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Bifora 734


Bifora 734Bifora 734


A very rare movement from Bifora is their 7 3/4 ligne manual wind movement Bifora 734. It was launched in the early 1950ies and produced until 1958.

Because of its small diameter and its multi-storey construction is looks stocky and is not easy to service. The hairspring has to be positioned in a very small gap between two dials and the balance wheel.

base platebase plate

On the base plate, you see, that all important bearings are ruby beared, except those of the minute wheel. In total, you count 15 jewels.

base plate with minute wheelbase plate with minute wheel

Like many of the better movements from the 1950ies, the Bifora 734 uses a directly driven center minute wheel.

Gear trainGear train

The Bifora 734 uses the contemporary gear train with center minute wheel, third wheel, large center second wheel and escapement wheel. Due to the large diameter of the gears, it has to use a multi storey construction with large height:

side view of the gear trainside view of the gear train

The not yet shock protected screw balance beats with contemporarily slow 18000 A/h and regulates a classical pallet lever movement of swiss type. Its frequency can be adjusted by a long regulator arm with scale.

One problem of that construction is, that the two center wheel, almost reach to the escapement wheel axle, so there's few space for fiddling in the balance, especially, since the hairspring has to be located in the small space below the two wheels above the balance wheel. Maybe that complicated and difficult to service construction was the reason, why that movement is not (more?) often to find.

Bifora 734: Dial sideBifora 734: Dial side

On the dial side, you see the markings of the movement and the yoke winding system. Since the balance wheel is not yet shock protected, there's just a cap jewel for its bearing.




 Technical data

Number of jewels15
EscapementAnchor with pallets
BalanceNickel screw balance
Shock protection(s)none
Balance cock directioncounterclockwise
Hairspring studfixed
Regulator typeLong regulator arm
Movement constructionFork
Escapement wheel, Fourth wheel, Third wheel
Center wheel
Mainspring barrel
Construction typesolid construction
Winding mechanismyoke
Setting lever spring2 holes
FunctionsHour, minute, second
Beats per hour18000
Size73/4''' (measured: 17,3 mm)
Production time1950 - 1958
Image in Flume Werksucher 1952 2
Inventory ID 17037
Bifora 734BiforaBifora7341950 - 19587 3/4'''Bifora 73415 Jewels, 7 3/4''', 18000 A/h, SCD




This movement is a kind donation from Götz Schweitzer to the movement archive. Thank you very much for your great support!