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  1. Dear @Autonomous, I agree with those above but there is one important factor which has not been mentioned and that is sunlight. It is unwise to have watches on display that are subject to direct sunlight for any length of time partly because of the temperature changes that this will cause but also because of the damaging effects of UV radiation on watch packaging and also on some dials and associated hands and markers.
  2. I can tell you that your patent reference is for US Patent 760647 for a negative set stem winding and setting mechanism (keyless work) granted to Sandoz on that date. The reference is a US version of a Swiss patent, CH 28243, that was granted to Sandoz in 1903.
  3. I'm pretty quick off the mark when I see a watch that I like and know I have the money for in my wallet. The difficulty comes when the price is over my own cash limit, but Kristina is most forthcoming and, after a bit of banter on the phone, she will usually rescue me by bringing extra finance and a lift home with my newly acquired treasure. In general, Kris trusts my judgement on purchases as we have a joint long-standing interest in all things antique and collectible, even though she is somewhat bemused by my love of watches. Ultimately, Kris is in charge of our overall finances and I would respect any decision she took to say "No!" to a purchase.
  4. I'm with dear Caller on this - a lovely watch and something left field from Seiko.
  5. Great thread this, from everyone, but I must go back to that amazing Carlo Ferrara watch shown by @Mechanical Alarm. I love that watch and would certainly comment if someone I knew had it on their wrist.
  6. Welcome to the Forum, Pp. If your watch is as I think it is, beat rate and accuracy were probably not too high on the agenda at Ingersoll when these watches were being mass produced. An Ingersoll pocket watch was the first proper watch I ever had and I bought it new in the mid-1960s. Many of these inexpensive Ingersolls are are still going strong and I think you had the right idea when you did your first clean and service on one of these watches. My own watch was very like the example here below (pics from assets.catawiki.nl):
  7. "Very interesting... But stupid", to quote Arte Johnson.
  8. I believe that this is the so-called Almatic pilot's watch you mention in your thread-head, Steve (picture credit has already been given in your link): The brand name, Almatic, belonged to Alpina/Union Horlogere SA who at the time were located not only in Biel and Genf, Switzerland but also in Germany and France. The trade name, Alpina Almatic, was registered by Alpina Watch International Ltd./Alpina Union Horlogere SA (watches and watch parts) in December 1973. The history of Alpina has been quite well documented and there is information online via Google. As to your own watch, I would like some decent pictures to go on, and the movement might also help to date it. My feeling is that the watch in the saleroom catalogue, shown by me above, may date to the 1940s but again, decent pictures would have been helpful.
  9. Sansui was founded in 1947 in Tokyo, Japan. The original product was transformers but the firm branched out to encompass various audio products which it produced for more than fifty years. Sansui "peaked" somewhere between the late 1970s and early 1980s, when it was a well-known company around the world. Sansui products, some of which are rated highly as classic vintage audio, came to be recognised by their adoption of black front panels with white lettering. In the late 1980s, Sansui retreated from the US market but continued in limited production until 2001, when the firm closed its corporate HQ in Shin - Yokohama.
  10. Well Kevin, we've already "met" as I am sure you know - with posts on your interesting thread-head about J. J. Dagg. But have another welcome from me.
  11. I think you may have missed a trick here, guys - I wrote a topic for the Forum not that long ago about the Rolex spoons. The topic can be found using the Forum search feature. I posted it on 11 August 2011 and it is titled, "Born with a Silver Spoon...: The Bucherer-Rolex Teaspoons".
  12. Dear Kevin @KevinYnysMon, and the other contributors to this interesting and lively thread, I thought I would just "throw a cat among the pigeons" and show you this rather nice wall clock by our friend, J. J. Dagg: (Pics from images.auctionet.com) This clock measure about 60 cms tall and is/was being sold at an auction house in Sweden. The auction house dates the clock to the late 19th century. Note that the address given for J. J. Dagg on the dial is 242 Scotland Road, Liverpool.
  13. I do hope you get a result that is satisfactory to you, dear Audemars. I can only echo what WRENCH has said above and trust that negotiation with the company in question goes well.
