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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm new to the site so hope I'm doing this right! I've been looking (and looking) for years about some information on my Wittnauer. I used to be a jeweler in Florida and came across this watch when going through their 'scrap' watches. I fell in love with it and was told it was finders keepers. I only know the following - it is a Wittnauer Geneve Automatic, with a 10K bezel and pop-off stainless steel back. It has the Wittnauer W on the crown, a working day/date window, and is in amazing condition. Wondering if anyone else knows anything about it.... Whenever I have searched for similar watches, I rarely see a black dial, and could never find another just like it. Would love anyone's input! P.S. Below is a photo of the watch now (with new brown strap), and it's strap when I found it, in case it seemed to be the original strap for ID. Links to photos: http://pinterest.com/pin/323625923201119637/ http://pinterest.com/pin/323625923201129344/
  2. Please read the rules BEFORE posting, this is not a free selling place.
  3. It appears Mac is on the DL. Anyway, it's time for your Vintage watches. Omega Seamaster Chronograph, cal.1040 22 jewel automatic. 1973. Later, William
  4. Hello watch enthusiasts! I'm stumped. I got this vintage Gigandet triple date chrono watch the other night and trying to find some information on it. I've seen a few just like it except the others all have "Wakmann" marked on the to which this one does not. I have not found any like this without "Wakmann". Is this a different version? From what I know Wakmann was the US distributor of Gigandet but I could be wrong. The inside is marked "Charles Gigandet" also has the 730 with a letter "R". By the way, it works great! Any information that could be shared about this would be greatly appreciated.
  5. I'm stumped. I got this vintage Gigandet triple date chrono watch the other night and trying to find some information on it. I've seen a few just like it except the others all have "Wakmann" marked on them although this one does not. I have not found any like this without "Wakmann". Is this a different version/model? From what I know Wakmann was the US distributor of Gigandet but I could be wrong. The inside is marked "Charles Gigandet" also has the 730 with a letter "R". By the way, it works great! Any information that could be shared about this would be greatly appreciated.
  6. It's happening! Omega Seamaster 600, cal.601 17 jewels. 1966. Later, William
  7. As 6 months has gone by since i first stumbled upon this forum from a start of 4 watches I now own 14 working examples (2 of which I've fixed myself!?) and a collection of ones that need some work to get going and are in various states of dis/repair! For a bit of Sunday fun, where can you get the $2 bill seen in the following photos? And why were they issued? No prize just sharing the knowledge and I am sure you will feel like you have accomplished something on your Sunday once you know the answer! So the photos first the working ones (resplendent in the watch box I got as a Christmas present from the parents) IMG_1087 by Jorrit and Hillary, on Flickr IMG_1088 by Jorrit and Hillary, on Flickr any questions feel free to ask and before you do yes it does annoy me that some of the non hacking units are not quite in sync! then here we have a few I'm either working on myself or saving up to send off to get sorted. IMG_1094 by Jorrit and Hillary, on Flickr have a nice Sunday all Yogi edit - even worse than the non synced seconds just notice the dutch cuff-link that's upside down! Grrrr
  8. Good evening All, I just bought a cheap light tent to try to improve my watch photos. After a few experiments this morning, I'm pretty amazed at the difference it has made. It makes it much, much easier to get a good shot without ruinous reflections. Here are a few of the results. A couple of recent acquisitions plus two of my favourites. First up, the most recent arrival - my Sturmanski Radiation Resistant chronograph: Sturmanskie Chronograph by wotsch2, on Flickr Sturmanskie Chronograph by wotsch2, on Flickr Second, a Glashütte Spezimatic: Spezimatic Weltzeit by wotsch2, on Flickr Spezimatic Weltzeit by wotsch2, on Flickr Next up, my Komandisrki Airforce chrono: KomanKomandirski Airforce Chronodirski_Airforce_Chrono_14 by wotsch2, on Flickr Komandirski Airforce Chrono by wotsch2, on Flickr (continues...)
  9. I'm 17 and looking to buy my first 'nice' vintage, mechanical dress watch. £600 - £800 ish budget. I have VERY limited experience in the field and would appreciate any guidance and advice you could offer, whether it is on an actual watch or just the culture surrounding vintage pieces. Thanks!
