Schatz Std. 400 Day - 2 Jewels, Narrow Plate Movement
This clock looks like a regular Schatz standard 400 day clock, but has an unusual movement that was made for a short time.
A brief history: Through the early 1950s, standard 400 day clocks had movements of about the same width. Then, someone discovered that if the movement was made narrower, the import duty was less, as the movement was small enough to be considered a watch instead of a clock.
Kundo, one of the major makers, used narrow plate movements with "wings", (brass strips) added to the back plate to make the narrow movement look wide! After a few years, the wings were omitted.
Schatz made a narrow plate movement, with a one-piece wing assembly on the back plate to make it look wide. Then, Schatz switched back to the wide plate movement! The Schatz narrow-plate movement is uncommon, I see one only every year or two, out of dozens of Schatz standard 400 day clocks that I repair. I don't know why they kept making the wide-plate movement instead of the narrow.
Jul 9, 2013