Killer development for your next GTG

Some individuals put it on their rundown of the most futile watch complications, everything being equal. What are we discussing this week? The bum seconds otherwise known as ‘seconde morte’ or otherwise called bouncing seconds otherwise known as ‘seconde sautante’.

Foreword on dead seconds

You peer down at the dial and rather than a general, constant movement, the hand hops! Sixty exact jumps each moment of the focal second hand. To delineate, envision an exceptionally conceivable situation of your first experience with this development in the genuine, disconnected world: you just met an authority, investigating his wrist. You think you are taking a gander at a quartz watch . Essentially, you’re not exceptionally intrigued. That is until the authority advises you there is a mechanical development behind the ticking. This is by and large how I got into it. My apathy verging on hefty obliviousness soar into the most elevated level of interest inside milliseconds. I need to let it out just took me a couple of days to “tear” the watch off the wrist of its past owner.


Trying to repeat the hopping second impact on photos would be pretty much as merciless as eating cake before somebody and not contribution them a piece. So I trust you appreciate the additional mile we went to present to you this stunning threesome of full scale recordings highlighting the Tourist Radio-Top with Chézard 7402 type. We chose to shoot in an exceptionally non-customary setting to at the same time feature and difference the closeness of this watch with quartz watches.

Chézard 7402 explained

I don’t have the foggiest idea how frequently I unscrewed the case back, yet it was many. I can’t get enough of the Chézard 7402 jump second component. How can it work? The center is made by two pinion wheels of a similar size embracing the pawl with a pinion in the middle of them. The second wheel on the left pivots at a steady speed. The pinion climbs with the pawl until the pawl withdraws. During that miniature second when the correct wheel rapidly turns just to be bolted again by the pawl that is pushed once again into the right spot. This happens over and over and indeed, we should re-make it as a GIF.


The Chézard 7402 is a date variant of the Chézard 7400. Both are less complex and more tough than its archetype, the Chezard 115/116/117. Made around the mid 50s, the type 7402 hacks just when the crown is pulled, while the more seasoned adaptation could hack with the push of the crown. The Chézard 7400 ought to be more dependable than its previous more delicate forms, however don’t think of it as an every day mixer. Remember that the grinding between the pawl and the stuff is impressive, implying that the pawl and the stuff are effectively worn. I even read that try not to be shocked in the event that you recognize some metal chips inside the development because of grinding and abrasion.

Life with Tourist Radio-Top

No metal chips can be found in my Chézard 7402 however – it is bouncing cheerfully and unequivocally in its NOS Tourist Radio-Top I purchased on a unique tie with a tag. Being a date darling, the day number obvious through the cyclops is a decent detail that doesn’t hurt the watch plan. Very unexpectedly. I previously thought to be the tie shading somewhat odd during my initial minutes with this Tourist, however I began to develop increasingly more attached to it. I at last chose not to change the tie and wear it on the first. Another detail deserving of referencing is the exceptional engraving on a case back – SUPERCALENDAR. The lone thing that makes me despondent is that I couldn’t locate a solitary advert advancing this Tourist watch from, thinking back to the 50s.

Different ball game

It’s actual that one can discover little use for the dead second. Yet, I need to disclose to you a certain something: everything about this watch is simply so energizing, unique and succulent. I’m still emphatically stunned by the measure of oddity this Tourist Radio-Top gave, starting interest such that couple of watches have done previously. On the off chance that you like to stop chronographs or jumpers on your wrist, you need to get this type. Truly. This little watch comes with such countless intriguing differences and brings such countless cool new points that your average watch experience gets a rude awakening. It may even get completely upset. Allow me to acquaint you with a portion of those angles.

Visuals and sound

Super exhausting dial and hands, average for normal dress watches from the 1950s. In addition, it’s even wearing gold. Yet, don’t allow me to debilitate you! It’s not all consuming, instant adoration. Recollect that you put it on your wrist in light of the dead second development. It will not take long until you understand the difference between the 18.000vph recurrence and the bouncing second. The steady clearing movement is so profoundly established with traditional ticking and this contrast is agreeably difficult to the ear and brain. What makes it considerably more addictive is the entirely discernible sound of the development. It continually asks for your attention.


I love this one. Think about an average name for any chronograph or jumper watch. All the Chronomasters, Speedmasters, Timemasters or whatever made-up name I could bring to the table – you have an inclination that you previously heard it, correct? Be that as it may, watch this: Tourist Radio-Top. LUXOR Secondograph. Candino Sprint. OLMA Time-Signal. Arsa Springmaster. Lovary Saltofix. The naming for watches with Chézard dead seconds is absolutely imaginative and will perk up both you and your watch collection.

Chézard revival

Now clutch your seat – there is another name you ought to know about. The Radiomir Independent. Once more. Radiomir by Panerai . In 2001, Panerai presented a restricted release of 160 watches that highlight this uncommon complication. What’s more, it doesn’t stop there. The model otherwise called PAM 80 is fueled by a re-worked Chézard type 7400. Cased in 42 mm and white gold, with a transparent case back and incorporated cyclops amplifying the focal pinion. Not a terrible update for some old stock types being frequently set apart as minimal effort, normal or essential. I don’t think I need to make reference to the value it was sold for. Accept it as simply one more motivation to search for some respectable vintage watch with a Chézard 7400 type as it merits its place in watchmaking history.


If you think about the uniqueness, creativity and a value that ranges between USD 700 and USD 1400 –  you get perhaps the most invigorating and reasonable complications out there with the Chézard 7400/7402. As finding a Omega Synchro-beat cal. 372 appears to be an inaccessible dream and in the event that you are not Rolex Tru-Beat fan (kidding), the Chézard is your vintage way out. The dead seconds is a very basic thought at first look, yet more profound examination causes one to comprehend it is a troublesome complication to get right.


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