Different Types of Cuckoo Clocks

Cuckoo clocks are produced in many different types of design style, movements or music.

We have compiled a list of the most famous cuckoo clock types that there are on the market today:

• Classic or Carved Style

Also known as “classic” or “(hand) carved”.

These traditional hand-carved clocks mostly come in themes like wild animals and nature or hunting.

• Chalet Style

This style of clocks originates in Switzerland since the end of the 19th century.

They can be found in three basic styles: Swiss chalet, Black Forest chalet and last but not least the Bavarian chalet.

• Modern Style

These clocks were introduced to the market by Rombach & Haas in the year 2005.

They are available in many different designs and can be found with mechanical one day or eight day movements or digital quartz movements.

Popular designs of modern coocoo clocks are: bird house clocks, free bird clocks, classic cube clocks, diamond shape clocks or pyramid clocks. 

• Vintage Style

These amazing looking vintage cuckoo clocks are a reproduction or replica of the famous 1870's antique cuckoo clock designs. 

Movements of the clocks

• 1-day movement They require to be wound up every day and they are generally a bit cheaper than 8 day movement clocks. Most of the time they do not have an automatic night shut-off.
• 8-day movement They require to winding up once a week and they are in most of the times more expensive that the cuckoo clocks with an 8-day cycle movement.
• Quartz movement These clocks are an alternative to the traditional mechanical clocks.

They are battery operated and they simulate the music, animation and movement of classic clocks.

Due to the fact they are imitations, they do not qualify for a VdS certificate but still represent the same good quality as they are produced by the reputable manufacturers.

Music & Animation

One of the favorite aspects for cuckoo fans and collectors is when clocks are playing music along with animations in the shape of moving characters.

For example wood choppers, beer drinkers, dancing couples, kissing couples or moving trains.

For the music part are the most common songs that are playing ”Edelweiss” and “The Happy Wanderer”.

Check out our catalog to see our amazing clocks with animations and music.

Clocks with night shut-off

There are two main shut-off options which are automatic or manual.

The manual option needs to be shut-off every night and the clock will remain silent unless you manually switch it back to the sound position.

The automatic night shut-off clock has 3 options: ON, OFF and automatic. If you set your clock to the automatic position, it will be silenced for 10 to 12 hours.

Cuckoo clock brands

At Cuckoo Clock Specialist we only want the best for our customers.

That’s why we are only selling clocks from the best factories from the Black Forest.

We offer a large selection of high quality clocks from these manufacturers:

• Trenkle Uhren
• Hones
• Hubert Herr
• Engstler
• Hekas
• Rombach & Haas
• August Schwer
• Anton Schneider


All of the cuckoo clock brands we are offering are a member of the “Black Forest Cuckoo Clock Association” or in German the “Verein die Schwarzwaldurh”(VdS).

This is an organization that was founded in 1987 in the Black Forest region of Germany in order to protect the traditional mechanical cuckoo clocks.

They are representing about 90% of all the clock makers of Black Forest Clocks.

The traditional clocks that are manufactured by the brands associated to the VdS will always carry a Certificate of Authenticity with the official seal logo of the VdS.

Some of the cuckoo clock brands that are with the association are also manufacturing battery operated quartz clocks and modern cuckoo clocks.

Although they are representing the same high quality, they do not have the official VdS seal even though the logo is on the mechanical movement part.