Looks like a normal watch, but what lurks inside is quite unusual …
A pin pallet movement with 21 jewels! Now that is something I haven’t seen before. Pallet fork movements were made for cheap watches, so called “dollar watches”, and Timex used them as well. Cheap to make, and not very accurate, but they work. They don’t tend to have any jewels, and this one has 21! Capped jewels for 3rd, 4th and escape wheel, a luxury most expensive watches don’t have.
I can’t figure out why anyone would construct a movement like this. If you spend all that money on jeweling and jewel caps, why not use a swiss lever? The mind boggles, and I can’t find anything about this movement anywhere.
On top of that, the movement even has a date ring.
The date changer is simple, but effective. The pawl is just a little ring that is pushed by a wire spring (wire spring removed in this photo). Also note that the clutch spring (it’s the same part as the clutch lever) is a proper spring, not a wire spring!
Not badly made. Proper beat error and beat rate regulators, jewel caps everywhere … Note that the click spring could apply for the Geneva seal 😉
The wheel train.
All the parts ready for cleaning.
With everything nice and clean, I start the reassembly.
I normally don’t like pin lever movements, but I could warm to this one.
At 11 o’clock, you can now see the pawl ring and wire spring. Simple, but effective.
Not bad looking – I put on a new crystal as I think this poor little watch deserves it. No less than Swiss made 😉