  14. Dear Kevin, here is another, rather nice, silver pocket watch by James J. Dagg of Liverpool. The 48 mm wide silver case is hallmarked for Chester, 1846[?], with the maker's mark, G.R.. The Address on the watch dial is 242 Scotland Road, Liverpool. Apparently, the movement is also signed, Jas. J. Dagg, and bears some form of letter/number combination (Pics from Worthpoint)
  15. Your link doesn't appear to be working, so no pic.
  16. Dear @Audemars111, I agree with Alan (Karrusel) here above concerning the fallibilities inherent in trying to retrieve accurate records from watch companies. There are a multitude of factors that can lead to records going missing or being less accurate over time, and as a horological researcher, I come across this problem quite frequently. among the simplest traps that companies fall into are when they move premises or undergo a change of ownership and decide to have a "clearout" of old documents that don't seem to be relevant at the time. As for serial numbers, there are so often blips and errors in the system and in synching the actual watch with its appropriate serial number that cause problems with dating and attribution later on.
  17. Many thanks for that post, dear @John_D. Fascinating, and nice pics, too, including your greatly refreshed Timex Electric.
  18. Thanks for posting the picture, dear @Lampoc. Looking at your watch, Hugo, I would say that it dates to the late 1970s or just into the 1980s. I like the design and reckon this is a real "keeper" - well, it would be for me, that is.
  19. I must admit that I do have mixed feelings about modding watches but, in the final analysis, I come down on the side of liberalism and wouldn't criticise members who enjoy modding watches. My slightly puritanical edge when it concerns to my own collecting and historical researching means that I myself prefer watches to remain as they were when they left the factory for the first time, rather than be modified later. In matters of cosmetic taste and aesthetics, I have seen some horrible modifications of what were really nice watches, but I have also seen some quite sensitively handled mods that give the watch an interesting and/or pleasing look. As a final note, I think that Steve (WRENCH) has a point in preferring mods that are not geared towards trying to recreate another well-known or classic model by way of a homage; the personal touch is more welcome as a mod to my way of thinking.
  20. Without any preamble to introduce this subject, I can say that the most expensive watch ever sold at auction to date is the unique Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime For Only Watch Ref. 6300A sold at Christie’s biennial charity auction, “Only watch,” in Geneva on 9 November last year; for a hammer price of $31,225,649 million or about £24 million. This well and truly trumps the previous record-holder; a Paul Newman Rolex Daytona wristwatch that had actually been owned by the actor himself and which sold for $17.75 million on 27 October 2017. Two facts of note need to be inserted at this point, before looking at the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime in more detail. Firstly, the record-breaking Patek Philippe sold at Christie's “Only Watch” auction in last November had actually been created for the particular biennial charity sale and it’s full title includes the suffix, “For Only Watch.” And secondly, a notable feature of the watch is the material used for the case - polished steel rather than precious metal. Rare Patek Philippe watches in base metals (steel and titanium) have held a particular attraction over recent years, partly because the company has tended to produce far more watches in precious, and the Grandmaster Chime For Only Watch is a case in point and not a peculiar aberration in this regard. (Pic from resize-parismatch.lanmedia.fr) (Above four pics from hodinkee.imgix.net) The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime For Only Watch is far more than just a chiming wristwatch; indeed, it is highly complex and sophisticated, representing one of the most complicated watches ever made by the company. The original Grandmaster Chime was launched in October of 2014 in the form of the ornate yellow gold watch, Reference 5175, produced to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the company in Geneva; an extraordinary accomplishment. Six of these watches were made and sold to collectors for $2.5 million apiece. Then, in March 2016, a white gold version of the original model was produced, the Reference 6300G, and this was sold for $2.2 million. Finally, we come to the Reference 6300A, shattering the auction price bar and perhaps the swansong for this model. The One Watch auction Patek is powered by the hand-wind Caliber 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM - a movement supporting 20 complications and five chiming modes that took the company 11 years to perfect, representing a peak moment in the long history of Patek chiming watches. The complications include a minute repeater, grande and petite sonnerie, and two unique chiming complications. One of these is an alarm that when sounding will also chime the hour for which the alarm