A little oddball watch Time-O-Phone

tgarnold

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I am posting this here, because it is closest in size to a wristwatch. I'm not sure how to take it apart. It has a manual wind movement and sets and winds through the stem. The meter on the left side of the dial is a 0-12 minute scale. I assume this is used to record phone length for a pay phone. The button on the bottom resets the meter. The back turns counter clockwise as well to wind something. It looks like this was part of something bigger and the back would contact something electric to set off an alarm or stop a call. Has anyone ever seen or used one of these before?

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4thdimension

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I’ve had a couple over the years. They clip on that central part of a rotary phone dial. Remember when your phone calls were charged according to the number of minutes you were on the line?-Cort
 
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tgarnold

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So, what does the winding in the back do? I guess you would connect it to the rotor so when you dial it winds it. It would wind on the recoil since it is counter clockwise. Is it just an additional wind to the watch?
 

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The indicator seems to start working when the watch is wound by the crown. I have to let it work all the way down before I try to just wind it by the back.
 

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These have a slipping mainspring like those in automatic watches so you won’t overwind it while dialing your phone. I found two I still have that will get fixed some day. One is like yours but marked Sperina. It is missing the bottom button that holds the timer hand in place when setting the watch hands. Another version here is marked Gruber. It has a finger wheel on top to set the call length. It too clips on a phone but doesn’t have the cool rotary phone winding arm. The third item here is a Parker-Timer that clips on your belt and dings when your parking meter is expired. Fun novelties!-Cort EDA6ED08-CADC-4CCE-8433-609C02590A4B.jpeg
 
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