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  1. Hello! I'm new to the forum, and have to admit I'm not too big on watches, but I collect world war 2 militaria and I came across this Leonidas G.S.T.P which i want to find out more about. I already found a topic here about the same type of watch, and read up on the markings so Im familiar with GSTP now, I'm just wondering if there is any way to find out more about the watch's history. Dial: Military markings on the back: Army marking: British broad arrow with G.S.T.P Army serial number: N 5518 Markings inside the watch: Serial Number: 373738 no markings on the movement somebody carved: W. J. 15. 4. 50 into the side of the lid as well (I guess the owner) /the opened pics were taken by the guy i bought it from, i dont have the tools or confidence to open it/ I checked it for 3 days now and it keeps time very well, I only gain a few extra seconds every day. Is there any way to track the history of the watch (which unit, or at least branch received it)? Also if anyone can give any info on these pocket watches and how they ended up in British service I would be grateful :)
  2. I have bought a few with this description recently, and so far I am 6 for 6, all just needed the battery :thumbup: . But when this was described as needing a battery I took a punt Paid a price that nothing would work, it was full of water or a transplanted movement (ie not enough to worry about) and it was working fine when it arrived. Still can't work out what battery it needs :yahoo: Shame about the marks on the dial but I think I am still on the safe side of not losing money
  3. Hi All, here's an unusual watch that I've just got back from the watchmaker after 6 months waiting (just because he's busy, not because it was difficult to service). Stowa_Digital_01small by wotsch2, on Flickr It's from the early seventies, so before quartz digital watches took off. Stowa_Digital_02small by wotsch2, on Flickr Stowa joined a German watch manufacturers cooperation called "Pallas" in 1974 (sources: here, and here) and mechanical digital watches from 1974 were branded Stowa Pallas (e.g. here), so that would date my watch to 1973 or earlier with only the brand Stowa on the dial. Stowa_Digital_03small by wotsch2, on Flickr The movement is, I believe, a PUW 1560D, running at 3Hz/21600bph, which was designed for mechanical digital watches with second, minute and jumping hour. This was a common movement in many a brand's mechanical digital watches of the time. Stowa_Digital_04small by wotsch2, on Flickr The case is around 36mm across and a comparatively chunky 11mm thick, or 12mm including the protruding glass. Although 36mm may seem small by today's standards, the case shape, integrated bracelet and large amount of metal on display give the watch a significant presence on the wrist. Stowa_Digital_05small by wotsch2, on Flickr This is a really cool seventies watch and I had been waiting for quite a while to find an example in this kind of condition. Apart from one or two bumps, the watch is in very good nick. I'm chuffed. -wotsch
  4. A Grail has arrived..., after some, 4 decades! Better grab a cup of coffee (or other favorite beverage - this group probably prefers tea) before getting into this one... The Juvenia Architect or Protractor Watch: First, your going to have to suffer through a little history lesson... Since the early 70's I have been trying to track one down. I was starting in an engineering position then and I ran across mention of this and saw a picture of it. I was hooked from the moment I first laid eyes on it. I remember trying to track one down at the time and it was nearly impossible. The one I found was outrageously priced and things are a lot different now than they were then. Now some 40 years later, we have this magic thing called the internet. The internet changed the whole world of collectors for all things. Now it is possible to "shop" for things across the state, into other states, other nations, and half way around the world! The whole collecting world would be forever - turned upside down... us oldies remember a world without the internet and trying to hunt down things, "the old fashioned way"..., anyways, I digress. The Architect or Protractor Watch was made from 1960 - 1961 (as far as I can tell) by the manufacturing company of Juvenia. Stainless Steel case of ~33mm in diameter. The movement is a Juvenia Swiss Caliber 612. Original hands, dial, crown, signed movement, etc. Very unusual and very hard to find. Like I say, I was a young and foolish lad who saw something that sparked something deep down inside of me. I never gave up the search and later in my life the "want" turned into a "need". I was constantly on the lookout for one. The few times I could ever find one (I can count the times on one hand) either they were trashed or completely out of my range. Then one day in December 2007 (it is actually the Jan. 2008 issue), I was cruising the magazine rack at the local newsstand (remember those?) and I ran across a copy of "Esquire" (was a great mag, by the way). To my amazement... there was a picture of Johnny Depp on the cover - WEARING MY WATCH ! ! I stopped and did a double-take. Like they weren't hard enough or expensive enough before he decided to parade it across America..., that's GREAT! Seriously? It set the watch world on it's ear and created quite a buzz. Not the best of pictures and no one could identify the watch..., I knew