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  1. Today I am trying out one of these DKNY quartz chronograph watches which I bought for a fiver in pretty good condition but with a couple of minor issues that don't prevent the watch from being worn and enjoyed. The watch is a bit unusual in that the gold-plated 38 mm case and bracelet are in "solid aluminium" with a strap buckle in stainless steel and this use of aluminium gives the watch a lightweight feel on the wrist which is rather good. The colour and texture of the gold tone case and strap are really nice; a delicate shade of rose gold and neither glossy or matt but a subtle sheen. The d
  2. Thanks for the mention, dear. I'm afraid that I cannot advance the story any further for reasons that you gave in your post above. It would be interesting to know which companies belonged to the Federation at different times, but even if we had membership lists and an exact date for the watch it would probably still be impossible to link the watch definitively with a particular watch company.
  3. I wonder if anyone can help me. Regular readers of my Forum column will have noticed that some of my recent topics have been in bold type rather than in standard text. This was not my intention but has occurred since I started using online Google Docs as my main word processor. When I write the topic on Google Docs, it is in ordinary type, but when it is copied to the Forum, the "bold" setting is automatically triggered and the resulting post is in bold type. I have tried a couple of things to stop this happening but to no avail. I wonder therefore if a kind member, mod, or Roy, cou
  4. One of my favourite brand new inexpensive pocket watches is an open-face Sekonda with gold PVD plated case, shown here below. I bought my first of these quite some time ago and was pleasantly surprised to see that it is still available, for about £50 (or perhaps less if you can find it discounted). This watch has a Chinese 17J hand-wind movement and, in my opinion, is nicer that the Sekonda hunter watch which is also still available and also with a Chinese hand-wind movement; the gold plating is nicer on the open-face example and of a richer colour (pic from watchesnottingham.co.uk):
  5. Dear @romanskk, it would have been sensible to start your membership off by introducing yourself properly before asking what are, in effect, multiple queries. As Davey says here above, the Watch Forum does not provide valuations of watches for obvious reasons, and I think your statement that the 1920s watches are all "brand new" and just "fell" into your possession is a bit "unfortunate" in its phrasing.
  6. Thanks for that, Alan and Norman; you have relieved me of an onerous task. When I saw all those watches in need of explanation, I nearly had a heart attack... May I just add that Astral was usefully covered by a thread on this Forum entitled, "Astral Help Please!", and posted by NeilY43 on 25 July 2010 in the Vintage Watches section. You can locate this thread by using the Forum search feature.
  7. Apologies for the brief disappearance of the main photographic illustrations of the camera from my topic; I have now replaced them.
  8. Dear @Stylandra, there are indeed some highly knowledgable members on this Forum, and you have experienced the generous assistance that two of them provide... It makes this Forum a special place to be. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is the "Search" feature of the Forum. Judicious use of this means of accessing archive posts from the Forum sections can assist in answering all sorts of questions. I do hope you enjoy your foray into horology and become an active member of this Forum.
  9. What a lovely thread! And such wonderful bonsai... Kristina has a couple of amazing "accidental" bonsai hibiscus plants. The "mother" plant came back from Tenerife in about 1989 and has been tended by Kristina since her mother died in 1991. The mother plant subsequently had a "daughter" plant, which Kristina also tends. These two plants, indoors and in pots for their whole lives, have gradually become bonsai trees and still flower every year.
