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  1. Folks I'm having trouble identifying my grandfathers watch. (I’m also having trouble inserting photos of it) The watch is a BAYCREST. Swiss made. Automatic. Incabloc. Circa 70 years old. Bought in Vancouver Island, Canada. It still works but needs a good clean. Has anybody heard of the manufacturer? I have searched the internet for months with no joy. Seriously, ANY info greatly appreciated. I can sent pics privately if that would help as I can’t get pics on here. thanks folks D
  2. I got this rather nice Hirco ladies watch in a batch of watches I obtained a month or so ago.... On checking it recently I was rather surprised to see that on winding it ran, though could do with a service........ These are the sizes... And this is the movement..... And you can see it is in a Dennison case.... As for the movement the closest I can find in appearance is an AS676 and the dates of manufacture (1936 onward) fits in with the Dennison stainless steel case, 'Denisteel' being on their cases from 1934 onward... So far all I've done clean it up and put it on a new leather strap. My thoughts on the age of the watch is probably 1940's, early 1950's. Can anyone throw any more light on it, re. movement type/manufacturer and date?
  3. Hi, Grandfather's Seamaster rebuilt and custom strap is now back to being a daily watch after decades of living in a box. Caliber is 591. Patina is wonderful with nice orange spotting on the face and great wear on the case. Wanted to give it a youthful color in the strap, photos added for your feedback/review. Thanks for checking it out.
  4. Hi I’m getting married soon and want to purchase a watch to wear on the day. I’m looking for a dress watch, nothing bigger than 40mm and aim to spend up to £400. I’ve been looking at vintage Omegas and found some nice ones but wonder if there are any other brands I could be looking for? Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks
  5. Hey i recently brought a nice looking watch from a lovely old lady who said she got it around 30 years ago but it's in amazing condition and looks a few years old at most. I was hoping someone could help me date it and give me any information would be much appreciated. Thanks https://ibb.co/sv8vp4x https://ibb.co/xJR1Fwy https://ibb.co/K2LW6Jd https://ibb.co/MSFr1dB https://ibb.co/RBpPVM6
  6. Hi Simon. I'm trying to replace my dad's watch gasket. Tissot wont supply me with one. There is a red hard flat gasket which is thoroughly mangled and will not fit back in, It also seems too long, (The battery was changed by a shoe shine chain a few years ago and my elderly dad didn't realise the back wasn't on properly when he got it back!) I've tried Cousins but they seem wholesale only so I'm hoping to get the measurements to get a third party one. Are you able to help with measurements please? Thanks in advance, Andrew.
  7. Hi everyone, new member here, I’m just looking to start my watch collection after admiring various watches I’ve the years, I’m looking to finally take the plunge and invest in my first watch. I know a lot of people have a pop at TAG watches, but I really like the updated Aquaracer with the blue or black bezel, can anyone recommend them or own one? It retails at around £2200-2300, I have been offered the blue one, pre owned from this year and unworn, full set, all with papers and warranty card, for £1450, should I have any concerns or is this just a good deal for a entry level watch. Sorry for the long first message but where better to ask I suppose. Thanks for any help in advance Daniel
  8. I got this last year with some other watches, got put to one side......... I recently re-visited it and tried to find out any information about the maker (dial marked 'N.I.W. Arvin) and found absolutely nothing at all...... This is the movement, and surprisingly, on winding, it ran..... Out of curiosity I carefully removed any dust from the movement with a aerosol air blower and added a little lube to the visible pivots and regulated it on the Timegrapher, results, other than the horrendous beat error, quite pleasing...... can anyone shed any light on it's manufacturer and or age? My guess is that it is late 1930's but I'm open to correction... Shame about the condition of the dial
  9. Just bought a Wenger Roadster from H Samuel , it was in a sale but apparently staff made a mistake and shouldnt have been in sale picked it out from display as looked excellent , sale price 120 (was 245). also got 25 off next purchase which i have yet to decide which one to use it on (includes sale items) citizen is possible.
  10. I have posted this on other watch forums, but thought it might be of interest on here as well............ A little bit of Swiss watch manufacture history I saw a watch on eBay a few months ago, and having done some research on 'Camy Watches' when I got my two 1960's Camy 'divers', (shown below), I was aware of the Raymond Weil connection:- 'Raymond Weil (Founder and Honorary President) was born in Geneva in 1926. After he got a diploma in commerce, he entered Camy Watch S.A. – a Swiss watchmaker, in 1949 where he was to become manager and spend 26 years of his life. In 1976, during a crisis that affected the watch industry, he decided to create his own company.' What it doesn't say above is that on the death of the Camy Watch S.A. owner, one of the sons took over and fired Raymond Weil. At that point Raymond Weil set up his own company and took a substantial number of Camy's employees with him. (and Camy Watch S.A. closed in a few months) He initially (and for a very short time) signed his own watches 'Dinita', an amalgamation of the names of his two daughters Diana and Anita, but was, very quickly, convinced to change the brand name to 'Raymond Weil', the rest is history. 'Raymond Weil' is one of the last independent brands in the Swiss watch industry, and as far as I know the only family owned one left. Anyway, back to the watch I found on ebay, in itself a fairly nondescript Swiss dress watch from 1976, that I have no real love for, but historically quite significant in being a fairly rare example of one of the very first watches independently produced by Raymond Weil, after leaving Camy, the large 'W' on the dial and back, only having significance when you know the history. The movement is a 'Dinita' signed ETA 2750, and after a couple of 'tweeks' seems to be running surprisingly well What other gems will eBay give up next I wonder?
