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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.

Chalet 8-day Gutach Valley Mill cuckoo clock with music 65cm by August Schwer

Brand: August Schwer

Model ID: august-5.8877.01.P

Estimated Delivery Time: As is tradition each year before Christmas, our clockmakers increase production in anticipation of increased demand. Therefore, any orders made before the 10th of December by UK or mainland Europe customers, will be produced and dispatched in time for delivery before Christmas. If you require any more information about delivery time, please let us know via our contact page.

DUE TO NOVEMBER CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS: The August Schwer craftspeople in Germany are still able to take new orders, however please be aware that there may be some short delays in delivery due to shortened production hours within their workshop caused by complications with the COVID-19 lockdowns. Therefore our estimated delivery times are NOT entirely accurate and may need to be increased by a few days. We are very sorry for this inconvenience. Please contact us to find out more information about delivery times.

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Chalet 8-day Gutach Valley Mill cuckoo clock with music 65cm by August Schwer

This very large clock presents every detail, which stands for the uniqueness of a Black Forest Farm house. The clock house itself represents the specific building techniques of the Black Forest. A typical shingle roof, partial timber frame building; a fitted mill wheel, which turns when the clock strikes.Black Forest farm steads are often isolated buildings spread thin over the hilly countryside. A characteristic of such a farm house is the bell tower with the fire bell on the roof. In the case of an emergency, help could be called with these bells. A similar function has the little pond to the left of the clock. It is symbolic of the fire water ponds, which can be found in the vicinity of every Black Forest farm. All these details, at first glance beautiful adornments, have vital functions for a Black Forest farm house.In integral part of farm life are the animals. Farm animals like cows, swine, chicken, geese, today s pets, a dog, a cat, all are present on this clock. Even some wild animals like a duck and a little bird can be found on the clock. This clock has an incredible richness in details, there is always something new to discover. The central element of the decoration is the children figurine, with three little kids sitting on a bench. All figurines and decorative elements are made of wood and are hand-painted.The dancing figurines are high quality children musicians, each a different figurine with a different musical instrument.
All parts made of wood, wooden dial, hands, cuckoo, pendulum.August Schwer exclusive life-like cuckoo! High quality Swiss music box (Reuge), 2 melodies: Edelweiss and Happy Wanderer.

Product Details:

    Material:
    Wood 
    Colour: Walnut 
    Movement Type: 8-day Movement
    Clock mechanism 
    High quality 'Regula' movement
    Size (height): 65 cm
    Size (width): 59 cm
    Size (depth): 30 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: As is tradition each year before Christmas, our clockmakers increase production in anticipation of increased demand. Therefore, any orders made before the 10th of December by UK or mainland Europe customers, will be produced and dispatched in time for delivery before Christmas. If you require any more information about delivery time, please let us know via our contact page.

    DUE TO NOVEMBER CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS: The August Schwer craftspeople in Germany are still able to take new orders, however please be aware that there may be some short delays in delivery due to shortened production hours within their workshop caused by complications with the COVID-19 lockdowns. Therefore our estimated delivery times are NOT entirely accurate and may need to be increased by a few days. We are very sorry for this inconvenience. Please contact us to find out more information about delivery times.

    Worried about your order arriving on time? Nine out of ten 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 or even a week or two for some more complex models. In such cases we will keep you informed of the delay and work with the the manufacturer and courier throughout the process to make it as simple as possible for you to rest assured knowing your clock is on track to you. Many of our clocks are held in stock with our suppliers but, depending on the model/brand, some are built-to-order by one of our many manufacturers in Italy, Germany, Japan or Switzerland. We appreciate your patience in such cases and we will inform you of the tracking details as soon as your order is shipped from the manufacturer or supplier.

    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.