  10. (Above four pics of the Coronet 44 Mk I camera from i.ebayimg.com) I thought I would just enlighten members with my latest old-tech camera, bought a few days ago for £3.50. It's not a photographic marvel or stunning rarity, so don't all rush at once. However, it's a bit of fun and in very good condition, with case. The model is the Coronet 44 Mk 1, produced from 1957 until c.1961, and is one of the simplest cameras you can get - essentially, only the modified shape to give it a more "modern" appearance separates it from simple box cameras. There is one shutter s
  11. I agree with you, Norman @spinynorman, that we should be looking outside Europe for Berenard watches, even if the name "Berenard" is an antique high German variant. I also feel that the use of the term "Swiss Model" is a clue, and it led me to wonder if we might be looking at a North American origin for the watches. However, substituting the term "medals" for "jewels" is a feature that I would not associate with an English-speaking nation. The watch shown here by Barakus uses French-language terms and I have toyed with the notion that these Berenard watches might have originated in French-spea
  12. Thanks for those added details, dear @Balaton1109. I mention in the caption to the pocket watch picture that the movement is a "Swiss parts" jobby and I wonder where it was actually assembled; I am pretty sure though that this pocket watch is a Foska product. Although Giraflex and Drimex were evidently brand names used by Foska SA for some time, I am uneasy about some of the later watches so branded, as indicated in my topic. The company seems to have undergone a long period of decline before bankruptcy, and then, unusually, underwent another long period where it technically existed (as F
  13. To @spinynorman and @Mike Fenn I have continued working on research into your watch, Mike, and I can tell you that the initials W F that appear within the hall marks are in fact the sponsor mark for the case maker, William Fielder, registered in 1823. Fielder worked in Clerkenwell, London, for a considerable length time and the script mark found on your watch seems to have been used from about 1823 until 1841 when a new mark was registered - upper case WF within an oval. This finding is helpful because it does tally with your feeling that the date letter on the watch is for 1824; unfortun
  14. Thanks for that interesting research, @spinynorman, once again beyond the call of duty. I have tried a left-field look at the situation which sometimes works and that is to play around with the brand name itself to see what emerges. The name "Berenard" is so close to the name "Bernard" that I wonder if the owner of the Berenard brand merely added the second 'e' to his given name or surname, "Bernard". Interestingly, there is no rendering of "Bernard" as "Berenard" in European languages and Google remains stubbornly opposed to the idea of anyone being called, "Berenard". Adding the 'e' to
  15. Continuing the trail, dear @spinynorman... I have examined your picture of the signed movement plate, dear @Mike Fenn and I can see why you thought it said, "H. Dawes". The odd thing is the lack of punctuation between what might be the first and second name initials, J and C (which would normally read J. C. Dawes) and the fact that a swirling line is almost continuous on the engraving as a possible crossing of the upper case H if the engraved name reads "H. Dawes". The engraver seems to have punctuated the upper case H with a double-stop - if indeed that first name initial letter is an H
  16. Interesting subject Scott @scottswatches and it reminds me to ask you and any other knowledgeable members whether a crack in an acrylic crystal can be sealed such that it will allow me to safely wear the watch without ingress of liquid or dirt.
  17. A typical brick-shaped butane Foska clock-lighter with its original box, c.1970s and marked for a "SWISS" country of origin under the base. Foska also produced lighters/clock-lighters in shapes other than the brick (pics from i.ebayimg.com): I recently purchased a two-hand gold-plated Giralux gents 17J hand-wind "Shockproof" wristwatch of a form popular from the later 1970s into the 1980s. The plated rolled-flat-mesh metal strap flows seamlessly into the bezel of the watch, each side of the strap being directly attached to the top of th
  18. Piaget is a name that is in the Pantheon of the Greats yet rarely gets mentioned on the Forum. So, nice to see one here.
  19. Dear @Gatorade and @Balaton1109 , I have had a second look online to see what you may have missed with regard to finding relevant information about your watch. I have come across a most helpful site which can be accessed at: oliviastationery.co.uk/johnson_database_170717.pdf. You might not have clicked on this website as it does have a rather strange name, but you have missed a trick by not accessing it. The site provides a wealth of information on surviving Johnson watches and states that, "Most Johnson watches seem to have been exported to the United States when new; Liverpool was the princ
  20. Dear @Gatorade, I shall move this thread to the pocket watch section of the Forum. But before I do, may I recommend that you look at the Wikipedia article entitled "Joseph Johnson (watch maker)" and go from there. Indeed, there are many references to Joseph Johnson online and you should be able to gather a good amount of information from these.
  21. Nice one, Alan @Karrusel. I do like the fact that you managed to acquire "000" of the edition and it prompts a question as to what happens generally with limited editions like this. Do watch companies usually produce an 000 example and keep it for special presentation or to go in the archives?
  22. Total gimmick... but rather fun, and it was a clever idea to use fallen space rocket debris as material for the watch - I presume it was free of charge. I actually quite like the watch even though it is over the top, so to speak, but I am not in the running. I will leave it to others to ponder on whether to make a purchase.
  23. I believe that your DEA watch is probably a product of "Nouvelle Fabrique de Tavannes SE, Switzerland". However, the DEA brand name was also used for pocket watches by Thomas-Ernst Haller AG, a firm based at Schwenningen, Germany. If you can identify the movement then it should be easier to identify the maker for sure, so I would suggest that you post some pictures of the watch including a good shot of the movement.
  24. May I suggest that you only have to go on Google and find the Wikipedia article on the "Langendorf Watch Company SA" to find a good introduction to this firm, from which your Lancet watch originates.
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