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  1. Morning, Swiss-made Synchrona probably dating from the 1950s. The brand is another whose maker I’ve been unable to trace, and my less than rudimentary photographic skills make it virtually impossible for me to take a decent image of this thing for anyone interested in seeing it. However, it’s been made to some degree of quality and the steel case with drilled lugs houses a 17j ETA 1256 “ETAROTOR” auto, seen here in an exotically oxidised version. Regards.
  2. Morning, Going a little further East today with this 1960s “cross-dial” UMF (Uhren und Maschinenfabrik) from the Shangri-La that was the GDR. The shading of the dial sectors change according to the angle of the light and it runs on a UMF 23, a short-lived (1961 – 1963) movement before being superseded by the easier and cheaper to manufacture UMF 24 series. Regards.
  3. Morning, Out for its annual day in the sun comes this German-made Trumpf, with several possible owners of that brand name but this one probably by Ernst Dohrmann of Bremen. It’s a reasonably good-looking watch, but was bought mainly for its movement, a 17j Otero 144, the only one in my possession. Regards.
  4. Morning, French-made Renov dating from the 1950s and running on an 18j version of the Parrenin 90CLD with antichoc 102. I never did discover who made this old brand, the only certainty being that it wouldn’t have been the Swiss company Constructa by whom a “Renov” trademark was registered in 1971, presumably by which time the unknown makers of today’s effort were no longer in business. Regards.
  5. Morning, The brand name considered to be the top tier of watches made for Sears & Roebuck in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, this Tradition is powered by the 13j ESA 9154 transistorised movement. Exactly who made them is unclear but Heuer, Hamilton and Tissot have all had a tentative finger pointed at them at some stage. However, I’m not aware of anyone ever having ‘fessed up. Regards.
  6. Regrettably, and rather more prosaically, it's a function of having several hundreds of watches too many. All of them rubbish, of course, but of interest to me, and if others can derive some enjoyment from seeing them, then I'm happy. Regards.
  7. Morning, Unrecorded in the Mikrolisk database but not a completely unknown brand, this 1950s Tusal with its 15j Arogno 120 gets an airing today. More modern-styled examples of a Tusal brand are known, but with a different wordmark, perhaps suggesting that the original name became dormant and was then revived in more recent times. Regards.
  8. Morning, A steel-cased Türler for today, running on a 15j AS 1203 and probably from around 1950. The days are long gone when this now-patinated example would have been a fresh-faced advert for the eponymous Zurich jewellery business, but it is what it has become over the past 70 years or so, and makes no apologies for that. Regards.
  9. Morning, Staying with my Timex theme from yesterday with this cheap as frites Kelton auto, produced in Besançon as a collaboration between Timex and Stéphane Boullier of Vixa fame, an arrangement which lasted from 1955 until 1961 when Timex took overall control of the brand. The company closed its doors in 1987 although the Kelton name was revived a couple of times under different owners from 1999 onwards. Today’s example probably dates from around 1960 and runs on a Timex M29, which was essentially their M22 but with an auto module bolted on to it. Regards.
  10. Morning, This Timex “Big Q” with a movement which Timex called their M135. This one is date-coded for May 1984 on the floor of the battery compartment. Regards.
  11. Morning, I’m a bit partial to MuDu watches. Sometimes they come with a warning to beware of knock-offs with similar sounding names, so when this Nu-Du became available it was a chance to see whether it was merely a cheapo imitation. A year down the line and all I can say is that today’s effort is not cheapo imitation of anything, MuDu or otherwise. It runs on a perfectly decent 25j AS 2063 auto and has clearly been produced by a mainstream manufacturer, probably in about 1970. Sadly, I’ve no idea who that was and I haven’t found another example of this brand which may have yield
  12. Morning, This c.1970 PRIM gets an airing today. Made in the former Czechoslovakia and driven by their own 17j Cal. 68 with Kif-Satellor anti-shock. This example was produced by the state-owned Elton Company (formerly Chronotechna) which started in the late 1940s but ceased making watches in about 1994. They subsequently sold the “PRIM” name before recommencing production in 2009, later being forced to use a slightly modified brand name after losing a long-running legal battle raised by those to whom they had earlier sold the “PRIM” name. Regards.
  13. Morning, This Old England today, probably 1960s and thought to have been by Accurist but totally unlike their unisex Swinging ‘60s fashion range of the same name introduced in the mid-60s. Those “flower-power” models were sported by fashionistas and pop stars of the day and were usually driven by a 1j EB 8800 and largely designed to be disposable, so are now considered to be quite collectable. However, today’s effort runs on a 17j FHF/ST 96-4 and whilst it’s possible that the original Old England range also included some conventionally-styled watches, I’ve yet to see another one by w
  14. Morning, From the very bottom of Smiths’ bottom drawer comes this Smiths Empire running on their 5j RY movement. Made at the joint Smiths/Ingersoll/Vickers factory in Ystradgynlais, Wales and designated the Anglo-Celtic Watch Co Ltd who were responsible for Smiths’ cheaper models, marked as “Made in Great Britain” as opposed to “Made in England” shown on their better models. Opened in 1946 with reportedly significant emphasis placed on staff welfare and healthcare, the Welsh plant employed nearly 1,500 workers at its peak, ultimately closing in 1980 after apparently producing so
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