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    Smile Need identifying watchmakers lathe

    Hello to all. I'm new to this board and I'd like to have a question. Some of you who may recognise the lathe I inherited from my brother in the early 80's. He used to repair swiss watches in the 50's 60's and 70's. He passed away and I didn't have the chance asking him about what's the make of this lathe before. Also got another lathe along with this one that I know for sure was a nickel plated Boley.I've traded the Boley quite some time ago for a 60's australian 9" Hercus model that suits my need better.
    This late looks similar to the modern day Bergeon . It has a D bed with the flat section on top. Collet thread size is 7mm and parts of the lathe is painted black enamel. Interestingly, there's is no name stamped on parts of the lathe, only one component I see the maker of Lorch stamped on.
    Your input is appreciated.
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    Default Re: Need identifying watchmakers lathe (RE: Cornavin60)

    Hello,

    maker was Andrae & Zwingenberger, Limbach in eastern Germany.
    Lathe bar should be 25mm diameter.

    Regards,
    Frank

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    Default Re: Need identifying watchmakers lathe (RE: Cornavin60)

    It looks very much like a GDR-made Andrš & Zwingenberger lathe:
    http://www.lathes.co.uk/andra/
    They are said to be quite good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Per G View Post
    It looks very much like a GDR-made Andrš & Zwingenberger lathe
    Oops - 2nd place

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    Thumbs up Re: Need identifying watchmakers lathe (RE: Per G)

    Thanks guys ,it was quick. Interesting about the different finishes . Mine doesn't have the grove on the bed , and the cross slide is engine turned .Overall finish is excellent.
    Last edited by Cornavin60; 08-18-2011 at 11:13 AM.

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    Default Re: Need identifying watchmakers lathe (RE: Cornavin60)

    This is incorrect measurement of lathe's spindle opening. The drawbar and the *unthreaded* part of collect, measure these and it should be very close to 8mm. I hate that when somebody don't say this or state the collet thread size this is not correct way to measure.

    It helps with selling or buying more pieces that use 8mm collet design. Also do not part any of the items, when watchmakers buy their new lathes they were sold as one set with all the goodies.

    Cheers, Watchfixer

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    Smile Re: Need identifying watchmakers lathe (RE: Watchfixer)

    Watchfixer, sorry about the misinformation.I'm not a watchfixer ,just measured the threadsize on the collet with my caliper.I'm sure the bore will measure 8 mm as you suggested.
    Ps; anyone have an idea what this box set worth?
    Last edited by Cornavin60; 08-18-2011 at 02:11 PM.

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    Default Re: Need identifying watchmakers lathe (RE: Cornavin60)

    Good idea to measure as suggested. Not the bore. The collet shanks and drawbar is the usually actual size.

    Cheers, Watchfixer

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    Default Re: Need identifying watchmakers lathe (RE: Cornavin60)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cornavin60 View Post
    anyone have an idea what this box set worth?
    A while ago I saw a box very much like yours on German eBay with an asking price of well over 1.000 Euro.
    You could check on www.ebay.de for andrš zwingenberger now and then. There are usually some lathes and parts up for sale, they are not all that rare.

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    Default Re: Need identifying watchmakers lathe (RE: Per G)

    nice lathe I would say probably much more than 3000 in Canada I just spent 1000 for a very basic incomplete ww setup, (no cross slide none of the attachments i wanted) if your interested in selling that sometime let me know lol

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    Smile Re: Need identifying watchmakers lathe (RE: Dr.opie)

    Dr.opie, if you 're interested, make me an offer I couldn't refuse. This unit is definitely good quality with the engine turn finish too that I don't see on the web for other makes. This box set is quite heavy as a whole and I hoped to find someone locally though.Thanks for your interest , may be something will work out.

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