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  1. Hi all i recently got a Gold coloured Majorex gents watch, manual windup, has anyone heard of it,i need as much information on it as possible e.g. movement,age,good make or not? is it worth getting serviced, the windup mechanism sticks ?. i am in scotland uk does anyone reccommend good service company, thanks in advance...indy ps: ive attached a photo as well :+), how do i this ??
  2. I have just bought this Kered on eBay. It's very small indeed. My question is who was the watch made for? is it a girl's watch? It seems too small for a ladies' watch. The lucky horseshoe made me think of a charm bracelet. It's small enough to fit a charm bracelet but has two lugs, so it looks like it used a strap. Thoughts?
  3. My latest speculative punt, an "oh, that might be interesting" last minute bid. Turns out to be a Junghans 17J 693.83 (J93/1). Maybe not that interesting, but it's my first venture into the German watch industry. 30.5mm case, so it's small.
  4. Hi I purchased a job lot of watch pieces as I needed donor parts for a pocket watch of mine. I found a few interesting pieces in the bundle which I would like to get some info on if possible. the first is a rotary sport workings, I have researched this and not come up with anything. I have found lots of super sports but none with just sport on. Would any body be able to give me a possible date for this watch or any info at all. Next is a Rolex watch face. I’m not sure if it’s real or fake, how would I tell? Again I have researched this and come up with nothing, could not find any with what appears to be an NW logo at the bottom. Any ideas? I also found a little crystal in a setting, is this likely to be a diamond? Any ideas on what it belongs to? Last I found a small watch or small pocket watch face with some age with the name Menex on it. I’ve looked and can only find a couple of faces similar belonging to Rolex workings. I have no photo of this yet but will upload as soon as I can. Any info much appreciated. Many thanks Jamie
  5. Hello all. I inherited my grandfathers Bulova Longchamp, which originally (?) came with a rolled gold Excalibur expanding bracelet. The bracelet has had many years of use, some of the expanding sections are lazy/snapped, and I replaced with a leather strap. It just not the same. Does anyone know of a possible source for an Excalibur 71 (or similar) expanding bracelet? Lug width is 18mm. Length is 150mm. Watch is 9ct gold, not yellowy, quite warm. Thanks in advance.
  6. How to tighten the cannon pinion on a Timex Model 25 wrist watch movement with day/date dial? The exploded view in the manual lists canon pinion assembly and I've read mention of a friction pinion. Is this the source of the hand slipping problem?
  7. Hi there, Just wondering if anyone could help an idiot out! I'm a newbie and just getting into the hobbie. I've successfully serviced and repaired a couple of old British 'Services' movements. And now I'm getting around to ordering crystals and I'm flummoxed! It appears to be a tension ring domed acrylic crystal. But I'm not too sure. The chrome ring is on the inside of the crystal. The crystal is 30mm in diameter, 4mm high, and the side walls are 2mm. It's domed, but doesn't seem to be a high dome? And the watch case opening doesn't seem to have any indents in the side wall, just straight down to the ledge. Oh and I'm not fussed about the bubble/date window. They don't appear to have come with it originally anyway. Had a scour of cousins parts list and I just wound up being more confused than when I started :D, standard vs domed vs high domed.. 'High domed chrome ring' vs 'Tension ring armoured' and so on.. Here's a link to some pics of the crystal/case: https://imgur.com/a/8s8qCR9 Thankyou for any replies!
  8. Hi forum members, I am new to the forum and have just purchased a longcase clock stamped Wright, It was listed as late 18th Century / early 19th with a moonface.. I have seen a clock in the Longcase Clocks book by Joanna Greenwood, page 17 that case an identical case , but different fretwork and finals listed as 1795 so the age maybe correct.although I cannot be sure teh movement is orginal to the case but hope that to be the case. I purchased this as a bit of a project and something I could afford and look to get working over a period. The case is in great condition with only a small crack to the glass in the hood that Is not really that noticeable and I can live with, certainly for now. However I have some problems with the movement and looking for some advice please on how easy they are to remeady before I look around to get a service. These problems I am convinced were by someone moving with weights and pendulum in still attached. 1/ Broken gut on the right hand weight side 2/ Crutch snapped near the bottom 3/ The pendulum suspension spring has broken near the pin that hooking into the movement. Another general question around cleaning. I would have no issues leaving the sliver dial as is but if there is a simple low risk cleaning procedure I really would appreciate a pointer. Thanks in advance. I am not a experienced in clock repair but just a interest in getting something that has been around for a while the opportunity to to keep going and be appreciated.for many more years.
