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  1. Hi everyone, Koha was a German brand of watch. Koha watches were manufactured in the town of Ellwangen, in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. The company was run by Hans Kohen, who had premises on Wolfgangsklinge Street. My watch has an AS-1130 Swiss movement, with 17J, and is 34mm in diameter. Knowing this information, how do I go about dating it? The watch is in need of a new balance staff (a friend of mine dropped it! ***) a crystal clean, re lume of the hands and a service, then it's good to go. Can anyone elaborate on the history of Koha watches as there doesn't seem to be a lot of examples out there to study? Can I have your opinions for a strap on the basis that I like the colour Olive. Thanks
  2. 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.
  3. It would be interesting to know, if you could travel today, which watches would you take on an Antarctic journey? I watched this video (with subtitles. Original Language: German) and found the choice quite interesting: I look forward to your selection... and please explain briefly why you would choose them!
  4. The man from TNT (FedEx) turned up today with my first new watch for almost a year. I like small manufacturers, what could be called high quality and genuinely in-house capable micro-brands -- hence my entries in this section about Moser (ca. 1500 pieces per year), Grossmann (ca. 400) and Dornblüth (about 200). This time I was looking for something different, and in conversation on this forum with the usual suspects. @WRENCH suggested a Benzinger. I knew nothing of the brand, but had always wanted a "guilloché main" watch, so I pursued the idea. After a long telephone conversation with the delightful Mr. Benzinger, and several emails with Mrs. Benzinger, I plumped for the "Subscription 3a". The watch is 42mm in diameter, 11mm deep, has a stainless steel case with sapphire front and back, and features an alligator strap with a steel deployant buckle. The movement is a humble Unitas 6498 (non hacking) which has been rendered , shall we say, a little less humble at the hands of Mr. Benzinger. In case anyone is wondering, the legend around the case back reads: "skeltonized by hand", "guilloché bu hand", "engraved by hand", and "unique piece". And, so to the pics: (How can you not like a man who drinks decent Gigondas? IMHO at least as good as neighbour Châteauneuf du Pape and half the price )
  5. As a person of the "elderly persuasion", I am still practising social distancing as effectively as possible -- meaning I have time to do some silly things which I might not have thought of doing before. So, whilst I spend a lot of time gazing at the faces and movements of the pieces in my collection, I thought I would take a look at the fastenings (tangs and deployants) and mark them out of ten. So, here goes . . . . . . . . 1/10 (appalling) A horrible piece of pressed steel. Flimsy and rickety. If this cost more than a penny or two to make they haven't got their processes under control. I am not a bracelet person, so I thought it only fair to check by comparison. Luckily, in the box, I do have a bracelet for my Sport Evo. Comparing the fastenings was like matching a Tonka toy against an S-Class. Tacky. Enough said. 5/10 (perfectly adequate, but could do better with a bit of thought) Nicely made, simply polished tang buckles -- each featuring the manufacturer's logo (the Meistersinger "smile", the Zenith star, and the AP initials). The star (in considerable relief) is a bit of a dust trap. The AP logo appears to be simply cast in, and is not sharply defined. 6/10 (meets expectations for the price point) Well made brushed steel tang buckle on the Flieger, featuring fairly industrial, but pin sharp, engraving. Exactly what I'd expect from Nomos -- simply polished but nicely etched logo. Simply polished, but nicely made tang on the Senator -- the (seemingly) cast in double-G logo is very well executed. 7/10 (quite pleasing) The Dornie deployant is very comfortable. Pressed steel cover, but solidly made, nicely brushed and engraved. A company which seems to get by without a logo (who knew?). The nicely brushed tang from the Panoreserve is more substantial than the Senator item. The tangs from the Atum Pure (steel) and the Index (WG) are simply polished but very well made (and shaped to accommodate the logo) and beautifully engraved. 8/10 (pleasing) The very solid deployant from the Benu is well made and extremely comfortable (otherwise as the other two MGs above). The Tang from the Sport Evo Pano is extremely robust, and finished in a combination of polished and brushed. 9/10 (surpassing expectations) Very robust design and construction, featuring three finishes (polished, brushed and ribbed (to match the sides of the watch)). Lovely engraving. A minor joy to behold.
  6. 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.
  7. Hi Simon, Can this watch be repaired by the watch seller ? Is it worth me paying 36€ to have it transported back to them by road to England ? Or can I get it repaired locally by a watch maker ? Does it need to be replaced or can it be repaired ? The dial has come off on a door ... It's a 140£ boss watch Thanks,
  8. 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.
