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  1. Greetings to all, I am here for searching more information / know how about Grana watch. Its my first experience with “dirty dozen” watch, so I would like to ask for opinion of more experience folks… I found these watch in bundle as a heritage. My “observations” about Grana watch: - In current shape /setup, they are not wrist watch and nether pocket watch due to “crown” location on right side… - Watch case is from my opinion in better shape than rest of watch (watch face, glass etc). In other hand, the bottom of watch case looks like another dirty dozen bottom, but without any brand or logo…. - Movement looks very nice and it could be from old times, but it not has any marks or sing…Unfortunately, not working So frankly speaking not sure, but my opinion is that is rebuild from old parts, but not original Grana watch, mainly due to missing any marks on watch case and movement…..:-/ Any other opinion from rest of you ? Thanks, and sorry for my English, I hope that you understand the point…. Thanks Unfortunately “insert image from URL” does not working for me, so here is direct link : https://postimg.cc/gallery/14fsWHT
  2. Hi TheWatchForum! I am new to watch collecting, and have absolutely fallen in love with the vintage Omega Constellation watches. The problem I have is that I have heard that a lot of counterfeit vintage omega watches exist, and I do not know how to tell them apart. This is the watch in question: https://www.chrono24.dk/omega/constellation--id8532898.htm?checkoutId=4267479&showAll=1 I have tried looking up the ref. no. and the serial no. but alas it has not helped me, because I do not know how look it up properly. If anyone could spare a bit of their time to help me understand looking up serial no. or ref. no. I would greatly appreciate it. Furthermore, if someone could look into the watch and give their "professional" opinion, it would also be greatly appreciated Kind Regards!
  3. I have an old Ulysses Nardin pilot/military watch (Manual wind). Does anyone kn ow what it could be?
  4. Hello everyone!I acquired this watch from an estate sale in Vancouver BC Canada. I don't know much about these watches other than that they gained popularity with the show Mad Men.it is a 14k Case, the band is not Omega, it is a Birks 10k band.What can you tell me about this? i know its from the 1950's but not sure what specific year.I would like to get it appraised as well, to know its worth. Thank you any information is greatly appreciated !\
  5. Hi all i recently got a Gold coloured Majorex gents watch, manual windup, has anyone heard of it,i need as much information on it as possible e.g. movement,age,good make or not? is it worth getting serviced, the windup mechanism sticks ?. i am in scotland uk does anyone reccommend good service company, thanks in advance...indy ps: ive attached a photo as well :+), how do i this ??
  6. Hi guys, I'm new here, so my apologies if I don't do it properly! I have a beautiful watch that I know very little about...I can't seem to find anything quite like it online. I was wondering if anyone could give me a head start...I know its an art deco 17 gem Swiss eloga with p stampedon it....but that's it. Thank you for any information!! Welp I can't attach pictures....im guessing it's user error...I already wrote this up...so now my question is....how do I put pictures from my phone on here
  7. Hello, I am a total novice so please forgive me and my lack of correct terminology. I have a JW Benson wrist watch. The back is clearly not gold but the front bit has a gold hallmark on the lug (sorry) bit. Is this normal please? Thanks in advance for any help you could offer. Kate
  8. I know very little about watches generally. I read that the Seiko 7A38 is valued by some collectors. I thought this 7A38-7250 would be nice to wear, especially for a mere $89, not much risk to buy. Condition on the outside looked OK. Would appreciate comments on the value of this purchase. https://www.ebay.com/vod/FetchOrderDetails?itemId=255024214439&transactionId=0
  9. Hi! Ive bought my self a Seiko 7A48-2020 and the crystal have some scratches. I've searched the web for days and wasnt able to locate any seller's who provides it. Does anybody know where i could purchase the crystal on Web please? Highly Appreciate the help. Regards, Ruwantha
  10. Hi and thanks for reading my post. As a new person to this forum I came here from cleaning up and trying to restore 6 watches left to me from a man I used to garden for. He died in his late 90s. Some are identifiable by online research and are Swatch, Sekonda Quartz and Casio. The other two, which are favourites, are wind-up Limit and Ingersoll watches. I attached photos. They are in good working order..., and I am drawn to the red pointer tipped seconds hand! I like the wear and tear on them, too. Any light on origin or date? Thanks so much. Aidan.
