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How To: Determine What Size Clock Hands to Use

Quartz clock movements vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, making it tricky to find the right clock hands for your clock project. Simply follow these two steps when selecting clock hands to ensure you purchase the right size and style of your clock project!

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Step #1: Measure the Outside Diameter of the Clock Dial

Grab a tape measure or ruler, and measure from the outside diameter of the time ring on your clock dial (also called a clock face) as shown below. If there is no time ring, measure from the outside edge of the numerals or markers.

Measuring for clock hand length


Step #2: Divide the Outside Diameter by Two

Take the outside diameter measurement and divide it by two. That measurement will give you the recommended length of the minute hand. We may not carry the exact size that’s recommended from this simple formula, so it’s perfectly OK to be within 1/4” of the recommended size.

Quick tip on measuring clock hands | Klockit


If you have any questions on this information or need assistance determining what size clock hands will be best for your project, please leave a comment below and we’ll respond within 24 hours.


12 comments on “How To: Determine What Size Clock Hands to Use

  1. mark royall
    June 27, 2016

    You can create a unique art clock by creating outside the box by making the hands bent, oversize or undersize. .Mark Royall

  2. Håkon
    November 27, 2016

    Would a clock eho is 45mm fit my hand, which is about 5.5 cm?

    • Klockit
      November 28, 2016

      Hi Håkon, we need more information about your clock before answering your question. Can you please call us at 1-800-556-2548 or email us at klockit@klockit.com with the type of movement you have (quartz or mechanical) and the shape hole your current clock hands have (rectangle or circle)? Thank you, we look forward to helping you!

  3. Brenda
    January 25, 2017

    I am going to make a clock out repurposed wood I bought a quarts movement and some larger hands they don’t have a measurement on them so I don’t know how big to make the clock help please

    • Klockit
      January 26, 2017

      Hi Brenda, we have a few tips and tricks that will help with your clock project. We’ll be in touch soon via email. Thank you!

  4. Carolyn Martinez
    March 12, 2017

    I have a handmade clock, glass face and handblown glass chunks instead of numbers; they are spaced a bit less than 3.5 inches from center. What size hands should I buy? Can hands be trimmed slightly or is smaller better?

    • Klockit
      March 13, 2017

      Hi Carolyn, thank you for reaching out to us! Our clock hands can be trimmed up to 1/4″, but the hand size is more of a recommendation than anything – everyone has their own preference. We will be in touch soon with more details via email.

  5. Jill Seifert
    June 19, 2017

    I am making clocks 20″ round, need clock kits in bulk.

    • Klockit
      June 19, 2017

      Hi Jill, we recommend 10″ clock hands with a 20″ diameter clock. We’ll be in touch soon via email with more details about pricing on bulk clock kits.

  6. Natalie Limbert
    July 25, 2017

    What size of clock hands and motor or kit with everything in it what I need for a 36 inch wooden wall clock?

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