Watch Movements

Alpina-Gruen cal 157

Alpina-Gruen cal 157

As much as I love the Alpina Gruen Quadron as a watch, this one has come the closest to being thrown into a parts box more times than any other watch in my collection. So far three parts movements have been purchased due to it falling off my bench twice, both times resulting in broken pivots. I now keep a folded blanket directly below the bench when working on it. No others need this precaution as it’s only this one that seems to have suicidal tendencies.

Being as it may it was my first so it has that place reserved on the shelf along with my Gruen Touchdown and Bumper. As it stands the balance staff has to be removed from the rim and put into another then poised. The present balance is scarred from some very sloppy staking and regulating. When it’s finally finished there will be a small party to celebrate.

Alpina-Gruen cal 157

Alpina-Gruen cal 157

1951 Gruen Submarine

1951 Gruen Submarine before Restoration

Not in the greatest of shape and not running for more than two seconds before stopping.

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Jagot 6 Jewel cylinder escapement

Jagot 6 Jewel cylinder escapement

Here’s a recent purchase that turned out to be a surprise. I was expecting to find the ubiquitous Shild 341 or FHF variation inside. What I found when I opened the tri-fold case was a movement I’ve never seen before. It’s a cylinder movement from MST with only a “6” below the balance as a clue to identification. Edit:  Thanks to David at http://mirius.co.uk/ for providing the Calibre and another great source for reading and research.

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