Moon Dial Product NotesThe clock moon dials are specific to a particular movement series usually. To get a clock moon dial for your clock you would need the movement numbers off of the back plate of the movement itself, Not off of the paper work that came with the clock, not off of the wood case, but off of the clock engine itself. These moon dials are for German mechanical floor clock movements, post 1960 only. If the clock is cable driven, it will have the holes to wind the clock in the dial, if it is chain driven it will not have winding holes.
Moon Dial Mounting Posts NoteAll of the moon dials on this page have the four posts on the back of them unless specified. These four posts lock into the clock movement's front plate. There are two styles of locking the posts, some movements have levers that slide and lock the post, and sometimes the post will have a hole in them for a tapered pin to lock it in place.
PresidentialGrandfather clock sized 11 x 15 1/2 phase of the moon dial with Arabic gold time track and raised spandrels. The four dial feet on the back of the dial mount into the movement itself. Has the silent / chime options at 3 O'clock. This dial fits either the Kieninger KSU series or the Hermle 1161-853. This is the best quality phase of the moon dial available for these units.
Moon Dial 11 x 15.511 x 15 1/2 phase of the moon dial with Arabic gold time track. The four dial feet on the back of the dial mount into the movement itself. Has the silent / chime option at 3 O'clock. This dial fits a variety of clock movements.
Hermle 1161This 11 x 15 1/2 inch phase of the moon dial has Arabic numerals. This dial has the holes for the crank key to fit the 1161 Hermle Grandfather clock movement series. The difference between this one for the 1161-850 and a dial for a 1161-853 is the stand off feet are shorter on the 850, as the 1161-850 has the shorter hand shaft and therefore need these shorter feet. At 3 o'clock are the chime selections for the three songs as well as the silent option.
Hermle 451-053Moon dial that is 11 x 15 1/2 inches. This moon dial has raised corners and the wording silent / chime at 3 o'clock. The numerals are Arabic and the dial is gold with a silver time track. This will fit either the Hermle 451-053 or the 451-033 movements.
Hermle Dial11 x 15 1/2 phase of the moon dials with a silver time track and raised corners. The four dial feet on the back of the dial mount into the movement itself. Has the silent / chime option at 3 O'clock and has Arabic numerals. This dial will fit many Hermle clock movements. The pic does not show the cable driven style, this style has the holes to wind the cables and also a second hand bit on it.
Hermle 1151-053This 9 7/8 x 13 inch phase of the moon dial is made for the 1151-053 movement series. There are 4 stand off feet on the back of this dial that attach to the clock movement itself. This low arch moon dial is a uncommon size and hard to offer sometimes for this movement.
Tempus FugitTempus Fugit dial has three sizes available with either Arabic or Roman numerals. This has no phase of the moon function, instead says Tempus Fugit on the top hump. This dial has no feet to lock into the movement, as it is designed to drill small holes for screws in the corners. The dial would then attach the wood case instead of the movement.
The Story of the Moon DialIn the late 17th century, the moon dial was added to most long case clocks so that people could plan ahead for when the moon was full and travel at night was not so hazardous. The arched dial was first used in clocks at the beginning of the 18th century, and presented a real challenge to the makers of fine clocks. By approximately 1720, moving figures began to appear in this space, figures which moved back and forth with the swing of the pendulum. Among them were prancing deer, rocking ships, and Father Time with his scythe. At the time, there was no practical value to this feature on the clock, it was done simply for the delight of those viewing the clock. After motion had been added in the arch above the dial, the next step was to reproduce the progress of the moon from phase to phase. The proverbial “Man in the Moon” was used on most dials with a landscape and/or seascape on the other half of the circle. A rocking ship was a frequent symbol of the sea, with a deer often representing the land. In our very modern world today, the moving moon section of the dial is more decorative than useful, but it is still a very sought after feature. Many beliefs concerning the moon and its effects have been recorded. Among them:
- Sweep the house in the dark of the moon and you will have neither moths nor spiders.
- Trees planted at full moon will bear fruit.
- Plant peas and potatoes in the increase of the moon.