  9. Hi all, Any advice on how to remove the hands from this Estyma? Don't want to use any more force than I have with hand removers or a cannon pinion remover. Thanks, Billy https://photos.app.goo.gl/yC63R81P5fdch8TC8 https://photos.app.goo.gl/yTyGEPAUrGXpJoJw5 https://photos.app.goo.gl/d1GEP6TKxkgLgoo59 https://photos.app.goo.gl/8yzjJomFi2QHa8Qw9
  10. Hello all, I am an keen collector of wrist watches so naturally I love reading this forum however, I am not knowledgable on Clocks. I was given this Hermle Mantle clock from a family member as it runs 15 mins late. I do not know anything about it and I am not really a fan of it and it’s loud ticking so am pondering the idea of selling it. I have no idea reading it’s value nor it’s rarity. i have managed to find the clock on the Hermle website but I believe the wood on mine is not mahogany, it’s a lot lighter in colour. https://www.hermleclock.com/Product/debden-7264 I have taken images but can not find a way of posting them in the post. Any information any friends can give would be really appreciated! Best, Matt
  11. Help ! My Eurochron radio watch worked perfectly since I bought it in 2004 (given to me by Junghans when their watch failed). However in early December 2019 after 3 months with a new battery it stopped setting itself. The watch still runs perfectly but won't radio set. I have been unable to find out from any source whether it is the watch or DCF that is at fault. There might be a problem with DCF which from their website seems to have gone to DCF77.5 and it seems that the power has been reduced. I live approximately 1100km from Frankfurt. I know Eurochron is extinct but I cannot find any watch which will work with MSF - any information gratefully received !!
  12. Hello, I am reaching out to the clock community in the hope of tracking down an early 1930s German wall clock which was stolen about a month ago from South London. It is has great sentimental value to my family as it was a wedding present to my grandmother. Unfortunately I can't find a closer photo of the face but it has a logo below the 12 which includes an eagle. The other identifiers are a damaged area towards the top of the clock where some of the wood was broken off. Also the pendulum was not with the clock at the time it was stolen. Any information will be greatly received and a modest reward is offered. Any help greatly appreciated.
  13. I was thinking of buying the ocean 2. I was wondering if any members had bought one and if they think a leather strap would look good. As you cant see them in the flesh its hard to tell what it would look like. Also did you buy it off the Steinhart website and if yes did you have to pay vat on coming through customs. Thanks.
  14. I'm interested in how people organise their watch collections. I personally just do the dress, tool, beater - Tangente, BB Chrono and Casio F-91W respectively (although I'm in the midst of selling my BB Chrono and have certainly been swooning over the Rolex Explorer I for some time now). Do you just collect from certain brands, certain models or according to the type of tool watch (one dive, one chrono etc.)? As a bonus question, advice as to what I should replace the BB Chrono with would be welcome.
  15. I am wondering if anyone can help me 'pin the tail on the donkey' with a pocket watch that came in a bundle of watches I bought. I have gone down my usual routes of trying to get info on the movement and the case, and I have come up with nothing. It was made between 1880 and 1933 (stamped with grouse), but, my guess is around 1900. the case has a 'linked chain' logo which I guess is the case makers mark and the movement has a capital i within a diamond stamped on the barrel bridge. I would appreciate any help as I am totally lost with this one.
  16. Hi everyone. I’m looking to identify a wristwatch bought circa 1954 in Berlin for my wife’s grandfather. It’s an Arctos Parat. Shockproof and waterproof, apparently! It would be interesting to know a little about these watches. It looks to be an everyday item which I remember him wearing for many years until it stopped. Finally, I also wonder where in the UK I might get it repaired. It’s is rough but complete order, and has sentimental value but, I’m sure, no other value! Right now, I cannot fathom how to add a photo from the iPad I’m typing on. I’ll keep working on that....