immediately what it was - it was: MY GRAIL!! People were asking what it was, where they could find one, etc. I knew and now I had to have one even more than before. Now it was being called, "The Johnny Depp Watch"... awesome... now I'll never be able to get one!! Turn to 2014 and I find one for sale. It is not in pristine condition, it has some issues. It was cleaned and runs great but the guy is asking what I believe to be an exorbitant amount for the watch. I email him and of course, point out all of the flaws (you all know what I'm talking about and know how to play the game). I make, what I feel is a fair offer considering everything. I am sure he will probably think it's a low-ball offer. I explain everything and my passion for watch collecting..., how I have wanted one of these for years, etc., etc. To my amazement... he accepts my offer!! I probably had no business even making an offer as the timing is extremely bad, but you know how we are? I get the dough off to him and a few days later, it's sitting on my wrist. Like I said, it is not pristine or anything and shows a few signs of wear with some nice patina. I figure I will, hopefully someday, be able to upgrade it to a more Mint example, but until then, I am pretty excited and honored to be able to wear it on my wrist. I even like the "patina" it has acquired over all of these years - sorta like me! I feel Juvenia's are a rather misunderstood brand. Juvenia is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer currently located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It is one of the few Swiss watch companies to have manufactured watches without interruption since its creation in 1860 (150+ years of history - pretty amazing!). One of the first watch manufacturers in 1914, to make a ladies wristwatch, when they came out with a movement that measured 9.5mm x 2.5mm thick (in 1914)! The watches now sell anywhere from a few bucks (on the used market) to tens of thousands of dollars (they currently make a nice tourbillion, as well). I can't see this one coming off or leaving my wrists for any long period of time. I feel this one put Juvenia in the history books and on the horological map (okay..., along with several other horological achievements in their rich 150 year history). The only regret is the size - ~33mm, oh well, the price we 'vintage people' pay to love, understand and want to wear vintage pieces. Referred to as the Architect or Protractor watch because of the reference to the protractor shaped hour hand (which has amazing detail on it's 180° dial with all the markings), the golden arrow minute hand (split at the tip), often referred to as a ruler and the second hand that resembles a pointer in a vintage magnetic compass. Whew... Okay, I know, without further ado (I will apologize ahead of time for the crummy cell phone pix), It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the Juvenia Architect or Protractor watch (aka, alias - "The Johnny Depp Watch" - arghh)...: The one Johnny Depp is wearing for the magazine article is a gold filled version which was the most common. Mine is the stainless steel version and the more sought after, especially with the current trends. I ran across one in a high end auction house in about 2005 and I believe that is the one Depp is wearing on his wrist. A few extra shots of him in the article as well...: I will try and attach a video of just how this thing looks while it's being set... This piece is just too cool and I hope you feel the same!! Any Engineer's, Architect's, Metrologist's (what I am), Machinist's, etc., wet dream come true. My son, who has followed in my footsteps and became a machinist - saw it and fell in love with it. He couldn't keep his eyes off of it and even said, "That ones going to me, right...??" (like... he's not getting them all?!). There have been a few watches of mine he has liked but none hold the fascination for him that this one does. If I ever run across another, I may have to pick it up for him. And, the little video, if you are interested to see how it looks in fast motion (click on the image)...: I have owned this watch for a couple of months now, as I wanted to bond with it. It has been extremely hard to hold off posting on a, "What are you wearing today" thread. I have put it's, "Coming Out Party" together whenever I had a few moments to sit down at the computer and type a few sentences and get everything down. Perhaps only a real watch enthusiast can really appreciate it. I mean, if all you want to do is glance down at your watch to tell the time - then this is not for you. What I really like is; you have to make a conscious effort to literally look at the watch and decipher what time it is. It is definitely not intuitive and it forces you to stop what you are doing, clear your mind and determine what time it is. That's exactly what I like about it, other than it's obvious..., "You've never seen another watch like this", "In your face - good looks!", etc. After a couple of months wearing it, it has become a lot easier to read, I just can't go back to my other watches (my Carlo Ferrara is a similar situation). What can I say...? I am in love with this watch! Sorry to get so 'windy' on you guys... I hope you have enjoyed it and possibly now, this is on your radar as well (or at least the brand name)... good luck and I hope it doesn't take you 40 years to find your grail, whether it be a Juvenia Architect or something else!
