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  1. My Father is giving me a family heirloom that my Great Grandfather gave him. He is giving it to me for funding my two son's college education...woot! He had it appraised several years back and it came out to somewhere around 50K...though he doubts that it will fetch "near that much" in today's market. Photos are below. I dare not crack the caseback open with my limited knowledge and tools, therefore I don't have pics of the movement. It includes the original display box with Bailey, Banks & Biddle insignia inside, a little pocket of soft material, a gold/platinum chain and gold knife. Here are the few details I know regarding the watch: 'BAILEY, BANKS & BIDDLE' on watch face and caseback. 'Switzerland' at the bottom of the watch face. At the top of the winder where the chain connector is...is has 'PPC' stamped on it (Patek Philippe Company?). On the back of the caseback is engraved 'To XXXX XXXXXXX A Veteran of Veterans Semper Fidelis 1896-1940 From Sun Oil Company'. Can anyone tell me more about this watch? Thanks!
  2. Hello everyone and wonder if you can help. I have just come by a Lonstar Delux, Swiss made watch which is gold plated on the body, markers and hands. It also as a gold crown logo. This watch is running very fast and I am wondering wether to get it repair. I have been quoted 35 pound. Does anyone have any information on these watches and are they worth repairing. Been told by my watch repairer it will need cleaning and requlating. Many thanks Lee
  3. I need help in dating this Waltham. I could not find a serial number, per se. On the movement I found Waltham Watch Co. Swiss -- don't know if made in Switzerland or just Swiss movement. It also says "unadjusted," 7j, WXO, Swiss HMX and the nunbers 1177. As it says incabloc on the dial I take that it must be from around the 1950+s.The original box says "Centennial Year"... as they started in 1850, I wonder if this is a watch from 1950... Any hellp?
  4. Good evening all. As our wonderful banking system is paying huge amounts of interest for using our money in savings accounts, I have started to look at collecting a few watches (for wear and maybe investment). I really have not much clue on what to go for, though I really like the style of military watches from the Cold War era and what I have seen of Raketa/Paketa perpetuals. As you can see, I'm not after spending my children's savings............ Any suggestions? Nice forum people....
  5. Hello, I wanted to introduce myself. I am a big watch fan and wanted to talk to like minded people. I have a Heuer WS2112 re-edtion, the model that was made by Tag Heuer to celebrate the original 1960s carreras. The watch has the vintage style brushed face and leather perforated strap. Stephen
  6. First of all this is my first posting so I apologise if this is in the wrong place or if I have broken any protocol. I have a Precista Chronograph watch that I have owned for 38 years. It was given to me by an Engineer who retired on the day I came out of my time in 1975 as an apprentice Pit Mechanic for the National Coal Board. My memory is a bit fuzzy on this next bit but I think he was ex RAF but don't know if that is relevant. I have had it on my wrist for most of the time ever since. The reset button failed once and I had it repaired, the technician remarked that I should insure it because it had a Breitling movement. This was some 15 years ago. It has just stopped again but wonder whether or not it is worth spending much money on. It cost me nearly £150 that last time for a repair and service. I have photo's of the front and back but am unsure how to open it to photograph the inside. Also I'm not sure how to post them on here. I've pasted the local address on my computer on here but not sure if thats what I need to do. Any advise on it's history would be appreciated. Tony I've taken the image links off because they didn't seem to work.
  7. I learned here that Girard-Perregaux, though being fine watches, are not on the same level as Omega, Rolex... Of course, no way I could spend thousands of US dollars on a watch. Nevertheless, could someone give me a few brands that are a "must" in a collection? I like the mechanical watches, with the self-winding coming in second. I have a Certina from the 50s and a Nivada that hasn't been dated, yet.... Thanks for our input.
  8. Hi there. I found this weird looking clock movement at my local carboot sale, i purchased it out of pure curiosity really, does anyone know what it is please? I thought it being maybe a pigeon clock movement but im really not sure? Any help would be appreciated.
  9. Hi All Have a collection of pre 1960 Longines ladies watches, is there a repairer who specialises in Longines. I have emailed a few repairers but most seem to want to fit generic parts and my favourite longines needs a rose gold crown as well as a complete overhaul. I know these watches should be fairly simple to service as they aren't half as complicated as gents watches, just small and old!! Am hoping someone can point me in the right direction Many thanks in advance Sue
  10. Hi I am wondering if anyone can help me with any info for this clock I have. I have searched the internet and have found similar ones which possibly date from the 1950's but I haven't found one like this. Any help would be much appreciated. Hoping this photobucket link works as I am not too sure how to share the picture. Please let me know if it is not available to view
  11. I understand that Raymond Weil watches are of rather recent manufacture. This one has a day date and some stones which I think may be rhinestones. The movement had S642 and ETA 2671 engraved on it.It's automatic. I don't know what ETA means... and, any idea as to manufacture year?
  12. After I opened my Hamilton wristwatch I found the serial number... didn't help much -- 56084F. I also had 19J engraved on the engine and Grade 753. When I looked in the chart provided in the pinned post I found some watches dated or listed by Grade... Don't know what Grade means, but it did place the manufacture between 1951-1954... On the chart the F appears at the beginning of the serial number. Anyone care to enlighten me on the Grade thing?
