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spinynorman last won the day on November 10 2020

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  1. I tend to avoid them because, even with a UK seller there's a good chance of getting a Mumbai special. Also they're pretty well known, so the chances of digging up anything interesting in their background is small. I didn't know they were that early in the quartz revolution though.
  2. Assuming that is what it says it is, that's quite a special watch. http://www.crazywatches.pl/favre-leuba-32768hz-gp352-master-quartz-1972
  3. Yes and no. The only person who can really answer that question is you, so the best thing would be to take the free trial and see how you get on. Just a slight note of caution if you're intending to make the gallery your only backup. There are all sorts of reasons why a forum like this could go permanently off line. That makes it a little more risky than services run by big companies like Apple, Google, Flickr etc. You should be able to set up a regular backup from your phone to one of those very easily and still use the gallery for posting here if you like it.
  4. Probably not everyone's choice of Longines, but I like it.
  5. No need to apologise for the pictures, in watch identification big is better. And sharp too, you should see some of the tiny blurred images we're asked to identify. I assume you've already searched for Girard-Perregaux and found out the history of the company. The movement looks familiar, but 83BE doesn't bring up anything useful. Someone here with wider knowledge may be able to recognise it. On the back "K.B." could be Fabrique de boîtes Bielna S. A., a case maker in Bienne, Switzerland active in the 1930s. "Plaque Or Lamine 20 microns" is the thickness of the gold plate. 20 microns
  6. Yes, I've seen the divers too and most of them are pretty rough. The trademark I found is a bit vague, it's possible it was a renewal of an early registration. This advert is claimed to be from 1968.
  7. Another from my small French collection, the lyrically named Codhor with its 17J Antichoc-protected SEFEA 50. The CODHOR brand was registered on September 14, 1978 by Cooperative d'Achats des Horlogers. The company was based in the La Défense district of Paris with a small workshop in Maîche.
  8. Hand winding today with the vintage Orefa. Due to the Lorsa movement (237B) and "Besancon" stamped in the lid, I'm fairly confident this is by Fabrique de montres "Oréfa", prop., André Fierobe of 48 Grande Rue, Charquemont, Doubs in France. This outfit had a brief flowering from c1942 until 1962 and then disappeared without trace. The delightfully ornate gp case bears the mark of Francois Miserez, whose case making enterprise collapsed in 1964, to be restarted in 1971 by his son Francis. The "Orefa" name was also owned by Henzi and Pfaff in Germany and Montres Dreffa in Switzerland, so t
  9. I heard that! I'm getting the feeling that the Excalibur I have is probably the only one I'll buy.
  10. There must be a reason why, in the whole history of horology, this hasn't been done. Some makers hide the information in unfathomable serial numbers, the records of which can be lost, looted or set on fire. Some makers don't even bother to bequeath their names to posterity, while providing all kinds of useless, uninteresting information, like "Diamond tooled" and "Unbreakable mainspring". Perhaps they see a need for some kind of mystery around their products, so the wise men of watch forums can say "that was made in 1950" and no one can prove them wrong.
  11. Some watch related junk. For a start, these cufflinks with the hour markers "1ish", "2ish" etc. Imagine the stress in some quarters if that was on an actual watch. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184575231216 And for those of us who will never have a real working tourbillon, consolation cuff links. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264077662299 Copies of the Horological Journal abound, for example from Feb 1954 with some much-loved names advertising on the cover. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254302954832 Britten's "Old Clocks & Watches and their Makers", good for researchin
  12. It's the spreading I'm worried about. I'm keeping them under very close surveillance.
  13. There's a gold Landeron 48 chronograph on Catawiki, 161 in hammerhead points to Joseph Erard of Le Noirmont. Still no clue who made the watch though. https://www.catawiki.fr/l/24025505-gmc-swiss-chronograph-no-reserve-price-homme-1950-1959
  14. For £56 + £32 shipping I'd want a watch as well as the box.
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