  5. Inspired by the photos of East German Glashüttes added to Always"watching"'s fine posts (here and here) on one of the modern brands from the town, I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread of GDR watches. I know a few of us have them, so let's collect them all together in one place. To get started, I have a few Glashütte Spezichrons: GUB_11-27a_01small by wotsch, on Flickr GUB_11-26b_01small by wotsch, on Flickr GUB_11-25_06small by wotsch, on Flickr GUB_11-26d_01small by wotsch2, on Flickr GUB_11-27_04small by wotsch, on Flickr (continues...)
  6. Hi all. I have an 1891 Elgin Pocket watch in need of tlc. I have already sent it to One company who waited 8 weeks before telling me they couldn't/weren't willing to fix it for whatever reason. It has a heartbeat, it just needs some surgery. I'm basically in love with it and I'm not willing to put it back on the auction site I got it from! I'm looking for any repair companies you guys would recommend. Thanks, James
  7. Hello, I am new to this site. But I have inherited these two vintage ladies watches and was wondering ifanyone could enlighten me as to their value. I think they are from the 60's and the UNO one is 9ct gold case and strap. The Everite is just 9ct gold case and rolled gold strap. They are both working perfectly. The seconds hand on the UNO is missing so ive ordered a replacement for it. I look forward to hearing any information you may have. Many thanks, Alison
  8. Hi, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to find out what type battery to use in this TIMEX electronic telephone dial wristwatch that I have. Thanks Thomas
  9. Hello, my name is Alan – or Cubby to my friends. I live up t' north and have been collecting watches since 1998. I call myself a watch “NUT†because I cant stop looking at, reading about, and buying watches. My latest watch is a Lebem Spitzberg calendographe, with pointer and days of the week in French around the bezel, ( I would like to use this opportunity to thank Mel for the link he posted to a similar Lebem, on an earlier topic I found on this forum ). My “poshest†watch is a 1964, Rolex Explorer in stainless with black face which I bought from a Sheffield jeweler in 1998 and started my interest in watches. But the most joy I get is from an old beat up 70's retro Sekonda, made in USSR, TV style watch which I bought as part of a non working job lot off the Bay. It was in a very sorry state and I deduced it must have belonged to a potatoe planter who was a motorbike stunt rider in his spare time! After a couple of tweeks the movement sprang to life – and kept going! A quick polish of the crystal revealed a lovely metalic blue face, with day & date, and is on my wrist as I type, still keeping good time. The chrome case is very scratched and I have considered having it re-chromed, but will probably leave as is. The first watch I ventured to take apart and clean was a vintage 40's Lucerne, which is now a bag of bits in a tin. The vintage Lucerne has got to be the most – or one of the most difficult watches to work on. No doubt I will be corrected! I will post pictures of some of my collection over the coming months ( if anyone wants to see them ). So - signing off now, but I will be staying in tune to the forum for some interesting tips and snippits. And if I can help – some comments from me. TTFN -Cubby
  10. Hi Guys. I bought a vintage Jaeger Lecoultre, but i dont know much about it maybe you guys can help me with some info. Its a mens watch. The watch is made of 14 carat gold The case is 25mm wide without the crown, 27 with crown. The height is 25mm and 30mm with the lug. *What would this watch be worth? *From witch date is it? *Witch model is this? *Will the value go up on this watch? I hope you guys can help me with some info, Thnx. Greetings, Vintage3489
  11. I am trying to identify a pocket watch that I recently acquired. It has no maker's mark, nor any inscription on the movement apart from the usual FA SR. It has a serial number on the dust cover, "2988," as well as six sets of numbers hand-engraved on the dust cover and rear casing, which I assume to be servicers' marks. None of these engravings seem to pertain to the date, unless the last two digits of "2095/31" refer to the year. Not sure if it's worth noting, but the dial is porcelain or enamel (it has hairline cracks), the crystal is plastic and the watch hands are blued steel. I realise that this information is unlikely to be helpful, but I hope that someone might have seen a similar model and would be able to give me either a maker or a date. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Scott.
