Bifora 735

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Bifora 735


Like its twin movement Bifora 734, the Bifora 735 is also a very rare 7 3/4 manual wind movement from Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

Due its small diameter  combined with the multi-storey construction, it is stocky and thus difficult to service. For example, the hairspring is located in the very small gap between two gears and the balance wheel.

The Bifora 735 was launched in the early 1950ies, probably a little bit later than the caliber 734, and was produced until 1958.

Bifora 735: base plate

base plate

The base plate shows, that all important gears, except the minute wheel, are ruby-beared. The only difference to the caliber 734 is, that the balance wheel is shock protected with two Incabloc bearings. With two additional cap jewels, that’s a a total of 17 jewels.

Like the caliber 734, it has got a directly driven center minute wheel, beared below an own cock.

Bifora 735: gear train

gear train

The Bifora 735 uses a typical contenporary gear train with center minute wheel, thied wheel, large center second wheel and escapement wheel. Because of the large diameter of the gears, it has to use a multi-storey construction with enormous height.

The only difference to the caliber 734 is apart from the Incabloc shock protection, that the crown wheel of the winding system is a little bit different and the ratchet uses two instead of three teeth.

Bifora 735: side view of the gear train

side view of the gear train

The screw balance is shock protected in two Incabloc shock protection bearings and bears slowly with 18000 A/h. It controls a conventional swiss pallet lever movement and its frequency can be adjusted with a long regulator arm.

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 735: Bifora 735: Dial side

Bifora 735: Dial side

On the dial side you among the hallmark also the yoke winding system and the flat Incabloc bearing. In contrast to the Bifora 734, the beveled edge of the plate is about twice as large.

Technical data

Size:7 3/4''' (measured: 17,3mm)
Number of jewels:17
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Nickel screw balance
Shock protection(s): Incabloc
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Counterclockwise
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:yoke winding system
Setting lever spring:2 hole(s)
  • SCD (direct center seconds)
Production period:1950? - 1958
References: Flume: 1957 29
Production years:1950-1958
Inventory number:17038