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  1. Hello, I am a total novice so please forgive me and my lack of correct terminology. I have a JW Benson wrist watch. The back is clearly not gold but the front bit has a gold hallmark on the lug (sorry) bit. Is this normal please? Thanks in advance for any help you could offer. Kate
  2. I know very little about watches generally. I read that the Seiko 7A38 is valued by some collectors. I thought this 7A38-7250 would be nice to wear, especially for a mere $89, not much risk to buy. Condition on the outside looked OK. Would appreciate comments on the value of this purchase. https://www.ebay.com/vod/FetchOrderDetails?itemId=255024214439&transactionId=0
  3. Hi! Ive bought my self a Seiko 7A48-2020 and the crystal have some scratches. I've searched the web for days and wasnt able to locate any seller's who provides it. Does anybody know where i could purchase the crystal on Web please? Highly Appreciate the help. Regards, Ruwantha
  4. Hi and thanks for reading my post. As a new person to this forum I came here from cleaning up and trying to restore 6 watches left to me from a man I used to garden for. He died in his late 90s. Some are identifiable by online research and are Swatch, Sekonda Quartz and Casio. The other two, which are favourites, are wind-up Limit and Ingersoll watches. I attached photos. They are in good working order..., and I am drawn to the red pointer tipped seconds hand! I like the wear and tear on them, too. Any light on origin or date? Thanks so much. Aidan.
  5. Hello every one, i would like to share some photos of my panerai strap Hope u enjoy its
  6. Hello everyone! i am new here, i am not exactly a watch expert and would be very grateful for any advice and opinion in choosing my first ‘more serious’ watch. I would like to buy a classic elegant men’s watch. Somehow Swiss watches were immediately imposed on me, and after endless searches I realized that vintage models of the Eterna brand are what I am looking for. I had to narrow down the choice to these three in my price range: https://www.etsy.com/listing/981779743/vintage-eterna-mens-swiss-watch https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Vintage-ETERNA-17-Jewels-1476K-Swiss-Manual-Winding/333588671182 https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-ETERNA-HAND-WINDING-STAINLESS-STEEL-SWISS-MADE-MENS-WRIST-WATCH/174410014099 I like the first one the most, it looks like it's in great condition. How could he check if he was really from the 60s? It looks better than most from those years, even from the much more expensive ones. Is it worth buying at this price? Thanks! John
  7. I have an Omega Seamaster from circa 1954 inside the case back it has a case number of 197 which corresponds to the case . I was wondering what the "PAT APPLIED FOR" is in reference to. Any help would be most appreciated. The case is made by Dennison in DeniSteel stainless steel. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZpsuQfFEHjsR6s6h8 heres a picture of the case back
  8. The image shows the broken spring from my clock. I think it is called a pawl spring or a click spring. I am not familiar with the english words. Who knows where i can buy a replacement spring and the little rivets to attach it again to my clock. Thanks, Charles https://photos.app.goo.gl/rZcDW6SUmSmHjeCTA
  9. Hello, this is my first post, but I've been lurking for a good while - I especially enjoy the WRUW threads in Open Discussion. I have always been interested in watches, but lately am developing an interest in vintage watches, especially automatics (largely because my more expensive quartz watches have stopped during lockdown and I'm irritated by the perpetual cost of getting them sorted) - I like the aesthetics of older designs and have treated myself to some inexpensive vintage ones on-line, whilst I save for something special - I'm thinking maybe a dress Omega or a dial pointer Oris. I'm a woman, but prefer the look of gents watches (why do manufacturers insist on making ladies watches, pink, mother of pearl or festooned with 'diamonds'), but unfortunately, modern watches are just far too large for me, where vintage ones were that bit smaller. Whilst clearing my parents' house, my sister and I have found all sorts of 'treasures', as they didn't throw much away, including a number of watches, many broken and of little value, but a few worth keeping hold of and potentially wearing. I've been variously cleaning, fitting new straps and replacing batteries and am now left with a few mechanicals, as shown in the photos. The Roamer seems to be a winding mechanical that's just dead - doesn't wind, doesn't tick - although when moving it around when taking the photos, it set off ticking and went for 15 seconds then stopped again. I quite like the slightly military aesthetics of the face. I very much like the Medana - I think that and Roamer are the same company - it's