The Förster 2080 is a rather early german form lever movement, which debuted in the early
1950ies. It was probably the successor of the Förster 2075.
The most noteable differences to that movement are the shape of the train bridge and a cheaper
constructed rocking bar winding mechanism.
The Förster 2080 uses a screw balance. It regulates a classical constructed
pallet lever movement with decentral second indication. All axes are positioned around
a half-circle 'round the balance wheel.
The balance is not shock protected; the effective length of its hairspring is adjusted by a long
On the dial side, you see the rocking bar winding mechanism, which is incomplete on the
specimen shown here. At "10", there's the click mechanism, which is a very simple one here: It
consists of only one part: A spring, which directly blocks the mainspring barrel wheel.
Since the mechanism is a very cheap one, it normally doesn't last very long, the spring either
breaks or bents, makeing it useless. Because of this, the spring is held by a large screw and
can be exchanged easily.
The specimen shown here, was heavily tinkered, incomplete and had screws, which were manually
"blued" by a pen. Although is still ticked, it got a full service.
On the timegrapher, which printed in double precision, this specimen performed poorly. All
measured values were extremely position-dependent and had way too large deviation values.
Altough the former tinkerings did not break the movement, they damanged the movement.
This specimen is a good example, how the fact, that a movement ticks, alone does not testify
anything about its condition.
This movement was donated by
Rolf-Jürgen. Thank you very much!