  13. Over the years I have quite a few vintage watches. Now I want to catalogue them so my grandchildren might become interested. Nevertheless, dating them has not been easy as some manufactures don't have much information about the subject. I was able to date my Timex, Caravelle by Bulova, Elgin thanks to the information provided here.. but have failed -- so far-- with my Certina, Girard Perregaux, Le Phare... Would it be best to go by the "circa" concept rather than my insisting on a specific year? :wallbash:
  14. This is one of my favourite vintage watches, but I have not been able to date it through Google. It is 17j, incabloc, Swiss made, on the back only "fond acier inoxidable" and the numbers 488601. It is also gold filled, has a second dial and date. On the engine it's engraved P336N. Help???
  15. Hi, I am new to this forum and hope this is a permissible question. I currently have a working Omega 684 movement which is running strong and would like to install it into this http://www.ebay.com/itm/151036567098?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 case offered as NOS. Can anyone knowable on the subject offer an opinion if this is real NOS Omega or a copy / fake. On the one hand i would not make to much sense to me that some one would invest time and money to copy this relatively inexpensive watch case. But I am not sure what to make of the back cover which looks to have printed rather then stamped case numbers. Thought ? Thank you, Thorsten
  16. This Certina watch was bought in e-bay. The engine has this engraved: KF400. Inside the back I found this number: 1377647. The seller posted it as being a "1950s " watch. It is gold plated and works very well. Thank you.
  17. I received this Elgin as a gift from my best friend's deceased father many years ago.... It has its original 726 English pigskin band. The movement is mechanical and it runs very well. It is an Elgin De Luxe... 14k gold filled.. Iwear it quite frequently... My watch repairman friend says that he doesn't dare to open it... The pattina is there to show the watches' age... Should I send it for a rejuvenation process? BTW, I don't kow how to date it but it seems to be circa 40s? I understand that Elgin's ar US made... I am right? Thank you.
  18. This LaMarque watch has 17 jewels, marked as Swiss made, incabloc, antimagnetic with mechanical movement... It has a four-digit serial number on the engine... I couldn't find much information on this brand on Google. On the back it says "cased and timed by precision watchcraftmen." Thank you.
  19. Could someone please date this Wittnauer Geneve watch? In the back "all proof 1260 wrench" is engraved, as well as 10k RGP. The band is a two-toned gold and silver metal apparently original to the watch. It has an automatic movement and has a small dial at 6 o'clock. Itworks very well. Thank you very much.
  20. I recently purchased this Timex watch with original metal band. Under Timex is the number 21. I don't know what this means. I remember this brand being quite popular in the early sixties when I was in college. The watch has a mechannical movement. I know it has not much value, but I am barely beginning to become interested in vintage watches. Can someone tell me which year it may have been made? I live in Panama.
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    We are two friends in our forties who wish to combine our love of old watches and the community feel of the web. Though not professional story tellers we felt that there is a place for our watch stories and memories. We hope it would serve our kids in the future. The watches are from diverse sources. Some were given by fathers and uncles who were happy to learn that their old and beloved watches have new admirers, others were found in various places over the years. Maybe you have a watch story you would like to share? Welcome to our corner on the web. www.oldwatchstories.com Old watch Story Enjoy and Welcome
  22. Hi there guys. New to the forum (Brand new!) I was wondering if any of you could help me out. I was given by my great aunt a long time ago before she died (Aged 90) an old pocket watch owned by her father. I cherish it, with no intention to ever part with it (and i'm convinced its a common worthless oldie anyway) but it sentimentally means alot to me. Just wondering if any of you could help me out with some info about it. Ive wanted to know for years and just want to know a bit about my watch. :-) Link below to the photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/77238701@N08/sets/72157634344012981/ I appreciate any of you taking a look for me. Means alot. Neal
  23. I have an opportunity to buy a 18 karat gold Plosy gents wristwatch. Plosy were not watchmakers as I understand it but they were a Swedish boutique in the 1950's and sold private label watches and was wondering if it was worth me buying for £175?Any thoughts would be really welcome. Thanks.
  24. I just found this box in my mailbox sent from a relative back home in England: And here's what I found inside: An old pocket watch and a small bag for memory cards, which contained... ... A RADO Silver Star Now to find out what these are, and try to date them. More pictures to follow.
  25. Hi, Looking for some thoughts on the pros and cons of vintage vs brand new. Obviously everyone will have their own view, just looking for some hints and tips before I take the plunge for a new watch. Looking to send between 500/700 GBP. Looking for an automatic, reasonably smart dress watch. My thoughts on buying new are - should work perfectly, guarantee of purchase, wide selection (but unable to afford the premium brands), For vintage my main concern would be condition. Would it need serviced? How accurate will the time keeping be? But the plus points being able to (maybe) buy a classic timepiece with a good history. Any hints and tips would be appreciated. Also websites that specialise in vintage watches. Thanks Kevin
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