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    things that tick! Anniversary 400 day clocks is my main weakness, especially the pre war ones, watches, pocket watches and looking at old church clocks with a 6 foot pendulum!

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  1. Vintage Rolex-What to do ?

    Hi Stephen and welcome to the forum!! It sounds like an interesting watch, my advice would be not to have it refurbished as sometimes this can reduce the value and looks of the watch, many change hands and dials to the detriment of the watch. The "perpetual" models, which are self winding will hold a higher value than yours, i would ask at a local auction house for a valuation or look for similar items on internet auction sites. You could sell it on here but you would need 50 posts to access the classifieds section of the forum. If you have the original box or receipt this would increase the value a little, am sure a few other members will give some helpful advice as well
  2. The sad passing of Mr Levity

    Very sorry to hear that Emily, sending condolences to you and your family
  3. Local watchmaker's.

    S Smith & Sons are extremely well regarded and make very nice watches, and of course other ones do too
  4. A gem and a bit of help please.

    Oh dear Mike that's not good............ Beautiful watch by the way, flowers engraved around the head of the screws, and tapered pillars as well, very nice!
  5. Mystery inside a puzzle....

    I would hazzard a guess and say that it was retailed by California watch Co, and that they had a few silver plated brass plaques engraved with their name and this was then screwed onto the movement at an appropriate place, they probably screwed a lot of plaques onto watch movements then sold them on in my opinion The watch could easily date from 1877.............. 13 years out was not a bad guess!! Having a Swiss movement fitted would still have been cheaper than an American one...........
  6. Heuer Silverstone

    Stunning watch, wow, i have my chequebook here............
  7. Need a picture on here mate, i tried to click on the picture but it says i have to be a member of the replica forum............um......... dont think so............ But if you want a serious answer then were happy to help and perhaps steer you to better quality things, please post pictures of the movements as well
  8. Mystery inside a puzzle....

    Interesting, it has two dial feet which points it to being Swiss movement, as does the counterbalanced lever, which was the inn thing at one time, i would date it approx 1890 American made movements had three dial feet and of a different flair and style America used to buy in swiss made movements and fit them in their own cases, certainly a nice watch!!
  9. Recommend me a clock?

    perhaps a carriage clock?? Mechanical of course, with an hour strike on a gong or bell, they are always timeless....
  10. Trying to identify an antique movement

    Very high quality movement possibly by Henry Blank & Co and Cresarrow, who also did some movements for IWC, see their calibre 94 What marks are in the case? Have a look here http://www.gregsteer.net/IWC/Cresarrow/Henry Blank and Cresarrow.html
  11. Simon2 Watchmaker

    Very sorry to hear that, sending best wishes and hope your feeling better soon
  12. Hi Andy, it would be nice to see some pictures Welcome to the forum!!
  13. Waltham do some lovely movements......... nice watches!!
  14. Vintage 8 day Watch or Clock!?

    Hi, an interesting timepiece Yes you are right, it would have slotted into either a leather fronted case, or a piece of silver or marble, usually square, and then the ring done up behind it The whole back of the watch holds the mainspring, similar in design to hebdomas watches, but other swiss makers also made these It is good that you can hardly hear it ticking, admittedly the escapement is somewhat buried, but a quiet ticking watch is the sound of a smooth efficient escapement working, sometimes along with a high pitched ringing sound. The louder the tick the more energy is being wasted and may also point to further problems with the pallet jewels and locking or a balance staff / roller which is requiring more energy than is necessary due to various reasons All the best!

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