Thiel Start

 
Thiel Start

Thiel Start

Description

According to todays measurements, the Thiel “Start” caliber is a very raw and large movement, which reminds more of an alarm clock but of a wristwatch. This 12 12 ligne movement was producted in the version shown here between 1938 and 1950; in modificated versions it was made until the mid sixties.

The brass colored, jewel-less pin lever movement builds very high (approx. 6mm) and consists only of one main plate, which makes any workings on it to a true nightmare, especially when you work on the balance (which shall look a bit a screw balance), which tumbles around in its bearings.

This movement is very large and crude

This movement is very large and crude

On the dial side, there’s just a rocking bar winding mechanism - a common feature of cheap watches.

The whole construction of this movement reminds me very much of a simple alarm clock, but evertheless, this movement was made and used for many years.

Thiel Start dial side

Thiel Start dial side

Technical data

Manufacturer:Thiel
Caliber:Start
Escapement:Pin lever
Balance types: Nickel anular balance
Shock protection(s): none
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
Winding mechanism:rocking bar winding system
Setting lever spring:1 hole(s)
Features:s
Functions:hour, minute, decentral second
A/h:18000
Size:12 1/2'''
Production period:1938 - 1950
Literature: Flume: 1947 90

Usage gallery

Thiel gents watch

Thiel gents watch

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