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    Benrus 17 Jewel Dial-O-Rama Movement...I think...

    Hey everyone, I have what I think is a movement for the very sought after Dial-O-Rama wrist watch by Benrus.This has 17 Jewels and is model FG25. Can anyone verify that this is the actual movement for the Dial-O-Rama? Is the movement alone as sought after as the whole watch? Im hoping on finding the case for it, but wont hold my breath. I got it running...kind of... I have oiled it and it runs for about 10 minutes at a time before needing a quick shake to get it going again. Anywho, heres some pics, let me know what you all think.Thanks!

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    Re: Benrus 17 Jewel Dial-O-Rama Movement...I think...

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Post moved to the more suitable forum.
    Thanks Mike, I appreciate it.
    -Nelson

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    Re: Benrus 17 Jewel Dial-O-Rama Movement...I think...

    The font on the dials looks correct; is it a jump minute or wandering minute? Benrus sold a number of different direct read styles; i'm not sure off hand if "Dial-o-rama" refers to a specific model or the whole line. I'm a little concerned about your description of its function; I'd advise not to tinker with it too much until it can be properly serviced. I'm not sure how much luck you'll have finding a case/dial though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    The font on the dials looks correct; is it a jump minute or wandering minute? Benrus sold a number of different direct read styles; i'm not sure off hand if "Dial-o-rama" refers to a specific model or the whole line. I'm a little concerned about your description of its function; I'd advise not to tinker with it too much until it can be properly serviced. I'm not sure how much luck you'll have finding a case/dial though.
    Hey AbslomRob, thanks for the response. It is actually a jump hour, from what I can tell. The hour dial "jumps" as soon as the minute gets to 60 as opposed to just slowly changing as it approaches the 60 min mark. I havent messed with it too much. I removed the dials, lightly cleaned it and oiled it. This is what got it going so i think its just "dry" of oil. Either way, thats as far as I want to get with "tinkering" with it. Dont know what to do with it if I cant find a proper dial, maybe it'll end up in the sale section and might work for someone else as a spare. Anywho, hopefully I dont have to do that and Ill get lucky with a case! Thanks!

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    Re: Benrus 17 Jewel Dial-O-Rama Movement...I think...

    Yes it is - could have been any of the case/dial designs. It looks like the seconds pinion might be broken.

    Here is mine for comparison.









    ALso, I have a copy of the service manual here, which you might find useful.

    Probably the hardest thing to find will be the star in the middle - if you go for one of those versions.

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    Re: Benrus 17 Jewel Dial-O-Rama Movement...I think...

    EJules Borel and Bestfit both list the FG caliber as "DialORama", but they also list the EU caliber thusly. Not sure, but I suspect the EU caliber was a jump-minute; there's a lot more parts shown in Bestfit for it. Both models seem to be based on the FHF 72 (bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: FHF 72).

    Edit: Just read the manual that Trim posted, and they're both jump hour only; the EU is just a more complicated version.
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    Re: Benrus 17 Jewel Dial-O-Rama Movement...I think...

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    Jules Borel and Bestfit both list the FG caliber as "DialORama", but they also list the EU caliber thusly. Not sure, but I suspect the EU caliber was a jump-minute; there's a lot more parts shown in Bestfit for it. Both models seem to be based on the FHF 72 (bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: FHF 72).
    Did you see the service manual I linked? EU is just the earlier version with a different jump mechanism. All are 'Dial-o-ramas.

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    Re: Benrus 17 Jewel Dial-O-Rama Movement...I think...

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Yes it is - could have been any of the case/dial designs. It looks like the seconds pinion might be broken.

    Here is mine for comparison.









    ALso, I have a copy of the service manual here, which you might find useful.

    Probably the hardest thing to find will be the star in the middle - if you go for one of those versions.
    Nice, very nice. I thank you for the manual link. I wish I had found the little star, but fortunately there are other options that dont require it. It might be a needle in a haystack to find a case, but I think Ill hang on to it and see if one pops up somewhere. When the watch works, it runs fine, then stop. I might suspect the seconds pinion as well, but Im that bold as to take it apart yet, still a novice. Anywho, thanks again for clarifying the identity of my movement.
    -Nelson

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