Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The outstanding Seiko Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater

One of the most accomplished minute repeaters to be launched in recent years is the Seiko Credor Spring Drive Minute repeater.

It has some very interesting construction features including a double case for resonance: the hammer strikes a pin that strikes the gong which is outside the inner case holding the movement. And the alloy for the gong is made by a craftman whose family has been making wind chimes for 800 years. More on this later. 

The sound is clear, loud and resonant - outstanding.



And the earlier Credor sonnerie with its lingering chimes thanks to a miniature orin bell like those found in Japanese temples. This sound has a very much more Japanese aesthetic.



And another Seiko chiming timekeeper - it's a long video at nearly two minutes.



- SJX

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