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  1. 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.
  2. Hi guys and girls, A bit of an opinion poll for an isolated Sunday afternoon: Do you have any "must haves" when buying a new watch? Complications? Colours? Calibres? Mechanical or Quartz? Swiss or Japanese? Big boy 50mm or the more classic 40mm? I realise this is a very open question, but let's be honest, we all have a little extra time at the moment. Dive, dress or pilots, what makes a killer watch for you?
  3. Hi I’m getting married soon and want to purchase a watch to wear on the day. I’m looking for a dress watch, nothing bigger than 40mm and aim to spend up to £400. I’ve been looking at vintage Omegas and found some nice ones but wonder if there are any other brands I could be looking for? Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks
  4. Okay so last year I took some time off from watches to focus on other things and recently got back into it. I've decided to start "flipping" watches on the side which means I get all the fun of finding, buying and giving a little TLC without the hoarding! I will resist talking money as I do not think it fair when the plan is to sell on, but obviously the aim of the game is to "buy low, sell high" so all are bought at a fairly low price tag for one reason or another (e.g. low 'buy it now' price or lack of details etc) Anyway, without further adoo: Sicura Chronograph: Man I loved this! Really weighty piece, in great condition, with a really "basic" movement in the back. Was a non-runner and I was unsure if investing in a service would be as profitable. One I may regret having sold one day! Roamer Brevete This was a super cool watch I took in as part of a job lot. It ran very fast but was still nice to wear and somewhat interesting lugs and dial. Probably would have held onto it if it kept time. New strap: Erlana - 15J Jura Watch Co. Movement A really nice watch with a surprise Jura Watch Co. Movement in the back. I'd love to know more to the history about both brands - the engravings in the back are a mystery to me and I wish I could find out more. Its a super quality piece that keeps great time, just a shame no-one wants to pay much for an unknown brand. It is certainly on par if not better than a lot of popular, more budget swiss brands. Rodine - 17J Automatic Elbon Movement Awesome little automatic which came to me with a horrible knackered black strap and scratches all over. I gave it a polish up and new strap and it is really looking the part. Runs well but too fast (not as fast as the Roamer mind you). Has an automatic Elbon movement in the back. Before: Medana 7J This is one that has surprised me - I did not expect to love it so much despite it not working! As such I've since hiked the price up on eBay to make it unlikely to sell - didn't want to annoy watchers by taking it down altogether as well as incur a fee. I'd really like to find a cheap working one to "frankenstein" as a service will never be cost effective for this. It's tiny but fits my skinny wrists perfectly and the leather strap is very similar to my 1940s Rolex but in amazing condition. I believe this to be circa 1940s so make me wonder if both straps are in fact of the era or at least very old! Certainly a watch I'd like to hold onto but should it get bought for the higher price I will refrain from getting too upset :P One thing I do regret is polishing the back (can't bring myself to share a photo!) - I really overdid but luckily after wearing it a bit it is settling down a bit. Certina This one I took a bit of a gamble on. Photos were blurry but the price seemed somewhat low for what I'd seen. The case has certainly seen better days but the movement looks clean and runs spot on. I'm unsure of how well this will sell for given the condition. Likely to put it up for sale in the following months when I get some quality but low-price straps in that I ordered.