  10. Hi, some idea about price? http://lorddub.rajce.idnes.cz/nastenka
  11. Hello! I'm new to the forum, and have to admit I'm not too big on watches, but I collect world war 2 militaria and I came across this Leonidas G.S.T.P which i want to find out more about. I already found a topic here about the same type of watch, and read up on the markings so Im familiar with GSTP now, I'm just wondering if there is any way to find out more about the watch's history. Dial: Military markings on the back: Army marking: British broad arrow with G.S.T.P Army serial number: N 5518 Markings inside the watch: Serial Number: 373738 no markings on the movement somebody carved: W. J. 15. 4. 50 into the side of the lid as well (I guess the owner) /the opened pics were taken by the guy i bought it from, i dont have the tools or confidence to open it/ I checked it for 3 days now and it keeps time very well, I only gain a few extra seconds every day. Is there any way to track the history of the watch (which unit, or at least branch received it)? Also if anyone can give any info on these pocket watches and how they ended up in British service I would be grateful :)
  12. I have bought a few with this description recently, and so far I am 6 for 6, all just needed the battery :thumbup: . But when this was described as needing a battery I took a punt Paid a price that nothing would work, it was full of water or a transplanted movement (ie not enough to worry about) and it was working fine when it arrived. Still can't work out what battery it needs :yahoo: Shame about the marks on the dial but I think I am still on the safe side of not losing money
  13. Hi All, here's an unusual watch that I've just got back from the watchmaker after 6 months waiting (just because he's busy, not because it was difficult to service). Stowa_Digital_01small by wotsch2, on Flickr It's from the early seventies, so before quartz digital watches took off. Stowa_Digital_02small by wotsch2, on Flickr Stowa joined a German watch manufacturers cooperation called "Pallas" in 1974 (sources: here, and here) and mechanical digital watches from 1974 were branded Stowa Pallas (e.g. here), so that would date my watch to 1973 or earlier with only the brand Stowa on the dial. Stowa_Digital_03small by wotsch2, on Flickr The movement is, I believe, a PUW 1560D, running at 3Hz/21600bph, which was designed for mechanical digital watches with second, minute and jumping hour. This was a common movement in many a brand's mechanical digital watches of the time. Stowa_Digital_04small by wotsch2, on Flickr The case is around 36mm across and a comparatively chunky 11mm thick, or 12mm including the protruding glass. Although 36mm may seem small by today's standards, the case shape, integrated bracelet and large amount of metal on display give the watch a significant presence on the wrist. Stowa_Digital_05small by wotsch2, on Flickr This is a really cool seventies watch and I had been waiting for quite a while to find an example in this kind of condition. Apart from one or two bumps, the watch is in very good nick. I'm chuffed. -wotsch
  14. A Grail has arrived..., after some, 4 decades! Better grab a cup of coffee (or other favorite beverage - this group probably prefers tea) before getting into this one... The Juvenia Architect or Protractor Watch: First, your going to have to suffer through a little history lesson... Since the early 70's I have been trying to track one down. I was starting in an engineering position then and I ran across mention of this and saw a picture of it. I was hooked from the moment I first laid eyes on it. I remember trying to track one down at the time and it was nearly impossible. The one I found was outrageously priced and things are a lot different now than they were then. Now some 40 years later, we have this magic thing called the internet. The internet changed the whole world of collectors for all things. Now it is possible to "shop" for things across the state, into other states, other nations, and half way around the world! The whole collecting world would be forever - turned upside down... us oldies remember a world without the internet and trying to hunt down things, "the old fashioned way"..., anyways, I digress. The Architect or Protractor Watch was made from 1960 - 1961 (as far as I can tell) by the manufacturing company of Juvenia. Stainless Steel case of ~33mm in diameter. The movement is a Juvenia Swiss Caliber 612. Original hands, dial, crown, signed movement, etc. Very unusual and very hard to find. Like I say, I was a young and foolish lad who saw something that sparked something deep down inside of me. I never gave up the search and later in my life the "want" turned into a "need". I was constantly on the lookout for one. The few times I could ever find one (I can count the times on one hand) either they were trashed or completely out of my range. Then one day in December 2007 (it is actually the Jan. 2008 issue), I was cruising the magazine rack at the local newsstand (remember those?) and I ran across a copy of "Esquire" (was a great mag, by the way). To my amazement... there was a picture of Johnny Depp on the cover - WEARING MY WATCH ! ! I stopped and did a double-take. Like they weren't hard enough or expensive enough before he decided to parade it across America..., that's GREAT! Seriously? It set the watch world on it's ear and created quite a buzz. Not the best of pictures and no one could identify the watch..., I knew immediately what it was - it was: MY GRAIL!! People were asking what it was, where they could find one, etc. I knew and now I had to have one even more than before. Now it was being called, "The Johnny Depp Watch"... awesome... now I'll never be able to get one!! Turn to 