  A not too cynical interpretation of today’s events and prior history would be that Democrats and Republicans both made clear that they agree on something significant: Gay rights are currently a winning issue for Democrats and a losing one for the GOP.

One thing is for sure whether we are talking wall clocks or grandfather clocks or mantel clocks, which is don’t count out the clocks factor. Clocks and time immortal even made there appearance this past weekend with Daylight Savings Time (DST), where we all had to move our clocks back an hour, it being the Fall Season.

Health Alarm Clock Built In to All of Us
Health Alarm Clock Built In to All of Us


Howard Miller Chiming Grandfather Clocks

Would you like Schubert’s Ave Maria Chimes with that Howard Miller Grandfather Clock?  Or perhaps you are more of a fan of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy grandfather clocks chime.  What about the most popular Westminster Chime in the mechanical movement of your chiming Howard Miller Grandfather Clock?  What if you could get a triple-chime grandfather clock that came with all three of these grandfather clock chimes?

Typically, historically, grandfather clocks that had chimes would almost always have the Westminster Chimes.  If other additional chimes were available in mechanical chiming grandfather clocks, most all of the time these grandfather clock chimes would be the Whittington Chime and the Saint Michael Chime.

In more recent years, both Kieninger Clocks and Hermle Clocks, the two remaining movement makers who make high-end mechanical grandfather clock and grandmother clock movements in any quantity, started making movements which include the Westminster, Ave Maria, and Ode to Joy chime combination in single movements.  So any buyer and owner or user/listener of a high-end grandfather clock with this mechanical movement can hear whichever chime the grandfather clock’s movement is set to whether it is the Beethoven Ode to Joy, Schubert Ave Maria, or the more traditional and classic Westminster Chime.  All three chimes are built in, and there is a lever the owner or user could move to switch the clock from one chime to another.

Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks offer the biggest selection of clocks with this Westminster Ave Maria Ode to Joy chime combination, and Hermle grandfather clocks, Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks and Kieninger grandfather clocks also offer clocks with this feature.  On rare occasions, we have even customized clocks with this special triple chime movement, which is still make by both the Hermle and Kieninger Clock companies.  Grandfather clocks with both a traditional and contemporary look are available with these mechanical chimes.  Some offer illuminated dials on the grandfather clocks and in the cases as well.  Some of the Tubular Chime Grandfather Clocks offer this special Westminster, Ode to Joy, and Ave Maria chime combination as well.

To whet your appetite, here are by far the 2 most popular triple chime Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks with the Westminster, Ave Maria, and Ode to Joy mechanical Clock Chimes built in.  They are the Howard Miller Clayton Grandfather Clock, in Oak, and the Howard Miller Stewart grandfather Clock, in Cherry.

Howard Miller Stewart Grandfather Clock  model 610-948 610948
List: $4,825.00
SALE: $3,377.50

Howard Miller Clayton Grandfather Clock  model 610-950 610950
List: $4,825.00
SALE: $3,377.50