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Offline Butch

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21 jewel Zodiac Movements
« on: June 11, 2013, 11:42:22 AM »
Now here is something interesting that BWG just sent me. Most of our movements are 17 jewel, and each serves a function. There are some 21 jeweled movements though, but evidently all the extra jewels are merely there for a legal requirement and serve no function. I am not saying this is true of all 21 jeweled Zodiac movements, but BWG did send me 2 examples of a caliber 72 and a 70-72.

Here is the picture of the 72.
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Re: 21 jewel Zodiac Movements
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 11:50:07 AM »
Here is another caliber.

Here is a good example of a 21 Jewel 70/72. They added jewels to the top settings of the reverser wheels, and a jewel to the underside of the one reverser wheel that usually does not have one (so there are 3 of the extra ones), but then they put a decorative jewel out on the end of the rotor assembly plate.  Meanwhile they left the center wheel unjeweled, and the top setting of the 3rd wheel still a metal as well. 
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Offline jmh86325

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Re: 21 jewel Zodiac Movements
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013, 12:33:00 PM »
when i was talking to my wife about watches and jewel wars...this is what she envisioned

<picture of a modern kortz watch encrusted with crystals all over it and the band removed>
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Re: 21 jewel Zodiac Movements
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2013, 01:38:48 PM »
Close! Here is one like that, I used to own one but cannot find the pics.

https://www.google.com/search?q=waltham+100+jewel+watch&client=firefox-a&hs=OI9&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=H2C3UYG0NM_F4APGzIC4Dg&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1258&bih=740

And that IS her watch you posted a picture of in the forum, right? As in you got her permission to use her picture, right?
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Offline Borka

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Re: 21 jewel Zodiac Movements
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2013, 03:45:25 PM »
Correct me if im wrong Butch - but on 1st shot i see 25!!! jewels...

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Re: 21 jewel Zodiac Movements
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2013, 04:36:14 PM »
That is the point here. While it says 21 jewels, most if not all above 17 are useless.
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