Moment watch camera
The Moment is a Japanese camera disguised as a pocket watch, perhaps sold in the 1910s by Ueda. It is only known from a single surviving example pictured in Sugiyama. It was patterned after the Ticka watch camera, and is said to take 15×22mm exposures on 17.5mm rollfilm, certainly contained in a cassette similar to that of the Ticka. (This was surely the first application of 17.5mm film in Japan.) The lens and lens cap are disguised as the watch winder. There is a key on the side, certainly used to advance the film. The shutter has B and I settings selected by a sliding lever on the side.
The outside of the watch-case has the name "MOMENT", surrounded by an oval frame containing the words SOLE AGENT T. U. CAMERA CO. The initials "T.U." might stand for Tokyo Ueda.
- Pritchard, Michael and St. Denny, Douglas. Spy Cameras — A century of detective and subminiature cameras. London: Classic Collection Publications, 1993. ISBN 1-874485-00-3. P.126 (brief mention only).
- Sugiyama, Kōichi (杉山浩一); Naoi, Hiroaki (直井浩明); Bullock, John R. The Collector's Guide to Japanese Cameras. 国産カメラ図鑑 (Kokusan kamera zukan). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1985. ISBN 4-257-03187-5. Item 5001.
- The Moment is mentioned in this page of miscellany at subclub.org
- The Moment is mentioned in this page about the Ticka and Expo at submin.com