  11. Hello every one, i would like to share some photos of my panerai strap Hope u enjoy its
  12. Hello everyone! i am new here, i am not exactly a watch expert and would be very grateful for any advice and opinion in choosing my first ‘more serious’ watch. I would like to buy a classic elegant men’s watch. Somehow Swiss watches were immediately imposed on me, and after endless searches I realized that vintage models of the Eterna brand are what I am looking for. I had to narrow down the choice to these three in my price range: https://www.etsy.com/listing/981779743/vintage-eterna-mens-swiss-watch https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Vintage-ETERNA-17-Jewels-1476K-Swiss-Manual-Winding/333588671182 https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-ETERNA-HAND-WINDING-STAINLESS-STEEL-SWISS-MADE-MENS-WRIST-WATCH/174410014099 I like the first one the most, it looks like it's in great condition. How could he check if he was really from the 60s? It looks better than most from those years, even from the much more expensive ones. Is it worth buying at this price? Thanks! John
  13. I have an Omega Seamaster from circa 1954 inside the case back it has a case number of 197 which corresponds to the case . I was wondering what the "PAT APPLIED FOR" is in reference to. Any help would be most appreciated. The case is made by Dennison in DeniSteel stainless steel. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZpsuQfFEHjsR6s6h8 heres a picture of the case back
  14. The image shows the broken spring from my clock. I think it is called a pawl spring or a click spring. I am not familiar with the english words. Who knows where i can buy a replacement spring and the little rivets to attach it again to my clock. Thanks, Charles https://photos.app.goo.gl/rZcDW6SUmSmHjeCTA
  15. Hello, this is my first post, but I've been lurking for a good while - I especially enjoy the WRUW threads in Open Discussion. I have always been interested in watches, but lately am developing an interest in vintage watches, especially automatics (largely because my more expensive quartz watches have stopped during lockdown and I'm irritated by the perpetual cost of getting them sorted) - I like the aesthetics of older designs and have treated myself to some inexpensive vintage ones on-line, whilst I save for something special - I'm thinking maybe a dress Omega or a dial pointer Oris. I'm a woman, but prefer the look of gents watches (why do manufacturers insist on making ladies watches, pink, mother of pearl or festooned with 'diamonds'), but unfortunately, modern watches are just far too large for me, where vintage ones were that bit smaller. Whilst clearing my parents' house, my sister and I have found all sorts of 'treasures', as they didn't throw much away, including a number of watches, many broken and of little value, but a few worth keeping hold of and potentially wearing. I've been variously cleaning, fitting new straps and replacing batteries and am now left with a few mechanicals, as shown in the photos. The Roamer seems to be a winding mechanical that's just dead - doesn't wind, doesn't tick - although when moving it around when taking the photos, it set off ticking and went for 15 seconds then stopped again. I quite like the slightly military aesthetics of the face. I very much like the Medana - I think that and Roamer are the same company - it's a smidge smaller than the others (32mm) and as a woman, it's a decent fit on me - I've popped it on a tan pigskin strap that I had, for now, just so that I can wear it and see if I like it enough to spend money on. It was covered in tiny spots of magnolia gloss paint, it had obviously been consigned to being a work watch. But it perplexes me too - when I first came to it, it wouldn't wind, the crown was stuck solid. But on moving it about, it sounded like an automatic and started ticking. Without ever winding the crown, it ran for almost 24 hours - with occasional pauses. And today the crown would wind, albeit stiffly - I gave it a few turns and it has now run for over 90 minutes with good time. Is it an automatic - nothing visually suggests that it is, it's quite thin and just has a pop off back. I'm reluctant to try taking the back off a mechanical, where quartz don't worry me. Is it possible that it's a hand wind that was simply coiled so tight it was jammed solid, but some warmth and movement has released the spring into action? The number on the back of the case is 6827, but that doesn't appear to be a caliber. I also have an automatic Villard - which was a shed when I came upon it, but I've cleaned it externally, polished the glass and replaced the strap - it was opaque with scratches and whilst there is still some crazing going through the acrylic, it's come up visually lovely, but that may still need replacing. It seems to work well enough and keep good time, but it's a smidge large on me, but I have been wearing it - I just love the horizontal baton hour markers - I've only seen a couple of other watches with this style. Were these watches good enough when made to be worth spending money on to get them serviced - are they just in need of some TLC or have they perhaps already run their course? If I might get a few years out of them, I'll perhaps spend some pennies on them, but not if they're likely to have come to the end of the road anyway. They were all either one of my grandfathers and they probably haven't even moved for over 30 years - so they have some sentimentality attached (enough to not want to sell or throw them) but perhaps not enough to spend lots on them, for occasional wear.
