Tiqua Muliti-Sport musical alarm

Tiqua Muliti-Sport musical alarm

I don’t come across many watches I’ve never seen before, but this is one of them!

The Tiqua Muliti-Sport (check the spelling 😆) has a Modutek module, but is a clone of the ESA/EMM 931.571 module which is a complement for the ESA/EMM 931.771 digital hands module. You can see the various modules here.

The Swiss had some really innovative and stylish digital watches (I wish they had made more of them) in the 1980s and this one is particularly cool.

It has three levels of LCD (there is a similar-looking one which is more common that has the five icons at the top, but just two levels of LCD, like this one).

The first level is the function icons, the second is the time (which is always visible) and the third level displays the functions – date, alarm, countdown timer, dual-time, stopwatch.

While the crystal graphics proudly display ‘musical alarm’ it’s more of a series of tones, rather than actual music – but that’s down to interpretation. I guess Casio uses the term ‘melody watch’ for something that plays an actual song so perhaps musical alarm is actually fine…

It has 12/24 hour time mode as well as the functions already mentioned and one of its most interesting features is very subtle and quite hidden unless you are scrolling. The day can be set in English, French or German — it’s only two letters, but typical of the quality of Swiss timepieces that they would include this.

This particular watch arrived in a small watchlot from Italy where the seller charged 20€ for postage (which is about standard for 10 watches) but sent it via FEDEX so it arrived way quicker than expected and landed in NZ within a week. This is where the joy evaporated though as all the watches had been ‘looked at’ before and there was evidence of hasty battery leakage removal and some missing pieces.

This module has several connectors that are held in place with melted plastic and one was missing, one broken and one wouldn’t stay in place. Fortunately I had a spare very-dead Swiss module that had similar connectors so was able to scavenge those to replace the missing and broken ones, and a hot soldering iron completed the repair job.

On the circuitboard itself, the problem was a dead 32,768mhz crystal so a new one was soldered in, watch reassembled, and we were back in business!

Result is a great-looking, classic Swiss digital from the early 1980s, looking stylish on the wrist and another excellent timepiece saved from the bin!

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