  9. I dont know much about vintage Rotary's, or even about Rotary in general. And I dont know if anyone would put in the effort and time to fake a Rotary watch, but I guess anything is possible. Despite that, I went and impulse buy a vintage Rotary from a local seller. The classic rookie mistake. Theres not enough information online regarding vintage Rotary online so its quite hard to even do my research on them. I only paid like 50 bucks for this one so my hopes arent high for this. Even so, could this be an authentic vintage Rotary? It says swiss made on the bottom of the dial. The crown is slightly wobbly which in turns move the dial ever so slightly when I play with the crown. Telltale sign of a fake? Or perhaps just a replaced crown? Case seems to be in too good of a condition so I assume it was polished at some point. I heard Rotary watches were made like all around the world, but back then their main market was Britain so idk how their distribution and production process worked. Ill attach some pictures of the watch and movement thats inside below. Thank you in advance. Here are images of the watch (https://imgur.com/gallery/x2eWPg6)
  10. Looking for the alarm spring for the Seiko Sports 100, H556-5029, lost mine when changing battery. Will it still work with out the spring, with the exception of the alarm functions? Thanks Scott - w9vhe
  11. Hi. Love casio watches. I just got a Casio CFX-40 from 1985 . Manual. https://www.casiodigitalwatches.com/manuals/cfx_40.pdf A watch I had when I was young and some with databanks, touch screens versions and so on. Regards Master of Science in Engineering Physics Civilingenjör i teknisk fysik , LTH
  12. Hi all We have a couple of vintage watches that we have inherited from both sides of the family. (Dating to 1940’s / 1950’s at a guess) None of them are working, and I’ve not been able to find much information about any of them. I had hoped that this forum will be the place to help us learn a little about them, especially if they’re worth repairing ! i can’t see how to attach photos (from my tablet) to posts, can anyone guide me with that please ? many thanks, Lesley
  13. Hello People. My first post, I hope it’s not a repetitive one. Like many I ‘m sure, the CV lockdown has given us time to getting around to things which we have put off far too long and for me, one of those things was sorting through some boxes of my late father-in-laws effects. He liked to dabble in watch repairs, so I was not entirely surprised to open a shoe box and find 30-40 watches. Many appear (to my uneducated eye) to be cheap tat, but one in particular caught my eye, mainly because it has a strap and when I wound it, it worked! – although it does run fast at about 5 minutes per hour. I’d guess the watch dates from the 60’s and markings on the dial indicate it is a “CIRCA”. Google hasn’t been helpful in finding much out about this name as if you type CIRCA WATCH into the search engine it returns thousands of results about watches of approximate dates...... I gather that the innards of the watch are a good place to find out more, but I have attempted to remove the back with no joy. I don’t have the correct tools and I don’t really want to force anything into the casing at the present time. Apart from the dial markings, the numbers 375 are embossed on the case which I believe means I’ve struck gold, but value is not my concern – the reason for my first post is to ask you knowledgeable chaps out there if anyone can shed any light on this brand or manufacturer – any info will be gratefully received.
  14. Hi all! Got this piece recently and want to get to know it a bit better. I've read from a couple sources online that the brand Pioneer was made by Rolex for the Canadian market - is there any truth to this? I assume this is just companies cashing in on the "Rolex style" branded movement and unbranded dial/case back and the loose relation to the Pioneer Rolex model to get more money out of people? Any further info on time period or such would be great! Case measures 31mm inc. crown, 15mm strap with and 36mm lug to lug.
