The long watch goal to me was to own a jump hour. First, when I discovered this complication, it just blew me away. Because reading digital time with the mechanical movement was just wow. My plan was to find a mint condition vintage jump hour watch, around the 70s and with Swiss movement. My budget was around 100$, I know it isn’t much, but I didn’t want any known brand.
So I started my eBay search. There were many Sicura Jump hours which were pretty beaten up or NOS small brand names, but full service needed. So I thought that I have no chance of finding one that I like. but then after 1 week of searching, I found this one. The AGON Jump hour. It had Swiss hand wound movement, it was recently serviced and it was in mint condition and from the mid-70s. The watch was in Argentina, but the seller had 100% of positive feedback. The watch was 80$, but I offered “Best Offer” of 60$ and got myself a deal. In total, I paid 60$ + 8$ for shipping. In my opinion a great deal.
The watch came from Argentina to Latvia pretty fast. About in one week with tracked mail. I’m very pleased with it. It was packaged pretty well. In several layers of bubble wrap. My first impressions were that it is very small. Of course, for those years it is normal size for men. But for me who like to wear 40-45mm watches, it is a bit small. But in the last year, I tend to buy smaller watches. I’m already selling off most of my quartz watches to fund my vintage watches I want to buy.
The watch came with this old and worn out bracelet that was too small for me anyways, so immediately I threw it out as soon as I packed the watch out. So I don’t have a photo of that. but here are some seller photos.
The case is nickel chromium, width of the case is 33mm without the crown. Lug to lug is 39mm. Lug width is 18mm. About the movement, I have no idea what it is.
Here is some history I could find about the company: Agon was a low-grade movement assembler, mostly working with ebauches from the likes of Bettlach, Baumgartner and Ronda. Generally, these were 1 jewel pin-lever movements. Agon’s big moment of glory was their joint project with Tissot to manufacture the Astrolon/Autolub all-plastic watch movement used in the Tissot Actualis and plastic-cased Tissot Synthetic. The Astrolon was a magnificent technical achievement in maintenance-free watchmaking but sadly failed to find a market. Tissot at that time was the lowest rung of the mid-grade watches and this may have been one step too far.
Overall I’m very pleased with my purchase. I wear it quite a lot because it is easy to read and it’s light. I also wanted the jump hour watch for so long and now I have it. I also put it on this cheapestnatostraps.com vintage leather strap and it looks gorgeous.