Other Lathes For Watchmakers
Possibly by Boley & Leinen (the other name used by the Leinen Company) this 8 mm WW (Webster Whitcombe) type watchmakers' lathe is engraved as being an "Arrow". The lathe shown - in fine, original condition - was found in Prague, in the Czech Republic, the centre of a region that had, from the 1800s, an extensive, well-founded and very successful machine tool industry. Oddly, however, no watchmakers are known to originate from the former Czechoslovakia and, as there are a few differences between the Leinen and the Arrow, this might be a very high-class copy made for the CZ home market. If you know more, please do let the writer know.
The lathe has survived with a screw-feed compound slide test, three tailstocks, a flip-up T-rest, a small saw bench, single and double filing rests and a set of collets marked Hohnel Glashutte .
Two other makes of lathe are known to have been branded as the "Arrow"; the first, "Matsuda" (Matsudaseiki)in Japan, produced several conventional WW Types and a rather different, miniature precision lathe whose headstock took 10 mm collets. The second - now a maker of CNC machines - is Arrow Machine Tools of No. 18, Old No. 1, Balaji Nagar, Ambattur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu in India.