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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the difference between 1-day movement and 8-day movement?

    Most mechanical cuckoo clocks are either 1-day or 8-day movement. This means they don't run on batteries (quartz movement) but instead need to be manually 'wound' by hand. A 1-day movement clock needs to be wound a minimum of once every day while an 8-day movement clock needs to be wound a minimum of once every eight days to keep time.

  • How do I 'wind' my mechanical cuckoo clock?

    Each mechanical cuckoo clock needs to be manually 'wound' by hand. This is done by gently pulling on the chains at the bottom of the clock towards the floor until the weight on the opposite end is raised to it's utmost position. Gravity does the rest and as the weights slowly lower again they pull the chain through the clock-work and power the mechanism. Remember to pull gently on the chains and it also helps to lightly support the weights as you raise it up with the chain. All of this might sound complex but it's really very simple and the routine is really quite endearing.

  • When should I 'wind' my mechanical cuckoo clock?

    A mechanical clock (either of 1-day or 8-day movement types) can be wound at any time of the day as many times as you want. Be sure to lightly pull the weight chains to raise the weights in accordance to the instruction manual.

  • What does 'night-time shutoff' or 'light sensor' mean?

    Most cuckoo clocks (either mechanical or battery powered) come with 'night-time shutoff' in either a manual or 'light sensor' variety. This just means that both varieties enable you to control when the clock makes sounds.

    Mechanical cuckoo clocks have a manual 'night-time shutoff' which are usually a lever with 2 positions - sound on or sound off. 

    Battery powered cuckoo clocks usually come with an automatic 'night-time shutoff' otherwise known as a light sensor which detects light levels and disables sound when the lights are off or it is very dark. While some include volume levels as well as sound on/off positions, some models also include an option to stop the sound between the hours of 9:00pm and 8:00am.

Carved 8-day musical 'End of Summer' cuckoo clock 49cm by August Schwer

Brand: August Schwer

Model ID: august-5.8507.01.C

Estimated Delivery Time: Subject to availability, approximately between November 27 and December 01.

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This beautiful carved 8-day musical cuckoo clock is expertly crafted by renowned cuckoo clock manufacturer 'August Schwer' in the Black Forest, Germany.

Design

Wow, what an unusual, stunning design. At it's top, stands an impressively decorated cow with floral wreaths on it's head and a large bell on his neck.  Similarly sized, at either side of the clocks dial, is a pair of grandparents, each sitting on large boulders. Surrounding the colourful clock are edelweiss flowers which grow from delicately carved, yet solid, leaves. 

The theme of this clock is the annual return of livestock from high alpine summer pastures. Therefore, all the returning cows are beautifully decorated with floral wreaths and large bells as depicted in this clock. This is one of the main summer events in the Alps, and everybody is present to watch. Even the grandparents, sitting along the way are enjoying the view.

The carvings on this clock are in high quality and the figurines are exceptionally large. They are made of wood and are hand painted. The size of these figurines, combined with the fine carvings account for the very high price of this clock. The clock has a music and have a dancing function of couple-like figurines. Alternating at the full and half hour, the clock plays Edelweiss and Happy Wanderer. The music works made by the high quality manufacturer Reuge in Switzerland.

All August Schwer clocks are constructed with a wooden dial, wooden hands, cuckoo (August Schwer exclusive life-like wooden cuckoo) and wooden pendulum while it’s weights are made of cast iron.

Music

The cuckoo clock plays it's melodies through a mechanical Swiss-made 'REUGE' music box that alternates between the songs "Edelweiss" and "The Happy Wanderer". The sound can be switched off at night with a manual lever.

CUCKOO CHIME

It features a charming hand-painted cuckoo bird which animates from behind it's little door and sings in the hour (a succession of 'cuckoo' calls, corresponding to the time of day). The sound can be turned off manually at night with a 'sound-off' lever. 

8-day Movement

This clock is powered by 8-day movement meaning approximately every eight days the clock needs to be manually wound. The act of winding the cuckoo clock is very easy and only requires someone to gently pull on the chains so that the weights are drawn back to their utmost position. Gravity does the rest and ensures the clock can be kept perfectly on time as the weight lowers and slowly pulls the chain back through the clock-work mechanism.

Guarantee & Warranty

This cuckoo clock by August Schwer is guaranteed with the 'Black Forest Clock Association's Certificate of Authenticity' to verify that the clock was made in the Black Forest Region, Germany and that all of it's parts, including it's internal clock mechanism, have been made with the highest of standard of manufacture.

All of our cuckoo clocks come with a 30-day money back guarantee, a 2 year warranty, and FREE shipping within Europe & Mainland UK. 

Product Details:

    Material:
    Wood 
    Colour: Walnut
    Movement Type: 8-day Movement
    Clock mechanism 
    High quality 'Regula' movement
    Size (height): 49 cm
    Size (width): 38 cm
    Size (depth): 23 cm
    Chime: Every hour
    Nighttime shut-off Yes
    Warranty 2 years
    VdS Certified Yes
    Manufacturer
    Made by August Schwer in Schoenwald, Black Forest, Germany

      

    Black Forest Clock Association's 'Certificate of Authenticity'

    All of our mechanical Black Forest cuckoo clocks come complete with a 'Certificate of Authenticity' which verifies that the clock was made in the Black Forest Region, Germany and that all of it's parts, including it's internal clock mechanism, have been made with the highest of standard of manufacture. This certificate was created by the Black Forest Clock Association as a certification process designed to protect the Black Forest tradition and to represent it's quality around the world. This is the promise that Cuckoo Collections passes on from our manufacturers to you, the customer.

    Estimated Delivery Time: Subject to availability, approximately between November 27 and December 01.

    Worried about your order arriving on time? Ninety-nine percent of our orders arrive within the estimated delivery time or even earlier. However sometimes there can be factors (such as availability and delivery location) that can affect the delivery time and lengthen it by a few days. In such cases we will keep you informed of the delay and work with the courier throughout the delivery process to make it as simple as possible for you. Also, due to availability, some of our clocks need to be custom built for you by one of our many manufacturers in Italy, Germany, Japan or Switzerland. In such cases we will also inform you of the tracking details once your order is shipped from the manufacturer.

    At any time, if you have questions or concerns about the delivery time of your order (maybe because it's for a birthday, wedding or Christmas present) then let us know and we will do our best to fast-track the order with our manufacturers. Contact us here.