  15. I have a beautiful 1916 Rolex 'Trench Watch' which could really do with a professional service, and I would love to know where I could get it serviced. It has one slight issue that I know of which is the mainspring. It could do with going on a mainspring winder to tighten it up, but I did not see the point of buying one just to fix this watch only. The one on the left is the Rolex needing the service. (Rolex, Elgin, Rolex) Any advice regarding servicing, watch repairers that could do this, or cheap mainspring winders would be really appreciated.
  16. Hi I'm Gary, I have recently joined the forum to try and find out about 2 pocket watchs 1silver c lyon or g lyon Doncaster engraved on the silver one but I'm struggling with uploading the pictures off them, they have been in my family as long as I can remember and would love to a bit about the history of them and if their is any value in them can anyone help?
  17. 9nHi I'm Gary I have 2 pocket watchs 1silver c lyon, and don't have any idea what make it is or how old
  18. Hello all Firstly, thank you for allowing me access to your forum. I've always liked to have one "nice" watch since I treated myself coming out of my apprenticeship in early 90's. Through the years I cycled through a few but nearly always one at a time .... until fairly recently. 2 things happened in quick succession which found me in receipt of 3 "new" watches. I inherited a gold mechanical wind Bulova from grandfather / father. I got burgled and splurged on a new Omega Seamaster with the insurance money covering my pinched Tag Aquaracer Calibre S. I spotted the same model Tag Aquaracer at an auction and had to buy again as my missus had actually bought for me. It has started a really keen interest in movements & history of the manufacturers. My small collection has grown a bit and I'm always looking for my next purchase. Look forward to discussing more on the forum. Regards.
  19. Does anyone have any information on this watch: Limit Alarm Chronograph / 50M Emergency Quartz? Dates of manufacture? Parts? (new crown and stem) Collectability? Many thanks. Dan
  20. It's been a few months since my last "haul" so I thought I'd update because its lockdown and I'm that bored Plus I think it might be nice to have them posted somewhere so if someone ends up owning one of them they can see a little of the "history" (if you can call it that). To keep it tidy I won't list absolutely every watch, as I sold a lot and truth be told forgot about them (e.g. Tissot Seven Seastar, 50s Doxa, Lanco etc), just the more recent ones I quite like(d) or still have. I will put an asterisk* by the ones that I've since sold. 1952(?) Tissot Visodate Seller had very little info, I placed a low starting bid and no-one else did. I actually planned to sell this straight away for a nice profit bit the case is a nice style, incredibly clean and nice patina to the dial, have had it . Keeps okay time, some days its spot on, other days it runs a little fast. 9K Gold Omega*: My first ever Omega which was 9K Gold and came on a mint condition genuine Omega leather strap! Differently to the Tissot above, I actually planned to keep this and service it as buying an Omega had been a big milestone for me but truth be told, when I received it I just didn't like it. It simply wasn't my cup of tea and I soon sold it on. Medana Automatic* Nothing amazing, but a cool flip/story to it. Seller listed a job lot of non-runners and I offered less and said all I wanted was the Medana. They replied and obviously just wanted them gone and took £20 for the lot. To my surprise, another of the watches in the lot fetched about £80 with a new battery in it. Not taking fees into account I made about £120 on them all including this. The Medana itself didn't run, it would just run for as long as I was shaking it and stop immediately when I did. I shook it for about 5 minutes to keep it going just long enough to run on its own then manually wound rotor. A bit of regulating and I had it running well and keeping decent time. The downside of this piece is the case was a rather tacky plastic which I mentioned when selling. Omega Seamaster Cosmic* My second ever Omega and my first live non-ebay auction, part of a job lot. I had hoped to sell the rest of the job lot and get the total price down to put towards fixing this up but alas nothing else really sold (other than some pocket watches) and I ended up selling the Omega instead for an okay profit. It seemed to run but had no crown to test it and glass was the wrong size. Some damage to the dial but overall okay and original strap too! Well worth fixing up even at the buyers price! Seiko 6139-6002 Okay so right off the bat I know a lot of you will be saying "thats aftermarket" about parts of this watch and given the condition I'd be very surprised if a lot of it wasn't. It was my birthday, I was stuck in