Hermle Ship Bell Clocks Navigate Time the Nautical Way

Eight Bells by the Hermle Ship Bell Clock and it’s time for a change of watch

Whether it is raging seas or calm waters, the ship’s bell clock has to chime unerringly. The centuries old tradition of using an hour glass gave way to using a mechanical clock and naturally Franz Hermle’s clock factory in Germany catered to this segment with its high precision, totally reliable ship bell clocks. Hermle, started in the 1920’s, is still ticking strong and Hermle ship bell clocks are universally used to chime incrementally every half hour until the count of eight, following traditional marine customs.  From its four factories in Germany the company manufactures and ships worldwide a range of  Hermle ship bell clocks and clock mechanisms, both traditional mechanical as well as high precision quartz ones for use as OE or for retrofitting.  Hermle has an unchallenged reputation for solid reliability in its product and in marine applications reliability in any working conditions is a key factor.  Hermle ship bell clocks have proven their worth and performance beyond question, weathering storms and emerging shipshape.

The classic Hermle brass bodied ship bell clock is a timeless beauty made of solid brass, about seven inches in diameter and four inches in depth. At its heart is the redoubtable and proven Hermle ship bell movement 132-071 with five jewels, Swiss escapement, spring balancer, floating balance, ship’s striking bell and a 65 mm dia bell. A regulator lever allows time regulation and the mounting flange has pre-drilled holes. As expected of a ship bell clock it strikes a chime in  30 minute increments,  totaling 8 bell strikes  in a four hour period to mark the end  of a four hour watch, presettable at 4 AM, 8 and 12.  Hermle’s large 8 inch brass ship bell clock with protective chrome plating has become a collector’s favourite and houses the well known ship bell mechanical movement. If you think mechanical movement may not be precise or accurate (points on which Hermle clock most certainly do not lack!), then you may opt for a Hermle ship bell clock fitted with Hermle precision quartz ship bell clock movement that replicates all the features of the  mechanical counterpart electronically. It has a large and powerful speaker with an authentic sound, mountable on the mechanism body or externally through wire leads. While the quartz Hermle ship bell clock mechanism is priced at almost one-third the cost of a mechanical 132-071 model, it is no less reliable and accurate, carrying the Hermle guarantee of performance and durability in demanding conditions.

Hermle ship’s clock is available as a complete unit in various designs and the company also ships SKUs as well as the bare movements to enable clock makers to design and offer precision clocks that chime eight bells with unfailing accuracy.


Hermle Quartz Movements – Contemporary, Precision Timekeeping with Hermle Quartz Movements

Hermle Quartz Movements offer so much more in a high precision package

When Franz Hermle began manufacturing and selling clocks, mechanicals ruled the day. Precision clock manufacturing was as much a science as it was an art and Hermle soon excelled in churning out high precision, beautifully crafted mechanical clocks. Hermle has traveled a long way since its inception in 1922 and today it makes a range of clocks as well as clock movements. Hermle quartz movements were a natural outcome, given the global trends towards electronic timekeeping. Hermle has four manufacturing units in German y and one in Amherst, Virginia, USA with exports to over 100 countries. Nearly a century of precision manufacturing melded with art has given Hermle a much deserved reputation for fine quality in the world of clocks and precision clock movements.

Hermle quartz movements, unlike those made in bulk in Far Eastern factories, are high quality, durable, high precision engines that keep accurate time, a perfect fusion of mechanical skills with advanced electronic technologies. Quarts movements are available in various types and are suitably coded to reflect their capabilities. The basic Hermle quartz movement, No. 2100 is a non-chiming time only mechanism. Model 2200 is the same except that it has an added pendulum. Model 2114 is an advanced model with Westminster chime and Bim-Bam melody, personalized auto-night off, quarter hour selection, volume control, chime shut off selector combined in compact package. Model 2114 is a single chime model incorporating a ship’s bell strike with quarter hour selector, auto night off and volume control. Model 2214 takes it to the next level with Bim-Bam and Westminster chime, personalized auto night off, quarter hour selector, volume control, chime shut off selector and a pendulum. 2215 plays Ave Maria and Westminster chimes Model 2987 is a special purpose quartz movement for skeleton clock works, with a gear train system suitable for Astrolabium indication. These movements have a range of shaft diameters to fit in with various clock bodies.

Though not specifically stated it is obvious to expect with its impeccable credentials that each Hermle quartz movement is made to the highest standards of mechanical clocks and electronic perfection temperature and voltage stabilized to guard against drift, assuring perfect time keeping for years. Unlike other movements, Hermle quartz movements are powered by a large C size battery and have a low battery warning indicator as well. Circuitry is designed for low power consumption assuring a longer replacement time. With a quality battery like the Duracell, it seems like an age before a replacement is needed. Hermle has thoughtfully provided buttons to select chime, night shut off and night reduction control to ensure your sleep is not disturbed, volume control and chimes settings control.

Models with a pendulum need to be fitted precisely to ensure the pendulum is vertically plumb and the clock too needs to be hung in a perfect vertical position for flawless operation.

Hermle quartz movements are by no means low priced (compared to the Far Eastern ones, they would appear exorbitantly priced) but carry  the distinguished Hermle name with its unmatched assurance of years of precise timekeeping along with quality sounding chimes.

