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Old 09-09-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default German Travel Alarms

I am so stoked.

I scored two, 1920-1930's German made travel alarm clocks.

One, the older one, winds like a finely crafted mantle clock. (Phinney-Walker probably made by Semca) Wind it up and it runs for 8 days. (as does the other one.)

Case is all beat to hell. This one has seen a lot of travel.

The second, (Semca) seems a little newer but the case is a little cleaner. Little less than the older one but still beats the stuffing of the one I have from the 1970's.

Nice travel case. I think I am going to take the older one and put it in the newer case.

Both have tritium on the dials and hands. Glow in the dark.

I think I am going to take the best one to the horologist and have them cleaned and oiled.

Did I need them with all of the wake up calls, iPhone alarms, etc?

Heck no, but a wind up clock always works, never need a battery and never fails to wake you up to catch that flight home!
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They sound beautiful - would love to see photos.

Funny you mention wind up clocks. I've been increasingly thinking of finding myself a windup clock in case of power failures. I rummaged around, thinking I had an old one squirreled away somewhere but to my surprise - nope.

Second hand stores - here I come. I can't hope to find something as well crafted but for now, will happily settle for a good old Westclox Big or Baby Ben. They were danged reliable.
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Well it is an 8 day clock it seems. (Runs 8 days on one full winding)

The first day it ran a little slow, 15 minutes on one day. I adjusted it and it has been spot on for 2 days.

The Semca not so much. It looks like it will need some work. I am goi g to hold off and use the Phinney Walker after I clean it up.
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Instead of beeping, do they go "Schnell, Schnell!"? To which one must respond "Ja wolle!"
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:26 PM   #5
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They sound beautiful - would love to see photos.
Pictures are attached. Notice that it has two winding key, one for the clock, one for the alarm.

They don't make them anymore. Now the alarm bleeds off from the main spring which reduce run times.

The Semca isn't worth it I think. There are some screws missing from the glass and brass square that retains it. I might let the horologist take a look at it or let him have it when I get the Phinney-Walker cleaned and repaired.

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Instead of beeping, do they go "Schnell, Schnell!"? To which one must respond "Ja wolle!"
No, just a very elegant ringing of a nice bell.
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Very nice Pote! What a find!
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My goodness, my grandfather had that exact same clock sitting on top of his dresser in his bedroom. I'm pretty sure it ended up in my brother's house after grandpa died.
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Damn! I KNOW that travel alarm... now I just have to find one. If I have to tear the local second hand emporium apart to do so, I will.

Thanx for the photos.
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As I earlier mentioned, I switched be good case from the Semca to the Phinney-Walker.

I use saddle soap and cleaned all of the leather on the case. In addition, I polished the leather with black show polish several time and brought it to a nice shine.

I also cleaned, but did not abrasive polish the brass. I think I am going to leave it and the patina as original.

The only thing I wish is that I could have found a red leather case for it. The black is elegant, but red really stands out when you travel and you are less likely to lose it.

For those who are reading this post and thinking "WTF is this guy getting all stoked about this travel clock?".

It is hard to say who but I think I like well make tech. This is definitely the case here.

It is also relatively inexpensive to buy and restore.

Sure, there are cheaper electronic versions that you can toss after a trip or something. But the wind up, especially these are elegant.
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Wow, $200 to take apart, clean and refurb.

He agreed, it was a nice piece of kit, but a new mechanical Swiss travel alarm clock would be almost that much. (If I can find one.)
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I had a red one, but it disappeared when I left home. Got one 18 years ago, at a
German lady's garage sale. Beige leather square case, name is "Time Master", radium dial, made in West Germany. Has the separate winders.

Runs jes' fine, cost me 2 bucks........
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I have a line on a red cased Bulova day/date travel alarm new in box for cheap, cheap, cheap.

Pictures if the deal completes.

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That is a real beauty.
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Then there is this one.

REDUCED 2x: Vintage 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre 8-Day TRIPLE DATE Travel Alarm Clock



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Price: $695
Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Seller: tomvox1
Available on: http://forums.watchnet.com
Location: Brooklyn, USA
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Up for sale is this beautiful and hard to find 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre 8-Day Triple Date Travel Alarm clock. This complicated travel clock features an in house 19 ligne JLC caliber 202 with date, day & month display, as well as alarm complication, all in a compact, portable package. The movement has been recently serviced by my watchmaker, including the installation of a new old stock 8-day mainspring, and is therefore guaranteed for 6-months of normal, non-abusive use.
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I have a line on a red cased Bulova day/date travel alarm new in box for cheap, cheap, cheap.

Pictures if the deal completes.

I scored it. Brand new old stock in the box. Just as clean as the picture.

US$10!

From the late 1960s based on the directions for warranty address having a zip code.

Clean and shiny with no corrosion on the brass elements.

Runs spot on so doesn't appear to need any cleaning or lubrication.

The mechanism is nice but not as nice as the watch like Phinney-Walker. It also doesn't run 8 days based on one winding.

It does have two wind mechanisms, one for the mainspring and one for the alarm spring.

All of florescence on the numbers and hands are that really great old day heavily applied stuff.

Did I mention RED? I am a visual kind of guy so it makes it easier to see if you left it on the side table when checking out.
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Ohhh, $10! That was the deal of the century. NICE piece.
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US$10 ready to go. I don't feel so bad about dragging it around.

If I lose it, not too much into it.
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