  17. I have 2 Alpina Pocket Chronographs. Both have Minerva Cal 19/9 CH movements. One is fully marked on the case for the Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery and the other in a plain case. They worked fine until I had the bright idea of giving the cases a light polish, I removed the movements from the cases to do this. I have stripped and reassembled many standard pocket watches in the past without a problem. Put the movements back in and carefully replaced the winding stems, but neither of them will lock in place with the locking screw in the movement. The winder will just pull back out without any effort, One will wind and the other set, there is no switch over from Wind to Setting function. Has anyone had the same experience and can provide any advice please? The Minerva movement was used but a number of brands in the 1930/40's This is my first post, I have a small collection of military watches and will post information and images when I learn how to do that, I am not very internet savvy
  18. I recently bought the above watch on ebay.de, so it's presumably receiving the German time-signal, although, living in London, I thought it would still be in range. The watch persists in being 1 hour ahead of GMT, and, in the absence of any instructions (I have searched the web), I cannot re-set the watch. The strange thing is that there is no recessed button, which I would have expect to find to change the time, only 3 "solid" buttons to change the mode, etc; one of the modes currently shows W 29 - 18, which is curious! The only numbers on the watch case are 18 2229. I'd be grateful for any advice on re-setting the watch to the correct time (apart from going to Germany!).
  19. A new watch is been lunch on kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coastudios/redefining-british-luxury-watches?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=coa stu
  20. I really can't resist temptations...I was walking this morning in one of the nicest Leeds shopping centres... and all of a sudden I see this: Had to walk in the shop, and walk out 20 minutes later with a small bag and a lighter wallet. An impressive, understated work of art...I think I'm done with this hobby Will post some pictures in the next days
  21. Been looking at these for some time. Specifically the Pano Lunar, and the Pano Reserve. Questions I have are. Best place to try on/buy. I don’t mind pre owned either. Are these models good I’m so far as quality/fit/finish etc etc. What do these retail at and can I get a discount from the aforementioned dealer/boutique? what kind of timekeeping can I expect? Bit random but I kind of want high precision from my autos. What are the service intervals and cost from manufacturer? any other information you think I might like? and any wrist shots to whet my appetite! many thanks
  22. Hello, as some of you may know I've recently joined this community and I'm getting dragged into this rather expensive but interesting hobby. I got a great (IMHO) Longines Conquest to start (and a few inexpensive quartz), but I'd like a second beater watch to use every day, nice excuse isn't it? I'm thinking of a Seiko for budget reasons, and because of the huge selection. I've added a non Seiko watch to the list. I'm not looking for a Longines replacement, but something tough and resistant that could complement it. But as you can see from the selection I really like black dials. I wouldn't mind something that would look on leather strap too to match what I usually wear informally at work. Let me know your opinions, pictures from YorkshireWatches, which I'll probably be using for buying. Seiko SNZG13J1 I like it for the field look and feel, I expect to be fine on a distress leather strap. It's probably the cheapest of the bunch Seiko SSA305JI A bit dressy (or is it?) but lovely, I really like the dial Seiko SSA303J1 Its brother in white, I've got nothing in white that would complement nicely the rest of the collection Seiko SRPA75J1 I don't usually like busy dials, but this is an exception. It comes on leather strap, that's a bonus Seiko SSA293J1 Nice and sporty, with a hint of red, quite cheap too Glycine Incursore A German in the mix, nothing like the others. I love its serious, severe look...German basically :-)
  23. I live in Tunisia, although I am from the United States, and have a hobby that includes researching information and artifact searches from the battles here from 1941 to 1943. I have a wrist watch that appears to be perhaps a commemorative item rather than a utility item. I will include photos. The dial has an OSCO mark with an S underneath it in a slightly different font. At the bottom of the watch face is marked "12 Jewels" and under that "shock resistant." It has a date window and the face has two identical graphics that look vaguely look like a cross between a coconut palm and a fig palm with swastika superimposed upon them. The back is stamped with "Antimagnetic" and "Stainless steel back." It has an eagle type graphic stamped on the back underneath the "stainless steel" indicator and the "bird stamp" wing seems to be almost stamped over the stainless indicator. The head of the bird is turned toward it's right in a profile, much like other representative Nazi birds but this one has no swastika. Further, a rather crude stamping in a different font is: "Afrikacorps" and what appears to be the former watch owners name: "K. Piltz." Under the name "Piltz" is yet another stamp in upper case letters. It looks to be "GESO" with the "O" stamped over and "H" (?). If you magnify the photo you are able to see it. I believe it may be some sort of "standard" OSCO watch with a special face and a stamped, personalized back. I acquired the watch from an Eastern European country. Can someone tell me anything about this watch? Here is the URL on Flickr. If it opens just ignore the other photos as I don't really know how to isolate the watch photos. https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll/
  24. Hi there, can anybody tell me where I can get a new movement for my much beloved anniversary clock, the movement is a Junghans Quartz 85 W085/00675,your help would be much appreciated , thanks Chris.
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