HB 115

 
HB 115

HB 115

Description

In the early 1950ies, the 11 12 ligne windup movement HB 115 was launched. Neither at first glance nor at deeper inspection, a difference to its direct relative, the HB 115 MS, could be determined.

base plate

base plate

The exemplary marked base plate already shows, that the HB 115 is a movement of good quality.

All important bearings, including those of the minute wheel, contain bearing jewels, and the space, which the large base plate with a diameter of 25.6mm offers, is perfectly uses for a very large mainspring barrel and a very large screw balance.

Both are requirements for a highest possible accurancy.

base plate with center minute wheel

base plate with center minute wheel

As usual in that era, the HB 115 uses a directly driven center minute wheel, which is beared under its own bridge.

gear train

gear train

The gear train is also a contemporary construction: The large mainspring barrel directly drives the center minute wheel, followed by third wheel, directly driven center seconds wheel and finally the steel escape wheel.

center seconds indication

center seconds indication

Although the third wheel is beared on the base plate, its sprocket is above the minute wheel bridge. The pinion however engages with the center minute wheel, which is locate below the minute wheel bridge.

side view of the gear grain

side view of the gear grain

As escapement, a swiss pallet lever escapement is used. It works with a monometallic screw balance, which is beared in two Super-Shock-Resist bearings and protected against shocks.

The HB 115 works with contemporarily slow 18000 A/h, which can be adjusted with a long regulator arm on top of the balance cock.

HB 115: Dial side

HB 115: Dial side

It’s a bit odd, that the HB 115 has got zero cap jewels on the movement side, but two cap jewels on the dial side, one for the escape wheel and one for the third wheel. By this means, the unusual number of eighteen jewels was achieved.

The keyless works uses a yoke winding system with a setting lever spring, which is partially recangularily shaped and so can be distinguished easily from other setting lever springs.

In the lab

The specimen shown here worked with a low amplitude and partially drowned in oil. It got a simple cleaning and oiling treatment.”

Timegrapher result

After the simple revision without spare parts, the daily rates were within the expectations of a 60 year old windup movement, which was extensively used. Only the runaway in position "dial up" is remarkable and might be caused by the non professional cleaning and oiling attempts (or lack of them) of the balance wheel bearings".

horizontal positions
dial up -194 s/d 128° 1.1ms
dial down +52 s/d 224° 1.1ms
vertical positions
crown right (12 up) -18 s/d 234° 2.4ms
crown up (3 up) -69 s/d 177° 2.5ms
crown left (6 up) -14 s/d 175° 1.0ms
crown down (9 up) -52 s/d 156° 1.0ms

Technical data

Manufacturer:HB
Caliber:115
Number of jewels:18
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Nickel screw balance
Shock protection(s): Super Shock Resist
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Clockwise
Moveable stud:no
Adjust mechanism:Long regulator arm
Construction:
  • 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)
Features:SCD
Functions:hour, minute, second
A/h:18000
Size:11 1/2''' (measured: 25,6mm)
Literature: Flume: 1952 9
Inventory number:19026

Usage gallery

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This movement is a kind donation from Hans H. Hanebuth. Thank you very much for your great support of the movement archive!