a smidge smaller than the others (32mm) and as a woman, it's a decent fit on me - I've popped it on a tan pigskin strap that I had, for now, just so that I can wear it and see if I like it enough to spend money on. It was covered in tiny spots of magnolia gloss paint, it had obviously been consigned to being a work watch. But it perplexes me too - when I first came to it, it wouldn't wind, the crown was stuck solid. But on moving it about, it sounded like an automatic and started ticking. Without ever winding the crown, it ran for almost 24 hours - with occasional pauses. And today the crown would wind, albeit stiffly - I gave it a few turns and it has now run for over 90 minutes with good time. Is it an automatic - nothing visually suggests that it is, it's quite thin and just has a pop off back. I'm reluctant to try taking the back off a mechanical, where quartz don't worry me. Is it possible that it's a hand wind that was simply coiled so tight it was jammed solid, but some warmth and movement has released the spring into action? The number on the back of the case is 6827, but that doesn't appear to be a caliber. I also have an automatic Villard - which was a shed when I came upon it, but I've cleaned it externally, polished the glass and replaced the strap - it was opaque with scratches and whilst there is still some crazing going through the acrylic, it's come up visually lovely, but that may still need replacing. It seems to work well enough and keep good time, but it's a smidge large on me, but I have been wearing it - I just love the horizontal baton hour markers - I've only seen a couple of other watches with this style. Were these watches good enough when made to be worth spending money on to get them serviced - are they just in need of some TLC or have they perhaps already run their course? If I might get a few years out of them, I'll perhaps spend some pennies on them, but not if they're likely to have come to the end of the road anyway. They were all either one of my grandfathers and they probably haven't even moved for over 30 years - so they have some sentimentality attached (enough to not want to sell or throw them) but perhaps not enough to spend lots on them, for occasional wear.
  10. I have recently bought a manual wristwatch in Milano, Italy. It is labelled Besch, and the writing on it is in French. I have been unable to locate anything about its brand, age or model online (I've searched in English, French and German). The seller sold it as a 1960s Besch watch. I wonder if it's an obscure watch brand, or a no-brand watch. A watch appraiser I emailed suggested it was a generic watch that was supplied to companies to input their brand. Another person on a forum suggested that it looks mid-50s. Any help on identifying it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  11. I saw this watch subscription service company called watches by lp the other day where one recieve a vintage watch every second month. The cheapest alternative costs 32 Pound and I saw pictures of the watches in another forum and the watches looked good. What do you think? Have you heard about it and Is it worth it in your opinion?
  12. Hi all,My name is jesaya, just join this fantastic web yesterday , so anyway i came across this beautiful vintage raketa wrist watch what i like about this watch is the hand i have never seen anything like that, i want to know what you guys thing about this piece, i don't know alot about raketa all know it was made in USSR, please help me with any info you know about this watchWarm regards.
  13. The Lemania 1872 SAAF first dial issue 1971, The Second issue 1975, then the Lemania 2220 from the mid 60's and last but not least, the Lemania 5012 issued in the early 80's. For comprehensive articles on the 1872 and 5012, please feel free to follow the relevant links below The Lemania 1872 SAAF and The Lemania 5012 SAAF
  14. Hi, I owe a limited edition of a Rotary watch and would like to know how much it is valued. I have attached a few pictures. Essentially, this watch includes a gold ingot that is stamped with the logo of the Swiss Bank Corporation, which merged with UBS in 1998 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_Bank_Corporation#Merger_with_Union_Bank_of_Switzerland I think it was only sold to employees of the SBC, one of which was my grandfather. If you are not able to provide me with this information, could you please direct me to someone who could? Thank you. Kind regards, Stephane Unfortunately cannot insert pictures. It is in an unworn condition.
  15. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-SWISS-LADIES-analogue-watch-fond-acier-inoxydable-leather-strap/284128977414 I have an old ladies Swiss watch but I cannot read the maker's name well enough to identify it. It looks like 'Servies' or 'Fervies' but a google search provides no clues. Please help if you can. You can see photos of the watch at the link above.
