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Bob grover

Identifying approx age of vintage watches by styling

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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?


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cases are rarely marked with a maker, and therefore very difficult to identify.  Some makers (Mido, Rolex and I am sure more) had the serial number between the lugs.  But you would need a big book collection to identify any of the cases.

Styling is deceptive - I bought a cushion cased watch last week that dates from 1999.  Show me just the case, and I might have said 1930's/40s

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