Lanco Astrolon

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    Lanco Astrolon

    Not many of these about! This is the Lanco version of the Tissot Astrolon - which arrived today. It works well, but I know these are unlikely to last forever so it won't go out too much.

    I think the Lanco version is probably rarer than the Tissot - Tissot acquired Lanco in 1970 or 1971 (I believe). This is probably 1973 or thereabouts. The movement is the 2270 variant.





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    Very neat!

    An interesting movement.

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    Re: Lanco Astrolon

    wow are the gears plastic?

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    Re: Very neat!

    realy interesting movement,I like the plastic gears

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    Re: Lanco Astrolon

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvinward01 View Post
    wow are the gears plastic?
    A kind of self-lubricating nylon. One of the reasons for their commercial failure was that they were made not ever to need lubricating - so jewellers didn't get the income from regular servicing. The other main reason was - of course - quartz movements.

    See also:

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplo...ot/tissot.html
    Last edited by Marrick; January 15th, 2009 at 18:50. Reason: link added
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    Re: Very neat!

    Considering how few movements with nylon parts survive, I guess the tech was faulty. an example of "Swatch/dollarwatch" thinking maybe?

    Very intersting still, and in such fab condition!

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    Re: Very neat!

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Considering how few movements with nylon parts survive, I guess the tech was faulty. an example of "Swatch/dollarwatch" thinking maybe?

    Very intersting still, and in such fab condition!
    Thank you. The screw on back - its not a display back - still has the original sticker on; so its had little use I think.

    Anyway, I've just found a video of an Astrolon in action. Enjoy:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zYFLnstvADQ
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    Re: Lanco Astrolon

    I have several of these plus a number of spare movements. I appear to have overbought on spares as these things just keep on ticking... Over time they generally seem to get harder to wind... not sure why.

    Tissot made these in a subsidiary, Argon I think. They sold them to a number of encasers. It is fairly common to find these encased in Sears branded watches. I have even seen some in fiberglass cases but most cases were metal.

    They keep time about as well as their similarly aged metal counterparts. Over the years we have had posts on this movement. The search function may find them.
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    Re: Lanco Astrolon

    Well the link:

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/tissot/tissot.html

    seems to show an Agon label on the movement - but I didn't think that was a Tissot brand.

    The movement was launched in 1971 after 14 years of research. From the Tissot book:

    "Some of the movements were assembled on the Tissot automatic line while the others were entrusted to Actos in Geneva and Agon in Mumpf."

    "In 1974 a revival plan was presented which associated the Astrolon product with two other brands as well as Tissot: Lanco and Sheffield owned by SSIH"

    This thread on another forum:

    http://www.bdwf.net/viewtopic.php?f=73&p=533823

    shows that Agon had made watches for Sears and that SSIH had acquired Agon by about this time.

    And I think you have a Smiths Astrolon or two - don't you?
    Last edited by Marrick; January 16th, 2009 at 00:24. Reason: Bit about Agon
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    Re: Lanco Astrolon

    Hi,

    here are few informations about the Astrolon movements, collected from several souces:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...sau&1214406064

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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