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Very Early Wrist Watch Articles/Photos

Postby bobbee » December 10th 2016, 3:28am

I mean to add further items of interest and early photos in the future, but will start with

Here is the earliest "self-winding" wrist watch, dating to 1890.

After finding a few articles in 2014 concerning a "self-winding wrist watch" in several US newspapers (below), one even mentioning a gentleman who owned one, I was very excited and posted the articles on two other sites, WUS: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/very-e ... st10325418
and the NAWCC message boards: http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?1139 ... post913510


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Although very intriguing and very descriptive of what the watch could do, the articles proved to be a little frustrating and my posting of these was met with disbelief by one person because of the lack of any further evidence, and even though other members had tried to work out just how this watch would wind itself, interest eventually fizzled out.
Until I discovered this patent.

https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publica ... ale=en_EP#

Images in the patent:

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As can be seen in the description in the patent itself, the whole case back rotates, and affixed to the rear is a large toothed gear.
Upon opening the bracelet: "The number of teeth on the pinion (K) and the partially internally toothed wheel (H) are so calculated and proportioned as to insure the winding of the watch for half it's full period on each revolution of the back plate."
This means that upon closing the bracelet, it will be fully wound!

Does this count as a "self-winding" wrist watch? Well, you have to wear an automatic wrist watch (not counting a watch winder machine!) before it starts to work, and the 1890 watch will be fully wound by this action alone. Taking it off and on each day will insure it is perpetually wound, just like a modern automatic watch.

Thanks for looking, Bob.
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Re: Very Early Wrist Watch Articles/Photos

Postby bobbee » December 11th 2016, 12:45pm

Here is another find on the patents DB.
After my discovery of the above patent from 1890 for the first self-winding wrist watch, I never thought I would top or even equal this.
But with this new discovery-something I also think has never been seen on this or other internet sites-I think I might have just about equalled it.

This patent is for an alarm wrist watch dating from 1892 (applied), by Carl Otto Major of Dresden. The patent is not for a watch holder, but an integral watch and bracelet with-well, I'll leave the rest for you to see for yourselves!

https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/originalDocument?CC=CA&NR=44013A&KC=A&FT=D&ND=3&date=18930822&DB=&locale=en_EP#

The description of this watch is amazing, and must be read (It is in English) to be believed.
Here are the two illustrations from the patent above, to give you an idea of just how unusual this is.



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As can be seen, it looks to be a quite sizeable piece. For a man, possibly? It even vibrated like the more recent Memovox, Memostar and Cricket watches, only with a "hammer or needle operating on the arm of the wearer."
Any way, the earliest alarm wrist watch-or "remembrancer" as it's inventor called it-dating to 1892.

Thanks, Bob.
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