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  1. Today, some German pin lever action, in the shape of a Kienzle "Markant" mechanische herren "Strapazier-Armbanduhr", probably 1960s or thereabouts. It is relatively small for a "Herren" (mens) sized watch, with 16mm lugs. Given the somewhat "industrial" construction and the fact that it is still going strong I think it meets the claim of being a "Strapazier-Armbanduhr" (hard wearing wrist watch).
  2. For what its worth, I've used PLA (wood glue), clear nail polish and UV cure nail polish, all of which work reasonably well. The trick is to make sure the mix is nice and "gloopy", as it needs to bridge the gap without dripping. I've only ever used lume powders, not pre-mixed stuff, and I suspect that this makes life a little easier as you can always add more lume powder to thicken the mix, or more of the fluid to thin it. In the case of PLA, you could also add water. Nail polish can be thinned with acetone if you need a very wet mix. I've no idea if acetone works with the UV cure but I sus
  3. I decided to give the elegant little "Crown Watch" "Ancre 15 Rubis" an airing today. This has a strange arrangement of "almost fixed lugs", in the sense that they have pins that roll, but are so tightly fitted that there is no way to remove them, so it requires a strap suited to fixed lugs. I can't remember what the caliber is, but for those who want to know, here is a picture of its beating mechanical heart. I would suggest it is probably from the 1940s or 1950s judging by the styling, but that is simply a guess, so possibly from the Bombay "Crown Watch" compan
  4. http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&&2uswk&Seiko_6602B So far as I can tell, Seiko sold "private label" movements, variants of their standard movements, typically with that double A style logo on them.
  5. That, I would hang on my wall. I might even hang this on my wall. I'm not so sure about this though. The trouble is, I know the first one is worth the asking price (in my opinion), but the second one, while it probably is worth the price... its quartz, and that kind of spoils the enjoyment of a real wood and brass clock. I guess it all depends on what you actually want it for. The second one will tell the time just the same as the £8 cardboard and plastic clock from Argos. The first one will probably need a lot of TLC to just keep it going, but I know which
  6. Don't let it get the better of you, but be really careful, before you know it, it will have invited all its friends to join you.
  7. That is such a cool find. Possibly not to every bodies tastes, but it is a design classic.
  8. The 1979 price of £33.80 translates to £157.11 in 2020 so the cost as a percentage of the weekly wage would be about the same, however as you say there were much cheaper options, and tastes were changing, you just need to look at some of the 1970s watches to see that. Having said all that if you look at the price of a new Seiko brass mantle clock today, they are not a kick in the pants away from £200, so if the quality is there, then people will still pay those kinds of numbers. You have to be careful when you go down market, because you need much larger volumes to make the same kin
  9. According to Hansard, that £8 15' 0d price would have been roughly half a weeks average wages in 1967 https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/written-answers/1967/dec/05/average-weekly-earnings So two and a half day's graft would have bought you a fine new mahogany and brass, electric clock for the living room mantelpiece. That Metamech was a bit of a status symbol in that case.
  10. Assuming your prices are from around 1967 (and obviously pre decimal), that wasn't a particularly cheap clock back in 1967. If we take a rough price for the "Automatic" model at £8 (and ignore the 15 shillings).
  11. The advert shows three model types, "Electric", "Automatic" and "8 Day jewelled". Electric and 8 day jewelled are obvious, but what does "Automatic" mean in this case, since it clearly doesn't mean the same thing as a self winding watch.
  12. Thanks for the info. I wonder if the '60' stamped on the base might then be the model number for a slightly different version of the 946. The style of bakelite case used on the mechanism of one I have is very reminiscent of 1950s and early 1960s electrical items. Typically off white urea formaldehyde and epoxy resin fabricated items had replaced most of the brown bakelite ones by the early seventies, however I guess since the model looks to have been introduced in 1967, they were still using brown bakelite even then. Its not that brown was the only colour for bakelite, but it
  13. Speaking of quick fingers.. ... not only could Barney play the banjo at 1000 mph, he also played the mandolin and the melodeon (button keyed accordion) with equal skill an humour.
  14. If you liked that, you may like this.. ... that piano looks familiar.
  15. Be careful with that idea. Before you know it your living room will end up looking like this. .. or maybe this..
  16. I've had good results with your typical rattle can lacquers and clear coats but there are actually specialist lacquers for brass, both spray on and brush on. I even used pound shop rattle can lacquer for the brass fittings on the windows and doors in our previous place, and that lasted for years. There are specialist lacquers for brass musical instruments for example, but they tend to be a little pricey. You will also find lacquers for brass bullet and shell cases, however I don't think they are necessary for this, as the item will see very little contact wear, so pretty much anything will pro
  17. Today we have a big 'Q' of watches to choose from.
  18. Electro-mechanical clocks are actually not that uncommon in industrial settings for things like lighting and heating controls that come on and off at set times throughout the year (although those are a little more complex than the metamec). Good old fashioned street lights in the pre-solid state electronics age were often controlled by timers like these directly fed and regulated from the mains. These also use synchronous motors. Some even have a "spring reserve" to keep them ticking away if the power goes off. The really fancy ones have a seasonal cam to compensate for day len
  19. You can "unzip" the cores of old power supply transformers. I have done this to make coils for other stuff, but not, so far, for watches. If you have an electric sewing machine, you can unwind the transformer core on to a sewing machine bobbin using the bobbin loading function.
  20. The 404 club membership committee (me) debated long and hard, well in to the night and have decided to allow clocks under the extensive 404 club rules and regulations, so here is the first new member under the new rules. A relatively early Metamec synchronous mains, brush finished brass and mahogany mantle clock (serial number 60). I would guess its age as anything from the late fifties to the mid to late seventies, as this model had a long production run, even sporting a later quartz variant, which looks almost identical other than the Kienzle quartz mechanism and a "Quartz"
  21. The Metamec synchronous mains clock arrived, so I stripped down the case and the brass work and cleaned it up. Its a hefty beast, and scrubbed up very nicely. I didn't appreciate from the auction pictures how it should look without all the grime and filth. The brass was black. Maybe it spent its life over a coal fire mantlepiece. I'll tackle the mechanism tomorrow, check it for electrical safety and fit a new cord and plug if I have the time, but here is a quick before and after shot. The plinth and the pillars need a quick kiss with some shellac button polish, and I
  22. Its Sekonda time again, or perhaps (according to Auntie Google) "Время Секонды.".
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