  11. Just picked this Rolex Spoon up did not know they existed. Has anybody seen these in the flesh? Looked on eBay and there are quite a few available.
  12. Hi all. I've got something I want to run by you having just bought my first deluxe watch which is a Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 Automatic. Basically the crown doesn't seem to operate in a smooth way as firstly when I unscrew the crown it doesn't seem to 'pop up' to position 1 where on various YouTube clips that I've seen on other watches it does. Second to that position 2 and position 3 when pulling the crown out further isn't that clearly defined and you can easily mistake what position you're in resulting in you accidently changing the date or time. My last concern which is probably the biggest is that the crown on occasions is difficult to screw back in to the water tight position and it seems to get stuck. It takes a number of goes in order to screw the crown in and it feels like the stem / thread might be damaged? I'm debating whether to send this back to Tag however I've only had it for a week and don't want to send it back unless their really is an issue. Is what I've described simply a characteristic of the watch or does it truely sound like it's damaged? Many thanks
  13. Dear Watchforum, I am writing to you concerning a problem I have encountered with one of my watches, and I would like to hear your opinion on the subject. I have requested an "Extract of Archives" from one of the top 5 watch company's for a rare watch from the 90's. I paid over 200USD for the Extract document, I wanted to have it because my watch does not have its original booklet and I was curious of the exact date age of the watch. After receiving this book, I took it home and looked at the reference number and something seemed off. I knew the exact reference number of my watch, and on the paper the last 2 numbers (which refer to the type of dial) were different then what it should be. I got upset, and started thinking that my watch could have been dial swapped in the past to the reference number dial I thought I had, therefore it would have been a fabrication. This could significantly effect the value of the watch in the eyes of the buyers. Doing research online I found that that reference number they wrote on the document didn't even exist. That was what got me to call the factory and question the accuracy of the document. They were even surprised to hear that the document was not accurate, and they asked me to send it back to them and they will replace it. If I would have not noticed it and thought that this document is accurate, then it would have ruined the value of my watch and It would have made it nearly impossible to sell on the market. My question to you is: is it common for watch companies to make mistakes on official signed extracts ? What would you do in my place? How can you trust watch companies with your watch? Thanks,
  14. I recently bought a Rotary Super-Sports from England. I will list what I think know about this watch. If I am wrong about anything please let me know and then I will get to my questions. I believe its a 1940, with an A. Schild 984/ 440 movement. 15 jewels. What I want to know; is it missing a tension ring at the crystal (bezel), is there a name for this case shape, could it have been an issued item for the war? Additionally is it wise to try to remove the lume that fell off the hands on to the dial, and is this a rare combination between the dial style with its markers in this case. I find very few examples of this watch.
  15. Hi everyone, I'm fairly new to watch collecting and have looking for anything that pretty much looks old or interesting. Of the watches I have so far 2 may be worth something. Kelek ~ Back reads Stainless Steel Back Swiss Made 12 1815. Smiths Deluxe 17 Jewels Made in England, nothing on the back plate. I've seen many similar Smiths watches but nothing exactly the same. With the kalek I've bot been able to find anything even similar. I currently don't have a tool to take the back off. I'd really like to know if these watches are rare or worth much. I have a few other watches which look quite old and will post pictures of soon. Any information would be appreciated.
  16. Hi folks 1st post and looking for inspiration. I’ve been a watch fan nearly 10 years and built up what I think is a nice collection. Got around 14 watches and really look after them wearing them in rotation. I’ve always been drawn to dive watches love the different coloured bezels, the 45mm Omega planet ocean orange bezel being my 1st proper watch. Also got an Oris small second hand with blue bezel, Tudor black bay Harrods addition with the green bezel, Omega speed-master man on the moon, Longines VHP, a couple of Jaguar watches which are fantastic quality for the money and a couple of Seiko’s an auto diver and a solar. My dilemma is which one to I sell. I’m moving house and want to put new granite work tops in the kitchen, this will cost around £2500. My wife has put her foot down and said that a watch must go if I want the granite. So which one between planet ocean, man on moon or Tudor black bay harrods addition to sell. Love all 3, my thinking is sell man on the moon because this watch will be easy to buy again in a couple of years. I don’t like the newer up graded planet ocean. ( dive watches should not have a glass back, love the seahorse on the back of mine) and my 9 year old watch is still mint not a mark on the bezel, so I no I wouldn’t be able to find another one in as good condition. But with the cost of a service on this bad boy looming in a couple of years might be Time to sell. With the Tudor don’t think harrods would sell me another one if I sell this one, I’m not going to pay a premium for a used one and I have a thing about my name being on the warranty card. So over to you guys which one would you let go. And no getting rid of the wife is not an option.