France as lockdown was just beginning and I wanted to teat myself. It was ridiculously cheap, non runner but has some life in it. A lot of fun to wear on a nice day, hope to get a proper bracelet for it soon. Seiko 7a28-7030 No sooner had I bought the above Seiko, the "quartz version" (or closest thing to it) popped up for the same price 'Buy It Now'! Evidently has had a battery leak but movement looks spotless and has the original bracelet. The seconds hand sometimes does a full sweep when inserting the battery but no signs of life other than that and minute hand is loose. Hope to get a replacement dial one day and have it serviced. Listed it for sale a bit high but only as I'm in no rush as I may keep it if it's still with me after lockdown. Neva/ Heba Nothing too exciting, saw it quickly and put a bid of 99p on, actually forgot about it. What I didn't check was the economy level postage extortionately priced at £7-8 and actually cost them about £2 and sent in an envelope. Ling 21 Prix "Chronograph"* Had seen these about a lot and always wanted to check one out for myself, however I knew the movements were cheap and not really worth the prices they sell for when sellers suggest they are "quality chrongraphs". In actual fact they don't function chrongraph, the buttons simply stop and start the seconds hand, no resetting. Apparently they were often used by conmen who sold them as the luxury watches they appear to be - this one even had forged 18K Gold markings on both caseback and strap. Nice to wear still, a bit of fun. Omega Megaquartz* Had seen this one sell a couple times and when it got listed again 'Buy It Now' for a bit higher I thought I'd take the gamble as a blue dial Omega had been on my list. After some research I found that these can be very costly to fix even without the battery leak issue and decided to sell it on to bring in some funds during lockdown. Dial looks really nice in person, a sort of metallic striped effect and a good feel to it. Andre Bouchard Venus 188 (Valjoux 7330) Chronograph I saw this pop up on eBay and quickly offered a bit lower than the already rather low starting price - a rather cheeky tactic I tend to use when starting negotiations to gauge where a sellers head is at regarding price. Seller replied to say they actually enabled offers by mistake but would honour that mistake by meeting me in the middle. After shipping and import fees I paid about their starting price. Wants a top pusher but runs absolutely spot on and keeps great time! 1940's Everite King Having just accidentally destroyed a similar looking 1940's Oris which I'd grown rather attached to, I bought this to replace it. Sold as a non-runner, have been well advised it likely just wants a new mainspring. It's in absolutely fantastic condition and came on nice vintage leather strap. Have been told some loose history about it which I've been asked not to disclose, but certainly nice to have a bit of a story to it and I hope to find out a bit more if I can.
  21. Hi everyone, My dad loved to buy stuff.... watches were a part of that. I've had these in storage probably 10 years now and finally getting around to figuring out what to do with them. There are probably 30 watches. I took pictures of them all and uploaded them here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tdcimTx9irt1bVuVeegFdBmwIC44-etI?usp=sharing It would nice to be able to sort them somehow, junk vs valuable. Any advice on how to go about that would be appreciated. Thanks
  22. Hello In pre lockdown days I trawled through my local car boot sale and spent the princely sum of £3 on a battered Watches of Switzerland Seafarer. The watch has since been cleaned and serviced and although I have no doubt spent more on the watch than it's worth I find it spends more time on the wrist than any other of my watches. I believe the watch dates to the late 70s but I am interested in who might have made the watch as Watches of Switzerland are retailers not makers of watches. Has anyone any ideas? Thanks
  23. Sculptor Susan Beatrice recycles old watch parts and turns them into fascinating artistic creations like the ones below. She has the gift to pull elegant forms out of lifeless machinery. Even if you are not a steampunk fan you will probably still enjoy this.
  24. I'm new to the watch repair scene and was wondering if anyone could give me some more information on this vintage Rolls watch I've just bought, I can't find this model online anywhere, it has the letters RR on it.
  25. Hi Simon, new member here. I found this forum by Googling “Sicura repairs” so I believe you’ve worked on these watches before? I inherited this Sicura which is in need of some TLC- https://imgur.com/gallery/84BDiZy It runs for about 30 mins then stops. Is this something you think you could fix? Many thanks in advance!
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