  12. Well after years of enjoying watches I finally decided that I would love to start to be able to look after old watches. So my goal is to learn to clean watches and carry out minor repairs. Over the last few months I have picked up a few "victims" and some basic tools. I will add more as I progress and need them to allow me to finish other jobs. So today with a rare few hours to spare I plucked up courage and started my first tinkering session. I have an old roamer with a sub second dial. The second hand had fallen off and could be seen through the crystal. So I took the back off, removed the crown and stem, removed the mechanism, collected the second hand, reattached it, and re assembled the watch! Very basic job but still happy I managed to do this. I found this incredibly fiddly and showed me that I need some more tools, especially a range of magnifying loupes.
  13. Hello chaps, chatting to the father-in-law last night in the pub and the topic of watches came up, he mentioned his fathers watch that he has in a drawer, a non-running approx 1950s swiss made Roamer manual wind and wants to fix it up, I have done a bit of digging but cant find anything about the watch at all. Perhaps someone here can help? with info on the watch and where best to get it fixed up? I know its not worth much but its sentimental. Greatly appreciated.
  14. What do you think about this vintage watch, I've got it from my Grandmother, it is produced in 1960 according to Audemars Piguet database with Platinum and Diamonds.
  15. Hi I'm new to this site and this is my first post. Firstly hello to everyone, it looks like a great site for watch enthusiasts. I have a small collection of Hallmark watches though don't know a great deal about them and was wondering if other members knew much or had an opinion on them? I know they were an American company owned at one point by Waltham and were manufacturing their watches in Switzerland, though that's about it.
  16. I've not been very active on the forum for a few months - sometimes absent, sometimes just reading, putting a couple up for sale and occasionally posting. Things are busy at the moment and there hasn't exactly been a fountain of funds for new watches of late. But I just picked up a beauty with a story behind it and I think the bug is back again. At least for long enough to write this post, anyhow... 1960s Hamilton Intra-Matic Here's the little beauty. Intra-matics00small by wotsch2, on Flickr This is a Hamilton Intra-matic from (I think - see below) the late 60s. It's in beautiful condition, hardly worn. The case is 34mm stainless steel, so it's the usual size for the time and small in comparison with today's dinner plates. It's slim, with a Hamilton Calibre 92 inside. I haven't opened it up to take a photo yet - too worried I'll cack-handedly put a scratch in it - a photo of the movement can be seen here. Intra-matics08small by wotsch2, on Flickr The Hamilton Cal. 92 seems to be a re-branded (possibly improved) Buren 1282 movement, which was produced, according to Ranfft, from 1962 on. It's a 19800 A/h movement with a 54 hour power reserve. The Buren micro-rotor movement was originally patented by Buren in 1954 (source here). Hamilton bought Buren in 1966 (source: Wikipedia) and used the Buren movements in its own Intra-matic models. One often also sees Intra-matics sold under the Buren brand, which may pre-date the acquisition by Hamilton. As my watch is a Hamilton branded Intra-matic with a Hamilton-marked movement, this would date it to post 1966, I suppose. If anyone knows more details, please let me know. I'd been looking a lot at vintage watches, especially from the sixties with elegant, minimal designs, but I couldn't imagine being able to wear a delicate 36mm-or-smaller watch and most of the ones I saw were gold or gold-plated, which isn't really my thing (except for on a really special occasion). Then I discovered the new Hamilton Intra-matic, which immediately caught my attention and with a 38mm version was, for my tastes, a