Sunday, 24 August 2008

Royal London Pocket Watch

Model: 4289-2C
Material: PVD (Physical vapor deposition) Gold
Dial colour: Champaign
Year: c2007
Movement: Mechanical - windup
Case depth: 11mm
Case width: 42mm
Weight: 36.14 g

Royal London is part of Condor Group Ltd:

I bought this watch and four others like it when I got married. One for each best man, one for my father-in-law and for my father.

Junghans Mantle Clock

This is a Junghans mantle piece clock. I'm not sure when it was made but it has a presentation plaque on the back with the date 1958.

The plaque shows "Presented to Lionel Monson by his colleagues in Engineering Branch G.P.O. East London 21-11-58".

J.C. Vickery Clock

This is a strange clock, I assume it's meant to be mounted into a frame. It's a complete non-runner so I have it in bits at the moment trying to find out what's wrong with it.

The text on the back of the movement shows "BREVET 33236" which is the patent number from the Swiss patent office. Initially I thought Brevet was the name of the manufacturer but it means 'patented'.

There are a number of components in the clock that are very similar to my J.C. Vickery pocket watch.

Update: 7/11/2010

The following photos have been very kindly sent to me by Dave. They show what the clock case is meant to look like. Dave also found out the following in his research:

"The patent number was filed by George Ducommun in 1907, he's the founder of Doxa."

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Bulova Accutron 214

This watch is a Bulova Accutron 214, made in 1964.

The watch uses a tuning fork that oscillates at 360Hz. Something unsual about the watch is that is has no crown and he time is set at the back of the watch.

The watch originally used a mercury 1.35V battery/cell which aren't available any more (now banned). I replaced the battery/cell with an Accucell-1 - 387/343 Mercury free battery/cell.

Here is a link to the service manual:

Bulova 7AK

This watch is a Bulova manual wind movement with a sub seconds dial. The date of manufacture was 1948. The watch is running very fast and needs a service.

Model: Bulova 7AK (partially based on ETA 735)
Jewels: 21
Frequency: 18000 A/h

Citizen Promaster

Model: NY0040-09
Movement: Automatic
Water resistance: 200 meters

Text on the back cover of the watch:
Promaster Citizen
Citizen Watch Co
Water Resist 200m
S203 - S03412A HST GN-A-S

The picture shows the original strap.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Titus - Tuning Fork Watch

This watch uses the Bulova tuning fork movement (ESA 916 2), which is the same movement used by Omega for their f300hz watches.

The connection between Omega and Titus is intriguing (they seem to share a lot of parts) - here is a link to a forum discussing the watches:

Text on the movement shows:
Twelve 12 Jewels
Lic Bulova & PA? Swiss
916 2

Battery: Maxell SR1120SW Hitachi Made in Japan

Text on the watch back cover shows:

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Swatch Irony Automatic

Caliber: ETA 2841-1

I bought this watch in Dubai (January 2007).

J.C. Vickery Pocket Watch

Here's a picture of a J.C. Vickery pocket watch. This watch belonged to my Great Grandfather. The watch's balance wheel is broken :(

Rolex Submariner Anniversary Edition

The Rolex submariner was introduced in 1953. To commemorate 50 years of the submariner a green bezel submariner was introduced in 2003.

  • Model: Rolex 16610 LV
  • Movement: 31 jewel chronometer - movement# 3135
  • Crystal: Synthethic sapphire crystal
  • Bracelet: Oyster bracelet with flipclasp and extension link, band width 20mm - bracelet# 93250
  • Case: waterproof to 1000 feet, diameter: 40mm - case# 16610

The watch isn't a limited edition, but waiting lists can be quite long to get one - up to 2 years.


T.S. and J.D. Negus Ship Chronomenter

This photo shows a T.S. & J.D. Negus ships chronomenter. The chronomenter can run for 56 hours before it needs to be wound again. Although at the moment it can only run for 40 hours so I still have a bit of work to do get it running correctly.

Movement: fusee with 'deadbeat' Earnshaw chronometer escapement.

T.S. & J.D. Negus was a navigational instrument maker that formed in 1869 and based at 100 Wall Street, New York City.

400 Day Anniversary Clock

This clock only needs to be wound once a year - that will be when I've got it running correctly. When I got the clock it's balance spring was broken. There are many different thickness/strength balance springs. If the spring is too thick the clock will run fast. If it's too thin it will run slowly. By trail an error (and buying a lot of springs) the clock is running well - but gaining a couple of minutes a day. Finer adjustments can be made to the penulum weights to get the timing exactly correct.

Clock make: Kan (Germany)

Seiko 'Monster' SKX779

  • Model Number: SKX79
  • Movement: 7S26
  • Automatic
  • Runs at 21600bph (beats per hour)
  • 21 jewels
  • Water resistant to 200m
  • In-house movement
  • Approx. 40mm in diameter

The watch can't be wound manually, it relies on the automatic rotor to wind the watch. There is also no 'hacking' feature.

Of all my watches this must be one of the most heavy duty. I've been swimming with it in the sea a number of times (even one scuba dive) and also worn it while mountain biking. I don't recommend it for mountain biking though, it's a heavy watch and after a number of fast rocky descents it had bruised my wrist so much I had to take it off.

Based on the watch's serial number it's production date was December 1996. The production date can be calculated using this calculator.

One of the surprising features of this watch is how good it's luminosity is.

This watch isn't being made anymore, but can still easily be bought on the Internet.


Monday, 4 August 2008

H. Neve Pocket Watch

This pocket watch is signed H. Neve, London. I don't know much about this maker, but I'm trying to find out more. The watch is a silver fusee pocket watch. The silver hall marks on watch date it as 1806.

The watch belongs to my father-in-law, and he got it from his father.

Omega Constellation

The photo shows an Omega constellation. This is my father's watch - he bought it in 1972. The watch uses a Bulova tuning fork movement which oscillates at 300Hz.