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Everything posted by Balaton1109

  1. Morning, 1940s Ardath with a 15j FEF 190. Haven’t yet discovered the connection, if any, between this and watches branded as “New-Ardath” from the same period. Regards.
  2. Nice watch. The movement is, as you probably know, an 18.5''' Revue 51 Hunter, from around the late '20s to early '30s period. Regards.
  3. As you probably know, the electric-watches website belongs to our own Silver Hawk. Regards.
  4. Morning, For today, it’s another of these West German-made Timex back-set examples, this one from 1964 and driven by an 11j Durowe (Laco) 861 which Timex designated as their M67. The movement image has been “borrowed” from the electric-watches.co.uk website (thanks Paul). The remains of the seller’s anti-tamper security sticker can still be seen on the case back. Regards.
  5. Morning, Late ‘60s Timex back-set, running on their M84 electric movement. Regards.
  6. Morning, Another 1960s Zodiac for today and, like last week’s example, had been a freebie from my watchmaker. This one with a grey dial and a 17j Peseux 330. Regards.
  7. ...........although Herr Massel and chums seem to have become involved with Diamond after my 1950s example. Too many rabbit holes for a simple soul like me, I fear.
  8. Morning, Today a 1960s French-made Yema in a steel case with a 17j FE 140 movement. Simple watches like this were popular in China where they were more affordable than Swiss-made pieces and, indeed, that’s where this one came from. Originally founded 1948 in Besançon by Henry Belmont who had been at LIP before leaving to start his own company. He reportedly handed over control to his son in 1982 and over the next 25 years or so Yema endured various ownerships, firstly Matra Group, then Seiko, then the incumbent French management team until in 2009 it joined Yonger & Bresson as part of the French Ambre Group. Whilst I can’t comment on the modern examples, Yema was considered to be a decent brand back in the day. Regards.
  9. Morning, For today it’ll be this 1950s Westbury, a brand of seemingly uncertain origins as explored here: https://thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?/topic/131039-nearly-gone-west-buried-westbury/&tab=comments#comment-1507926 This particular one runs on a German-made 17j Hermann Becker (HB) 115. Regards.
  10. Worthy of a Doctorate (or possibly two). Many thanks for sharing the results of your painstaking research.
  11. Morning, Today it’ll be this Union running on a 17j Peseux 7040. Probably dating from the late 1960s and made by Gisiger-Greder of Solothurn (Soleure), the original company operating from 1920 until the mid-1970s. With its knackered crystal, missing its sub seconds hand and sporting a spaghetti balance spring, this was a bit of a saddo when it arrived but hopefully now slightly improved. The scratch on the dial I can live with. Regards.
  12. Yup, I recall seeing that one and perhaps a couple of others which were dual-signed with both Mortima and Zorba names on the dial. I haven't yet encountered Zorba as the sole dial name but today's effort shouts Cattin if I can ignore "Foreign".
  13. Morning, Straight off the bat, one would think that today’s 1950s Zorba, although apparently a previously unrecorded brand, was French. It has Émile Cattin’s Gallic cockerel logo (he of Mortima fame and decidedly French) and runs on his Cattin C66 movement. However, a new-ish entry in Mikrolisk’s database now attributes the brand name solely to Hans Beat Waldmann of Switzerland. Adding to the mix, the dial also bears the legend “Foreign”, usually associated with German-made watches from that period and which I’ve never yet seen on a contemporaneous French watch. Of course, cross-border co-operations in the world of vintage watches were by no means unknown but the seemingly conflicting identifiers with this example had piqued my interest enough to buy it. Incidentally, the Cattin Co. was reportedly sold in 1990 to a Canary Islands company who then used the Mortima brand name and the same rooster logo for their range of sunglasses. Regards.
  14. Morning, From around 1970, it’s this German-made Wedgefield for today. It’s powered by a 17j 600.11 transistorised movement made by Junghans and signed as Sheffield (threads passim). Regards.
  15. Morning, This patinated Zodiac Hermetic today. It dates from the 1960s and runs on a 17j Zodiac 1093, a modified version of the same ETA calibre. Regards.
  16. Yup, there are many stories about the ill-fated "Radium Girls", not exclusively involving Westclox, if memory serves. I'm no fan of over-bearing H&S, but some practices were/are best avoided, just by using a modicum of common sense. And unless you know that something won't come back and bite you on the bum somewhere down the line, then maybe think twice about doing it. That said, it was a desperately sad episode. Regards.
  17. .........and yes, the movement is an AS 178 from the early to mid 1930s. Regards.
  18. Morning, This 1960s Westclox today, running on the Westclox W4 movement. Made in Scotland from stainless steel, rather than girders. Regards.
  19. Morning, With its sterile dial, this late ‘20s or early ‘30s job could have been intended for any of a few end-users such as Services or Ingersoll. This effort is equally silent on its country of manufacture, but as it runs on a 13’’’ Thiel Divina, that country would have been Germany. Regards.
  20. Morning, This, from the oh-so-1970s. Powered by their M41 electric movement, an M40 but with date. Regards.
  21. Morning, Today it’s the eighteen-monthly outing for this steel-cased Enicar, driven by what they’ve marked as their own 17j AR 171, essentially a rebadged ETA 2502. This watch has quite a lot going for it, none of it good, like a dial repainted by a blindfolded person with a tin of white emulsion, a tarnished crown wheel and a Wandayke knock-off Bonklip bracelet of Bombay origins similar, I suspect, to the dial re-paint. Regards.
  22. Morning, From the 1970s, this Timex with its M51 electronic movement. Regards.
  23. Morning. Their watchmaking concern was just about on life support when Smiths produced this example around 1970. By then they had resorted to using movements like the 1j Ronda 1215 in this frankly poor effort and ceased watch production soon afterwards. I’m not a fan of “dead” brands being bought and then resurrected, as they’re often crap compared to the original vintage versions. However, from what I’ve seen on this forum and elsewhere, the current iteration of Smiths watches seems to buck that trend by a country mile. Regards.
  24. Morning, Swiss-made 1960s Teka with its 1j Baumgartner 875 and most likely to have been a sub-brand of the Basis Watch Co. Bought some years ago from Germany when, clearly wrongly, the watch had been listed twice, both with identical images and descriptions. One was offered at the equivalent of about $180 and strangely failed to sell, even after a few times around the carousel. The other listing was for the rather more realistic equivalent of about $10 and is today’s wearer. Regards.
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