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    smallest mechanical movement?

    I recently got a mechanical ladies Bulova from a yard sale. After opening it up to get a look at the movement, I was impressed by the how tiny it looked. It measures about 18mm X 16mm.

    So my question is, what is the smallest mechanical movement ever produced? I realize that this is probably a hard question to answer considering that small watch movements tend to come in non-circular shapes, but in terms of approximate overall area, what is the smallest.
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    Re: smallest mechanical movement?

    I am not sure, but I think Jaegers 101 movement is the smallest. I think it is quite square, at least the watches are square.

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    Re: smallest mechanical movement?

    It's produced by JLC, check their site for info.

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    Re: smallest mechanical movement?

    It appears that you're right about the JLC 101. I should've worded my google search better before posting, I used "small" instead of "smallest". Thanks for the replies though.

    Even though I don't really have any use for them, I feel the need to get on ebay and get some small movements to mess around with, even if it's just to stare at them while ticking away on my desktop.

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    Re: smallest mechanical movement?

    Yep, JLC's 101 is the smallest. Its about the same size as the tip of a pencil.

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    Re: smallest mechanical movement?

    Here's an interesting thread showing the internals of the 101 (post #9) next to grains of rice.

    http://forums.ebay.com/db1/thread.js...dID=1000483207

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    Re: smallest mechanical movement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Opnoh View Post
    Here's an interesting thread showing the internals of the 101 (post #9) next to grains of rice.

    http://forums.ebay.com/db1/thread.js...dID=1000483207
    how could it posible.. even can write word smaller than rice back to 1940?

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    Re: smallest mechanical movement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Opnoh View Post
    Here's an interesting thread showing the internals of the 101 (post #9) next to grains of rice.

    http://forums.ebay.com/db1/thread.js...dID=1000483207
    Really interesting thread! Man, I had no clue the 101 equipped watch was so expensive! They mentioned $100000!

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    Re: smallest mechanical movement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Really interesting thread! Man, I had no clue the 101 equipped watch was so expensive! They mentioned $100000!
    Its because the movement is only found in JLC's "Joaillerie" collection, which look like this...



    Here's a picture of the movement from the UK's Science Museum...



    A mightly impressive little mechanical marvel. Bear in mind that this movement dates back to 1929, showing just how advanced JLC were at the time. They continue that tradition to this day.

    http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/imag.../10326409.aspx
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