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  1. Glasutte is a nice watch, at the end of the day buy something your happy with, do some research, see if it has a manufacturer calibre or a bought in one from ETA, do they do a chronometre version? Second hand purchase is also good value as long as the condition is ok, All the best!
  2. A very nice watch, the "T" on the dial denotes it is a Tritium lume on the numbers, which dates it to early 1970's It is certainly a valuable watch, i have seen similar models sell before, they also did a white dial version of this one, in my opinion your looking at £800 - £1200 for value Ask your local auction house for an appraisal, Best of luck
  3. Probably the oil they used was at end of its life............. Hopefully you got some sort of guarantee after they serviced it? Goldsmiths do their own repairs on site as well so just check that it actually did go to Rolex themselves.........
  4. Hi, the wrong battery in it wont prevent it from working. If your late mothers watch has been bashed about abit it may well have other issues, coil or dirt ingress etc Batteries have different outputs as some watches work differently. Some quartz watches before midnight go into "high power mode" so they can activate the date mechanism then drop into low power operation, some have alarms or chronograph's with 3 or 4 stepper motors running at the same time as the "time" movement itself, so they need a high current drain There are quite a few nice small watch testers which can be b
  5. Like Mr Bond said, my old BMW's i had virtually new the old E30 325 sports and M3's are now going for silly money, lost big there I would only buy a watch if i liked it and for wrist time, like others have said i have lost money on them when re-selling What does annoy me is AD's selling to the grey market, i would love a new Rolex Pepsi GMT, but why should i pay double the price from a grey dealer to own one? People who "flip" these new watches are dealers and not watch lovers, ok then, let them make some profit but 8k? That's the same price as a 18K white gold GMT
  6. As Roy said, basically it can be many things!! Your looking at a car engine really, not only does all the pivots have to be clean and lubricated, but then it has to be "in time" with certain sequence of events need to be carried out, a myriad of levers and wheels all working in harmony to get the clock ready to chime, then to make the clock chime, then also be self correcting in-case someone advances the hands without letting it chime first I would sit it on the mantel piece and let it tick for an hour and see if it corrects itself and start chiming, failing that it needs to go to a
  7. Garrard mantel clocks and Elliot mantel clocks are very nice, either in wood or marble cases The carriage clocks are also lovely, the vast majority have very high quality French movements, watch out for / avoid the cheap modern mechanical ones which are poorly made and have badly designed wheel work
  8. I would head down the Omega route. The movement does it for me, it is just exceptional, 14 pinion gear train, twin barrels, frictionless escapement, dont worry about the COSC +/- 2 sec's a day certified, this can do +/- 2 sec's a week!!! I hope Rolex are ashamed of telling George Daniels to push off............
  9. Hi, this watch has the B17 calibre, based on the ETA 2824, Breitling then put in the top hairspring and balance and tune it up, it runs at 28,800 bph so it should be running exceptionally well!! Have a look at the reference number on the case back, if its 1734 then its COSC certified, if its 1704 its not. But it will be the basically the same movement living inside, which goes to show how good it should be, it just costs money to get it certified....... hope that helps
  10. Hi Doug, apologies for late reply, but the Mega Solar has a capacitor instead of a battery, different animal, so just leave it in the sunlight ( if we get any ) for a day or so and it will get going again, i have had the old Mega Solars from the 1970's and they have been brought back to life after some sun time
  11. Nice pictures, i wouldnt throw any watches away as they are always valuable for parts even if they cannot be salvaged, you will be surprised what a box of broken watches will fetch The Rotary is quite nice, having a curved back as well, i would date that mid 50's The small ladies watch appears to be gold, which is a nice find The Roamer watch is a very well respected make and is also a nice piece dating from the 1940's to 1950's As these watches contain old lume on the dial and hands i would urge caution that you do not take the backs off and look inside And as your bra
  12. Hi, yes these are genuine Smiths pocket watches, date from around the early 1970's, they were called "oversize" and quite collectable, especially as they are in as new condition, a nice find!
  13. Sounds like a plan, apolgies for the late reply........... I havent measured the length of my staff yet, but i do have a Ronda x ref book from the 1960's, its very detailed so hope to get a close match, am also buying up some old movements to use for parts It is surprising that such a popular watch has limited parts available, failing that i will have to make a new staff on the lathe, but thats a last resort.........
  14. The West End Watch Company was a good Swiss maker of watches dating before 1900 Their movements are always quite elegant and are "Above Average" in my opinion
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