Cupillard 233

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Cupillard 233


The Cupillard 233 is an old french handwound movement, which was produced for several decades. When in 1965 the France Ebauches was founded and the Ebauches Cupillard were part of them, the caliber 233 was produced from then on as FE 233-60.

The caliber 233 is a 15-jewel movement with decentral second hand at “6”. The strips on the plate are visually appealing and especially the silvering of the plates is very nice. You can see it also on those spots, which decolored over the time. With a silver floor cloth they start shining again.

Technically, this movement resembles clearly the state-of-the-art of the 1940ies with its non shock-protected screw balance, the 15 jewels, the yoke winding system and the sugar loaf screws for the dial.

Cupillard 233: modern version with different bridge

modern version with different bridge

Cupillard 233: modern version with Incabloc shock protection

modern version with Incabloc shock protection

Newer versions of that movement used a differently shaped gear bride and an Incabloc shock protection system. The best version even contained a gold-toned Glucydur balance with screws.

Cupillard 233: main plate

main plate

Cupillard 233: Cupillard 233 dial side

Cupillard 233 dial side

Cupillard 233: dial side, modern version

dial side, modern version

You can spot minimal differences between the old and the more modern version on the dial side.

Cupillard 233: dial side view, even more modern version

dial side view, even more modern version

Technical data

Size:10 1/2'''
Number of jewels:15
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Nickel screw balance
Glucydur screw balance
Shock protection(s): Incabloc
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Clockwise
Moveable stud:no
Adjust mechanism:Long regulator arm / hairspring key
  • lever
  • escape wheel, seconds wheel, third wheel, center minute wheel
  • mainspring barrel
Winding mechanism:yoke winding system
Setting lever spring:2 hole(s)
  • s (decentral seconds)
References: Flume: 1947 27

Usage gallery

Cupillard 233: anonymous gents watch

anonymous gents watch

Cupillard 233: Clyda gents watch

Clyda gents watch

Cupillard 233: Ancre gents watch

Ancre gents watch