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  1. Yes, and it's able to resist Emerson (sic) in water. Maybe he got luckier on dry land.
  2. Jeez, you guys are cruel. OK, try this one instead: 34mm Wittnauer from the early '70s and running on the 13 (only) ESA 9154. Regards.
  3. Only if there had been any substance to them
  4. If you've got 'em, flaunt 'em!
  5. A relic of the Jewel Wars, this 35mm 1950s Mount Royal with an 80 jewels (kind of) Felsa 4002, 21 of which are broadly functional and 59 which, er, aren’t. I’ve no idea how many of these watches survive today or, indeed, were ever made but it “coulda been a contender” until the likes of Waltham, Orient, and Titoni climbed into the ring with their 100 (and more) jewelled efforts. Of the two recorded makers of a Mount Royal brand, Choisi seems to be the most likely candidate for today’s curiosity, it being a product of the original company founded in 1929 before its demise, date unknown. The company name was seemingly reactivated in 2013 by a Singapore-owned enterprise which, from what I can see, is largely producing retro-style watches along with homages based on the old company’s vintage models. Regards.
  6. 34mm UMF from the good ol’ GDR with its 0j UMF 23. This was a relatively short-lived (1961 – 1963) movement before being superseded by the easier (and cheaper) to manufacture UMF 24 series which then went on to sell more than 100 million units, mainly to the West. Regards.
  7. 34mm Accurist Divermatic with a 21j ETA 2452. OK, I get the "matic" bit, but "Diver"?? Err.. no. Regards.
  8. Not a Judex movement, but a 9.75''' Jeambrun 217. Regards.
  9. Not so sure about the "well-engineered" bit. See here: http://www.crazywatches.pl/luch-3055-electro-quartz-1981 Regards.
  10. I have two of these things. My blue-dialled one runs faultlessly (touch wood!) whilst this white-dialled one will run for months but does run fast. After re-setting the time, it can be a bit of a bear to get it re-started and I'd always wondered if it wasn't de-hacking properly. Anyway, I hope your watchmaker can get yours running properly. Regards.
  11. Today, this Luch EMQ with the (in)famous 3055, produced from 1981 to 1983. At 41mm and 10g, it can be a bit of brute to wear. Regards.
  12. Hello all, I know this is a long shot, but here goes. I have a 1930s 13’’’ Thiel Divina (Flat) movement missing its balance cock and regulator. I’ve tried extensively, and unsuccessfully, to find either these parts, or an otherwise knackered movement which still has them. The attached images are of mine (although I’ve since managed to source a balance wheel with spring and staff) and also what the complete movement should look like. Mine is housed in a Services Transport model and any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. With thanks and regards.
  13. During a brief dalliance with Timex quartzies last year, I picked up a couple of “Big Q” M135s from the early ‘80s, and also this slightly oddball 35mm “Small Q” jump-minute affair. The dial reference numbers declare it to be an M55 from 1979 and was bought as a non-working punt. I stuck in a new battery, more in hope than expectation, and got lucky. As many will know, these things don’t tick, being silent and unmoving in operation. Rather than every second, this accumulates over 59 seconds until on the 60th and with a distinct “click”, the minute hand jumps to the next marker. It also hacks. From what little I’ve been able to glean from a variety of sources and to which I’m much indebted: The movement is what Timex called a rocker motor, only ever used by them and was in production from 1978 to 1980. Allegedly, the M55 didn’t appear in their catalogues but is mentioned in the Timex museum notes. There was also a date version, the M56. One thing I can vouch for is that it’s spookily accurate and the claimed +/- 15 secs per month really doesn’t do it justice, even after 40 years. I’ve attached a link to Chris Lorenz’s resource, translated from the original German, here: https://17jewels.info/movements/t/timex/timex-m43/ which although focussing on the M43 is what I expect my M55 to look like if my sausage fingers ever pluck up the courage to remove the black plastic cover. As they say, if it ain’t broke ..etc… It also provides a link at the bottom of the page to the 1977 rocker motor patent details for those who may be interested. Regards.
  14. Late coming to your post of 15th May but, yes, the Newmark company was based in Croydon and the movement in your example is their own in-house movement which they named only as the 10.5'''. Regards.
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