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  1. Might be a really good opportunity. Get in there, Andy, before someone else makes their millions from your idea!
  2. Today, this all-steel 218D hummer from 1965. You all know the outline of how these things work - vibrations of its tuning fork are converted into rotary motion by the 2.4mm diameter index wheel with its 320 microscopic teeth (each 0.01mm high and 0.02mm wide) cut round the circumference and once considered by Robert Berkavicius to have been “the most technically difficult and highest precision watch part ever made”. It’s also said that the machinery on which these wheels were made was deliberately destroyed by the company which eventually purchased Bulova (you know who you are) and that, even nearly 60 years on, the engineering behind their manufacture is either lost or remains a secret. Regards.
  3. Looks kinda BFG 844(-ish). Good find, anyway. Cheers.
  4. 34mm German-made Anker today. Unhappily, I haven’t yet established which of several Mikrolisk possibles made this particular watch, and probably never will. Its unlovely 21j movement is a French-made Lorsa 655G.3 and whilst the unidentified anti-shock has every appearance of having been cobbled together in someone’s garden shed, the same device was also used in some of the other 65x examples shown in the good Dr R’s archive. Regards.
  5. Possibly Swiss-made by the Basis Watch Co and then branded for Willy Herman’s London-based Trafalgar Watch Co, distributors of watches at the OMG end of the spectrum. The entrepreneurial Willy and his watches apparently did good business with Messrs. Tesco (other Supermarkets are available). Regards.
  6. Today this ThusyT from probably around 1950, with its fair share of age-associated patina and, at 37mm, a big boy for its time. Like this one, the few I’ve seen of this brand seem to have mainly been sold from Italy and whilst the name is recorded in Mikrolisk, the maker is shown as “unknown” but speculated to have been Swiss. Today’s effort is another example of mismatched jewel counts between dial and movement and despite the “206” on the bridge, is running on a 13’’’ Unitas cal. 176, unfortunately not represented in either R.R. or Lorenz. An alternative version of the 176 is shown in a German archive but with “207” on a substantially different bridge configuration from mine. Concluding today’s little mystery, a Thusyt watch driven by an AS 1203 movement is featured in a short YouTube video (why??) without dialogue but captioned in Portuguese. Regards.
  7. Maybe not one you see every day, this 35mm Recta made by Muller & Vaucher. Probably dates from around 1950 and runs on their own 17j Recta G2 movement with a Breguet overcoil balance spring, since untangled from how it had first come to me as a non-runner. Unusually, the case back is also gold plated, I guess on the premise that if you didn’t move quickly enough, you got plated! The Recta brand goes back to 1898 and, according to Ranfft, became silent in 1984. Regards.
  8. Couldn't agree more. All of my Peseux 3xx-driven watches run very accurately, but they have all been serviced and, OP, that's essential if yours is to be even just an occasional wearer. You may already know that yours has the "watchmakers' 4", shown as IIII, rather than IV, and usually thought to be in the interests of symmetry. Regards.
  9. As stated above, it's an Italian brand, probably by Ditta Waurinol of Milan. Would be good to see pics of the movement. Regards.
  10. That's the good ol' Lorsa P62 (or P72) as seen here: http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&1&2uswk&Lorsa_P62 Cheers.
  11. Well now, there's a thing - also came in a 21j version. And many thanks for the link. If you followed Andreas's embedded link, you'd have found mine in his archive. Maybe there's millions of these things kicking about......
  12. Ha! - I wondered if my images named the subject matter which, of course, now precludes me from offering up any more of my little mysteries! Anyway, well done that man. I'm a member of another watch site forum and had sought help with ID-ing the Guba (Gustav Bauer, as I'm sure you know). A fellow-member who also maintains an archive of movements not represented in Ranfft, Lorenz or Watch-Wiki found the attached image in a 1957 Flume but it was so rare that not even he'd ever seen one before. I was more that happy for him to include my movement and dial side images in his database. I get what you mean about the Kienzle's configuration. Here's an image of my 17j 058b25 pallet lever job by way of comparison. Cheers, Bryan
  13. .....and from where, dear Marc, did you get that from, pray tell? B.
  14. Sorry Andy and Marc. It's neither a UMF nor a Kienzle pallet lever job. The anti-shock does have an echo of the Russian SU system, but I've never been able to positively ID it. You should (hopefully) be able to expand the images for better detail. Regards.
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