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    Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    I am now looking through my collection and am coming up empty. Is it that they are rare or nobody wants them?

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    Re: Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    I am now looking through my collection and am coming up empty. Is it that they are rare or nobody wants them?
    Here's one. I bought it because I collected Omega chronostops and found this model Chronostop predated the Omega by a few years. I think its movement is called a Lapraseau or something like that and its a low budget single action chronograph but it keeps damn good time. I have another w date in 14k g.p.
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    Re: Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    There are tons, especially from the latter parts of the 60's and into the 70's. By then, advances in machining and better quality alloys allowed watches to be made of materials that weren't as prone to wear as the old brass plates. A lot of Timex watches were one jewel, as were many pin-lever Swiss watches.
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    Re: Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    I am now looking through my collection and am coming up empty. Is it that they are rare or nobody wants them?
    They're not rare. In fact they would probably make up half the global output in the 1950s to'70s. But because few people want them, when they die, they stay dead; whereas 17 jewel watches get resurrected by collectors.

    Because of the lack of demand, watches with few or no jewels generally are not advertised as such. However because the majority of them were made in Switzerland (or at least the movements were) such watches are commonly found on ebay listed (quite honestly) as 'Swiss Made' or 'Swiss Movement'. In DaBaeker's example of a Lapanouse-powered Sheffield, such a watch would be sold as 'Swiss made mechanical chronograph' and likely fetch a high price.
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    Re: Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    Ro La Tron Super Deluxe with a one jewel Baumgartner 866 movement:



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    Re: Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    A diver example Lucerne same BG movement but with date complication


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    Re: Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    These were one jewel Swiss pin lever Roskopf type budget works with one redundant visible display cap jewel on the rear balance pivot.
    The obvious fakes of the period used them, ie Longunes, Boluva, Rolux, ect. Iirc they'd run mebbe a week to a couple months and that was that, how they didn't ruin the popular reputation of the Swiss for quality precision I know not.
    Timex was an unjewelled pin lever movement ala Roskopf with hardened needlepoint balance pivots, well chosen metallurgy and stellar quality control, otherwise they would have run about a week to a couple months and been intolerant of hard wear.

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    Re: Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    Hey Kevg,

    I have come across this diver watch with the one jewel movement (jewel on the balance pivot). Any additional information on this watch?
    Aesthetically it pleases me, what about functionality?

    Thank you,

    Alejandro.

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    Re: Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    I'm afraid you'll need to show us some images of the watch, dial and the movement inside it.

    Regards.

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    Re: Are there many one Jewel Watches around?

    these are the requested pictures:


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