Hermle Mechanical Movements for Clocks

Unrivalled Precision and Accuracy of Hermle Clock Movements

The single minded dedication of Franz Hermle in creating only perfect mechanical clocks as far back as 1922 has today paid rich dividends to a company that has survived the ravages of war and prospered, making a name for itself as master timekeepers to the world. German precision to the extreme is personified in Hermle clock movements available today ranging from the simple to the most complex and elaborate ones at the heart of most grandfather and floor clocks sold worldwide. Hermle manufactures each component of its clock movements in four ultra-modern, sophisticated factories in Germany and ships to over 100 countries worldwide. If clockmakers across the world lay claim to accuracy, precision and elaborate functions in their products, you can be sure it is Hermle precision at the core in the form of clock movements powering wall clocks and floor clocks.

Hermle clock movements are synonymous with precision, accuracy, quality and a range of unrivalled features. In an age when components are mostly bought out and assembled in a factory, Hermle still continues its tradition of manufacturing each component, assuring matchless quality, life and performance. The base plate, drive device, winder,  wheel device,  escapement,  controls, gears are all made in-house on high precision automatic machines and assembled painstakingly by hand. Naturally, one would expect Hermle to choose the best brass/bronze alloys, induction hardened and oil quenched bushings and components to guarantee that the parts last for a generation and beyond. Hermle clock movements are available for standard clocks, for floor clocks and grandfather clocks and even larger clocks with large hands and dials.

Popular wall and mantle movements are available in a broad range. Model W0132071SG is as basic as it can be, yet has an 8 day half hour striking mechanism, spring balancer, floating balance and a ship’s clock striking bell with a 65 mm diameter chime. The finest in grandfather clock mechanism is the elaborate W1171-890 grandfather clock movement featuring an eight day chime switcher capable of playing Westminster, Whittington and St Michael chimes, power reserve, graham lever, auto beat setting, second hand feature, switchable quarter hour and hour striking (4/4), 8 jewel escape wheel, night shut off and moon phase features. The breathtaking range and diversity of Hermle clock movements is reflected in the features and corresponding prices. Hermle clock movements cost as low as $ 250 and can go as high as around $1100 for the W1171-890 with a host of others in between.  Hermle has a well thought out 6 to 7 digit number code to designate features of its movements.  For example, code 130 designates a round base plate while code 1171 designates a mechanism with a base plate measuring 152 x 220 mm.  The preponderance of wall clock movements and floor clock movements gives independent clock makers a host of options in features and prices.  If it is time to replace a clock movement, the range of feature rich Hermle clock movements available for retrofitting can confuse you a bit. But then, there is a Hermle movement for every taste, preference and budget.

Timeless Classics in Floor Clocks

Some facts about Hermle grandfather clocks or floor clocks

Quality, elegance, refinement and style blend harmoniously in Hermle grandfather clocks also known as floor clocks. Hermle began its journey about a century ago when Franz Hermle started manufacturing clocks in Gosheim, Germany. In a short span of a decade Hermle clocks gained a reputation for being the most modern and efficient in the industry. Hermle high precision clock movements are at the core of each of the beautifully finished impressive clocks. The legacy of timekeepers is continued by sons Gebhard, Alfred, Heinrich and Hans Hermle. Hermle is a global leader in precision clock movements and employs over 500 people in 4 manufacturing units in Germany. Franz Hermle and Sohn also have a manufacturing facility in Amherst, Virginia, USA. Hermle leads the world in high precision manufactured clock parts, mechanical movements and clock movements that are at the core of exceptionally finished, timeless clocks. Floor clocks and grandfather clocks carrying the Hermle mark are prized possessions, blending classy looks with the German stamp of precision timekeeping. Hermle grandfather clocks are available in a wide range of charming designs that blend in with traditional décors as well as modern, contemporary ambiences.

There is no dearth of choices when it comes to choosing Hermle grandfather clocks. At one end we have the highly ornate, carved, fluted and decorated Sheffield floor clock bringing back memories of a bygone era. Then at the other end we have the New Brunswick grandfather clock, a prime example of refined simplicity and sophisticated, contemporaneous elegance. Whether one chooses the St Paul, Brighton, Oak, Nottingham, St Thomas, Amherst, Charlottesville, Jamestown, Manchester, Essex, New London, Parkhurst, Trinity or the New Brunswick model, the buyer is assured of the highest quality of workmanship. Each Hermle floor clock is made of selected solid woods such as cherry, mahogany, oak and walnut, hand crafted with love, veneered, carved, fluted, molded and finished to the highest aesthetic levels. Hermle has thoughtfully coded the colour and finish. For example code 03 stands for Walnut, I9 for classic Oak, N9 for elegant cherry and so on. These floor clocks play Westminster Chimes, Ave Maria, St Michaels and Bim-Bam.

At the core of each elegant Hermle grandfather clock is the high precision mechanical movement. Hermle makes a range of mechanical movements specifically for floor clocks. The model numbers are 451-050, 451-053, 1151-050, 1161-050, 1161-850, 1171-850 and 1171-050.  Each model code has specific features. For instance, code 0461 denotes an 8 day, 4/4 hour strike(chime every quarter hour and hourly), single chime, cable driven, pendulum type mechanism.  Code 1161 indicates an 8 day, 4/4 hour strike, triple chime, cable driven, pendulum type mechanism. Model 1171 is cable drive, 4/4 hour strike, auto beat adjustment, second hand sweep, auto night chime shut off pendulum type mechanism. Each mechanism is made of high precision parts and bronze bushings assure long life and quiet operation. Antique dials have matching Arabic or Roman numerals, moon phase motifs and date indicator. Mechanisms for Hermle grandfather clocks are imported from Germany and the cases are hand crafted in the USA, assembled and shipped free of cost to each client with a two year warranty.

Hermle floor clocks are created with care and precision to keep time for generations.For more information please click here…