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MST 963


MST 963MST 963


The MST 963 by Meyer & Stüdeli is a pallet lever movement of the Solothurn factury, whose more expensive watches were released under the brand name "Roamer".

The MST 963 has got a pillar construction, which means, that the plates and bridges are separated only by pillars. This construction allowes much cheaper movements, compared to the massively constructed movements, but at least in theory, the fitting accurancy is not always perfect.

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The three leg ring balance turns in two shock protection bearings, probably Trishock. The hairspring stud is moveable and the effective length of the hairspring can only be regulated directly at the hairspring key. The scale on the balance cock is hence useless.

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The gears are arranged in a traditional way: The center second is directly driven and is located above the minute wheel, which is driven by the mainspring barrel.

main platemain plate

All gears are equipped with synthetic rubis, lever- and escapement-bearing even contain cap jewels on the dial side.

A speciality is the mainspring barrel bearing on the movement side: It consists of a detachable bushing, which is secured by a screw and thus allows to release the mainspring barrel without dissection of the whole movement.

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On the dial side, there's the click mechanism - that's typical for movements with a cheaper rocking bar winding mechanism. But unlike cheap rocking bar movements, it is very well constructed here with a double-geared click.

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The rocking bar winding mechanism (at "3") without cap.

MST 963 dial sideMST 963 dial side

The MST 963 has got a rather simple date indication mechanism, whose moveable click (at "10") allows semi-fast correction of the date by turning the time back and forth a few hours.



 Technical data

Number of jewels17
EscapementAnchor with pallets
Shock protection(s)???
Balance cock directionclockwise
Hairspring studmoveable
Regulator typeHairspring key
Movement constructionFork
Escapement wheel, Fourth wheel, Third wheel, Mainspring barrel
Center wheel
Bridge shape
Winding mechanismRocking bar
FunctionsHour, minute, second, day
Beats per hour18000
Size111/2''' (measured: 25,6 mm)
MST 963MSTMST96311 1/2''''''MST 96317 Jewels, 11 1/2'''''', 18000 A/h, SCD,QG,RDR



Test results

The specimen shown here came in much used and dirty condition into the lab and was dissected completely and cleaned afterwards. The movement got the same treatment: It was disassabled, cleaned and oiled.

According to the condition of the dial, at least once water got into the watch, but did not really harm the movement.



Timegrapher protocol

Although it was a bit difficult to adjust, on the timegrapher, the MST 963 specimen showed very good results: A maximum overall deviation of 25 seconds is very good for a movement, which as used (and abused) for several decades!

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Excellent results for this movement!



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