Patience Is A Virtue
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:53 PM
A couple years passed. Then a miracle happened. An NOS movement, dial and hands was posted on ebay. I had bought from the seller before and in short order, a deal was concluded at a VERY high price. I had Rene overhaul the watch, which also entailed him finding a rare two piece stem. I think the result is stunning. Here it is:
It is true: this is not an electric watch. But it has more in common, by way of design, with the early electric watches, than it does with its horological contemporaries.
The movement is an interesting story. It is a 17 jewel automatic movement that Hamilton sourced from Keurth Freres. It is very similar to the Certina 25-451 which was also made by Keurth Freres, but differs in that the Certina was a 23 jewel movement. We can't account for the difference, except to think that the import duties must have been higher on a 23 jewel movement. The answer to that question is shrouded in the mysts of time.
So back to my title statement: "Patience is a Virtue". I think you can find nearly everything if you have the patience to wait. It may take several months, years, or perhaps decades but you will ultimately find everything that you are looking for. Sermon over!
Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:41 PM
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:49 PM
There has been 3 of these on the worlds favourite auction site in the past month. One was a buy-it-now at $4500 but shockingly it didn't sell. I confess I toyed with the idea.
The one from Rene's book is up for sale now but at a buy-it-now of $12000 it doesn't look like he seriously wants to sell it & who can blame him?
Beautiful watch Martinus & a great story.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:45 PM
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:20 PM
Above all, I like an happy ending story about a nice watch.
I've read it today. I must say "Thanks, Martinus"!
Edited by Vaurien, 16 April 2012 - 04:20 PM.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:35 PM
When have you changed your avatar? The new one looks cool!
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:39 PM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:48 PM
Ah, so I do manage to keep up with things Looks great mate!
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