was set. The Grandmaster Chime is also the first watch to have a date repeater complication which sounds the date of the month on two gongs, reading the date off the perpetual calendar. (Above two pics from Monochrome Watches at stackpathcdn.com) The Grandmaster Chime For One Watch itself is chunky to say the least with its reversible hobnail guilloché sided steel case measuring almost 48 mm across with a thickness of 16 mm; nevertheless, it apparently wears well, if rather large, on the wrist due partly to the long articulating lugs. On one side of the case, replete with about half the available complications, is a beautiful salmon pink (rose gold) dial, while the other 50% of the complications are found on the opposite dial which is coloured an ebony black and has rose gold hands. The ebony dial is a four-register design but, like the watch in general, legibility is surprisingly good. Note that the pink dial is branded for Patek Philippe, of course, and also bears the legend, “THE ONLY ONE.” (Pic from watchesbysjx.com) (Pic from i.redd.it) At this stage in the proceedings, I could go all philosophical and wonder just “why” would a company go to such enormous lengths to produce a classical and complex one-off mechanical watch in the modern world, does it represent any sort of value for money, and should we be happy that there are individuals who have the power to bid up this watch into multi-millions of dollars, noting of course that in this case the watch was sold at a charity auction? However, I shall leave that for others to ponder upon and just enjoy the beauty and micro-engineering achievement of the Grandmaster Chime Reference 6300A for what it is. (Pic from gearpatrol.com)
  21. Dear Hugo @Hugo ReadYour watch is actually a rather interesting item, even without pictures to back up your post. Although branded "Paul Freres", your watch may be a product of the Vacuum Chronometer Corporation, founded by Hans-Ulrich Klingenberg on 5 January 1966 in Biel,Bienne, Switzerland, subsequently trading as Century Time Gems Ltd. The firm is currently headquartered in Nidau, Switzerland, and the current head is Phillip W A Klingenberg. Hans-Ulrich Klingenberg was aware that the atmosphere around us, with its moisture and impurities, impaired the precision of automatic chronometer watch movements. In order to overcome these problems, and also lessen the problem of temperature differences, Klingenberg devised and manufactured a watch case where an 80% vacuum could be achieved and maintained. In further perfection of this process, the company began to make these vacuum cases in boron carbide followed by sapphire (corundum). Klingenberg's vacuum chronometer watches were sold under several well-known trademarks. With the advent of quartz watches, there was a drop in demand for vacuum automatic watches. However, because quartz movements are smaller than their automatic equivalents, Klingenberg was able to finally perfect his vacuum watch, using a monolithic diamond-facetted watch case in sapphire under another of his patents. Century Time Gems Ltd is a fully-fledged member of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH. This brief summary is far from being a complete history of the vacuum watch and the Klingenberg concern. If you are interested in reading more then I would recommend the article, "The Vacuum Watch You May Never Have Heard Of", by Adrian Hailwood. The online address for this is: revolution.watch/the-vacuum-watch-you-may-never-have-heard-of/
  22. Dear Andy, you might like to know that I wrote a topic for the Forum about Avia which was titled, "Avia: Forgotten but not Gone". This topic was posted on 7 June 2015 and will be available through the Forum search feature. I hate to disagree with you about the date of your watch but this model is most certainly post-1960 and probably dates to about the mid-later 1960s. The presence of an original watch glass that was octagonal plus the general colour scheme of your watch reminds me of a class of watches from the period that were more "colourful" in approach; sometimes produced with middle-Eastern and Indian subcontinent markets in mind.
  23. I'll have a dark chocolate Toblerone please... Lush! But haven't the number of mountain peaks been reduced, in the game of smaller amount/higher price? (Pic from eurosuper.net)
  24. Dear Jeremy, caution should prevail with regard to the lume, as Scott so wisely warns above. Touching or ingesting that sort of lume is to be avoided, even if the quantities involved might seem trivial. The case shape of your watch is essentially "round" with no special name; it is the lugs that are slightly different from the normal run. As far as the date of the watch is concerned, I would put it at just post-War, perhaps nudging into the early 1950s, and I notice that there are plenty of Rotary Super-Sports illustrated online; I am not sure how long that particular "Super-Sports" branding was used by Rotary or when it was introduced.
  25. I would date that watch to the mid or later 1970s. I have a Sekonda mechanical with a similar button on the side of the case but have forgotten exactly what it does...
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