  5. Choosed some colorful straps for winter, whats yours ?
  6. I recently joined the forum to try to learn a bit about something that has been itch for some time but has become more of a passion now, watches, more particularly mechanical watches as opposed to the electrically powered quartz watches. I have a Roamer Sam Marino which from some googling and reading around the forum seems to have been produced in small numbers, my ultimate aim with this watch is to bring it back to as near to it's new condition as I can unless it is better to leave it as is. I have owned this watch from new and its had a hard life over the years and so know its history so far as it was a present for a significant milestone in 1976 so I'm pretty sure it was built around that time. I know that the crown was replaced with a plain one in its early years by the jeweler it was purchased from as the blue cabouchon fell out of the original crown. A metal wrist band was fitted by the same person at a later date, badly from what I can see as it has damaged the plating on the inside of at least one of the lugs. What I know of the watch is that marked in the rear case is the following number 487-8230.813 which should be Caliber number - 487 This is actually 7001 Case info 8 particularly flat cases to house the Peseux movements Case material 23 20 micron yellow gold 0 unknown usually 0 or 9 Style 813 The watch runs and keeps reasonable time but I have not checked it to any great accuracy, I would like to replace the plain crown with an original if possible, however when I opened the back to check the caliber number I noted that the stem at the outer end where the crown is fitted is rusted. Are new stems & crowns available ? I have looked at the cousins site and can find stems and crowns that would suit, but will they fit as my watch isn't listed but the caliber is. Is it a sensible move to replace both the and not bother with the old parts ? I would also like to replace the crystal or at least purchase a replacement in case the original is damaged during removal as I intend to clean up the case to evaluate its overal condition before I make any further decisions about how far to go. How do I identify the correct crystal as I have been unable to find any specific detail on any of the sites by googling, is there a reference site I can look up ? I can also see a small area at 12 oclock where there seems to be a small area of laquer lifting is this a common issue, is it easy to repair or is it best left alone? Sorry for the long post and many questions,b ut I suspect this may be the start of a long journey and learning curve for me. I will post some closer pictures shortly.
  7. Another recent restoration...these Smiths Imperial watches were made to impress! How many others are out there? This is an I203 dating to the early 1960s with a cal 0104 19 jewel movement! Impressed with the size of the watch!
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    Hi just wondering has anyone tried to buy from the tarich watch site, or you have had any problems?
  9. Hey guys, This is my first post here on the forum but I’ve already read some interesting threads. I’m from a small town in Sweden best known for out chocolate factory and together with a couple of enthusiast we set out to start the brand Amant. Our goal was to make durable and versatile dress watches. We’re currently sold on three continents and have reached over 60 countries. We still haven’t received even one international return since our start about 3 years ago. So this year we decided to celebrate by launching something special. A few specs: Movement: ETA 2824-2 Case: 41mm, 316L Rostfritt Stål, 10 ATM Glass: Anti-reflexbehandlat Safirglas (fram & bak) Price: €249 - €349 It will be strictly limited edition and available through Kickstarter. What do you think guys and is this something you could wear? All feedback is appriciated! More info: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/amant/the-ultimate-explorer-watch-swiss-automatic-diver Cheers, Ashkan Updated specs: Movement: ETA 2824-2, 38h Power ReserveCase: 41mm, 8mm thin, 316L Stainless Steel Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Front & back)Water Resistance: 100 m Price: €249 - €349
  10. Hello Watch Forum users, My name is Jakob Martin, and I have founded the relatively new watch brand Clairette Watches. We started by releasing two models at the beginning of the year and have now introduced two automatic models we intend to release on January 25th. Now we would like to get the feedback from the users of The Watch Forum! We are at the beginning of our journey as watchmakers but feel that we have been successful with our new automatic watches. In the future, we have already started sketching on watches in a slightly higher "premium" segment where we use movements such as 2824-2 (Top Grade), Valjoux ETA 7750, Sellita SW300 or ETA 2894. Then we will also have a release party in Stockholm, which you are more than welcome to. Sign up for the newsletter or follow us on Facebook to receive an invite. Brief information about our automatic watches: Our latest collection might be brand new, but it captures the spirit of vintage watches from the 1950's. With attention to every detail we are moving closer towards traditional watchmaking by using automatic movements, stainless steel cases, domed hesalite crystals, organic leather straps and many other features. You could say we are vintage watch fanatics who want to share our excitement with you. My own interest started when I inherited my grandfather Heuer Carrera from the 60's and since then it has grown. With our new collection, we offer vintage-inspired watches with automatic watches at great prices. We use Miyota's renowned 9000-series automatic movements, hesalite glass, dauphine hands, painted sandblasted brass dial and vegetable leather from Tärnsjö Garveri. Please read more here: http://kickstarter.clairettewatches.com Thank you for taking the time to read my post! /JRM
