How To: Choose the Right Push-on Clock Movement for Your Project

Do you need help selecting a push-on clock movement for your next project? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! Continue reading

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Product Review: Quartex® High Torque, Set & Forget, 3 Battery Pack Quartz Clock Movement

The Quartex® High Torque, Set & Forget, 3 Battery Pack Movement is the latest edition to Klockit’s line of quartz clock movements. It’s a 3-in-1 clock movement that’s powerful, smart, and long lasting. Read the review below to find out how this clock movement works, what its most notable features are, and who should buy it.

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Equipped With Power

14161-3This new clock movement is equipped with High Torque power, which means it is capable of running the longest clock hands on the market today. We recommend using our extra long clock hands with this movement – choose from 8” to 17 ½” hands in various styles to complement your clock’s style.

Set & Forget – Is it really that easy?

The answer is YES! It really is that easy. Simply select your time zone on the back of this clock movement, and the correct time and date are automatically displayed. You will never have to adjust the time settings on your clock when your movement is powered by our patented Set & Forget technology.

Inside this quartz clock movement, you’ll find a microchip “calendar” that is preprogrammed with the date and time until 2030. The microchip calendar enables the clock movement to automatically spring forward and fall back at Daylight Saving Time without a radio controlled signal.

In the fall, you’ll notice the clock movement will move the hands forward 11 hours at an accelerated speed to achieve a set back of one hour. In the spring, the movement will move the hands forward one hour at an accelerated speed to achieve the advance of one hour.

If you like the fact that you won’t have to update the time of your clock until 2030 with this motor, you’ll also enjoy this movement’s next notable feature.

Long Lasting Power

14161-2This new clock movement features long lasting power, thanks to its extended life battery pack. Simply insert three AA batteries to give this movement power to run up to five years. Trust us, you’ll enjoy the convenience of not having to take down your wall clock for five years!

Who Should Buy It?

After testing and working with this clock movement, I would highly recommend it to anyone who is creating a large wall clock or looking for a low maintenance clock movement. At just $13.25, the price is right for this movement. It’s easy to assemble and use in clock projects, and offers long-lasting power and smart technology.

Available now at Klockit.com:

www.klockit.com/products/sku-14161.html

Written By: Rachel Hicks

Rachel is part of the Klockit committee responsible for finding and researching new products. She has helped review many items in order to understand what makes a great product for all of our Klockit customers.

Top 5 Atomic Products for Daylight Saving Time

If you’re tired of resetting your clocks and watches for Daylight Saving Time (DST) twice a year, then turn to Atomic timekeeping! Atomic timepieces receive a radio signal twice a day from the National Institute of Time & Technology, making them accurate to 1 billionth of a second.

Check out our top 5 Atomic picks for DST this year:

(1) La Crosse Technology WT-3126B 12″ Atomic Analog Wall Clock

87111Customer Favorite! Enjoy the convenience of never having to set your clock again with this 12″ Atomic analog wall clock by La Crosse Technology. Special features of this atomic wall clock include accurate timekeeping, 4 time zone settings, a durable stainless steel case, auto-updates for DST, and simple operation.

View details: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-87111.html

(2) Quartex® Atomic Clock Movement

14352Our popular Quartex® Atomic clock movement auto-synchronizes with official U.S. time up to 5 times per day. These atomic clock movements are the most accurate clock movements on the market today. Bonus: A free pair of hour and minute hands are included with each movement!

Use in your next project: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-14352.html

(3) Men’s Atomix® Atomic Solar Watch

87177Our men’s Atomix® Atomic solar watch offers the precise timekeeping and style on a stainless steel band. The gunmetal-colored dial features large Arabic numbers and a smaller circle that shows 24-hour military time. Never reset the time on your watch again! Makes a great gift item.

See specifications:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-87177.html

(4) La Crosse Technology WT-5220U-IT Atomic Projection Alarm Clock

87214Never be late again with this projection alarm clock from La Crosse Technology! This alarm clock displays the time and temperature on the ceiling or wall in easy-to-read numbers. Features Atomic timekeeping that auto-updates for DST twice a year.

Best seller! View now: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-87214.html

(5) AcuRite 02008 Weather Station with Reverse Color Display

This16878 popular weather station from AcuRite features an easy-to-read, illuminated reverse color LCD display. This weather station records and displays the indoor / outdoor temperature and humidity, barometric pressure history, and a clock and calendar. Features precise timekeeping that auto sets and updates for DST twice a year. Great gift item for weather enthusiasts!

See specifications: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-16878.html

Don’t Forget!

Daylight Saving Time ends November 2, 2014. If you want to avoid the hassle of turning your clocks back one hour, turn to Atomic timekeeping!

Find the perfect atomic clock for you at Klockit.com: http://www.klockit.com/depts/AtomicProducts/dept-73.html

Klockit’s Beginnings

Klockit’s beginnings start back in 1970 as a small mail order business.  The company was actually called The Geneva Co. that sold all kinds of consumer products, not clocks.  The first catalog that was sent out only acquired one or two orders and was then considered a failure.  The founders of Klockit had been living in Germany for 3 years near the Black Forest, which is famous for its cuckoo clocks.  So clocks had become a new idea for a business.  The founder had also worked for an automobile clockmaker, so the business of clock components came easily.

Initially Klockit did not sell kits, but only clock components to build clocks.  The company sold components, clock motors, hands, pendulum movements, dials and numerals.  The very first Klockit catalog was a very small catalog of 7 or 8 pages.  It was mimeographed, a process that works by forcing ink through a stencil onto paper, and stapled together.  The first “color” catalog was actually just printed on different colored paper.  Yellow paper on one page, then pink on the next page.  The catalog proof was created using an old Remington Rand typewriter and if there was a mistake, it had to be erased and then typed over again.  Photographs were glued onto the pages.

Klockit first advertised in Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Handyman and American Handyman. The first ads were three or four line ads in the classified sections.  After receiving 180 responses from the ad, the founders knew that Klockit would be a success.

Klockit’s first office was in Williams Bay, Wisconsin on the second floor of a bank.  The first distribution building was also in Williams Bay.  Lake Geneva was later considered the location of the office because the city name sounded nicer and could be related to Geneva, Switzerland which is famous for their clocks and watches.

Quartz technology came in during the late 1970s and then in the 1980s, Klockit decided to start a joint venture in making quartz movements in town and started another company called Quartex.  And so Klockit became not only a distribution business, but a manufacturing business.  Klockit eventually evolved into adding kits in the 1980s.

Good distribution, mail order and marketing and prices have always been Klockit’s objective.  Klockit’s first customers were those that wanted to make extra income by building and then selling their clocks.  A lot of people had become successful as small entrepreneurs with Klockit.  Schools were also one of Klockit’s major buyers as several thousand children learned how to build smaller desk clocks, mantel clocks, wall clocks and even grandfather clocks.  With Klockit, people build heirlooms.  With a kit or plan from Klockit, people can be proud of what they make and if receiving a clock made from Klockit components, they will always remember the folks that gave it to them.