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martinus_scriblerus

Solar Electric

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Here's an uncommon Solar Electric watch. Solar was a house brand of the T. E. Eaton company, a defunct department store chain from Canada.

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This watch would have been sold at one of the stores here in Canada in the early 1960's. Indeed, I bought the watch in a million pieces from a fellow who lives quite close to me here in Southern Ontario.

Here's a photo of the movement:

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It is a Landeron 4760 - the one with the hack feature. This movement was the one Wittnauer used in their later Electro-Chrons. I had Silver Hawk overhaul it (although it has been behaving badly lately - I expect the watch really wishes to go back on holiday in Brighton for a smell of the salt air).

I posted the picture in the general forum as well - July 1 is Canada Day, celebrating our 142nd anniversary of Confederation in 1867. It is probably the only watch in that thread which has a connection with Canada - not much in the way of horological history here.

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Do you mean it,s behaving badly when you wear it or when it,s led down, I have a few of these movements and in general they keep better time when they are worn on the wrist than just left static, dont ask me why. I wore my Wittnauer yesterday on the wrist it kept perfect time I then took it off and led it on the shelf well I did something and noticed it had gained 5mins in a couple of hours, so reset it put it back on and it kept perfect time for the rest of the day.

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Do you mean it,s behaving badly when you wear it or when it,s led down, I have a few of these movements and in general they keep better time when they are worn on the wrist than just left static, dont ask me why.

I mean that it has decided to stop working. It'll run for a few secnds and quit. I checked the battery connection and it looks fine. Brighton here we come???

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Oh dear, do you have a collar on the battery you can try and put a piece of folded tin foil on top of the battery it works for me and paul even put a small steel spring washer in one of mine to push the battery down tight when replacing the cover.

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There's no room in the engine compartment for an AAA size battery that's for sure! :grin:

WherE does the battery (cell for the pedantics) fit ? :ph34r:

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There's no room in the engine compartment for an AAA size battery that's for sure! :grin:

WherE does the battery (cell for the pedantics) fit ? :ph34r:

As a rule of thumb their is a removable battery hatch in the center of the rear case(see pic) but this does not apply to all Electro-Chrons.

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