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  1. Hi, am struggling to choose the ap roo titanium or the Rolex Daytona white gold with red bits, maybe here can help me decides which one looks better and will last longer, keep in mine I already have the Daytona ss panda, and the new Daytona white gold with oysterflex, I was going to buy the ap but I just saw that Daytona preowned and I can get it out of my head it looks fabolous but the ap do as well
  2. I'm a watch collector who also dabbles in minor repairs. I'm particularly interested in less well known watch brands. I've collected information on some brands over the years, and I am starting to write down some of what I have learned. My post on Helbros is available here: https://forgottenwatchbrands.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/helbros-watches/ There is a general view that the Helbein family was Swiss-German. I have found that William Helbein, one of the founders and later the company president, was born in Russia, in an area that is now in the Ukraine. He was Jewish and the area was subject to first an anti-Jewish pogrom, and later an infamous Nazi massacre, so leaving for the US probably saved his life. Helbros were pioneers of the use of radio and TV advertising, and I have spent some time collecting information on some of their involvement in this. Their print advertising was also interesting, with wide use of competition prizes. The variable nature of their watches is explained by the existence of several distinct lines, ranging from the very ordinary to the really very good - but all under the Helbros name, which explains the caution some collectors feel about the brand. If anyone has relevant photos they would allow me to use in the post, please do contact me. I'd also be very interested in additional information or corrections. Thanks!
  3. I had a 20mm CWC G10 hanging around, I took a punt that the radius on these 22mm fixed lugs would be around a mil .... Get in! Definitely no more watches though, ever.
  4. Hi Simon, I recently purchased an Elgin Aerogear wristwatch. Although the crown functions correctly in altering the hands, etc, it won't screw down and is loose when pushed in as far as it will go. Would this be a major problem to fix? Or can another crown simply be fitted? A "Generic" crown for want of a better term. Also would anyone have an idea of where I might get a copy of the manual for this watch? There are 2 numbers on the watch case....FK93OE & 4063. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me mate! Ross
  5. An elbico pocket watch from Canada. Folks living far from the cities would visit their local mercantile. And ask to see the catalogue of their favoured supplier. In this case the supplier was Levy Brothers Company, hence the phonetic name. The 17 jewel movement has been housed in an American watch case company product from Toronto. 1919-1920 would be a solid date for this watch, so close to being antique. The case is screw front and back, and has kept the movement very clean.
  6. Local find and this weeks project. A 7 jewel Elgin watch from 1926. They produced half a million of these. This watch is cased in a 20 year gold filled case by J Boss. The keystone watch case company produced this case under patent from J boss. It carries both logos.. The watch is now fully functional, and just requires fine detailing to consider it completed
  7. Good afternoon, I'm a UK member I have an Illinois Watch Case "SPARTAN" 12 size without a stem sleeve - I do have the stem. I'm looking for a new sleeve for the case and was wondering if anyone could help me locate such an item. I have done the usual and trolled through google with no luck. I'm not sure how one goes about finding a replacement are these case specific, If I find a sleeve from another case that looks the same size will that fit? I see on ebay groups of sleeves for sale but none have measurements. Do they come in standard sizes? Or is it a case of throwing away the case and finding a complete one. I have a sleeve wrench - what are members experience in purchasing from ebay USA, is that problematic? I would love any help available - Thanks Shaun
  8. Not bad for a fiver. Another restoration coming to an end. The watch case is stamped Primo. The watch movement is Swiss with beautifully damascened plates and stamped 7 jewels Primo. I have not come across the brand before, any one who can add to this post is welcome to do so.