great compromise of vintage design and modern watch. Shortly afterwards, my lovely missus got me one for my birthday. Soon after that, somewhat speculatively, I put some posts up on this and another forum, asking if anyone had an original 60s version up for grabs. I wasn't expecting a response, to be honest, as I'd googled and googled and only found a very few references and photos of the originals so I assumed that they were not particularly common. Well, how wrong I was as, within a month, I was contacted by Foggy from this forum and very quickly we had an agreement (thanks Foggy!). The only fly in the ointment was that I live in Germany at the moment and, after some previous bad experience, Foggy preferred not to post to Germany. So the watch was sent to some contacts in England and waited until just over a week ago for me to pick it up. With the watches side-by-side, the inspiration for the new Hamilton Intra-matics is blindingly obvious. Intra-matics01small by wotsch2, on Flickr The view from the back is different, of course, as the new version doesn't have the micro-rotor movement (it's a 2892) and does have a display back. Intra-matics02small by wotsch2, on Flickr Seen from the sides, you can see how well Hamilton have reproduced the shape, proportions and angles of the original, even down to the lugs. Intra-matics03small by wotsch2, on Flickr Intra-matics04small by wotsch2, on Flickr (continues...)
  17. Hello, After years of looking at watches I finally have the time and opportunity to try basic watch maintenance. I have bought a few basic examples of eBay for a few pennies and plan to start practicing on these victims. This roamer cost about £6 The first watch I am looking at is a vintage roamer brevete. It works, ticks and runs for a few minutes and then stops. So I am hoping that the watch is in working but dirty condition and needs re oiled. The glass is also scratches so I can practice polishing and refinishing it. My game plan is to practice taking a watch to bits, clean, oil and re assemble and then hopefully ( but unlikely) it will still work. Finally polish glass and admire. However I have failed at the first hurdle, how do I get the movement out? I slid the watch out of the surround, then the crystal comes off the face, then removed the inner bezel round the watch face. There is no slot around the crown/winder, so does this mean that is is a split shaft? In which case do I just give the winder a gentle but firm pull away from the case to separate the shaft and winder? then how do I pull the movement out? I have attached photos so what next, no obvious way to split the back of the case open? Thanks for your advice Peter
  18. My father recently gave me an old Mido Ocean Star Datoday that he acquired secondhand about 35 years ago and it probably dates back to the early 70s or possibly the 60s. The watch itself has remained unused for a good 30 years and was left in a bedside drawer. Last week after pulling out the watch we set the time & date and we saw it ran perfectly for three days, however the clasp is missing the small pin that would allow it to stay closed on the wrist so we popped into a local jeweller who seemed to get very excited the moment he saw it and shuttled off into a back room before coming back a minute later asking us to leave it with him. For some silly reason he then pulled the crown and pin out, warning us to be careful of this but we both sensed his reaction was all a little weird and said we'd contact Mido regarding any parts before leaving. About an hour after we left the shop it became clear the watch was suddenly losing time and eventually stopped during the night... I'd be interested to know if anybody can tell me anything about this watch and suggest some place trustworthy to handle a service and fix the clasp on the strap. I rather like the look of the watch and I simply wanted to get it working properly so I could wear it on a normal day to day basis. I've heard that Swatch are not the best people for handling repairs.
