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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Guest

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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)
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. Hi everyone,I am trying to find out any info about a watch i was given a few years back. It works fine but i know nothing about it. It is a small gold watch with linked bracelet with a pale face and a blue ring around it. It has Rolex and W&D 9K 782235 Swiss on the inside of case and Rolex swiss made 15 jewels and i think FASR on the mechanism I can't seem to upload photos but if anyone has any expertise in this area i would be happy to email them picturesThank you in advance :)
  19. Hi all, I got this watch (Joie 17 jewels) as a present from my grandfather before he passed away some years ago. He told me that he got the watch from an old friend and its from the 1920-1930`s. I dont know if its true, but i would be gratefull for any information about this clock since i didnt find anything about it online.
  20. Hello friends, I recently found an old watch from my parents. It is a Vacheron Constantin ref 733221.42005. Are there some people who can get me information about this watch, when it was made, some cool facts and stuff... Looking forward to hear from you
  21. Hi I'm new to the forum and ive got interest in vintage watches but I'm never sure of there date or value when I buy them.at the moment ive been buying timex and citizen.does anyone know anything about Oris watches please?
  22. Anyone heard of...or know anything about "SHIELD" watches ? this one keeps really good time got it offa e bay for £11....date 1960s maybe?? haven't a clue? last picture only added to show other hand as 1st one was 12pm when i took it lol...(please excuse my awful photos....never seem to be able to achieve a good one
  23. Great job simon thank you. ..wanted to leave message on feedback board but couldn't work out how to... one day i'll manage a crisp photo lol
  24. Anyone got any info on ARTA watches?....this one looks 40s or 50s ?
  25. Anyone know where i could find a bezel for this TARA All Sport Divers Watch?....Or if one can't be found ....if it would be possible to fit a generic replacement of some type or perhaps one from another watch with same size face?....Any suggestions?.......watch face is 30mm diameter and case 35mm (minus crown) many thanks
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