2014 and I find one for sale. It is not in pristine condition, it has some issues. It was cleaned and runs great but the guy is asking what I believe to be an exorbitant amount for the watch. I email him and of course, point out all of the flaws (you all know what I'm talking about and know how to play the game). I make, what I feel is a fair offer considering everything. I am sure he will probably think it's a low-ball offer. I explain everything and my passion for watch collecting..., how I have wanted one of these for years, etc., etc. To my amazement... he accepts my offer!! I probably had no business even making an offer as the timing is extremely bad, but you know how we are? I get the dough off to him and a few days later, it's sitting on my wrist. Like I said, it is not pristine or anything and shows a few signs of wear with some nice patina. I figure I will, hopefully someday, be able to upgrade it to a more Mint example, but until then, I am pretty excited and honored to be able to wear it on my wrist. I even like the "patina" it has acquired over all of these years - sorta like me! I feel Juvenia's are a rather misunderstood brand. Juvenia is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer currently located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It is one of the few Swiss watch companies to have manufactured watches without interruption since its creation in 1860 (150+ years of history - pretty amazing!). One of the first watch manufacturers in 1914, to make a ladies wristwatch, when they came out with a movement that measured 9.5mm x 2.5mm thick (in 1914)! The watches now sell anywhere from a few bucks (on the used market) to tens of thousands of dollars (they currently make a nice tourbillion, as well). I can't see this one coming off or leaving my wrists for any long period of time. I feel this one put Juvenia in the history books and on the horological map (okay..., along with several other horological achievements in their rich 150 year history). The only regret is the size - ~33mm, oh well, the price we 'vintage people' pay to love, understand and want to wear vintage pieces. Referred to as the Architect or Protractor watch because of the reference to the protractor shaped hour hand (which has amazing detail on it's 180° dial with all the markings), the golden arrow minute hand (split at the tip), often referred to as a ruler and the second hand that resembles a pointer in a vintage magnetic compass. Whew... Okay, I know, without further ado (I will apologize ahead of time for the crummy cell phone pix), It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the Juvenia Architect or Protractor watch (aka, alias - "The Johnny Depp Watch" - arghh)...: The one Johnny Depp is wearing for the magazine article is a gold filled version which was the most common. Mine is the stainless steel version and the more sought after, especially with the current trends. I ran across one in a high end auction house in about 2005 and I believe that is the one Depp is wearing on his wrist. A few extra shots of him in the article as well...: I will try and attach a video of just how this thing looks while it's being set... This piece is just too cool and I hope you feel the same!! Any Engineer's, Architect's, Metrologist's (what I am), Machinist's, etc., wet dream come true. My son, who has followed in my footsteps and became a machinist - saw it and fell in love with it. He couldn't keep his eyes off of it and even said, "That ones going to me, right...??" (like... he's not getting them all?!). There have been a few watches of mine he has liked but none hold the fascination for him that this one does. If I ever run across another, I may have to pick it up for him. And, the little video, if you are interested to see how it looks in fast motion (click on the image)...: I have owned this watch for a couple of months now, as I wanted to bond with it. It has been extremely hard to hold off posting on a, "What are you wearing today" thread. I have put it's, "Coming Out Party" together whenever I had a few moments to sit down at the computer and type a few sentences and get everything down. Perhaps only a real watch enthusiast can really appreciate it. I mean, if all you want to do is glance down at your watch to tell the time - then this is not for you. What I really like is; you have to make a conscious effort to literally look at the watch and decipher what time it is. It is definitely not intuitive and it forces you to stop what you are doing, clear your mind and determine what time it is. That's exactly what I like about it, other than it's obvious..., "You've never seen another watch like this", "In your face - good looks!", etc. After a couple of months wearing it, it has become a lot easier to read, I just can't go back to my other watches (my Carlo Ferrara is a similar situation). What can I say...? I am in love with this watch! Sorry to get so 'windy' on you guys... I hope you have enjoyed it and possibly now, this is on your radar as well (or at least the brand name)... good luck and I hope it doesn't take you 40 years to find your grail, whether it be a Juvenia Architect or something else!
  15. Inspired by the photos of East German Glashüttes added to Always"watching"'s fine posts (here and here) on one of the modern brands from the town, I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread of GDR watches. I know a few of us have them, so let's collect them all together in one place. To get started, I have a few Glashütte Spezichrons: GUB_11-27a_01small by wotsch, on Flickr GUB_11-26b_01small by wotsch, on Flickr GUB_11-25_06small by wotsch, on Flickr GUB_11-26d_01small by wotsch2, on Flickr GUB_11-27_04small by wotsch, on Flickr (continues...)
