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  1. This is the sort of thing that intrigues me and probably no one else, but let's see. I have two watches with Arogno 151 movements, both with the same 10 microns gold plate case and a cartouche on the caseback. Both of mine are brands of Allaine Watch, so unsurprising they'd be the same design, though its the only time I've seen Allaine use a cartouche. But I've seen other brands with Arogno 151 movements and the same cartouche, for example this is from a Cornavin, which has no relationship to Allaine that I'm aware of. Any thoughts on where the cartouche comes from - is it Arogno, or the casemaker?
  2. My Wave Ceptor duly contacted the mothership at 2am and sorted itself out. About the same time I realised I was up an hour later than I thought. Followed by a race round the house to change the clocks.
  3. Upload it to a site like https://imgur.com/. Select the picture you want to post here, right click and "View Image". Then copy/paste the URL into your post.
  4. I can see a few of them on Ebay and sites like Worthpoint. Fairly standard dive style and uses a decent ETA 2824 automatic movement, really depends if you like the design. Origins of the company are confused. There was a "Theorein SA" registered in Switzerland in 1995, which was liquidated in 1997. Mikrolisk attributes "Theorein Watch & Company" to Theorein SNC of Turin. Chamber of commerce of Liguria has "THEOREIN WATCH & COMPANY DI SILVANO ROBERTO E LANCELLOTTO FERDI NANDO SNC." The current owner of the trademark however is Guenat SA Montres Valgine, 2345 Les Breuleux, Switzerland, registered in 2002. There's a TWF post from a few years back says the brand is owned by WatchUnion. Whatever, it's not a vintage brand.
  5. Supergrass, Birmingham O2 Academy, 3rd March 2020. Hard to process how much has changed in the last 3 weeks.
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    I had two and they were great cars. This one followed the Herald, bought used from my boss's wife. Tax disk on a shot from the front says May 1974. Later I bought a white one brand new, at a discount as I worked for British Leyland.
  7. A bit more. From Swiss journal of commerce. Numa Jaques had been trading under his own name as a watchmaker at the same address in La Chaux-de-Fonds since January 1883. Possibly he was assembling the watches and Kundert was selling them in Birmingham. Numa Jaques ceased trading in April 1915. There's a pocket watch at the following link "A Hefik Speedwell pocket watch, circa 1920s. Speedwell is a brand trade name that was registered by Fritz Kundert of Hefik Watch Company. The Hefik factory was in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and they also had an office in Birmingham." https://www.sellingantiques.co.uk/378320/a-hefik-speedwell-pocket-watch-circa-1920s/ Earlier one below - "Ornate Open Faced Solid 935 Silver Kundert - Swiss Pocket watch. The Hallmarks on the front cover indicate that the case was Assayed at St-Imier, Switzerland between 1882 and 1913 - the year of its closure. The Movement was made by Watch/Case Maker Fritz Kundert of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland." https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/swiss-kundert-gold-enamel-935-silver-274684955 London Gazette of June 1936 reported Fritz Kundert of 42 Radnor Road Handsworth and 26, Federick Street, Birmingham died 10th March 1936. There seems to be a lot of writing on the movement which I can't read from the Youtube.
  8. Journal of Federation Horlogere Suisse, Oct 1900, has this advert Translates as "Cash purchase of watches! silver and metal, English genres." F Kundert of Handsworth also appears in "The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician" in the early 1890s as a creditor of jewellers that went bust. Someone like @Karrusel might be able to throw more light.
  9. Just found this in the archives. Never quite seen the point of lume on the numbers, but none on the hands. Stuhrling Regatta.
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    Only picture that survives of my first car, a Triumph Herald 1200. Picture must be circa 1972. It died of chassis rot a couple of years later. I remember it fondly for the time the clutch cable broke in the middle of the Hanger Lane / North Circular interchange.
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