Förster 630

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Förster 630


Everybody knowns the selfwinding movements from Förster which were mass-produces. Manual wind movement for gents' watch were much less common, but tiny ladies' form movement are almost unknown.

The Förster 630 described here belogs to this species and was launched around 1960. It is a typical 5 1/4 ladies' watch form movement with pallet lever and 17 jewels.

Förster 630: base plate

base plate

On the base plate you see, that all important bearings are equipped with rubies, except for the minute wheel and mainspring barrel.

Förster 630: gear train

gear train

The gear train of the Förster 630 is a very common one, with directly driven minute wheel and a tiny second wheel. The shape of the movement allows a large mainspring barrel and a rather large balance wheel. Both count for better precision and enhanced running time.

Förster 630: side view of the gear train

side view of the gear train

The screw balance is unfortunately not shock protected and beats contemporarily slow with 18000 A/h. It regulates a conventional pallet lever movement of swiss type.

Förster 630: Förster 630 dial side

Förster 630 dial side

This movement can only be identified on the dial side, and the hallmark looks pretty crude.

The Förster 630 has got a rocking bar winding system. The click mechanism is on the dial side and consists of a well made ratched and a spring, which is hooked onto it.

Technical data

Size:5 1/4''' (measured: 12,7 x 19,2mm)
Number of jewels:17
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Nickel screw balance
Shock protection(s): none
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Counterclockwise
Moveable stud:no
Adjust mechanism:Hairspring key
  • 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:1 hole(s)
References: Flume: 1962 29
Inventory number:17002

Usage gallery

Förster 630: UVA ladies' watch

UVA ladies' watch

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