Kienzle 44

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Kienzle 44


The large 19 ligne Lepine pocket watch movement Kienzle 44 is the last iteration of the Kienzle 14-44 / Kienzle 44 movement family. In the contemporary caliber lists, this movement, which was probably made during from then 1930s until the early 1950s, almost unknown.

Kienzle 44: base plate with riveted minute wheel

base plate with riveted minute wheel

The base plate of this stamped pillar movement shows its simple construction. There are no bearing jewels, and the riveted and thus not easily removeable center minute wheel is a bit old-fashioned.

On the base plate, there’s also the ratchet for the rocking bar keyless works.

Kienzle 44: gear train

gear train

We have the typical Lepine gear train: Mainspring barrel, directly driven center minute wheel, third wheel, decentral seconds wheel opposite to the winding stem and finally the escape wheel.

Kienzle 44: side view of the gear train

side view of the gear train

The Kienzle 44 builds pretty high and can so use a powerful mainspring.

Kienzle 44: detail: lever

detail: lever

As escapement, a pin lever escapement is used, whose form has got a half-circle fork for balancing purposes on its other side.

Kienzle 44: side view of the gear train

side view of the gear train

Like other contemporary cheap movements, the monometallic anular balance of the Kienzle 44 also has got mocked screws on its ring. The red dot on the balance wheel cock is of course no ruby, but just a splash of color, which perfectly matches the wannabe screw balance.

Kienzle 44: mocked screw balance

mocked screw balance

The balance, which beats with 18000 A/h has got a non-shock protected pointed staff.

Its frequency can be adjusted with a long regulator arm, with a simple bent hairspring key on its other side. You cannot expect real precision here.

Kienzle 44: side view balance and hairspring key

side view balance and hairspring key

The mainspring barrel is fully located below the base plate.

On the dial side, you can see the rocking bar keyless works, which also offers the additional possibility to be switched to time setting by pressing a pin, just like on really old pocket watches.

Kienzle 44: Kienzle 44: Dial side

Kienzle 44: Dial side

The dial side pointed staff bearing can be adjusted in its height with the help of a screw driver. On the movement side, a screw, which bends the balance wheel cock, does the same.

Technical data

Size:19''' (measured: 43,7mm)
Escapement:Pin lever
Balance types: Nickel anular balance (two legs)
Shock protection(s): none
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:pillar construction
Winding mechanism:rocking bar winding system
Setting lever spring:1 hole(s)
  • s (decentral seconds)
Inventory number:22014

Usage gallery

Kienzle 44: unmarked pocket watch with Omega symbol

unmarked pocket watch with Omega symbol


This movement in the unmarked pocket watch is a kind donation from Günther from Munich. Thank you very much for your kind support of the movement archive!