Wednesday, 19 March 2014

1964 The Clock House automatic watch

I'm going mechanical today with this small and mysterious watch.

The watch is a 3 hand dial design in a small bulbous case, and with a date marker at the 3 o'clock position. It uses an automatic mechanical movement, and the centre of the back plate is glass so you can see the rotating weight as well as the mechanism inside. It has quite a smooth movement running at around 14,400 bph.

On the front, the watch says 1964 The Clock House. From my research, it seems that The Clock House is a watch store chain based in Japan which now has around 250 stores. The chain was founded in 1984 (according to the Japanese wiki), which leaves the 1964 date a bit of a mystery (-there are some forums which state the shop/brand started in 1964, but this contradicts the wiki entry). The back also has the name imprinted on the glass, and the clasp on the strap has the initials TCH.

On the back there is also a model number, which is 0K9009-00. Inside, there is a number on the weight which is 0K9 21J and it is marked Japan.

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