  16. I have recently bought a manual wristwatch in Milano, Italy. It is labelled Besch, and the writing on it is in French. I have been unable to locate anything about its brand, age or model online (I've searched in English, French and German). The seller sold it as a 1960s Besch watch. I wonder if it's an obscure watch brand, or a no-brand watch. A watch appraiser I emailed suggested it was a generic watch that was supplied to companies to input their brand. Another person on a forum suggested that it looks mid-50s. Any help on identifying it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  17. I saw this watch subscription service company called watches by lp the other day where one recieve a vintage watch every second month. The cheapest alternative costs 32 Pound and I saw pictures of the watches in another forum and the watches looked good. What do you think? Have you heard about it and Is it worth it in your opinion?
  18. Hi all,My name is jesaya, just join this fantastic web yesterday , so anyway i came across this beautiful vintage raketa wrist watch what i like about this watch is the hand i have never seen anything like that, i want to know what you guys thing about this piece, i don't know alot about raketa all know it was made in USSR, please help me with any info you know about this watchWarm regards.
  19. The Lemania 1872 SAAF first dial issue 1971, The Second issue 1975, then the Lemania 2220 from the mid 60's and last but not least, the Lemania 5012 issued in the early 80's. For comprehensive articles on the 1872 and 5012, please feel free to follow the relevant links below The Lemania 1872 SAAF and The Lemania 5012 SAAF
  20. Hi, I owe a limited edition of a Rotary watch and would like to know how much it is valued. I have attached a few pictures. Essentially, this watch includes a gold ingot that is stamped with the logo of the Swiss Bank Corporation, which merged with UBS in 1998 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_Bank_Corporation#Merger_with_Union_Bank_of_Switzerland I think it was only sold to employees of the SBC, one of which was my grandfather. If you are not able to provide me with this information, could you please direct me to someone who could? Thank you. Kind regards, Stephane Unfortunately cannot insert pictures. It is in an unworn condition.
  21. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-SWISS-LADIES-analogue-watch-fond-acier-inoxydable-leather-strap/284128977414 I have an old ladies Swiss watch but I cannot read the maker's name well enough to identify it. It looks like 'Servies' or 'Fervies' but a google search provides no clues. Please help if you can. You can see photos of the watch at the link above.
  22. I recently pulled this watch I inherited a long time ago out of the safe and have been trying to identify which year it was made, and failed miserably to nail it down. Since a few kind folks here on the forum recently kindly helped me with a similar search for knowledge I was hoping someone here might be able to pin it down — a big thank you in advance for indulging me. It's a Chronoswiss Lunar Chronograph with moonphase, marked with reference number 77990. Given who owned it before and their biography, I'd expect this to be from around 1985-1993. I looked in every place I could think of (including pinging Chronoswiss directly) but I couldn't find a reference to a model with this specific configuration. Models I found referenced either had "Alfred Rochat" added under "Chronoswiss", or the "Automatic" was printed in an arc; none matched this exactly. Since I'd like to have this professionally serviced after 15+ years without any maintenance, I'd love to know what exact model this is. Here's the watch in question: The back says "77990 - WATERRESISTANT 3ATU - STAINLESS STEEL BACK - SWISS MADE". So no surprises there. Alas, it's got some nasty scratches and marks. I was almost too embarrassed to post this; I hope my go to watchmaker can take are of this brutal nick on the crown. This watch has clearly seen some rough times, relatively speaking. Can anyone give me a hint as to what year this might be, and how you ID'd it? Thanks so much in advance! ps. How do you take these amazing watch photos? Boy, this is even harder than I imagined
  23. This is a watch i found at my grandfathers house, would anyone be able to tell if it is an authentic watch? https://postimg.cc/McpJ7hxr
  24. First post here so bare with me.. I have recently purchased a Swiss watch which is branded as a Rone incabloc and a 17 jewel. I loved the look of the vintage/worn dial and so I grabbed it! I tried doing abit of research on the Rone brand but found very little info apart from they produced Swiss made watches from about 1920s - 70s. Also there are very few Rone watches available to purchase I have only seen a few on eBay but none of the same model as mine. If anyone knows anything about it please share. i tried to add a photo of mine but won’t let me for some reason :(
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