- Museum number
GOLD-PLATED CASED CENTRE-SECONDS CLUB-TOOTH LEVER WRIST-WATCH WITH PLASTIC MOVEMENT.
With the exception of the keyless work, balance, springs and barrel, all the movement components are made from plastic.
White enamel? dial with Roman hour numerals.
Black-painted hour, minute and centre-seconds hands.
Gold-plated case with snap-on stainless-steel back.
- Production date
Diameter: 35.50 millimetres (case)
Diameter: 29.80 millimetres (dial)
Length: 39.90 millimetres
Thickness: 10.60 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Comment from Richard Good, Catalogue of Watches in the British Museum. Vol. V (Unpublished manuscript)
Made by Charles Tissot & Fils
Switzerland, c. 1970
Wrist watch with many parts including the club tooth lever escapement made from plastic.
Signature: On the dial the Tissot trade mark and 'TISSOT SWISS ACTUALIS AUTOLUB' and 'SWISS MADE'
Case: A two piece case with a rolled gold front and a snap on stainless steel back. The back marked inside 'FOND ACIER INOXYDABLE LUNETTE PLAQUE OR G 10 MICRONS CHs TISSOT & FILS' Under the name is a shield with the name 'Tissot' and 'FAB SUISSE SWISS MADE'. Also the number 81515-1.
A two part stem, the two parts being snapped together. With the button removed the movement can be separated from the adaptor ring in which it sits.
Dial & Hands: A white painted dial with in black Roman numerals and minute circle. Some of the paint has flaked off around the II to III o'clock area. On the back of the dial in black is the number 50720 also stamped faintly four times is the name 'SOMECO'. The dial has two feet and simply pulls from the movement, a spacing ring lies between the dial and the movement. Black painted hands including the centre seconds hand.
Ebauche Marks: The movement back plate is marked in black with the Tissot 'T' and above this the number 607. Inside the back plate is the number 602. Also under the balance on the back plate is CJ.
Frame: The plates are clear plastic with a bridge for the balance. The parts cannot be separated and so only the accessible parts can be fully described with the appearance of some others being mentioned.
It is effectively a Roskopf layout with the fourth wheel at the centre of the movement and the motion work driven directly from the minute wheel which is mounted friction tight on the barrel.
Barrel: A metal going barrel, approximate diameter 10 mm.
Train: All the wheels, including the escape wheel, are solid and of white plastic, moulded in one with their pinions.
Jewelling: Metal bearings with an integral pivot. The moulded pinions have holes to receive these pivots. Plastic shock protected bearings to the balance.
Escapement: A straight line layout club tooth lever escapement in blue plastic.
No. of teeth embraced 3½.
Balance & Spring: a monometallic balance with three arms and a plain rim. Balance diameter approximately 10 mm., thickness approx 0.6 mm. A 'self compensating' flat spiral spring of small diameter - approximately 4 mm.
Means of Regulation: An index of steel mounted on the inside of the back plate and with a geared segment which meshes with a plastic pinion which can be turned with a screw driver. This is in red to make it readily observable and has three screw driver slots which are surrounded by 18 register marks. There is also a tail to the index.
Train Counts and Beat Rate:
The great wheel revolves in 6 hours
Escape wheel 15
Motion work: cannon pinion 14
minute wheel 84, minute pinion 30
hour wheel 60
Winding System: Positive stem set steel keyless work.
Case: Diameter 35.5 mm., height over the glass 10.9 mm.
Movement: diameter 26 mm., height 6.3 mm.
Provenance: Purchased in 1989 with the aid of funds from the Dingwall Bequest.
This watch was also marketed by Smiths Industries.
Literature: See 'The Plastics Watch Has Arrived' an editorial in the HJ May 1971 p. 8. See also 'Making the Tissot Plastics Watch' by E. J. Tyler HJ February 1974 p. 20.
- Not on display
Latest: 3 (2017)
4 (Jul 1995)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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