  17. Not long ago I purchased a Swiss chronograph bearing the brand-name 'Bose'. I was told it was made for the audio company by a well-respected Swiss maker but there's no sign of its origin other than 'Swiss Made'. It's a really nice, professional- looking watch and clearly not a cheap item or giveaway. I've asked Bose but their office couldn't find any trace of it so my question is: does anyone know just who made this watch?
  18. https://ibb.co/dDPmwYd https://ibb.co/dL6vv7g So basically I purchased an early eta powered Milie Miglia, however there is a strange orange stain on the dail which would appear to be where the hands have sat for some time. Has anyone seen this before? If so how easy would it be to remove the staining?
  19. Okay so last year I took some time off from watches to focus on other things and recently got back into it. I've decided to start "flipping" watches on the side which means I get all the fun of finding, buying and giving a little TLC without the hoarding! I will resist talking money as I do not think it fair when the plan is to sell on, but obviously the aim of the game is to "buy low, sell high" so all are bought at a fairly low price tag for one reason or another (e.g. low 'buy it now' price or lack of details etc) Anyway, without further adoo: Sicura Chronograph: Man I loved this! Really weighty piece, in great condition, with a really "basic" movement in the back. Was a non-runner and I was unsure if investing in a service would be as profitable. One I may regret having sold one day! Roamer Brevete This was a super cool watch I took in as part of a job lot. It ran very fast but was still nice to wear and somewhat interesting lugs and dial. Probably would have held onto it if it kept time. New strap: Erlana - 15J Jura Watch Co. Movement A really nice watch with a surprise Jura Watch Co. Movement in the back. I'd love to know more to the history about both brands - the engravings in the back are a mystery to me and I wish I could find out more. Its a super quality piece that keeps great time, just a shame no-one wants to pay much for an unknown brand. It is certainly on par if not better than a lot of popular, more budget swiss brands. Rodine - 17J Automatic Elbon Movement Awesome little automatic which came to me with a horrible knackered black strap and scratches all over. I gave it a polish up and new strap and it is really looking the part. Runs well but too fast (not as fast as the Roamer mind you). Has an automatic Elbon movement in the back. Before: Medana 7J This is one that has surprised me - I did not expect to love it so much despite it not working! As such I've since hiked the price up on eBay to make it unlikely to sell - didn't want to annoy watchers by taking it down altogether as well as incur a fee. I'd really like to find a cheap working one to "frankenstein" as a service will never be cost effective for this. It's tiny but fits my skinny wrists perfectly and the leather strap is very similar to my 1940s Rolex but in amazing condition. I believe this to be circa 1940s so make me wonder if both straps are in fact of the era or at least very old! Certainly a watch I'd like to hold onto but should it get bought for the higher price I will refrain from getting too upset :P One thing I do regret is polishing the back (can't bring myself to share a photo!) - I really overdid but luckily after wearing it a bit it is settling down a bit. Certina This one I took a bit of a gamble on. Photos were blurry but the price seemed somewhat low for what I'd seen. The case has certainly seen better days but the movement looks clean and runs spot on. I'm unsure of how well this will sell for given the condition. Likely to put it up for sale in the following months when I get some quality but low-price straps in that I ordered.
  20. Hi i have a watch that was my grandads bit as my grandad or my dad are no longer here I don’t know much about it but can’t find another one on line to compare it it is a sultana 17 rubies vintage watch manual wind and I would think it’s an old one i know they have only been around since 1937 but can anyone advise if this is of some commercial value I can’t work out how to add photos ?? Help
  21. Good morning I am new to the forum but have been a humble lover of watches for a long time... that said I have a question for the experts out there. I am looking at purchasing a Glycine Airman from an auth dealer and I noticed on the case back where the serial number should be it just has AAAAAA. Anybody have ideas on that? Thanks much!
  22. Could anyone tell me what this watch is and what it may be worth?. I think its from the 1970s.
  23. Hi I posted yesterday about my grandfathers Sicura divers 400 well today I took it to a watch repair shop they are going to check out if they can source parts then get back to me with a quote upon telling the family they all searched through their lofts and garages and this popped up from my mother also one of my grandfathers, A Lings 21 Prix not working hands move winds backwards but not forwards so this will be going to the repair shop next week, anyone have any info on these I think its 1960s
  24. Hi Everybody, I'm sure that this is a common story, sorry if I appear ill informed. I recently purchased a watch from ebay as a gift. Its a good looking watch but I suspect now that it is a Geneve with a refinished dial that has been labelled up as a Seamaster. If that is so then I'm not unhappy as it is for wearing not bought as an investment or part of a collection (and the price was OK). However, if it is a complete fake then I will be contacting Paypal! Thanks for taking an interest, hopefully you will be able to ease my mind! y Movement calibre is 1012 I believe Hopefully I've linked the images correctly - if you can't see them please let me know!
  25. New to this forum...hello. Just bought the above watch today as a early Christmas present, I also have a 1998 Omega Seamaster and also a Tissot PR100 Titanium. Looking forward to reading the various threads.
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