Can Anyone ID the Prototype for this Alpha Jump Hour Tank?

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    Question Can Anyone ID the Prototype for this Alpha Jump Hour Tank?

    (Cross-posted from Affordables. Thought it might be more at home here with the Oldies ...)


    Can anyone tell me what watch this Alpha is inspired by?

    I recently purchased one, driven by another thread, and find that it has evoked a long-past memory of a watch that I used to play with as a child. I think it was in a relation's desk drawer, or a cigar box, or ...?

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    Re: Can Anyone ID the Prototype for this Alpha Jump Hour Tank?

    These are from a class of watches called the 'jump hour'. They were fairly common in the 50's and 60's. By the 70's the class was mostly populated with cheap pin level movements. They are commonly available NOS on eBay.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Can Anyone ID the Prototype for this Alpha Jump Hour Tank?

    The Benrus "Dial-o-Rama" was one of the earliest and most notable examples of this type of watch. This page has some old ads for it:
    http://www.ceasuripentruromania.ro/c...nguage=english

    And here's a gallery of other models:
    http://crazywatches.w.interia.pl/jumphour.html
    My growing collection of "affordable" vintages: http://www.abslomrob.com

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    Re: Can Anyone ID the Prototype for this Alpha Jump Hour Tank?




    Here's what looks like the original inspiration for the Alpha jump hour.

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    Re: Can Anyone ID the Prototype for this Alpha Jump Hour Tank?

    Thanks to all for the leads! I think that the Benrus may have been the one I remember, the vintage would be about right (the watch was old when I had my little fingers on it), and I doubt anyone in my family could have afforded the Piguet.

    I'll do some more research, but feel free to keep the posts coming!
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    Re: Can Anyone ID the Prototype for this Alpha Jump Hour Tank?

    (Cross-posted in the Affordable forum)

    The closest I've found so far is this Audemars Piguet (sorry for the bad scan) :


    Chronoswiss has this model :
    My YouTube channel | My ImageShack gallery

    MY COLLECTION :
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    Russian : POLJOT | RAKETA | SLAVA | STURMANSKIE | VOSTOK | VOSTOK EUROPE | ZVEZDA
    French : AVYSTYLE | HERMA | LIP | YEMA | YONGER & BRESSON
    German : AEROMATIC | GLASHÜTTE | TAUCHMEISTER
    Chinese : ALPHA | ARMIDA | BEIJING | FINËAT | JARAGAR | KASSAW | OHSEN | PARNIS | SANGDO | SEKARO | SMAEL | STEWAL | WINNER


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    Re: Can Anyone ID the Prototype for this Alpha Jump Hour Tank?

    Patek Philippe, circa 1889.



    Cartier also made several over the years. This particular case design is the staple when it comes to jump hours.

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