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QUESTION: I purchased an old non-working clock that has a Young Town Quartz 12888 movement.  Ordinarily, not an issue to replace however, this one has no threaded shaft. (see attached photo) The movement snaps into the round case; it's a very tight fit.  

I have not been able to find a replacement for this movement. can you help.  

Thanks much,

ANSWER: Hi Chuck,
Thank you for your very clear description and the great photo. I don't know of anyone selling Young Town snap in movements. There are snap in movements from other factories (Takane and Quartex) being sold here in the states but I doubt of your hands will fit so you would need to get new hands too. If you want to pursue that you can post a photo of the hands and tell me the length of the minute hand from the mounting hole to the tip and I'll do some research for you.
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QUESTION: Hi Michael - thank you so much for your response.  

The hands measure:
Second hand - 1 1/4 inches
Minute hand - 1 1/4 inches
Hour hand - 1 inch

The movement case measures 2 1/4 square.  It sits in a round frame, with just movement corners touching the round frame.

I am not wed to Young Town Quartz.

Would a better solution be to simply forget the snap-in and use a movement with a very, very short threaded shaft?  The plastic cover over the clock face is convex in shape so I believe there is sufficient space for the shaft and hands.  I could also use a spacer on the back side.  The only constraint would be ensuring the movement is no larger than 2 1/4 on each side.

Again, thank you for your help.

You could get a new snap in movement and new hands. Any mini quartz movement should be no larger than 2-1/4" square. Most of them are 2-3/16" or 2-1/8". The rounding of the corners could be different. You said your corners touch the case so I have to put that out there. The fact is, you won't be sure any movement will fit in your clock until you try it. If there is a clock shop in your area you should take it there to at least get an opinion. When someone brings one of those to me I might have to try two or three movements and sometimes nothing will fit. If you are interested in getting a movement or two to try you can shop for snap in movements at   

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Michael Radi


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