Need help identifying Vulcain 17J

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    Need help identifying Vulcain 17J

    Hello WUS,

    I picked up this Vulcain recently, but I need a little bit more information trying to identify when this watch was made and what kind of model it is.

    It currently winds up correctly and keeps time real well. The balance wheel was oscillating when the photo was taken. It's the type of balance wheel that has screws/peg-weights against the circumference of the wheel.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Need help identifying Vulcain 17J

    That's a really interesting looking movement. I wonder where all the extra jewels are - it claims ot have 17 but if you double up all the gears you can see plus the "normal" jewel count on balance and lever, you would end up at 21. There also seem to be an option of putting the mainspring click on either the mainspring wheel or the transmission wheel (the latter being implemented here), unless something else is missing.....

    I am not sure what movement it is but I can see a "143" on the movement so, knowing that Vulcain used in house movements and that there was a Cal. 143 from Vulcain, I would tentatively presume that this is one.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Need help identifying Vulcain 17J

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    That's a really interesting looking movement. I wonder where all the extra jewels are - it claims ot have 17 but if you double up all the gears you can see plus the "normal" jewel count on balance and lever, you would end up at 21. There also seem to be an option of putting the mainspring click on either the mainspring wheel or the transmission wheel (the latter being implemented here), unless something else is missing.....

    I am not sure what movement it is but I can see a "143" on the movement so, knowing that Vulcain used in house movements and that there was a Cal. 143 from Vulcain, I would tentatively presume that this is one.

    Hartmut Richter
    Thanks for the information! I was intrigued with the placement of the click as well. I haven't been able to find out much about this watch. However it is keeping great time, and I am very happy with it. :)

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    Re: Need help identifying Vulcain 17J

    No info off me but a nice piece with super clean movement.

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