It has already ;-) (if it is currently running). But to answer your question seriously; as tough as these movements are when new, it will suffer the effects of friction more than a fully-jewelled movement. And although it is fully serviceable, it was made with the expectation of being disposable.It won't last a long time?
Thanks for the replies guys, I appreciate all the comments!As others said, pin lever movements are usually low quality. Don't expect great timing. Any service would cost more than the value of the watch.
Not all low quality movement watches equate to being junk. There are plenty of well made Timex that hold a value. Servicing options are limited but available.
If you buy one buy it for the funky look of the watch or just some interesting look. Buy it for fun. The only real value is the entertainment value.
Don't think that $60 is over priced for all pin lever watches. They can be worth anything from $1 (if it has a nice band) to 200-300. I have some crazy prices on the bay for watches that were considered nothing but throwaway 20 years ago. As with any watch, look at the price trends for what you like and stay in the reasonable range.
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A practical problem with the pin-lever watches is that watchmakers often refuse to service them. We hear many stories about an owner taking a pin-lever watch to a watchmaker because the watch isn't running well, and the watchmaker says "it's not worth it to service that movement". Because the moving parts are very susceptible to wear, even if a watchmaker cleans and lubricates the movement, the movement may still not run very well, so I can understand why many watchmakers don't want to get involved.Thanks for the replies guys, I appreciate all the comments!
Thoth, I like that way of thinking, definitely, but my biggest concern with this particular watch is it lasting long enough
ALSO, what alternative is there to pin lever movements? What do modern watches use?
Basic answer....a battery.What do modern watches use?
You have to agree though that the large majority of pin lever movements are inaccurate and cheap in function and design. You can use an example of some high grade pin lever movements but these are not what most people are presented with in most pin lever watches.Hi there,
pin levers, where steel pins are literally nailed into thin sheet metal, are the cheapest way to realize an escapement, and therefore this is applied in cheap movements. But it is the inferior production quality, not the pin-lever principle which makes them inaccurate. The equation pinlever = cheap + inaccurate is simply wrong.
For instance Kienzle made some calibres with ruby pins like this
bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Kienzle 060a1
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With the plane lift surfaces and a club-teeth wheel it works precisely like a pallet lever escapement, and as the pins can't be adjusted like pallets, this even requires a higher production precision.
And Uwersi realized ruby pins as thin as 0.1mm in a 21 jewel movement like this
bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Uwersi 57/8(pin-lever, SC, CLD)
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This provides low friction, and this movement runs as smooth and accurate as a Swiss lever with comparable production quality.
Finally Oris made even pin-lever chronometers. Unfortunately they are rare, and so I have no pics yet.
But not only such exceptional examples make pin levers collectible. Long before the famous Zenith 135 was designed, Roskopf made the movement center free for a big barrel or a big balance. And in many rather cheap pinlevers design features are met which make the designs of most top-grade movements rather boring.
Regards, Roland Ranfft
So how much did you pay?I have one of those Mansons with the 1 jewel movement. It also says fingerhut on it. Lol I would never pay $60 for it. I didn't pay nothing for mine and I would presume that's pretty close to the value of one. Lol