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  1. We've just inherited a vintage lady's wristwatch which has no maker's name or brand identification marks that I can see. The case opens like a half-hunter pocket watch. Inside, there's no movement serial number or anything else showing that gives information about the mechanism showing -- except the French words 'Avance' and 'Retard' in cursive script on the adjuster, for 'fast and 'slow'. I imagine that suggests that the watch is Swiss-made. On the inside of the lid, I can see: (1) the symbol for 9-carat/.375 gold; (2) a capital 'Q' in double outline form, with a swallowtail shape on the tail, within a round shield -- which I can't find as either a maker's mark or a year, anywhere on the web and (4)) what the web says is the symbol for a London import 'sponsor' post-1907 (no actual hallmark, though), with '316' beneath that -- which I can see identifies the grade of steel used. There are a few other scratched letters and numbers on the inside of the case lid which I think were done by hand with a pin or a stylus -- repairers' marks? There's nothing about 'jewels'. The numerals on the face (all black, except for a red '12') suggest the 1920s or 1930s (which fits, in terms of my wife's grandmother, who owned it previously). The minutes are marked by tiny gold dots, and the (black) hands are what I think are called spade design. The watch has a bracelet which I assume is a rather later replacement. It's an expanding one marked 'Excelsior', and '/10 R.G.FT' -- which I understand means 10% rolled gold filled or plated. Oddly, the bracelet is firmly attached but twisted like a Mobius strip. So it would need to be detached at one end by drilling out the pin, turned around and then properly re-attached, to make it wearable again. Very strange! However, the watch works very well indeed, when carefully wound. It keeps reasonably accurate time over several days (losing a minute or so). At the moment, I've no idea how to add any photos, here. I don't have access to any system on the web where I can post images with a URL. But I'll see if there's a way I can do it through a friend, etc. On the description above, could anyone of you out there tell us anything about the watch, even if it's just an informed guess?
  2. Hello everyone, Who and What My name is Dean, and while I am unfamiliar with the mechanics of watches, I do enjoy owning them and where else to learn more about watches that to join a forum dedicated to watch fanatics like myself? I am new to this forum, as is obvious, and the reason I have joined is because I need guidance from well-informed members who can educate me in my quest to produce a Wikipedia article on the Sicura watch brand. I often contribute to Wikipedia and have been contracted to produce articles for organisations. Therefore I am familiar with structure, language and research required to produce an article for Wikipedia. Why I am here I have taken a personal interest with Sicura and I am keen to develop an article on this interesting watch brand. However, there is barely any information on this watch brand and I can only go so far in my own research. Which brings me to you... If you are familiar with the history and anything related to the Sicura, please do post your knowledge, and if you have references to support the statements, they would be greatly appreciated. ANYTHING is useful. What I know and the 'Sicura by Breitling' controversy The knowledge I have already gained so far from browsing these forums on this watch brand is that it has a complicated relationship with the Breitling - which is why I have included Breitling in my tags. I recognize they are two separate brands entirely, and before Ernest Schneider purchased the Breitling brand in 1979, Sicura was in its entirety completely separate. But as far as in-depth knowledge, I do not know anything else about the watch other than what can be explained in the short draft of what I already have. Further points and Extra info I think making an article on Sicura not only makes an accessible database of information that will be more clearly available to the public, I think it will serve to educate people on its Breitling-relationship more clearly, and in turn, disrupt false advertising often found in vintage auctions of the watches. I have no access to books on watches that mention the brand and databases such as Jstor, my university library resources have helped little, if at all. I presume that most knowledge behind Sicura may unfortunately come from Breitling texts, but these are still hugely useful, as reliable resources are severely lacking on Sicura. E.g. most website links that have good information on Sicura are 'blogs' which unfortunately has no credibility when used as references. However, I am interested in where they got that information from as the source obviously can be referenced. If you have pictures of your own Sicura watch, and you would be happy to have them featured on the article, please do contact me. My short draft on the introduction to Sicura: """" Sicura (officially Montres Sicura SA or simply Sicura SA) was a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer based in Granges, Switzerland.[1] Originally founded in 1938,[2] its early historical origins are relatively unknown, and the earliest known record of the company can be found in the Swiss Handelsregister from 2 May 1955 (refneeded). During this time, it was owned and headed by Théodore Sfaellos and shortly after by his son-in-law Ernest Frédéric Schneider after the former's passing in early 1960. By 1975, Sicura had four watch assembly factories, a case factory and a jewel factory.[2] In 1977 Sicura began producing its first quartz watches. In April 1979, Ernest Schneider purchased the Breitling and Navitimer brand and several watch models from Willy Breitling,[3][4] merging them with the Sicura brand before eventually changing the company name, Montres Sicura AG, to Breitling AG on 29 November, 1993. Although Breitling-branded watches were briefly produced under Montres Sicura AG before the company was renamed, the brands had no direct relationship with one another and are considered separate; ironically, watches branded Sicura are often falsely advertised in vintage auctions as "Sicura by Breitling". """" ( link to my sandbox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Imp_dean/sandbox ) -Disclaimer: expect in some areas that language and structure may be muddled and I implore you to correct me on my own history, mistakes in language etc as I want to create this article with your help. **** Overall, I need your help in developing a Wikipedia article on the watch brand Sicura. **** Look forward to hearing from you all!
