Amida 500

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Amida 500


Probably in the early 1950ies, the pin lever movement Amida 500 was launched. It was a mid size movement with 10 1/2 lignes diameter, which impressed by its high quality as well as with its vast decoration, which was unusual on pin lever movements of that time.

Amida 500: main plate

main plate

All bearings of this movements are equipped with rubies; in sum with the ellipse of the balance (unusual for a pin lever movement) this leads to a total of 15 jewels.

Amida 500: Gears and trains

Gears and trains

The construction is absolutely classical: The (pin) lever regulates the escapement wheel, which is located on a (more or less adjustable) U-shaped bearing, on the top side even with a cap jewel. The, the small, decentral second as “6”, then the third wheel and the minute wheel, which is directly driven by the mainspring barrel.

Amida 500: Escapement wheel

Escapement wheel

The escapement wheel is one of the most beautiful ones, I’ve ever seen in a pin lever movement. Its shape is almost identical to that of a pallet lever movement, only the teeth are a tiny little bit larger.

Amida 500: lookalike screw balance

lookalike screw balance

The balance wheel, which beats with contemporary 18000 A/h, has got lookalike screws (made of massive half-circles) and ruby ellipse. Those lookalike screws have no technical function, but are very beautiful, especially in combination with the golden color here.

Amida 500: detail: pin lever

detail: pin lever

There’s no shock protection yet on that movement.

Amida 500: Amida 500 dial side

Amida 500 dial side

On the dial side, you can spot the rocking bar winding mechanism with its click and clickspring.

The U-shaped cutting where the lever bearing is located is a reminiscence to old pin lever construction. Since you can bend it a little, you can adjust the depth of the pins into the escapement wheel. This is a pretty crude type of adjustment which was at the at time long time obsolete.

Technical data

Size:10 1/2''' (measured: 23,2mm)
Number of jewels:15
Escapement:Pin lever
Balance types: Nickel anular balance
Shock protection(s): none
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Clockwise
Moveable stud:no
Adjust mechanism:Long regulator arm
  • lever
  • escape wheel, seconds wheel, third wheel, center minute wheel
  • mainspring barrel
Construction type:solid construction
Winding mechanism:rocking bar winding system
Setting lever spring:3 hole(s)
  • s (decentral seconds)
References: Flume: 1952 41

Usage gallery

Amida 500: Amida mens' watch

Amida mens' watch

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