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    Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    The large blue Kingston in this pic is rather interesting. Any info on Kingstons or that big blue sucker?
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    Re: Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    These are usually called 'jump hour' watches. The Swiss versions are a 60s/70s phenomena. Many are pin levers. Almost always they are sold under brand names which are little known nowadays.
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    Re: Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    Thanks Eeeb, did not know that. Any info on the brand Kingston..where they hail from?
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    Re: Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    USA: United States Horological Trademark Index - Kurtis Meyers - Google Books

    but little doubt using imported Swiss movements.
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    Re: Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    I'm diggin' the look of that first blue/silver Timex in that lot.
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    Re: Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    I have owned a few Kingston pin lever 'chronostop' pieces from the 60s. I always assumed they were generic movements made for affordable 'complications' that were marketed under brands with an 'English' flair such as Sheffield Kingston, Saxony, Trafalgar, etc.
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    Re: Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    Thanks DaBaeker for more info on this watch, appreciated.
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    Re: Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    Here is my Jump hour watch.

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    I love the big in your face look.

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    They are rather unpolished inside.

    They are cheaply made and the glas is just held in by the movenet and dial so dirt gets into the movement very easy. Pin lever movements weren't meant to be repaired and when a watch came in under warrenty they just swapped out the movement for a new one.

    There is some talk on the net about how good pin lever movement are and that they perform just as good as more expensive ones but this is only true when they are new and they just don't have the stamina and wear down faster.
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    Re: Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shum View Post
    There is some talk on the net about how good pin lever movement are and that they perform just as good as more expensive ones but this is only true when they are new and they just don't have the stamina and wear down faster.
    Well there are pin levers and then there are pin levers. The better ones come with properly sealed cases and jewels. Still not as good in the long run, but certainly in the service and repairable category.


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    Re: Anyone seen the big blue Kingston before?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    Well there are pin levers and then there are pin levers. The better ones come with properly sealed cases and jewels. Still not as good in the long run, but certainly in the service and repairable category.
    Could well be but I know that Timex just swapped them out even though they had good seals. This one however is much more serviceable with easy removal of main parts unlike the Timex models I have.
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