  3. I have just bought an old Seiko which was made in October 1965 and it has a pretty filthy dial. It is a 6205-8940 DIASHOCK SELFDATER, 24 JEWELS, it's had a tough life as you can tell by the photo, but, it is working well, keeping very good time. I would like to clean up the dial, but, I understand it will never look great. Someone (watch butcher) has obviously had a go at cleaning previously and been rather rough with it. Am I right in thinking that the writing is inked and then varnished, or, is it some sort of vinyl decal? Some advice would really be appreciated.
  4. Hello I am a new member is there any members out there that give me any advise on Longines-Wittnauer vintage watches. I have about ten in my collection. And i am trying to find where i can get the best information from so that i can try and source how i can identify when made name and sourcing parts crystals. iIf that is possible some body might be able to help cheers
  5. I thought we might be interested in talking about some of the most famous people and their timepieces following on from the vintage homage topic: I'll start off, I personally wouldn't be able to pull this off but behold MLK's Datejust:
  6. I find myself increasingly interested in modern watches designed to pay tribute to a particular model from a brand’s past. Tudor BB58 and the Omega FOIS are ones that immediately spring to mind. One that caught my eye last year was also the Omega Seamaster 1948. What are some of the ones that have caught your eye in recent times? The seamaster (limited edition sadly)
  7. Hi, I am relatively new to the world of watches and have acquired a Services pocket watch which seems to be the same as that in the picture but with the late 50's to early 70's Services brand logo on the dial. It has a Wotania 1 jewel unadjusted movement. The gold finish is thin and worn off. Can anyone tell me anything about this watch and what the gold finish was? I think it may have been a 'contract watch’ badge engineered for Services. Thanks in advance Services Logos https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cImqnnO_MlZSoOqkvhs-777kFtFqiGHY/view?usp=sharing Watch Picture https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BsxjJm-SN7j7Raa5jDkznhVztd3YdYwO/view?usp=sharing
  8. Hi, Just joined, well.... first post after joining a year ago! I wonder if anyone can recommend a touch up for a damaged Grandfather clock dial. The usual damage, the broken away enamel on face from the post attached behind to fix to movement (I dunno what these things are called) On the left of dial I tested using a permanent tyre wall pen, looks okay but it's a bit too white. The right damage was because someone had tried to solder the fixing leg to the dial and burnt the enamel.... When I got the clock a couple of weeks ago both these damages were disguised by over painting that had gone pinkish... there were decal flowers attached, it looked diabolical.... having cleaned all that off it don't look that much better. So what do I do from here? A LOT of work I know.... I even found more details by shining a UV light across the dial in the dark and much to my surprise I could see the makers name (Kellett Bredbury)
  9. Hi all, I have a watch currently on sale on eBay and I'm basically in need of some information as it was an elderly relatives who has passed away and was found during his house clearance, will assume it was his Mum's as it's 34mm wide.I'd had a quick look on Google and not found much so listed it thinking it might go for £10-£20 as its not in brilliant condition, needs a new battery and a couple of links in the strap need some work by the look of it. On the front of the watch it says Dulux antimagnetique, has a day and month calendar which still change when the watch is wound manually and there is also minutes window and again when wound this continues to move for some time. On the bracelet there is written "clewco gold filled". I've had 2 people message me with offers of £50 and £75, the guy who offered the £75 said it could well go for more than £100 but obviously not guaranteed.....and would be great to know a bit more information on the watch as never heard of that brand and possible value. http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=264442277249&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229508&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111 Thanks
  10. This is a watch i bought from eBay last month, i have to say the watch impressed me. It's a Chinese brand you may not heard it before, neither do i, the brand called San Martin. I found they made a lots of bronze watches which really interested me, and finally i decide to take this one. so far i'm very pleased for this watch. Here i just want to share some of my experiences, i talk about it as i'm a fan of watches, and a collector of good watches. here we just go for this watch. The watch diameter is around 39mm, include crown around 42mm, thickness is around 12mm, wear on my wrist just a perfect size, the movement is Seiko NH35, the case use bronze material, on the picture you can already seen the oxidization already make it became more brown, the finishing is brushed around the case body, now it seems more like a sandblasted finishing, and i thought it would be rusted by the sweat if i wear it in summer, but i found the case back is made in stainless steel which avoided this problem. You can't see any logo on this watch, but it's fine for me, the seller told me they provide service for customized logo on dial, but it will take some to do it, so i just pass it. For the dial, i found they have a lot of versions, and i also picked some photos on their website.these version they have black, blue and green colors. and the tracking printing on dials used SLN C3 luminous oill from Switzerland. Same for Hands. I really love the lum effect, it just light up the watch. the strap they told it's top layer cow leather, for me it's a little bit hard to wear, i would like it to be more softer, could wear more comfortable, the strap has quick release by the way, the strap width is 20mm, and i have some other nylon nato straps, which just easy to change and it just amazing match, and looks also nice. Talk about the water resistance, this watch has 200 meters water resistance, i'm not try yet, i was planning to swim next week and wear this watch, i think it's may be a good choice for diving too. and i'm also expecting to see the finishing after diving. then talk about the price, i get the watch on ebay by $168, i think the price is very acceptable compare to the watches i bought before, i would say the same quality, San Martin watch have a better price to get. they have free tools by the way, for this watch they send free polish tool for watch case, and screw drivers, a set of booklets. it's a very nice purchase experience anyway. Last but not least, let me know your comments about this watch, like or dislike, or share your experience to me, thank you.
