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  1. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Oct 23, 2019

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    So I was doing my daily browsing of Bring A Trailer and was looking back over some past auctions and was checking out this one in particular...

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1985-renault-r5-turbo-2-9/

    While admiring this fine vehicle I noticed the boost gauge said "Jaeger" in what looks to be the same font as "Jaeger-LeCoultre"

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    So are they one in the same?
    It then got me to think about all the other cars I have seen over the years with clocks and gauges made by "watch" companies...

    IWC in Mercedes
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    Breitling in Bentley
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    Heuer in Porsche
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    Smiths in Jaguar
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    I feel like I'm forgetting some, and there are probably some I am totally unaware of so if you know of any, please share!
     
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  2. MRC

    MRC Oct 23, 2019

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    Veglia? Although their instruments were made in Italy for Italian cars and motorbikes (such as my Moto-Morini) their watches have "Swiss" on the dial, so were they outsourced?
     
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  3. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Oct 23, 2019

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    I have a genuine 1958 'Waltham' in my motorhome ;)

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  4. ewand

    ewand Oct 23, 2019

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    Maserati 4200 Coupe & Spyder had a Jaeger revcounter too. I had memories of the clock also having the same, but looking at pics it was just the trident logo.
     
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  5. MRC

    MRC Oct 23, 2019

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  6. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Oct 23, 2019

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    found this one...

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  7. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Oct 23, 2019

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  8. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Oct 24, 2019

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    '73 Citroen
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  9. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Oct 24, 2019

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    '70 TR6

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    This is like, a new hobby for me now hah.
     
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  10. jsducote

    jsducote Oct 24, 2019

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    Nowhere near Jaeger, but I remember pulling the analog clock out of my '81 RX-7, opening it up and re-gluing the broken plastic gear shaft that was a common failure in these. Was so proud of myself and probably added 5 whole bucks to sale price when I got rid of the car. Reliably catching fire from the oil leak on the catalytic converter was not the kind of reliability I was looking for.
     
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  11. gostang9

    gostang9 Oct 24, 2019

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    I have nothing valuable to add, but I want to say thank you for the excellent thread! Such a lovely reminder of the great content on OF!
     
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  12. RI Omega Fan

    RI Omega Fan Oct 24, 2019

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    Yes, this is a great thread. I’m loving these photos of cool car gauges and clocks.
     
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  13. time flies

    time flies Oct 24, 2019

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    Two from the 2018 AACA show in Hershey 20181012_162257.jpg 20181012_161704.jpg

    have fun
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  14. Canuck

    Canuck Oct 24, 2019

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    One from a car, and one from a plane. The Heuer is about 60 years old, and was mounted onto the dash of a rally car driven by a friend in his rally days. The other is an instrument panel clock from a Beechcraft. Both are Swiss, 15-jewel, jewelled lever escapements, and 8-day running. I use the Beechcraft as a work bench timer. The movement shown is from the Heuer.

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  15. 64Wing

    64Wing Oct 24, 2019

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  16. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Oct 24, 2019

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    An interesting thread for sure. I think many forget that these companies had to stay diversified in their products- a clockworks is a clockworks and contracts are contracts.
    I have a Herschede hall clock made in 1928- a spectacular piece of engineering and fine detail work. When the depression hit in the US, the company found theselves in dire straits (a hall clock was a serious luxury), so they started making parking meters by 1936....a clockworks. And the company survived.
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  17. Canuck

    Canuck Oct 24, 2019

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    Herschede used English movements produced by Elliot. They were indeed top of the ine.
     
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    Canuck Oct 24, 2019

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    The Halda Watch Co., in business today, at one time made mechanical meters for taxi cabs.

     
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  19. 63TR4

    63TR4 Oct 25, 2019

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    I've also seen magnet mounted car clocks, which would work well with a metal dash board and not require drilling any holes. Here's a Smiths example I found by googling, though plenty of other companies made these too

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  20. neilfrancis

    neilfrancis Oct 25, 2019

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