AHS 154

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AHS 154


The AHS is a simple made pallet lever movement, on which a selfwinding module was added, which was used under the term “Robot-Automatic” on other movements.

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Unlike most other AHS movement, the AHS 154 is a true lever movement and hence pretty rare.

AHS 154: movement view w/o oscillating weight

movement view w/o oscillating weight

The selfwinding mechanism consists of an excenter changer with ruby wheels.

AHS 154: selfwinding mechanism

selfwinding mechanism

As you can see, the selfwindig mechanism is pretty crude and the oscillating weight is just axle beared and will scratch on the movement or on the back sooner or later.

AHS 154: selfwinding mechanism, flipped over

selfwinding mechanism, flipped over

It’s not haute horlogerie, but crude and rivetted metal. If the mechanism doesn’t work any more, it had to be replaced as a whole. This was pretty easy, since it was only held by two screws on the movement.

AHS 154: selfwinding mechanism, driving gear

selfwinding mechanism, driving gear

The click moves the winding wheel and decouples it on hand winding. This leads to abrasion, which can be seen on the dark spots at the tip of the click and on the gear.

AHS 154: movement view without selfwinding mechanism

movement view without selfwinding mechanism

When you see the movement without selfwinding mechanism, you would hardly think, that there’s something missing. The only indication is the ratchet wheel at “11”, which has got no connection to a crown wheel, but is driven by the selfwinding mechanism and by the barrel wheel on the dial side.

Such a construction with (rocking bar) winding mechanism on the dial side and click mechanism on the movement side is an odd rarity.

The complete wheel works are located under one 3/4 bridge. This makes a service pretty hard, but is a very cheap construction.

AHS 154: movement view without escapement

movement view without escapement

The AHS 154 uses a screw balance, which is beared in two Rufarex shock protections. The hairspring is fix connected to the balance cock and is adjusted in its effective length by a short regulator arm with scale.

AHS 154: gears construction

gears construction

The gear construction is classic, but not outdated, since here, they used already a construction with concentric minute wheel and center second pinion. The minute wheel is located under an own cock.

AHS 154: center second drive

center second drive

The indirectly driven center second consits of a pinion, whose number of theeth (8) is the same as the number of teeth of the fourth wheel gear (at “6”). Since both work with the third wheel, they have got the same number of rotations per minute (1).

The center second pinion is “braked” by tiny spring to avoid a jumpy center second hand.

AHS 154: base plate with minute wheel

base plate with minute wheel

Of course, all bearings (except the minute wheel bearing) contain synthetic rubis, and additionally, there are many cap jewels (on the dial side even for the lever) used. In sum, when you also count the ruby wheels of the selfwindig mechanism, you get the number of 23 jewels.

This movement uses a cheap pillar construction with non-massive plates.

AHS 154: dial side without date mechanism

dial side without date mechanism

There’s no technical neccessity for using ruby bearings on the mainspring barrel and for using cap jewels for the lever bearing, but it helps increasing the number of jewels on the dial.

The AHS 154 uses a rocking bar winding system with the click mechanism located on the movement side.

AHS 154: date mechanism

date mechanism

The date mechanism is pretty simple and is an own unit, which is held by three screws on the main plate. It has got no quickset feature and only drives a date disc. Because of that, the date indication is located quite near the center of the dial.

AHS 154: dial side view

dial side view

In the 50ies, tiny red date indicators were used quite often, but at the early sixties, this was already out-of-fashion.

Timegrapher result

The movement, when entered the lab, showed large abrasion, especially on the selfwindig mechanism. It was dissolved, cleaned and oiled. On the timegrapher output, you can see the bad condition of the movement. It was extensively worn out and is beyond justation.
crown right (12 up)

crown right (12 up)

crown up (3 up)

crown up (3 up)

crown left (6 up)

crown left (6 up)

crown down (9 up)

crown down (9 up)

dial up

dial up

dial down

dial down

horizontal positions
dial up+30 s/d
dial down-75 s/d
vertical positions
crown right (12 up)31 s/d
crown up (3 up)... s/d
crown left (6 up)... s/d
crown down (9 up)-210 s/d
Timegrapher output

Technical data

Size:10 1/2''' (measured: 23.3mm)
Number of jewels:21
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Nickel screw balance
Shock protection(s): Rufarex
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Clockwise
Moveable stud:no
Adjust mechanism:Short regulator arm
  • lever
  • escape wheel, seconds wheel, third wheel, center minute wheel, mainspring barrel
Construction type:pillar construction
Winding mechanism:rocking bar winding system
Setting lever spring:3 hole(s)
  • SCI (indirect center seconds)
  • QG (date indication (aperture))
  • AUT (selfwinding)
References: Flume: 1962 109

Usage gallery

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