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Hi,

 

Im Alex, an aircraft mechanic by trade. I've never really considered or given much thought to watches, although always worn one. Only recently, with a purchase of a Wolf watch winder, have I started to think about buying one (after getting a triple winder despite having only two automatic watches).

 

I usually like to 'nerd out' when I find a new interest, but watches seem a bit of a minefield!

 

So hopefully I can learn a bit more here, and eventually come to a decision for my next automatic watch (although I suspect it won't fall into the same budget as some of you on here!).

 

Anyway, here's what I have so far...

 

Breitling Chronomat - Gifted to me as a 21st birthday present. Although dont know much more about it or a specific date/movement etc.

 

Citizen Automatic - I bought this for £5 from a friend in the playground about 14 years ago now and have not yet been able to identify it.

 

Citizen Eco-Drive - Purchased more recently (maybe 7/8 years ago) to wear as an everyday watch, so a little worse for wear now.

 

Vertex Revue - I acquired while going through my grandparents house after they had passed away. Inscribed on the back as a gift from his employer for good service ending 1974. It's a manual wind and seems to be in good working order.

 

Certina Waterking - Also taken from my grandfather, although unfortunately this one doesn't work quite as well. Manual wound, although the second hand sticks at the same point every time. I had it in a jewellers waiting for over a year for them to find the part to replace it (worn barrel???, if I remember correctly) but they never found one.

 

So I suppose I should probably start by finding out about the watches I currently own first!

 

If any of you fine gentlemen happen to know any more, or can offer any sources for me to have a look into to get some more info for them, that would be much appreciated [emoji106]

 

I look forward to learning more, although I doubt I'll have much to offer, I'm sure there will be plenty or newbie questions coming your way!c114b59d8fe2ea1274e4860b3ef92a40.jpgbcecc0e0e233043142532b284445d74c.jpg2b1e16482290e4a0e450a89646cb6b27.jpg41c05a00c5f2a546428193c61e46afe0.jpg38cb21de790e905c58effe57e553f5a8.jpg

 

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Check the vertex for hallmarks. Maybe on the lugs or the back or inside the back or on the case where the strap meets the case.although depending on the case it may not be possible to remove the back as it could be a ‘front loader’ so called because the glass has to be removed to get to the movement and see the inside of the case.

watches given by employers for long service were often 9 carat gold!

welcome to the forum by the way.

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Thanks! Theres no sign of any hallmark on the outside, and its does look as though it may be a front loader as you describe. Theres no case 'back' really, it just joins a seam all the way around the watch.

It may be worth me giving it a clean up and taking it into somewhere for a quick service. I assume that kind of watch will be well within the skillset of the usual hishstreet jeweller/watch hospital type place? Or may it benefit from someone more specialised in the older stuff? Thanks for the pointer though.

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19 hours ago, Kern47 said:

Citizen Automatic - I bought this for £5 from a friend in the playground about 14 years ago now and have not yet been able to identify it.

It's a Citizen Eagle 7, there are lots of different styles, but all have the same 8200 movement. They're nice watches, but don't fetch a lot used and are popular with the redialers from India. Yours looks good, though, and you did well for a fiver.

I'm intrigued by the Eco-Drive in the watch winder, but I think it's switched off. :)

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It's a Citizen Eagle 7, there are lots of different styles, but all have the same 8200 movement. They're nice watches, but don't fetch a lot used and are popular with the redialers from India. Yours looks good, though, and you did well for a fiver.
I'm intrigued by the Eco-Drive in the watch winder, but I think it's switched off. [emoji4]
Thanks for the ID on that one [emoji106] it spent quite some time in a drawer forgotten about until recently, but holds time well enough so is now the one I just wear to work.

And dont worry I'm not that new to watches [emoji23] the Eco-Drive is just there because I have no other autos to fill the slot and it has the window to let some light onto it.

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