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I've been looking for a smooth second hand for quite a time.


I was very close to buy this Bulova Precisionist


which is superb, but is a classic quartz watch (with a smooth second hand) and I wanted something… different ;-)

I was also fascinated by the tuning fork technology, so I began to look for a vintage Accutron.

In the mean time, I also discovered the 300Hz Omegas and… this TITUS :)


O_O

It was love at first sight for the case+integrated bracelet, and I really liked the embossed dial as well :-!

Actually, I just loved everything in this watch :-!


Here is the seller's description :

NOS Titus Accutron Tuning Fork Wristwatch

Description:

Approx. Approx. 1970s,
New old Stock but slightly storage scratch on the back,
Steel case and screw back,
Original crown and steel bracelet but no logo and mark,
Original dial,
Date,
Accutron movement,
Approx. watch size: 39mm diameter excluding crown,
Approx. bracelet length: 210mm, In working condition and keeping time.


At that point, I wasn't exactly sure about the smoothness of all tuning fork movements, but luckily, the same day, in a daily thread, WUS member Brasseye posted the very same watch :-! so I asked him to clear this point for me, which he kindly did (thanks again, Brasseye ! :-! )


I placed my order, and finally, here is the watch :)








The applied laurel wreath logo is just magnificent, it takes light brilliantly :-!







A few green spots on the crown… nothing serious.


The brushed buckle.

















On my 17,5cm wrist, the watch is simply perfect :p





Everything looked a bit Gentaesque, back in the days :roll:










The watch is simply gorgeous, I'm ecstatic ! :-d

And of course, the main feature is there : a perfectly smooth second hand ! :-!



I've taken a short film ; time to do a bit of editing, and I'll get back to you guys ;-)
 

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Very sweet buy.:-!

I didn't know there had been a Titus tuning fork.
 

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Very sweet buy.:-!

I didn't know there had been a Titus tuning fork.
Thanks Marrick :)

For what I could gather, it uses the same ESA movement than the Omega f300Hz :think:



This sweeping second is mesmerizing o_O
 

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very nice and thanks for the footage of the sweeping hands
Thank you, glad you like it :)

Sorry about the poor quality. I used my old Fuji S7000 camera :-x

I really need to buy a cheap camcorder :think:
 

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never knew about these movements till I came on the omega forum and here. Never like quartz due to not having sweeping hands. Just some info whats the time keeping like on these movements and also is it like a quartz service or more like a mechanical service. just interested the pros and cons of these movements , as far as i know they dont make them anymore and so was wondering why.
 

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Congratulations on acquiring a fine and funky looking Titus. Love the massive styling from the 1970's. Do you know which movement it uses?

I enjoy the smooth seconds hand on an Omega Constellation F 300 Hz watch from the 1970's. Welcome to the hummer club on WUS!
 

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Re: 70s' TITUS TUNING FORK (movie)

never knew about these movements till I came on the omega forum and here. Never like quartz due to not having sweeping hands. Just some info whats the time keeping like on these movements and also is it like a quartz service or more like a mechanical service. just interested the pros and cons of these movements , as far as i know they dont make them anymore and so was wondering why.

This a Wikipedia definition :
The Accutron, an electromechanical watch developed by Max Hetzel and manufactured by Bulova beginning in 1960, used a 360 hertz steel tuning fork powered by a battery as its timekeeping element. The fork allowed it to achieve greater accuracy than conventional balance wheel watches. The humming sound of the tuning fork could be heard when the watch was held to the ear.

I'm not a specialist, but from what I've collected here and there, they're proned to accelerate wear due to the high beat rate, and need to be serviced much more frequently than other watches.

Have I been a one-watch guy, it would have bothered me, but having around 50 watches in the rotation, not so much :-d

I reckon I'll pull the crown when the watch isn't worn, to save the battery a bit :think:

I have a blister with 10 batteries for this one anyway (less than 3€)… I'll see if it's enough for 2011 :-d
 

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Congratulations on acquiring a fine and funky looking Titus. Love the massive styling from the 1970's. Do you know which movement it uses?