  16. I recently pulled this watch I inherited a long time ago out of the safe and have been trying to identify which year it was made, and failed miserably to nail it down. Since a few kind folks here on the forum recently kindly helped me with a similar search for knowledge I was hoping someone here might be able to pin it down — a big thank you in advance for indulging me. It's a Chronoswiss Lunar Chronograph with moonphase, marked with reference number 77990. Given who owned it before and their biography, I'd expect this to be from around 1985-1993. I looked in every place I could think of (including pinging Chronoswiss directly) but I couldn't find a reference to a model with this specific configuration. Models I found referenced either had "Alfred Rochat" added under "Chronoswiss", or the "Automatic" was printed in an arc; none matched this exactly. Since I'd like to have this professionally serviced after 15+ years without any maintenance, I'd love to know what exact model this is. Here's the watch in question: The back says "77990 - WATERRESISTANT 3ATU - STAINLESS STEEL BACK - SWISS MADE". So no surprises there. Alas, it's got some nasty scratches and marks. I was almost too embarrassed to post this; I hope my go to watchmaker can take are of this brutal nick on the crown. This watch has clearly seen some rough times, relatively speaking. Can anyone give me a hint as to what year this might be, and how you ID'd it? Thanks so much in advance! ps. How do you take these amazing watch photos? Boy, this is even harder than I imagined
  17. This is a watch i found at my grandfathers house, would anyone be able to tell if it is an authentic watch? https://postimg.cc/McpJ7hxr
  18. First post here so bare with me.. I have recently purchased a Swiss watch which is branded as a Rone incabloc and a 17 jewel. I loved the look of the vintage/worn dial and so I grabbed it! I tried doing abit of research on the Rone brand but found very little info apart from they produced Swiss made watches from about 1920s - 70s. Also there are very few Rone watches available to purchase I have only seen a few on eBay but none of the same model as mine. If anyone knows anything about it please share. i tried to add a photo of mine but won’t let me for some reason :(
  19. I have what appears to be an extremely rare Movado RAF Military Watch 6B/159 and I would like to know a possible value?
  20. Hey guys first time posting on here but was wondering if any of you lovely lot could tell me what battery I need to put into a 518.851 Universal Geneve Quartz ladies piece? Usually can find the info online but hit a bit of a brick wall with it, and would appreciate the help Luke
  21. Hello all! We've been sorting through my grandparent's house, as my Grandma died recently, and have found a number of watches. We're fairly sure none of them are worth anything and most of them are in pretty bad knick but we know nothing about watches and haven't managed to find much useful info online. Is anyone able to tell us anything about any of these watches; age, origin, rarity, value, anything at all would be interesting! My Grandad died in the late 80's so none of the men's watches are likely to be newer than that, and my Grandma was unlikely to have bought anything since the 90's. We have found a few items and relics around the house from great and great great grandparents so it's not beyond the realms of possibility that some of these are older. I'm happy to give more info or other pictures if I can if people want them. Some of the brands are: Rovac, Citizen, Astral, Vertex, Montine International, Buler, Rotary, Accurist and Pulsar. Here are the photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmRTLmCA
  22. Hello everyone, I posted this in the Dating watches thread first but there doesn't seem to be much activity. So I hope this is okay. Because I know absolutely nothing about watches. So I inherited this Omega Automatic Seamaster Big Seahorse from my grandad when he passed away. At least I think it's the Big Seahorse but I'm not sure. I would like to open it to find out the date myself but I'm afraid I'll damage it. I post a link to Imgur with pictures and a short video on how it looks like. I would like to find out as much as possible about it. For example if it's solid gold, the date, the exact name and so on. Can someone help me with this? I understand if it's not possible without opening it, so if that's what it takes, maybe someone can guide me in the correct way for that. I really don't want to damage the watch in any way. Here's the pictures and a short video clip: http://imgur.com/gallery/rS4gCxY Take care everyone! Sincerely, Christian
