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Can anyone point me in the direction of what American made watches have a nice loud tick? May sound silly, but I love the sound of them late at night while I am reading..

I have a Molnija and I can barely hear anything at all..


Anything in particular? I was told perhaps most 7J in particular...?


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David NY
 

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Probably a pin pallet 'dollar' watch such as a 1 jewel Ingersoll.

Edit...Hartmut, you beat me to it by about 3 secs, great minds think alike
 

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Thanks guys.

have to see if I can locate any dollar watches now. Are they at least reliable in the sense they will last if serviced?

David
 

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Does not sound silly to me, I wear my junghans because its a loud tick, just a thought buy a vintage clock for the bedroom
 

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Look for a 18s full plate watch; the larger balance gives a louder click, and the full plate helps provide additional resonance. But the case is a big factor; you need a fairly thin case to get good acoustics. A simple gold-filled case is best; those thick silveroid jobs muffle the ticks. The number of jewels isn't really a factor, since the ticking comes from the escapement (which is fully jeweled, even on a 7j watch). There's no real reason why a pinlever would be any louder, except that they usually have stronger mainsprings in order to compensate for the inefficiencies of the design. That's the same reason why a larger watch will give you a louder tick too. The more power going through the escapement, the louder the escapement becomes.
 

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Ok that makes sense to me..I get that. And thanks all.

so look for larger watch then? I went looking for "dollar watches" but I must be searching wrong as I don't seem to be able to find any American watches that are "dollar"watches.

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Ok that makes sense to me..I get that. And thanks all.

so look for larger watch then? I went looking for "dollar watches" but I must be searching wrong as I don't seem to be able to find any American watches that are "dollar"watches.

David
Here's a link which gives a potted history of the 'dollar watch and various U.S manufacturers.

Dollar watch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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A vintage alarm clock would make a similar but even louder sound. Jaeger le Coultre made some nice alarm clocks with pretty nice, large movements, most have an 8 day movement, so you just have to wind it once a week :)
 

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You guys are the best. Tanks so much all.

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I have to keep my Ingersoll in a drawer when it's running, the thing is so loud. My wife complains she can't read, it distracts her so much!
 
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