Movement ID: Minimax Swiss Unknown Movement
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    Movement ID: Minimax Swiss Unknown Movement

    I bought this watch for a few bucks due to the interesting dial. The movement is in bad shape and missing some parts, but I have no idea which movement it is so hopefully somebody can help me in order to determine what would be the ideal donor.
    Another question mark from my side is a hole at 10 o'clock. My assumption is that it is for a crown, probably to turn the outer circle of the dial. Can anybody confirm or challenge this?

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    Re: Movement ID: Minimax Swiss Unknown Movement

    You are right,there should be another crown at 10 o'clock position.I had a similar one by Glycine and the movement was identified as FHF 175-3:

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    Re: Movement ID: Minimax Swiss Unknown Movement

    Thank you Emre and what a beautiful Glycine. So a FHF 175-3 movement, it looks like it will be a long-long search for a donor or missing parts as I actually like the watch.

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    Re: Movement ID: Minimax Swiss Unknown Movement

    Hi there,

    Quote Originally Posted by jspollmann View Post
    ...it looks like it will be a long-long search for a donor or missing parts as I actually like the watch.
    Not actually. As the additional month disc appears in no movement key, and the date disc has no connection with the movement, this complication was likely added by someone else. I've seen it on the FHF 175-3, and 186-3, and likely it also exists on the FHF 150-3. Here an example based on the FHF 186-3:
    bidfun-db Archive: Wrist Watches: 305: Gents MYR Prima manual wind, unique calendar, ca. 1955

    For the needed parts you can take any member of the movement families FHF 150, 175, and 186. And all of them are any but rare.

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    Re: Movement ID: Minimax Swiss Unknown Movement

    Roland, thank you for the tip. That would indeed widen my search and hopefully increase the likelihood of finding the missing parts.

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