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  1. Morning, It’ll be this steel-cased Enicar today with its 17j AR 171 sporting a tarnished crown wheel. The clasp of what is almost certainly an Indian knock-off of a Bonklip bracelet is stamped as "Wandayke", trademarked and marketed in Bombay by The Swiss Trading Co in the '40s and '50s, whenever else. Not entirely sure how I ended up with one on an Enicar, but I suspect that this watch may have enjoyed an Indian holiday at some stage of its life. Regards.
  2. OK, I'll join you with this 38mm Aidix from the 1940s. Difficult to see, but the light coloured radial beams are ridged rather than painted. Regards..
  3. You may wish to establish the bona fides of this watch before spending any money on it. Like finding a serial number which, in this instance, may be on the inner case back as it doesn't appear to be on the more usual outer side. Also, providing an image of the movement may be helpful. I'm not totally convinced by the Cartier lettering on the case back compared to other examples, but my knowledge of anything "Cartier" is a big fat zero. Regards.
  4. Morning, For today it’s this 1960s UNO made by Dimier Frères. Runs on a 17j FHF 73. Regards.
  5. Morning, This Cort will see some daylight today. It was a sub-brand of Tuesday’s Cortébert but runs with a 17j ST 1686 as opposed to one of their in-house movements. The name was first registered in 1959 and this one doesn’t appear to be too much later than that. Regards.
  6. Morning, This 1960s Cortébert with its 17j Cal. 720 will get an outing today. An historic and innovative company founded more than two centuries ago, later supplying movements to Rolex amongst others and progenitors, early last century, of the present-day Perseo brand for the Italian market. Cortébert finally closed their doors in the early 1970s although Perseo continues as an independent company and which now, somewhat creatively, lays claim to “Since 1790”. Regards.
  7. Morning, It’ll be another of these Sears’ Tradition Electronic jobs today, this one also driven by the 13j ESA 9154 and rather more in keeping with my preferred styling. Regards.
  8. Morning, Today this Waldman, probably 1960s and with a 17j version of the ever-popular Baumgartner 34. The brand is attributed to one Hans Beat Waldmann (double “n”) of Porrentruy. Regards.
  9. Morning, Today, a watch bought years ago as very much DOA, and with the added attraction of a completely splintered crystal which had been ground down on to the the dial. It looked like it had been stood on by a spiked heel, or shot. Or, more likely, both. And if I wasn’t initially sure that I liked the thing, then after seeing it for the first time through its new crystal in all its gaudy awfulness, I was absolutely certain. However, as my watchmaker took the trouble to get it running, I felt obliged to take the trouble to wear it, so here it is for its annual outing, a once-again fully-functioning steel-cased Orient from about 1970. The dual-language Day (English and, er, Arabic) is set by the pusher at 2. The Orient crest on dial had been damaged in the assault but smehow the hands and the dial itself had mostly escaped the worst of it. And, like most movements from its homeland, the timekeeping of its 21j 46941 is exemplary. Regards.
  10. Morning, 2181 hummer for today, this one from 1976 and a 25 years workplace service presentation which looks to have been hardly ever worn by the recipient or anyone else. Also came with box and manual, which was nice. Regards.
  11. Morning, I must ‘fess up to having had a side interest in collecting electric and electronic watches. OK, they’re maybe not everyone’s must-have, but to me they represent a fascinating, if dead-end, horological period spanning from the late 1960s until roughly the late 1970s. That interest had initially been sparked (see what I did there?) a few years ago when over a few weeks I was able to acquire from the States a bunch of various and mostly unused 1970s electronic watches which had been put together for Sears & Roebuck (originally R.W. Sears Watch Co). These would then be sold as their “house” brands under names such as Tradition, Orvin and Stellaris, with purely mechanical versions also having been available. Commercial reticence meant that the makers of these transistorised watches were never openly identified but anecdotally are thought most likely to have been Hamilton. Just where this supply of watches, some like this one still with stock tags, had been for the past 40 to 50 years was never clearly explained to me. They came with different power plants depending on the model using both Swiss and Seiko electronic movements but, for today, I’’ll be going with this particular steel-cased Tradition, the upper tier brand and which runs on the 13j ESA 9154 Dynotron. Regards.
  12. Morning, Sorry guys, I’m afraid I’m struggling with quartz so, for what it’s worth, this 1950s Cimex with its 15j Cupillard (FE) 233-60 is wearing me today. Almost certainly French-made, and also bought from France, but other than finding some online images of this brand with various movements including Landeron and Jeambrun, I haven’t found anything about the makers. However, it’s unlikely to have been by either of the two recorded registrants of a Cimex brand, namely Cimex SARL of Bucharest or Artax of Switzerland. Mods, please feel free to dump this post if it’s unsuitable for today’s WRUW thread. Regards.
  13. Morning, Today it’ll be this Corso with a 17j Jeambrun PS 31 and ideal if you like “plain”. Despite the lack of any “Swiss Made”, the most likely suspect would have been Viator SA who registered their particular Corso brand name in 1959 although with this one’s French-made movement, I’ve never been able to fully convince myself of that. Regards.
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