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spinynorman

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  1. I didn't know whether to use the "thanks" emoji or "haha".
  2. M. Z. Berger is fashion company based in New York. One of their brands is "LA Express", hence LAX 956 on your watch. It was registered in 1989 for watches and is still current. The watches are cheap quartz like this https://www.ebay.com/itm/294009412825. An unbranded ladies quartz watch is unlikely to be worth much either, unless it's hallmarked silver. Volga is a Russian watch brand - there's a surprise - the company history is here. https://mroatman.wixsite.com/watches-of-the-ussr/volga That might be interesting to see. If you have photos on another site, just post the links here.
  3. Beatles songs? Oh, come on, don't start me up. Wild horses wouldn't persuade me to quote a Beatles song in my post. No offence, but you can't always get what you want. Meanwhile, all I've got to do is post the picture of today's watch.
  4. You already asked this. Without at least a picture of the face, there's really nothing anyone can do to help you. https://thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?/topic/149591-baldwin-jeweler-company-san-francisco-pocket-watch/&tab=comments#comment-1571438 Please just post photos in that thread of the parts of the watch you can see - back, front, sides - then someone should be able to tell you how to get into it.
  5. Except that Lorus is Seiko - they slipped you one while you weren't looking. I avoid Seiko, Pulsar and Lorus. Although, the blue RT347GX9 version is rather nice. I think I prefer it to the black. Blue version only £64 on Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lorus-RT347GX9-Analogue-Quartz/dp/B07FN27TKX
  6. 1930s Sackville, back from the menders. Don’t think I like it on this strap though.
  7. Some lovely pocket watches today, so I'll join in - 1890s gold-filled case by Crescent Watch Co, 19''' Omega movement signed Trorey of Vancouver. George Trorey had a shop on the intersection of Hastings and Granville in the 1890s. He sold out to Birks of Toronto in 1906 and was their manager in Vancouver for another 20 years, as well as a Canadian Pacific watch inspector. The clock which stood outside his shop was moved and rebranded when Birks relocated their store. I do love that. What a beautifully ornamented movement.
  8. I think you're just going to have to be patient searching on Ebay and other sites like Chrono24. You could narrow the search only looking for used watches, but I wouldn't filter by '1970s', 'vintage' or anything like that, because you may miss one that's more vaguely described. You could ask local jewellers to keep an eye out for you, if you can give them a good description. Assuming you are in Toronto, Van Rijk has Movado watches on their site, so it would be worth asking. I'm in the UK, though, so I know nothing about them. https://www.vanrijkestatejewellers.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=movado
  9. Absolutely beautiful, it's good to see a stunning piece of our heritage brought back to life. And discovering something new is icing on the cake.
  10. Right click on image, select Open Image in New Tab, post the URL of that. Like this ... I can see it's a Hamilton, which is a respected brand, and I think most people here would suggest you should keep it. Someone with more expertise on Hamilton's vintage watches will hopefully come along soon and tell you more, but I expect they'll want to see a picture of the movement. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_Watch_Company
  11. A gentleman golfer would leave his wristlet at home and take one of these on the course. https://www.sturgisantiques.com/items/circa_1920s_art_deco_talis_watch_co._sterling_silver_case_golf_ball_15_jewe
  12. I suppose it's okay, so long as the watch has a screw down crown to keep out the bed bugs, fluff, dead skin, detached nostril hairs etc that would otherwise creep in while you're asleep.
  13. Never. It's like sleeping with your shoes on.
  14. Thanks. Cheap way of getting a vintage Tissot movement, which is wonderful.
  15. Lanco 1970s auto with Tissot 784-2, badged Excalibur by Henry Showell of Birmingham, by then trading as Excalibur Jewellery. (advert from The Horological Directory of 1998 has nothing to do with Excalibur, just wanted a background)
  16. You would need to measure the diameter, the Baumgartner 866 came in two sizes. Then either look for a new case that will fit, or - and I suspect this will be the better option - look on Ebay for "spares and repair" watches with that movement where the case is in good condition. There are lots of brands, such as Lectro, Interpol, that used that movement and, not working, they generally go for well under £10. Technical details here, in case it helps. http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?11&ranfft&0&2uswk&Baumgartner_866
  17. Thanks for the photos. I can see 7730 under the balance wheel, so the movement is the post 1966 Valjoux version. http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?11&ranfft&0&2uswk&Valjoux_7730 If you want to get an idea of value, search "Swiss Emperor chronograph" on Ebay, but use the 'Completed Items' filter to see what they actually sell for. I would say it's worth getting fixed up, as it's a nice watch to wear, though the financial case could be borderline. It's possibly not quite as desirable as some other Valjoux chronographs, because Swiss Emperor could be seen as a consumer brand. Even so, you would need to find a watchmaker who has experience with complex mechanical movements, so don't go to a high street jeweller. The BHI has lists of qualified repairers, which would be a good place to start if you don't know anyone. https://bhi.co.uk/repairer/
  18. You may find it easier to use the gallery free trial, which has no charge for two weeks. Then you can definitely use copy and paste. https://thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?/subscriptions/
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