  11. Got this off ebay, Bulgarian seller. A manual wind Grovana 23 jewels with date. Replaced the strap (Di-Modell Jumbo), looks great (IMHO). Runs well too. Good time-keeper. So far. Info on Grovana is pretty scarce, though. The company's own website has this: "1970 - Werner Bitterli [love that name] takes over Hans Gröflin AG and the name is changed to Grovana Uhrenfabrik AG [...] 1971 - The production of watch movements is gradually being reduced whilst the development of the company’s own collection simultaneously starts under the name of ‘Grovana’." Does anyone know of any isolated Grovanas (under that name) pre-1970/71, one-offs, so to speak, prior to the company's re-christening? My watch looks distinctly 60s (but it could, of course, be early 70s too). It has no logo (later Grovanas do), just the name, so in any case it's early. I've been searching the web for a couple of months now and have found only one Grovana similar to mine (see below). My unqualified guesses are that my case is a replacement (crown too, probably), but that movement and back are authentic (haven't opened the back, no tools (not sure I should anyway, no experience whatsoever), but the seller's not so great photos of the movement match the ones I found, the movements look identical, to my untrained eye). There's also a smudge of gold in the black on the dial, so I'm guessing repaint? The only info I have concerning year of manufacture is what the seller told me, that a watchmaker had placed it in the 1960s. When the brand purportedly didn't exist. Or did it? The case is SS, case width 34mm (crown excluded), lug width 18mm. No logo or anything on the crown. According to the site where I found the only other photos (so far) of a watch similar to mine (only with a white dial and a different case, probably original, that DOES look 70s by the way) the movement is EB-8021N. And as you can see there are no numbers on the backs of either of the watches, none on mine and none on the one below. And yes, I'm a novice. The other Grovana (not mine, and not my photos):
  12. Hi all Im looking for some recommendations on vintage dress watches Nothing expensive £100 is my max I’m not new to buying watches but I’ve never actually owned a dress watch I’ve got a small collection of divers and a number of gshocks but my change of job calls for something more refined than say my Marathon GSAR so if anyone could help me out with some suggestions i would be more than greatful
  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. Our second watch collection Panama, is now live on kickstarter! Visit the link below for more images and information about the watch and us as a brand. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/584306822/james-barts-the-panama-line Have a great day!
  15. http://www.ebay.com/itm/222124874496?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  16. Hi Guys, attached are Preview Pics of an upcoming brand Don Kylne &Co. This is the First Watch from the collection. Do Enjoy.
  17. Just had my new Sonder Series watch turn up from Made & Dye, got a great discount in their sale too. Bought it for work and looks mint with my Navy suit. What do people think?
  18. I'm 17 and looking to buy my first 'nice' vintage, mechanical dress watch. £600 - £800 ish budget. I have VERY limited experience in the field and would appreciate any guidance and advice you could offer, whether it is on an actual watch or just the culture surrounding vintage pieces. Thanks!
  19. Someone very close to me is retiring after a 21 year military career (with the United States Air Force). I am looking to buy him a pocket watch as his gift. This is what I know I am looking for: 1. He likes the skeleton style 2. He does not want to hand wind the watch 3. I am hoping to not spend over $300- $400 USD. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  20. So I really like the Hamilton dress watches, mainly the Jazzmaster series but pictures on sales sites are so lacking in visual detail. Any of you guys own a Hamilton dress watch with a black dial preferable and how do you like it? Pictures are also very much wanted. Any hints on where to buy them (from a thrustworthy source) would also be greatly appreciated, I'm in the EU but for the right price the shipping from the USA'd be worth the price.
  21. I wonder if anyone could tell me which model this is, when it was made and a rough estimation of it’s value? Just click on the below to see images. Watch Front Watch Back
  22. Hey everyone on Saturday I ordered a new pocket watch and I would like to know what you think of it. It's my first pocket watch and I am very excited. Look at this link to find a description of it - Thanks A Lot -Roope :yes:
  23. 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
  24. Hi, Have joined the forum as am doing some investigation into a new watch. Have been looking at he Hamilton khaki or Hamilton intra matic. Thinking of maybe getting a more traditional classic watch, rather than the chrono (which I have a few of already). Would love the rolex or omega but budget at the moment won't stretch that far - or will it if I opt for second hand vintage. Needs to be an automatic with a smooth sweep, ideally with white / cream dial and leather strap. Any recommendations? Current collection include - Seiko titanium Fossil Swatch irony Tissot PRC200 Thanks for any suggestions. Kevin
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