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  1. Some really nice and interesting watches on this thread; I can see why so many of them are treasured now, after their passing on...
  2. Hi Sulie, I have just moved your post into the "Clock and Pocket Watch" section of the Forum and left a link where you originally posted it.
  3. Quite a coincidence that the dial you show on your link, @spinynorman, is very similar to the dial on pedropires' watch.
  4. The word "estival" means, relating to or typical of summer. It is found in French and Spanish as well as English. I am not sure why the local watch repairer thought the watch might come from South America - it would be interesting to know his thinking. The brand name does not appear on Mikrolisk and I have not found any references to it online. We really need to see more pictures of the watch showing the caseback, and movement if we are to make any headway in firmly dating and identifying the piece (unless, of course, someone out there has the relevant information at hand).
  5. I presume that established watch brands take steps to ensure that a watch won't be a complete flop. Obviously, one way to do this is to remain very conservative with regard to new models, keeping them within stylistic bounds of models that have proved to be successful and not going out on a limb as far as spending on "tooling-up" for something radically new. The use of "limited editions" is, I suppose, another way of avoiding over-production, and this practice is clearly very popular with small watch producers that can't afford a big production run and are tentatively exploring the market. And
  6. Mikrolisk gives two Swiss registrations for the brand name Madorina - Broadwest Watch Company Ltd in Basel (in 1927) and C. E. Droz in Genf (1916). The mark is also attributed to Nivada SA, at Grenchen, Switzerland, on Mikrolisk, where interestingly, a later registration (1951) is given for the brand name to a P. Allana & Sons based in Karachi, Pakistan. Unravelling the history of the Madorina brand name is therefore going to be a bit tricky and hopefully other Forum detectives, including my colleague @spinynorman, will join the search. I have seen two watches illustrated online that
  7. Not sure about that one, dear @robbish_uk, but it wouldn't completely surpise me.
  8. I hadn't come across Steeldive watches until your mention of them here, Paul. For some reason, my computer anti-virus won't allow me to visit the Steeldive website, but looking at the Steeldive store on Aliexpress, the watches do seem to be remarkably inexpensive.
  9. Dear @Kolya, I have done some preliminary research on the le Marquand brand but more is required to truly tease out exactly what transpired over the years. Here are my introductory findings: André le Marquand is best known for two celebrated watch designs from the early-mid 1970s - the oval 1972 "Spaceman" wristwatch and its angular successor, the "Spaceman Audacieuse" of 1974. The André le Marquand watch company itself, founded in about 1980, by André and his wife, changed ownership in 2005 on the retirement of its founders. The new owners were Master Timekeeper MTK SA, a man
  10. Dear @Kski, I notice that you have also posted this query on the Watchuseek forum, where you include a picture showing the Roulac trademark on the dial of a watch. It would be nice to have pictures of the watch itself, because the style of the trademark and the other legends shown on the dial could be from any time over rather a long period. I have not managed to trace this brand name, but there are other Forum detectives out there who may have better luck. I can tell you that Roulac is a surname which appears most frequently in the United States, and with lesser frequency mainly in France an
  11. I do like that watch and I hope you manage to charge it effectively. I have used LED lamps to charge lume, but when it comes to solar watches needing a lengthy "soaking" in light, I have placed them in daylight to good effect. I do wonder exactly what frequency or frequencies of light are best for charging lume and solar watches, and is such charging dependent on the amount of UV light in the mix?
  12. I shall expect to see these two watches up and running and looking beautiful, dear @nursegladys.
  13. Well, Norman @spinynorman, here we both are again on the Bijoux Terner thread headed by my topic on the subject, with me about to take over ownership of the Terner "Big Yellow" from you. This watch has a life of its own. The above topic was clearly one of the first of my Forum topics; I only rediscovered it today when I started research to write a topic about, you've guessed it, Bijoux Terner. I look forward to receiving the watch from you and its magic survival will continue in my hands.
