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Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a supplier for mechanical watch movements in a specific size and shape :
I need about 200 round movements 6 3/4 (15,3 mm).
The backside appearance is very important because it will be visible.
Does anyone have an idea where I could find a supplier for such product?

Thanks and cheers.
 

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Probably your best bet is to talk to watchmakers that have been in business for awhile.
Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a supplier for mechanical watch movements in a specific size and shape :
I need about 200 round movements 6 3/4 (15,3 mm).
The backside appearance is very important because it will be visible.
Does anyone have an idea where I could find a supplier for such product?

Thanks and cheers.
 

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Dear Quentincarnaille,

The size you are looking for used to be popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

You might be best off looking for these movements at some vintage watch parts sellers.

The following movements might fit your bill:

Alpina 563/Felsa 4162 (1960)
Alpina 564/Felsa 4192 (1965)

Rolex 200/Alpina 833 and 835 (1960s and 1970s)

ETA 2410 / 2412 / 2413 (1960s)

Enicar 690/692 (1970s)

Hamilton 231/ETA 2412
Hamilton 232/ETA 2413

Junghans 640.01/ETA2412

Eterna 1418U (mechanical) (1962)
Eterna 1419U (automatic) (1963)

Certina 15-20 and 15-21 (1965)

Tissot 709 family (1960 through to late 1970s)


All the above movements offer enough surface to embellish them to your tastes.

As a further hint I am able to share with you that Mr. Torsten Nagengast, the owner of Wakeman in Germany might be able to help you out. Torsten specialises in using vintage movements in his watches which he embellishes to the customer’s individual tastes. His e-mail address is info(at)timekeeper.de. Just tell him that you were referred to him by me.

In the hope of having been of assistance.
 

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thanks

Thanks for these informations.

The thing is I need a quite big amount of the exact same movement. I already looked at the 60' and 70' ones but it's hard to find a lot of the same one.

That's why I was thinking maybe I can find a movement that size still in production... Do they still produce this size movements?
 

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Dear Quentincarneille,

Thank you very much for your feedback.

Well, watches have grown bigger over time. The smallest mechanical movements which are available to third parties are 7 ¾’’’ nowadays.

Patek Philippe and a few other brands manufacture their own calibers which are in 6 ¾’’’ as well. However, they are not manufactured for supply to third parties.

ETA from Switzerland is manufacturing their movement types 2600, 2671 and 2678 in 7 ¾’’’.
Citizen from Japan has its NH05 in the same diameter.

These are the smallest mechanical movements available to third parties to my knowledge.

Even in quartz movements the smallest regular size is 7 ¾’’’ these days.

I would not be afraid about the number of vintage movements you need. They are to be found over time. Give yourself some six to eight months and you should end up with the required number. If you make it some 15% higher then you will end up with enough spares too.

In any event the vintage movements need to be taken apart, cleaned some parts decorated and then put together again. All that takes time.

This time you would need for new 7 ¾’’’s as well. They are not manufactured in large numbers so delivery times can easily stretch some eight to ten months. Citizen might have a slighter shorter lead-time than ETA.

The ETAs have the advantage that you can get them factory embellished. Here are the possible trims for the 2001 (the 1727-1 can not be had decorated). The decorations of ETAs size 7 ¾’’’ 26xx series you find here. The Citizen comes un-decorated and can be decorated by specialist decorators afterwards.
 

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Thank you very much again for all these informations.

I understand well I cannot find a supplier for new 6 3/4 movements.
Do you have any advice where I can find some vintage 6 3/4 movements? They don't really need to be still working...
 

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Dear Quentincarnaille,

Thank you very much for your feedback.

Well, depending on what you want to do with them I would be asking the company decorating the movements to source them.

As the number of movements you require is limited I would be asking either

Mr. Torsten Nagengast at Wakeman’s (info (at) timekeeper.de)

or

Mr. Jürgen Betz
Messrs. Atelier Stadlin Sàrl
Haltingerstrasse 94
CH - 4057 Basel
Switzerland

Phone +41 61 681 89 53

who does also very beautiful decorations on various movements.

Another source might be

Mr. Edgar Sutter
Messrs. Looping & Amyral SA
Manufacture des réveils
Jurastrasse 51
P.O. Box 244
CH – 2544 Bettlach
Switzerland

Phone/Fax +41 32 645 11 55

who has an impressive stock of vintage movements of all kinds and also supplies parts for these on a wholesale level.

Even if these gentlemen do not have the movements in stock they might be able to source them for you as they all have very deep in-roads into the vintage watch guild.

I am for sure not alone with my asking you to publish pictures here of the watch you made once the first prototype has seen the light of day.

Take care and have fun sourcing the movements you require.
 

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Thank you veru much for all your advices!

I think I will find what i need.
Actually at this time I'm not making watches, but I'm using some old non working movement to make some creations in jewelery. If you're interested I will post later a picture of my creation as soon as it is finished.

Thanks again for all.
 
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