1958 Roamer Alarm 17 Jewels

Calibre:
MST 427
Size:
33mm
Material:
Chrome plate on nickel with stainless steel back.
Case Back:
Patent alarm back - including hammer pin and machined tuning grooves. Marked with Alarm bells, and snap fitted with location pin.
Water Resistance:
nil, dust proof.
Strap:
17mm sewn tan pigskin strap
This is a late style alarm, with the revised MST 427 - the use of promethium points to the very late 1950s, the hands likewise are more characteristic of the very early 1960s. We'll compromise on 1958, as via interview with the former marketing director and later Owner of Roamer, they were not being marketed after 1958, which was when he joined the company. It is probably one of the last examples. The MST427 replaced the earlier MST417 in 1955, with revised alarm cancel and hammer mechanism. The calibre numbers are not visibly marked - except under the dial. The way you can tell the difference at a glance is the extra hole by the Roamer text by the hammer in the 417. The Roamer Alarm with either calibre is one of the hardest Roamer watches to find, although no production figures remain - it was not a high number. I think it is best said in the words of the above former Roamer director - "we didn't make many of those".
 
The roamer alarm calibre is quite sophisticated, with a single winding and setting crown for all alarm and time functions. The single pusher is to cancel the alarm. When winding, the alarm is wound when the crown is rotated clockwise, and the mainspring is wound when rotating anti-clockwise. The alarm sets when the alarm spring is wound. The second position on the stem adjusts the alarm pointer, and the third position sets the hands. The winding mechanism features a rocker as in the Vulcain cricket that alternating barrels, depending on the direction of the winder.
 
Associated Patents
 
1951 hammer mechanism CH295436 - MST 417 1952 sounding back CH304446 1955 revised hammer mechanism CH321585 - MST 427
All watches in my collection with calibre MST427:

All text and images are either © Kris Bubendorfer 2011-14 or © Roamer Watch Company.

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