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  1. Hello Community, I am pretty new member of the watch community so I might be asking silly questions. Apologies if this happens. I recently came in possession of a Bernex Watch (BN 24101). Although I like the watch itself I realize I know very little of the brand and don't really find a way to communicate with the makers (whereabouts, etc...) Does anyone know this brand? Is this a relatively well-known business? As I am relatively neophyte, I feel it might be easy to do an otherwise ill-advised purchase. Many thanks !
  2. I'm new to watch collecting and won't be buying a lot, but I'm interested in a Smiths because I recently started a job at Smiths Medical which it turns out is one of the divisions of what used to be Smiths Watches. Funny how time changes things. But I thought I should have a company watch. I'm watching a couple on eBay, a DeLuxe from a watch retailer, Hour Vintage Watch Shop, and two from an individual, an English Astral in very Good shape and a DeLuxe in average shape. The first is serviced and looks great, 1953 vintage. Price is £140 (about $180 USD) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gents-vintage-watch-Smiths-deluxe-England-serviced-15-jewels-c400-1953-A-409/312578428855?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180213162448%26meid%3D90f864bcbc8643dab9ee46ec302ef909%26pid%3D100930%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D382841597898%26itm%3D312578428855&_trksid=p2349624.c100930.m5375 The other two are running but of unknown accuracy, unserviced, and have no bands. But they're only $50. Advice please! https://www.ebay.com/itm/SMITHS-DE-LUXE-WATCH-GOLD-PLATED-DATE-15J-MADE-IN-ENGLAND/192894886343?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180213162448%26meid%3D5138807d93214c81b501ad6dc2ac876b%26pid%3D100930%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D192894890309%26itm%3D192894886343&_trksid=p2349624.c100930.m5375
  3. Hi All, I’m Tom, random member with some random watches. Everything from a GShock....to a soon to arrive Panerai with a splattering of Pulsar, CWC, Tag, Dunhill and Montblanc in the middle. Looking forward to chatting to you all! Very best.
  4. Guest


    Can anyone tell me where I can get a 1930s Services Despatch Rider wristwatch repaired in the UK. The watchmakers I've contacted do not want to work on a un-jewelled pinset watch. Any help would be appreciated.
  5. The lume is layered - the hands are the brightest, markers slightly less bright, and the bezel dimmer still, to avoid flare in night vision goggles - either yours or the enemy's lol See you in a bit, just going on to Ebay to get some night vision watchmaker's magnifying goggles Oh, in case you didn't see the watch - it comes on a chunky rubber strap.
  6. I have a scaled down version of a Congreve clock that I assembled from a kit that was produced by Devon Clocks of Exmouth about 25 years ago. I am looking for a ball-bearing race that fits at the pivot of the tray. The inside dia is 0.185" (4.73mm) the outside dia is 0.374" (9.5mm) and the width is 0.125" (3.14mm) (not crucial). I am find difficulty finding a race this size. Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Paul.
  7. I'm thinking of getting the hands and numbers on my Sekonda re-lumed. Its a 15 year old watch, but has sentimental value as my parents brought it for me for y 18th birthday. Is it worth getting it re-lumed, or because of the age of the watch, is it better just to live worth the way it is? What are peoples thought?
  8. Afternoon @Roy I have one of your lovely RLT 75s and when I got it it was on a rubber strap, I note that when produced this normally came with a fitted bracelet. My question is do you remember which bracelet went with it and whether I can get a replacement? As I currently have it on a nice leather strap but not a fan of a diver on a strap in general (although I do think this still looks great!)