  14. Dear @Eaglegale, this watch dates to about the mid 1970s, certainly no earlier. I am glad to see that you posted pictures of it on the Forum thread headed by my topic, "Japanese Giant Goes Missing: Ricoh Watches". I hope you found that thread interesting.
  15. I thought that they were just called "tags", but then, what do I know?
  16. It is probably a good idea - as per Roy's recommendation - to have a browse through the watch ranges produced by the now many reputable small-scale watch companies. I think you will be able to source a tasty panda-style chronograph from one of these companies, which tend to use either Seiko Mecaquartz movements or the Seagull mechanical chronograph movement.
  17. It's always nice to be acknowledged, dear @Wintermute, so thank you for that We have many helpful and knowledgeable members here on the Forum. Well done for fixing the watch, and I think you make a good point about these movements being good to practise on.
  18. Well done, dear @Wowbagger. I'm glad to see that "old timer" back to something like its old self - I especially like the colour and design of the Bakelite case, and the dial looks to be in clean condition.
  19. Yes, dear @Wintermute, I would say that your pocket watch is powered by a Chinese movement. These movements were and still are made by a number of Chinese companies and I don't think you will easily find the exact manufacturer. Although these hand-wind movements are on the "cheap and cheerful" side, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with them, and they can give a reasonably good account of themselves as long as you don't ask too much of them. In terms of "spares and repairs", it might be cheaper to replace the whole movement than to undertake any disassembly or major repair.
  20. Dear @Graham60, many thanks for that interesting bit of information about the Solar Time company. Only the other day, I was doing a bit of research into Klaus Kobec watches - no, I am not a Klaus Kobec fan - and I came up with what seems to be the "last remains" of the Klaus Kobec website. On that site, it gives other brands linked to Klaus Kobec, and they seem to pretty well match to brands now under the Solar Time umbrella. The brands linked to both Klaus Kobec and Solar Time are: Swiss Eagle, CCCP Watches, Earnshaw, Spinnaker, and Avi-8. I believe that Klaus Kobec itself disappeared so
  21. Dear @Bobby Jones, Mikrolisk give a registration date of 25 March 1931 for the Novoris brand name and attribute the name to the Oris Watch Co. SA. Looking at the illustrations available online, of which there are many, it would seem that Novoris watches generally fall into the 1930s and 1940s, with little evidence of the brand persisting on any scale into the 1950s. It would be interesting to know why the Novoris brand was created. Obviously, one clue might be in the name itself - Nov/oris with "Nov" meaning new from the Latin, and "oris" being the name of the company. In fact, Oris had a bit
  22. If I was wanting to buy a genuinely Russian watch today, I don't think I would go to CCCP Watches. The situation with the brand is both confusing and confused as far as any current link with the Russian watch industry is concerned, and there is clearly a Chinese/Hong Kong connection in terms of company ownership and product origins. The characteristic Russian style of wristwatch that still retains a "Soviet" flavour can still be found in new Russian-made watches undiluted by a rather artificial attempt by CCCP Watches to inject a "Soviet" style into their products.
  23. Welcome to the Forum, Greig. I'm sure you will find plenty of info on the Forum, and please keep us posted about the development of your watch collecting.
  24. The picture you show immediately above reveals a considerable amount of corrosion, and I also wonder just how much gunk has built up in the internal workings of the movement. Excessive play in a shaft presumably requires re-bushing, and it may be that other elements in the movement also might require similar treatment. Please note that I am no expert on clock repairing although I have set up quite a few old clocks in my time. I do wonder if a proper clean and re-lubrication of the movement might work wonders although to do this would probably involve disassembly of the movement. I do wish you
  25. Dear @Mr.Linnet I think the problem here is that, in a sense, all you have told us is that the clock isn't working, full stop. To diagnose a problem from your description is almost impossible and it really needs an expert to actually delve inside the movement. Of course, it may be that if you managed to obtain a pendulum specific to that movement then the clock might work properly. Interestingly, your clock movement seems to bear the crossed arrows mark of the Hamburg American Clock Company (HAC) formed in Germany in 1873, which used that mark from 1892, at which time the firm was aiming to in
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