Wakmann Vintage Alarm Watch
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    Wakmann Vintage Alarm Watch

    My father-in-law passed away recently and while my wife was cleaning out his condo she came across this Wakmann alarm watch. It is 35 mm in diameter with an 18 mm lug width, domed crystal and pretty nice bracelet(which I'll be changing as I prefer straps). The alarm is in good working order but the watch seems to be running a bit slow. I will be having it serviced. I haven't opened it up so I don't know what the movement is. On the dial it states France. My father-in-law was an opera buff and used to have my wife tape (reel-to-reel) the radio broadcasts of the Met. She had to set the alarm so she knew when to change tape reels.

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    Re: Wakmann Vintage Alarm Watch

    Inside the case ticks a reliable Venus 230 mechanical alarm movement.Developed by Andre Meylan in 1957 for Venus Ebauches SA ( Pat US 2803940 appl. 1954 granted 1957 ).

    More information of the movement in Dr. Ranfft's site: bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Venus 230
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    Re: Wakmann Vintage Alarm Watch

    Hi kmbas,

    Here is a little info on Wakmann...

    Wakmann Germany Watches

    and thanks for the little story regarding this piece...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWwJA1b2l7g

    Regards,

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    Re: Wakmann Vintage Alarm Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by James A View Post
    Hi kmbas,

    Here is a little info on Wakmann...

    Wakmann Germany Watches

    and thanks for the little story regarding this piece...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWwJA1b2l7g

    Regards,

    Thanks for the info. Great video clip BTW.
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    Re: Wakmann Vintage Alarm Watch

    I love alarm watches and have a bellmatic, vulcain valjean and other asst. AS cal alarms. But for the life of me I can not figure out how the alarm would be set on your Wakmann . I see the aperture at '9' and assume that revolves to a time? But still.... Anyway-great watch and story. The bracelet looks like an Accutron 'coffin link' bracelet.
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    Re: Wakmann Vintage Alarm Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by DaBaeker View Post
    I love alarm watches and have a bellmatic, vulcain valjean and other asst. AS cal alarms. But for the life of me I can not figure out how the alarm would be set on your Wakmann . I see the aperture at '9' and assume that revolves to a time? But still.... Anyway-great watch and story. The bracelet looks like an Accutron 'coffin link' bracelet.
    There is a unidirectional fourth hand on the watch. The picture that I posted didn't indicate that. Sorry about that. Set it at the desired time and pulled out the crown at the four position. The aperture changes from red to green. Then wait. The bracelet is actually (it took these tired old eyes a while before I could find any description) a S/S made in Japan Hadley.
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