Quartz movement just means 'battery powered'. Unlike mechanical 1-day and 8-day clocks, a quartz movement clock doesn't need to be manually wound and instead will always work until the battery runs out (on most models it takes roughly one year for the battery to drain although this can differ depending on the model). The quartz power runs the time-keeping as well as the cuckoo bird sound/movement. On some models it also powers the movement of dancers, music, water wheel, and other animations etc. We generally recommend quartz movement cuckoo clocks for people who might forget to wind their clocks or who want a hassle free option.
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.
Model ID: engstler-431-QM
This beautiful battery-powered musical cuckoo clock is crafted by 'Engstler', a renowned Black Forest cuckoo clockmaker in Germany. This clock plays 12 melodies (see details below), one for each hour, beginning when the cuckoo bird has finished chiming the number of hours.
Like many cuckoo clocks from Germany, the chalet-style is based on the ‘Black Forest chalet’. These types of traditional houses were common to the Black Forest region in Germany and traditionally built of wood and stone. This makes them a favourite theme for many cuckoo clockmakers, who adorn them with wooden hand-painted decorations such as pine trees, cheerful animals, log piles, mill-wheels and other delightfully iconic ornaments and characters of the region.
The craftsmanship and attention to detail on this decorative chalet cuckoo clock is certain to impress. Perfectly suited in any room or space with natural wood features or spaces with a rustic or 'down-to-earth' decor, a cherished cuckoo clock makes for a unique and unforgettable gift for yourself or a loved one - its daily cuckoo chime is a friendly reminder of the beauty in the natural world, of clear sparkling brooks, of pine-covered mountains.
This cuckoo clock does not need to be manually wound because it is battery powered. Upon each hour the little cuckoo bird peeps out from its door and sings in the hour with a 'cuckoo' call corresponding with the time. This cuckoo clock also features an automatic night-time shut-off which works via a light sensor and shuts off the sound of the cuckoo chime and the music when the room is dark.
This clock is constructed with a wooden dial, wooden hands, wooden pendulum, though the cuckoo bird, with its moving parts, is made of plastic. The clock's weights are made of molded plastic that is painted to look like cast iron. The dimensions listed below refer only to the clock without pendulum and weights however, as its weights are purely decorative, they do not add much extra height.
All Engstler cuckoo clocks are crafted in the Black Forest region, Germany with locally sourced materials from the Black Forest. All the hand-crafted elements are made following the centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship in the region. All mechanical elements of each clock are thoroughly tested before they leave the workshop.
We have a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee on all of our cuckoo clocks and each Engstler cuckoo clock comes with a 2-year store warranty.
|Colour:||Walnut and various hand-painted ornaments|
|Movement Type:||Quartz battery|
Two baby-C batteries (often referred to as 'LR14' batteries)
|Music:||12 melodies (music can be switched off manually)|
35 cm (13¾ inches)
|Chime:||Cuckoo call every hour (when the light sensor detects light, but can also be switched off manually)|
|Country of manufacture:||Germany (Villingen-Schwenningen in Baden-Württemberg)|
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.
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