  9. This little beauty came from a charity shop. I paid the lady more than she was asking. When she put it into its box I found I had also bought a spare movement. Some days are lucky omes. I had never heard of the brand, but now know a little more
  10. hello all, I was given an Carlton Quartz watch several years ago as a gift. I was just trying to see more about it, but am unable to even unearth a photo of it. Can anyone out there tellme more about the watch? I have included a photo. thanks, tim
  11. Hi I’m just wondering if anyone has any experience with glycine watches after Invicta watch company acquired glycine? I’m not a fan of Invicta at all I wouldn’t put any of their watches on my wrist they tend to be to brash and oversized but there is a few glycine watches I would love to buy in the future but the fact Invicta own them is putting me off does anyone know if they have any involvement in the making of the glycines and have they made any changes to the movements or aesthetics of the watches the only change I can see is that the glycine sign under the 12 o’clock now has wings. im no expert on watches so if there is anyone on here who knows of any changes since the Invicta takeover if you could let me know the pros cons I would be very greatful
  12. I have found in my collection a size 16 open face New England pocket watch with no serial number. It is in a gold filled case with a Heart shape with N.E. inside. The movement has 7 jewels. The watch has third second stop watch hand. It runs good but timing is poor. Does any one have any idea of what it is worth?
  13. Hey everyone! I have some renderings for a new watch brand I'm starting up and I need your feedback on it. Our Kickstarter will probably be at about $195, and at $295 USD for retail. Not trying to “disrupt the industry” or anything like that. Just want to provide great customer service (hopefully amazon.com levels of awesomeness), a unique experience, while cramming in the highest quality materials I can fit in our price range. Current specs: - Seiko NH35a automatic movement - Sapphire crystal - Italian leather - Applied Indices - Interchangeable straps - Lifetime guarantee on manufacturing defects - 40mm diameter At this price range do you guys think this is something you'd want? What are some things I can add or take away from the watch to make it better? Thanks in advance! P.S. If you look closely enough, you'll see that the seconds hand is actually a key. The display case can only be unlocked by the key we provide in the packaging. We wanted to create a complete luxury experience when unboxing this, and thought that was a unique way to make it feel like it's special. The seconds hand is an homage to that.
  14. Hi, I have a vintage timex with an aluminum case, question 1, what is the year made, question 2, how do I open it? No obvious seams on back for a case knife, so I'm at a loss, thanks in advance for your time in answering!
  15. Evening, I'm a Newbie and reached that time of life where I want to start a modest low priced collection. I'd like an Accutron as my first and something a little different looking, I found this on ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232544400225 listed as a 1975 BULOVA ACCUTRON UFO-CASE TUNING-FORK 2180-CALIBER STINGRAY Z2 with a case back number of J783561 and N5 (which I believe confirms the 1975 date) but other than that I can find no information on it, I've done a google search, image search, looked through a lot of thumbnails on one site. Which I realize that a lot of the "space view" versions with the clear glass are modded versions with the dial removed, I cannot find anything about this watch at all, so I was wondering if the more experienced people here could give me some directions. I realize the watch is for repair, there's a gentleman in the UK that I believe fixes them regardless. I'm just attracted to "oddities" even if the value is to me alone rather than the market forces. Thank you for your time.
  16. No, not the modern A&F. Back in the day, Abercrombie & Fitch were premier outdoor/safari clothing outfitters, and had a star studded list of clientele. And they sold watches that Heuer made especially for them. Read on... http://www.christies.com/features/Vintage-Heuer-for-Abercrombie-and-Fitch-watches-8375-1.aspx
  17. Been a while since there was any mention of the Elgin 725, so thought I would share this gem with you and the battery pack This is the second battery pack I've seen and the third retail case for the watch. It's the first time I've seen a W-1 battery stamped retail (bottom battery) and it looks bigger.
  18. Apple smart watch is the best watch, it work as mobile and as a watch, by this watch we can call and text, Apple Smart Watch feature; Do you like Apple watch if yes Why'.?
  19. Hi Guys, attached are Preview Pics of an upcoming brand Don Kylne &Co. This is the First Watch from the collection. Do Enjoy.
  20. Hi there, Completely new to this forum - there's some great stuff here and I hope someone can help me I just got given a Waltham pocket watch sn 24006506 as a gift and its running well, but required some help when winding. Closer investigation shows that the click is broken. Does anyone know how I identify the movement calibre and where I can get a replacement click ?
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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...)
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