Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Technos European Automatic TEGM906

Today's watch is a Swiss mechanical watch, which is a type that I've not featured so much on here so far.

This watch is by the brand Technos, who are a popular mechanical watch manufacturer, with a large presence in Japan. The Technos name first appeared in 1924 after being trademarked by a small Swiss watch manufacturer called Gunzinger Bros. The company built up a large market share until the mid 70s when the Japanese quartz watches began to dominate the market. The company then consolidated operations, joining an ad hoc groups sharing premises (which included Certina). Eventually in the early 80s, the name was sold to Heiwado & Co from Tokyo, who also licenced the name to Brazil allowing the watches to be manufactured there too. The brand is now Brazilian owned using Citizen movements, and has no Swiss manufacturing.

This model is the TEGM906, and is a 3 hand dial watch with an automatic mechanical movement. It has a sweep hand style with a 14,400 bph speed (4 movements per second), and there is also a date window at the 3 o'clock position. The weight is visible through the glass back, and this is engraved with a pattern, the Technos name, and the word Klassisch.

The case is a ribbed design made from stainless steel, and the ribbed design continues along the steel strap with hidden connector. It has a cut glass front, with a flat rectangular central section and angled sides. Overall, the watch feels well built, and has a water resistance of 10 bar.

On the dial there is also the text stating this is a European Automatic, which suggests to me that it is from the period after the company became Japanese, but maybe before it stopped Swiss manufacture (so between 82 and sometime in the 2000s). The use of bar water than atm also suggests that it was destined for a non-European market.

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