  16. Hi all. I have an 1891 Elgin Pocket watch in need of tlc. I have already sent it to One company who waited 8 weeks before telling me they couldn't/weren't willing to fix it for whatever reason. It has a heartbeat, it just needs some surgery. I'm basically in love with it and I'm not willing to put it back on the auction site I got it from! I'm looking for any repair companies you guys would recommend. Thanks, James
  17. Hello, I am new to this site. But I have inherited these two vintage ladies watches and was wondering ifanyone could enlighten me as to their value. I think they are from the 60's and the UNO one is 9ct gold case and strap. The Everite is just 9ct gold case and rolled gold strap. They are both working perfectly. The seconds hand on the UNO is missing so ive ordered a replacement for it. I look forward to hearing any information you may have. Many thanks, Alison
  18. Hi, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to find out what type battery to use in this TIMEX electronic telephone dial wristwatch that I have. Thanks Thomas
  19. Hello, my name is Alan – or Cubby to my friends. I live up t' north and have been collecting watches since 1998. I call myself a watch “NUT†because I cant stop looking at, reading about, and buying watches. My latest watch is a Lebem Spitzberg calendographe, with pointer and days of the week in French around the bezel, ( I would like to use this opportunity to thank Mel for the link he posted to a similar Lebem, on an earlier topic I found on this forum ). My “poshest†watch is a 1964, Rolex Explorer in stainless with black face which I bought from a Sheffield jeweler in 1998 and started my interest in watches. But the most joy I get is from an old beat up 70's retro Sekonda, made in USSR, TV style watch which I bought as part of a non working job lot off the Bay. It was in a very sorry state and I deduced it must have belonged to a potatoe planter who was a motorbike stunt rider in his spare time! After a couple of tweeks the movement sprang to life – and kept going! A quick polish of the crystal revealed a lovely metalic blue face, with day & date, and is on my wrist as I type, still keeping good time. The chrome case is very scratched and I have considered having it re-chromed, but will probably leave as is. The first watch I ventured to take apart and clean was a vintage 40's Lucerne, which is now a bag of bits in a tin. The vintage Lucerne has got to be the most – or one of the most difficult watches to work on. No doubt I will be corrected! I will post pictures of some of my collection over the coming months ( if anyone wants to see them ). So - signing off now, but I will be staying in tune to the forum for some interesting tips and snippits. And if I can help – some comments from me. TTFN -Cubby
  20. Hi Guys. I bought a vintage Jaeger Lecoultre, but i dont know much about it maybe you guys can help me with some info. Its a mens watch. The watch is made of 14 carat gold The case is 25mm wide without the crown, 27 with crown. The height is 25mm and 30mm with the lug. *What would this watch be worth? *From witch date is it? *Witch model is this? *Will the value go up on this watch? I hope you guys can help me with some info, Thnx. Greetings, Vintage3489
  21. I am trying to identify a pocket watch that I recently acquired. It has no maker's mark, nor any inscription on the movement apart from the usual FA SR. It has a serial number on the dust cover, "2988," as well as six sets of numbers hand-engraved on the dust cover and rear casing, which I assume to be servicers' marks. None of these engravings seem to pertain to the date, unless the last two digits of "2095/31" refer to the year. Not sure if it's worth noting, but the dial is porcelain or enamel (it has hairline cracks), the crystal is plastic and the watch hands are blued steel. I realise that this information is unlikely to be helpful, but I hope that someone might have seen a similar model and would be able to give me either a maker or a date. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Scott.
  22. Well after years of enjoying watches I finally decided that I would love to start to be able to look after old watches. So my goal is to learn to clean watches and carry out minor repairs. Over the last few months I have picked up a few "victims" and some basic tools. I will add more as I progress and need them to allow me to finish other jobs. So today with a rare few hours to spare I plucked up courage and started my first tinkering session. I have an old roamer with a sub second dial. The second hand had fallen off and could be seen through the crystal. So I took the back off, removed the crown and stem, removed the mechanism, collected the second hand, reattached it, and re assembled the watch! Very basic job but still happy I managed to do this. I found this incredibly fiddly and showed me that I need some more tools, especially a range of magnifying loupes.
  23. Hello chaps, chatting to the father-in-law last night in the pub and the topic of watches came up, he mentioned his fathers watch that he has in a drawer, a non-running approx 1950s swiss made Roamer manual wind and wants to fix it up, I have done a bit of digging but cant find anything about the watch at all. Perhaps someone here can help? with info on the watch and where best to get it fixed up? I know its not worth much but its sentimental. Greatly appreciated.
  24. What do you think about this vintage watch, I've got it from my Grandmother, it is produced in 1960 according to Audemars Piguet database with Platinum and Diamonds.
  25. Hi I'm new to this site and this is my first post. Firstly hello to everyone, it looks like a great site for watch enthusiasts. I have a small collection of Hallmark watches though don't know a great deal about them and was wondering if other members knew much or had an opinion on them? I know they were an American company owned at one point by Waltham and were manufacturing their watches in Switzerland, though that's about it.
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