  9. I was generously given this nice watch from my wife's family some time ago but it's been sitting in a safe for years. Having recently "found" it again, I have been trying to establish its history. What I've gleaned from the internet so far.... Brook & Son traded between 1891 & 1941 and were based at 87, George Street, Edinburgh. They were successors to Marshall & Sons. Alexander James Steel Brook's father started working at Marshalls in 1853, Alexander himself worked there from 1873. In 1891 they acquired Marshall's, and restyled the business as Brook & Son. They appointed Daniel Stewart as designer, and in 1935 it was noted that he had been with Brook & Son for 42 years. Following Alexander's death in 1908, the firm passed to his son, William, who died in 1941. Hamilton & Inches have resided at 87 George Street since 1952 and the founders would almost certainly have known Brook & Son. I'm not sure whether the Brook & Son Company was consumed by H&I. The Brook & Son name and address looks like it could have been engraved by the same person who engraved some of the Hamilton & Inches pocket watches I have seen elsewhere on this forum. The casing has a London hallmark with an 1888 date letter. The "RB" sponsors mark is possibly that of Richard Macaire Ball who was a specialist watch case maker. He was born in 1820 in Clerkenwell, London and was the son of Richard John Ball, also a watch case maker. I have not been able to find another photo of the same sponsors mark or links to any other watch cases he made. I would be interested to find out further information about Brook & Son and Richard Macaire Ball, if he was actually the case maker. Thanks, Richard
  10. Hi, looking for some advice please. Im interested in purchasing a christopher ward c65 trident automatic. I love the retro design, colours and leather strap and size. But due to them being online only i am interested in asking about quality and value for money as im very much a fan of being able to feel and see a product before i buy. Ive never spent more than £300 on a watch before so this what i consider to be a more sizeable investment. I am new to the world of watches, ive always had an interest of sorts and have always liked Omega but feel i cannot justify the price (yet) any help in these matters are grately appreciated. Thanks in anticipation Robert Catley.
  11. 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!
  12. Hi everyone I’ve inherited my dads J.W. Benson watch which was presented to him in 1975 as a long service award. But it’s very difficult to find anything about it. It’s Automatic and says 25 Jewels on the face? Whatndies that mean?? I’ve seen photos of other Bensons which 5 Jewels. Whats does that represent? I’d love to know more about this lovely sentimental watch. thanks Gareth
  13. Just saying hi from the UK as I am the new guy now and no expert or collector, I joined for some advice on a watch I was given but can;t find any reference to on the web, I won't go into the details here as I have already posted about it hopefully in the right place, hope you guys can shed some light on it thanks.
  14. Hello everyone! So I’m a newbie here and this is my first post so please bare with me and be gentle I’m semi new into collecting vintage watches and normally I only collect/wear men’s watches. However, I’ve been given a late 40s/50s Smiths Empire ladies watch as a present the other week and I’ve noticed that there isn’t a second hand and I find it so bizarre! Is this normal or the second hand is actually missing? I’ve looked into pictures online and stuff and it does seem like the girls watches don’t have them...is that correct? (Personally I like looking at the second hand sometimes coz I find the ticking and sweeping rather therapeutic at times lol) But yeh, sorry for rambling on and guys, help me out and educate me please! Thank you xoxo
  15. Brendan1213

    JLC 497

    Looking into buying a JLC 497 movement watch (40'S army issue) never worked on one this old or an automatic watch for that matter but cannot seem to find much info on how exactly how these movements work. More specifically what the part with what looks to be some sort of adjustment with "P.S.A.R." around it.
  16. Don't know where the other photos have got to, but here's a link to the Flickr album, with all of them.
  17. I have a quantity of vintage watch cases with dials dating from trench watches onward. They have no movements so I have no calibre information to go on. Does anyone know of any book or other resource that might help me date them with just the style / fashion of the case and dial to go on? Thanks
  18. A couple of weeks ago i noticed my 2008 tag heuer wac111a.ba0850 had stopped so i replaced the battery. On Friday i was about to go out walking with our dog and noticed it had stopped again, so again, i replaced the battery. An hour later after walking a few miles it stopped again. The original 'dead' battery was just that, but I've tested its replacement and that's ok. Anybody any ideas?
