Förster 197

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Förster 197


Hard to believe, but this modern Förster selfwindig movement was already the last but one mens' selfwindig movement, which Förster launched. It was already available at the beginning of the sixties.

The caliber 197 contains a bidirectional selfwindig system, which is disconnected on handwindig by a Breguet-type clutch, which is located below the first gear (at 8:30). To save some space, the crown wheel is slantedly mounted (with its deepest position at 8:30) - an unconventional solution.

The contemporary two-leg ring balance is beared in two Antichoc S 65 shock protection systems and still beats slowly with 18000 A/h. The hairspring is connected to a moveable stud and the regulator contains an arm to achieve a simpler regulation.

On the dial side, there’s a rather complex date mechanism, which slowly advances the date.

Förster 197: view without rotor

view without rotor

Förster 197: Förster 197 dial side

Förster 197 dial side

Technical data

Caliber base:Förster 150
Size:11 1/2'''
lift angle:50°
Number of jewels:25
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Nickel anular balance
Shock protection(s): Antichoc S65
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Counterclockwise
Moveable stud:yes
Adjust mechanism:Hairspring key
Winding mechanism:yoke winding system
Setting lever spring:1 hole(s)
  • SCD (direct center seconds)
  • QG (date indication (aperture))
  • AUT (selfwinding)
References: Flume: K2 - / K3 176
Mentioning in literature (years): 1962 - 1968

Usage gallery

Förster 197: Countess automatic gents watch

Countess automatic gents watch


Caliber Family
Förster 150