  23. You know when you buy a new car you see them everywhere? Well I watched a video about a watch online and then suddenly everywhere I looked the watch was saying buy me. So I started paying attention and noticed as soon as a good one came up for sale it seemed to be gone as quickly as it came. Looking on Chrono24 there were a number of these watches, just 3 for sale at n the UK, one took my fancy, with a clean silver dial and a competitive price... I almost pulled the trigger but then spotted the lugs. Normally fluted like a Speedmaster this one had standard jobbies.. Having bought my constellation cheap but living with a blemish on the dial I decided this watch needs to tick all my boxes. Firstly it must have the correct movement... It comes with two different versions the earliest watches with a bumper auto... I wanted the next version with a micro rotor. Secondly the dial must be clean and contrasting... Silver with a gold inner bezal is cool, black with silver, gold with steel etc but all matching colour metals make it look very vanilla. Thirdly I wanted it to have the correct crown. Many otherwise good watches seemed cheap but had non-original button and stem. So nothing on Chrono24 (the only good watches we'll over price.) I looked on eBay and found one... Put in an offer which was accepted. Maybe I still overpaid a little... But what swung it was this watch was solid gold (I had intended to buy steel to try and keep some balance in my watchbox) and had the original gold pinbuckle. Its a peeve of mine when a gold watch has a plated buckle. (not that I am allergic but one of the ideas of gold is catering to those needing hypoallergenic, more to the point its annoying the original is gone) None of these watches come with box and papers, I am not sure how to date one but in gold maybe its got some marks... They had 1959 on it and also 1960-69 so that's up in the air. It being ebay I am hoping an empty box doesn't appear... The other thread mentioned packaging... Someone is trying to sell the original packaging for £800. Not for me but it shows how rare that stuff is for vintage watches. Anyway, I wonder if you guessed what it is yet? Photos to come on receipt of said item.
  24. Hi, and thanks very much for allowing me to join. I am not an expert in anything to do with clocks, so I'm hoping I'm in good company with at least a few others here, and I acknowledge gratefully anything useful and/or interesting I can learn/absorb along the way from other members, all of whom will have been on here longer than me, and who will have infinitely more knowledge than me about clocks/watches and very likely for a long time thereafter...but what brought me to this forum? A lovely old spring-driven hand-painted wooden chimimg pendulum wall clock, belonging previously to my parents, now passed on to me. I remember it working well, (too) many years ago, when I was a child, and of Dad pulling the wind-up weight every night before bed. Occasionally us children were allowed to "wind" it up, as a treat for unuaually good behaviour, so that wasn't too often...! My question, if anyone can advise is this. The clock has not been working for a number of years, and has been recently cleaned and serviced, but it keeps stopping; It "ticks" for a while, a couple of minutes, then stops. I Googled the reasons for this, and watched videos on YouTube on how to adjust the beat. We have done this, and think that we have cracked "setting the beat" to get the tick-tock rhythm in sync. But the clock still keeps stopping. I can't see it or hear it touching anything during the ticking, so it it is presumably needing adjustment of the bar on which the pendulum hooks The company who serviced it have been out a couple of times so far, and are also unable so far to get it working, and are saying it is our walls...which are solid brick. We have fixed it firmly to one of our brick walls in the room we want it to "live" in, and have called over the repair company again. There is 12 months guarantee on the work so theoretically they can keep coming out until it is right but I'm beginning to wonder if/when the great day might actually be. According to what I read on Google, it should be a fairly simple fix, and this is what our repairer said also. Should we insist they take the clock away until it is sorted once and for all? I am not the expert to say what should be done to it but what is being saidto us s that the work has been done to get it right, it just needs adjustment on the wall it will be hanging on. Just a little advice would be very much appreciated as we'd love to have Benjamin (yes, I know...our childhood name for it..) working again as he once was. I''m doubting its a wall problem as we had the clock on a similarly old wall, back in the '40's, with it hanging on just a nail in the wall as far as I know.The repairers appear to be fully qualified in the work they do so I'm not questioning that, just wonder if other members are struggling with this kind of problem and what if anything they were able to achieve .
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