  19. To the Admin; not sure if this would be better in the Watchmaking and Repairs section. If so, feel free to move it. My Dad dug out this old Summit Automatic which belonged to my Grandfather. I know it's not worth anything in financial terms, but I'd like to get it restored as much as possible, for sentimental reasons. The movement (AS 1700) is fine as far as I can tell, but obviously needs a service. The whole watch was filthy, but has cleaned up well. Now to the problems. One of the spring bars was Superglued in place, as the lug is so badly damaged. Looking at it, could it be that someone has attempted a repair (with solder?) in the past? All four are damaged or worn to some extent, but this is the worst (from front and back): I would appeciate the advice of any of you regarding repair. Can it be done? If so, how? Is it a DIY job, or best left to the experts? Also, I've no idea where to get replacement seals or gaskets for the case back and the crown. These aren't the usual o-rings. The one on the back is a flat plastic gasket 30 mm i.d. 31mm o.d. and 0.25mm thick. The one on the crown (the dark orange part) is 2mm i.d. 3mm o.d. and approx. 0.7mm thick, hard plastic or resin. Are these standard parts, and still available somewhere, or can they be substituted by modern seals e.g. o-rings? Any tips, recommendations or encouragement very much appreciated!
  20. I have not a lot of Information on this watch. They have a mention in Kelly's Directory early 1920's. I feel this is down to William Ehrhardt, and his sons working out of Birmingham Barr st. He wanted to build watches his way, without influence of the the london makers, but obviously still wanted the kudos of a London name. The case is a Victory model from the Philadelphia watch case company. The whole watch cleaned up easily, and with a basic strip and clean sprang back to life.
  21. Hi guys, tried signing up up and it turned out I was already a member. Really don’t remember doing that, may have been a lurker, anyway just a quick hello. obviously into watches, started about 18 years ago when my parents bought me a nice Raymond Weil don something or other, really classy Art Deco chrono. I’ve bought and sold on numerous seiko divers and eventually about ten years ago I bit the bullet and got a planet ocean with white numbers and black bezel. I love this watch and I think it’s my favorite dive watch. Bought a new explorer a bit over a year ago which again I’m totally in love with and last week I got a moonwatch which I’m smitten with. On here to learn more about watches etc, love good pictures of watches and always nice to see what’s out there in the way of straps and new models etc. Kind regards to all Chris
  22. First I wish to thank you for adding me to this forum. I have this J w Benson caliber bought some time ago and I wish, if possible to fit it in a case, but the winding stem connection is a puzzle to me. Maybe some members will be kind enough to guide me how I should go about it. Thankk You Alf https://postimg.cc/gallery/f9p4v6lq/
  23. N New arrival from the current C.W. sale. Had to go for 38mm as i know 43mm will be large. First impressions are fairly heavy , the patina lume sort of looks odd when you are used to white. Has a nice domed sapphire and nice matte black bezel which very closely matches the dial. Is it a dressy diver though? , it came on a nice bracelet and has 600m wr, but the hour markers might be to petite for some. Lume shot above. Nice matching date wheel and a lovely shaped and machined case with a slight brush finish. Has the dreaded logo, which takes part of the 9 marker away, a nice vladimir script C.W. would probably suffice below the 12 marker, and I would love to see ward do something like this next time around. Will give it a wear for a few days to see how I get on with it. Thanks.
  24. The business of Thos Russell & Son of Liverpool was prolific, there are many watches surviving carrying his name. Within my collection I have eight examples in various formats, with cases of different metals. This is the first one I collected, and because of its condition formed part of my learning curve. The case is nickel, a metal I have found that will shine better than silver, and hold the polish. The watch key came with a box of watch parts I found on ebay, as soon as I saw it I knew it belonged to this watch. In the near future I will redo the photos I used the wrong lens for the job.
  25. A family piece which was definitely carried by my grandfather, and great grandfather. A 70mm watch with around 5oz of siver in the case. The dust cover and watch plate carry family history so I have chose not to show the interior, The watch runs well and keeps very good time. What I will never know was if this was purchased from the Makers shop in St Annes Square Manchester. Or bought used.
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