The Tick-tick-tickler

A Kasper wrist-watch movement - my French Tick-tick-tickler

I found the French Kasper movement in the middle in a Swedish thrift-store for one euro. The gear-wheels around it is from a broken automatic Nivada wrist-watch from my friend Sandra Petojevic and also from a broken automatic Birka wrist-watch from the same thrift-store, for one euro. I do not yet know how old the French wrist-watch is, but I think from the 1920-ties. Sandra will have the gear wheels for a new Time Machine model. The Birka was from the early 1960-ties and the Nivada from the early 1980-ties, because Sandra had it in the senior level of the school. Both watches were Swiss and common. The hairspring was broken in the Nivada and the balance-wheel wobbled in the Birka. But the French Kasper movement is still ticking! If I gently touches the minute-hand I can see and hear the movement running! And the movement is nice and clean as you can see on my desktop wallpaper above! Only the crown-wheel is missing ...

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Here below is two images of my French Kasper wrist-watch. The crown-wheel is missing and the glass cover is also cracked. The watch is made of gilded brass and for men. In the bottom under the movement is an engraving of a triangular figure with the name "Kasper" in versals between its legs. Under it is an upside-down number "6170e", and under the number three inscription in versals in an oval: "Plaque Or Lamine" (=Plated With Gold), "20 Microns" (=20 Jewels(?)) in the middle of the oval and "Garanti 10 Ans" (=10 Years Guarantee) in its lower part. To the left of this is two more numbers inscribed: "9,598" and yet smaller "16672".

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Borim Luneshar, December 9, 2006 (links updated September 23, 2007)

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