I enjoy the smooth seconds hand on an Omega Constellation F 300 Hz watch from the 1970's. Welcome to the hummer club on WUS!
Thanks John :)

I can't help admiring the second hand since this morning… it's… fascinating :think:

I haven't opened the watch myself but here is a seller's pic :


I've read it's the same movement than the Omega F 300 Hz you've mentioned :think:
 

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Very nice!!

I really like tuning fork movements!! This one also looks to be in great shape!! I own two and wear them often. :) Also a lot of companies used this movements and they just changed the sticker on the back of the movement.


Don't know if it is okay to pull the crown...in some reviews it states that it still builds up power and can even hurt your watch!
 

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Re: 70s' TITUS TUNING FORK (movie)

Very nice!!

I really like tuning fork movements!! This one also looks to be in great shape!! I own two and wear them often. :) Also a lot of companies used this movements and they just changed the sticker on the back of the movement.
It is indeed. It's NOS ;-)

I was very impressed when I did the unpacking this morning |>

I'm SO glad I have one in the collection :-!


Don't know if it is okay to pull the crown...in some reviews it states that it still builds up power and can even hurt your watch!
o_O oh ?

So I'll let it run, I guess :think: don't want to damage anything…

How about on the batteries. I ordered AG10 alkaline batteries because of the seller's pic, but I've read those will lose energy fast, and will have to be replaced frequently.

What's the better option for this movement ? :think:

Btw, it would be very interesting to have other experiences regarding that matter |>
 

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Very sweet buy.:-!

I didn't know there had been a Titus tuning fork.
I watched these Titus tuning forks come on the market a couple of years ago. Always from Chinese vendors. Before that they did not exist. This followed a large sale of spares out of ESA's stock (for a while these movements were cheap!). Then these NOS Titus watches came onto the market. Since Titus is now a Chinese brand, I assume these are the work of Dr. Frankenstein's lab and watch works...
 

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I watched these Titus tuning forks come on the market a couple of years ago. Always from Chinese vendors. Before that they did not exist. This followed a large sale of spares out of ESA's stock (for a while these movements were cheap!). Then these NOS Titus watches came onto the market. Since Titus is now a Chinese brand, I assume these are the work of Dr. Frankenstein's lab and watch works...
Wow.

So this would make it a franken :think:

Could be interesting to know for sure :think: (not that I'd like the watch less ;-) )
 

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Wow.

So this would make it a franken :think:

Could be interesting to know for sure :think: (not that I'd like the watch less ;-) )
One of the clues is I have never seen a Titus ESA movement with a plate identifying the watch as a Titus... just a blank place like you get with the spares. Everybody else had a plate (the gold parallelogram) with Omega, Longines, IWC, Tissot, et.al.

I almost bought one for a spare movement but decided against. But, as you said, they are still good watches and often amazing bargains.
 

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One of the clues is I have never seen a Titus ESA movement with a plate identifying the watch as a Titus... just a blank place like you get with the spares. Everybody else had a plate (the gold parallelogram) with Omega, Longines, IWC, Tissot, et.al.

I almost bought one for a spare movement but decided against. But, as you said, they are still good watches and often amazing bargains.
I just exchanged PM with Brasseye, the seller he got his watch told him those watches were basically rebranded Omega.
Titus would have bought stocks from Omega and put their name on it :think:

And look what I just found :think:

OMEGA F300HZ WATCH BRACELET/CASE NOS 1181/215 198.0044 | eBay

And this :
OMEGA SEAMASTER CHRONOMETER DIVERS F300hz WATCH NOS | eBay


:think:
 

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Franken or not, it's a cool watch. Not every piece has to have a hundred-year history. A nice classic design!
Thanks Dan, glad you like it :)

And a great choice for your signature… :-! I've been listening to Pink Floyd albums recently… all of them, including the last ones from the "Gilmour Era" (so that's quite a few :-d )
 
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