  19. Hi all, I am new to this forum and watch collecting. I have been intrested for sometime in watches but never had a strong enough erge to buy one, that was until the weekend passed when I bought 3. They are all Seiko's which I quite like, especialy the blue faced ones. Oddly the one I liked the most not only fitted my budget but also my wrist with no alterations needed. One of the others is a pre 1970's Seiko Weekdater, see photo below. Yes, it has an awful strap, which brings me on to my question. I have found an image online which show the origanal strap, which is much better in my opinion. I was wondering if anyone here could point me in the right dirrection or would be able to help me locate to purchase this strap for my watch. The origanal strap is 20mm width at pins and can be seen here; http://www.use.com/media/2013/0603/3374909/p_022.jpg Any help with this would be greatly appricated, thank you. :thumbup:
  20. Hi everyone, I am not sure if I am in the right place for this so please excuse any errors. I have a JW Benson silver pocket watch that belonged to my great grandfather (I believe) or it could have been my GG grandfather, anyway I was looking through some things the other day and found it again. I was thinking about maybe selling it (financial reasons :-(. ), I had taken it to a local shop but they said it was only worth about 40 pounds which I was suspicious about as it is silver, it works alright and is in its original box. I don't know what sort of details would be important to post about it but it is..... (on the box) JW Benson, Ludgate watch, three quarter plate silver English lever, at five pounds five shillings (old money), 62 and 64 Ludgate hill London. And then on the watch itself it has hallmarks that appear to be 'a lion standing' 'a cats head' and 'a capital U. Underneath that is stamped JWB, then a capital D, then 80. I like the watch very much and it has been in my family a long time but if it is worth something it may be more practical to sell it :-(, as I am a 28 year old woman so I don't really wear antique pocket watches! Though I would be sad to see it go, especially just to a random shop, any advice or information would be appreciated on the watch, as I really don't know much about the subject. Many thanks, Marie.
  21. Finding it hard to find definitive information on a watch I have. I bought this LANCET 15 jewel cal. 984 some years ago. I was told it was 'rubbish' but liked it and as the movement looked nice I had it overhauled and wore it. Lancet 15 jewel cal.984 cal.984 by ashleybones, on Flickr I did some research and was pleased to find it was made by Langendorf who later branded watches as LANCO. I did some further research today and found a recent 'ended' eBay auction for a similar LANCET with and identical movement which was non-working - it sold for £1,032. Can anyone give me any more info on LANCET, the cal.984 in particular and why on earth a non-working one should sell for such a high price. Thanks.
  22. Good afternoon Have inherited a JW Benson Ludgate pocket watch from my Grandfather dated 1886, and it has a watch chain attached with the charms pictured below. Id be very grateful if anyone can tell me what it is? My guesses of Freemasons or jewish are probably way off cheers M.E.
  23. The Tissot is what I would call "plain Jane". There is only an hour, minute and second hand, along with the Tissot logo. No day or date or any other amenities are here. The bottom of the dial says "Swiss Made". On the top of each side of the gold band are words "10K Gold Filled Top Caps" . Each link in the Spiedel watch and is marked Pat. 2,689,450. The stainless steel bottom where the band attaches to the case says "Stainless Steel bottom caps 68". When I opened the back, the case was attached to the face. Being beyond my skill to remove the back, I just left it the way it was and snapped it back together I took some pictures so you could look at it too: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41498098@N05/sets/72157634127163571/ I hope you can help me. Thank you.
  24. Hi All, just joined the forum and am a novice who is looking to learn about how to service my own watches. I have recently purchased a nice looking Venus Automatic 54 SE and I'm not having much look finding anything out about it, other than finding a very brief history of the company, so any info you might have would be gratefully received. The Mechanism is marked 2788, 21 Jewels. I first would like to know how to remove the crown and stem. The watch is keeping great time, my aim is to clean the dial as much as I can, I realise that many forum posts discourage this, but I buy watches for my own use with not thought of reselling. Many Thanks Kevin.
  25. I have a pocketwatch in my family which I'm trying to identify. I believe it could have been made by my great grandfather (Thomas Horton) who was listed as a watchmaker in Coventry in the censuses 1861-1901. The pocketwatch has a Chester assay mark with date letter P which I think is 1898, and makers mark WJS on the case which I am told could be William Joseph Spencer, but I don't know if that's correct. The movement has no makers mark, just the number 23253. It has the word COVENTRY on it. Can I find out who made the case, the movement, and which watch making company Thomas Horton may have worked for? If so how?
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