Video of my unusual watch

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Video of my unusual watch

Postby bobbee » August 29th 2017, 6:52am

Bear with it, my first attempt at uploading a video...
The watch I would date from the sixties, and it still needs hands and the stem shortening. I have never seen it's like before, the crystal has a pebbly finish and the dial markings/numerals are affixed to the underside of the crystal. I wanted to show the effect of the silvered disc fixed to the seconds pinion, and only a video can do this.
Hope you like.

https://vimeo.com/231542780

Thought I would add a photo of the watch to help with the poor video image... :D



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Re: Video of my unusual watch

Postby Racer-X » August 29th 2017, 6:57am

That's a first for me, looks like it's alive! Very unique piece.
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Re: Video of my unusual watch

Postby bobbee » August 29th 2017, 7:24am

Me too R-X, and unusual in that it's for a man, and measures 36mm.
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Re: Video of my unusual watch

Postby Wasp » August 29th 2017, 9:59am

Inquiring minds need to know. Metal? Any markings?
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Re: Video of my unusual watch

Postby bobbee » August 29th 2017, 10:20am

Wasp wrote:Inquiring minds need to know. Metal? Any markings?


Case and back are base metal, chrome plated. Case back is marked: "* Electronically Timed * Antimagnetic * Swiss Made *" And also says in the centre, "Diamond Tooled, Patent Pending". Inside case back is "B. Schaffel, Swiss." I believe Bernard Schaffel was an importer in the US (where the watch came from to me) of cheap Swiss watches and cases.
I replaced the original unmarked 1 jewel pin lever trashed movement with a decent A. Schild 17 jewel one.
No patent I can find yet, but I will try again. :)
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Re: Video of my unusual watch

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » August 29th 2017, 1:09pm

The design is indeed unusual- yeees, it's blingy, but it's the enjoyable sort of blingy. Looking forward to seeing it with a new set of hands.

Too bad it doesn't have a steel back- chrome plated backs aren't exactly the height of durability. At least the ones I've seen weren't- for example, most of Zenith's "Metal Chrome" cases from the 1930s usually have hardly any plating left.

Getting rid of the pin-lever was a good decision. I mean, it's always best to keep these things as original as possible, but when it's pin-lever rubbish and it doesn't work, keeping the original movement doesn't sound like a good option.
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