  11. Hello everyone! Long time no see! I have been away from the forum for ages and thought this wee Rollie I picked up today was a great excuse to join back in. It's a 15 jewel "Standard Quality" Rolex movement in a Stainex case which seems to fit but the crown looks much newer. The NATO is my own. What do you all think? http://imgur.com/Ft5BPEK http://imgur.com/PZkp1rA http://imgur.com/uVb0Z1M
  12. 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!
  13. Hi All I have recently inherited a Badollet pocket watch and I am wondering what approximate age it is. (For some reason, the forum is not allowing me to upload pictures.) It Has a Badollet movement and the case has LFB stamp on it with the code i038i stamped bust below it. The case is extremely ornately designed with a very intricate face and it has a key for which to wind it up. It looks like it is silver plated. Does anyone by any chance know what approximate age and value this is? Unfortunately, it is missing the minute hand and the glass that is supposed to cover the face. Thank You Matt
  14. 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.
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    Services Despatch Rider

    Can anyone tell me where I might get a Services Despatch Rider repaired in the UK. Many watchmakers are reluctant to touch a watch of this age with a pin - set movement. Thanks
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    alan1846

    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.
  17. 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.
  18. I I have inherited a clock from my grandfather it is numbered with 253247 made by smiths of London and I was woundering if any one knew the history behind the clock it’s pretty heavy so don’t think it’s a car clock and in not bad condition I don’t know how to add a pic
  19. 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
  20. Hi all, First post so apologies if it's a boring question! I recently inherited a very smart Omega Geneve and wondered about its history. It was given to my grandfather by one of the bosses of Harrods in honour of his 35 years service working in security there. It was on a very worn and tired black leather strap which I've had swapped out for a nice new brown one (managed to get the original links moved across which was a nice touch). A few Google searches suggest there were a couple of models of the Geneve, mine likely being a later one. I just wondered if any of you kind people recognised it and knew a rough year, movement, and any other interesting facts or recommendations. I have tried to attach a photograph, but likely c*cked it up. In other news I tried on an Omega Seamaster 300 (previous model), and a PO today.....anyone want to buy a kidney?! Many thanks Dan (newbie watch enthusiast)
  21. Hello Forum; Tim here - new member, so please forgive me if I haven't approached this query the correct way!! I have been bequeathed an "OMEGA Seamaster Cosmic 2000" wrist watch, and I am looking for any documentation / instruction manuals that may be available for this particular timepiece. It is a very early 1970's model, purchased in Switzerland. (We think 1972 or thereabouts) If anyone has this information available and is willing to share it with me (or point me to where I would find it) it would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks; Tim. (Victoria, Australia.
  22. anyone know anything about Rogelin Watch Co.?......this looks 1950s?1960s?.......felsa 690 movement.....good ticker for its age @Always"watching" ? any ideas?....you seem to be the "go to" chap for obscure brands
  23. just missed out bidding on this unbranded 50s? watch .......liked the aesthetic but was too miserly to go above £20....you've heard of buyers remorse......well think i have bidders remorse now......lol....what d'you think? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-1950s-Mid-Size-Mechanical-Gents-Bracelet-Watch/254106361977
  24. After oh so many videos in which the host TALKS about a historic watch while showing us the rather uninspiring modern derivation, this video actually shows us the originals. In EXQUISITE macro shot detail. Simply lovely. Featured Watches: Heuer Carrera 1153 Heuer Bundeswehr 1550 SG Heuer Monaco 1133G
  25. i have these 2 ralco watches (movement signed ralco 15j).....neither is signed on the face but have identical movements......anyone any idea of appx. date (1940s? 50s?)....and is it true that ralco have an association with movado?......both keep excellent time.....one after a tweak by simon 2......also only 28mm across the face......ladies or gents?..... any info welcome
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