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Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 1:50pm
by SynMike
My friend just took ownership of a 50+ year old jewelry store. The repair department has boxes of items that were never picked up. So far we have found about 400 watches. He has a few more boxes we will tackle next week so we may end up at about 600. Why didn’t owners pick them up? Some unrepairable, some too expensive to repair, some the customer just never showed up. I am helping him sort. His repair guy will go back over the ones that seem worthwhile.

About 1/2 are boring quartz watches that would have sold for $40-$60, no name, now out of style, essentially worthless now. There are a surprising number of fakes, most labelled as unrepairable ;-). The non-fakes will probably go on ebay in 5 pound bags. :-)

Here are some of the ones that I personally found most interesting. There are about 70 mechanicals so far, Seikos, Bulovas, and a various vintage incabloc era. I hope to get one of the Seikos and the Longines in these photos. I’m wearing the Seiko 6119-7180 now: it is running about 2 minute slow per day but I assume it will be better after servicing.

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Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 2:02pm
by Racer-X
Holy shit. That is awesome. Looking forward to the rest!

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 2:24pm
by Thunder1
Wow!!!..what a discovery..you guys are going to have some fun...

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 2:30pm
by foghorn
Dangulus Fuckus


That Pulsar was worth a ton back in the day!

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 2:59pm
by AntFarm
The Seiko Navigator is in really nice shape. Could that be an original bracelet? Nice so far!

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 3:36pm
by smellody
That's super Cool! I want the Tooter!

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 4:01pm
by AlbertaTime
Cool post, wonderful finds!!

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 4:15pm
by biglove
Wow! Just wow!

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 4:19pm
by TemerityB
This gets a wow from me, too. Those old Omega Geneves, if serviced right, should run just about forever. Lots of other great stuff there too.

Wow!

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 4:39pm
by MKTheVintageBloke
The pocket Omega looks like a cal. 18SPB, however the calibre number is determined by the diameter of the movement in lignes, and this would range from 12''' to 19''' (the smallest and largest that I know of), with the layout being universal for all these sizes. The serial around the 14XXXXX mark would be somewhere between 1898-1900, I guess - at least that'd be my estimate based on Chuck Maddox's serial numbers chart. Can't see any Swiss hallmarks on the case (since the markings are illegible, can't determine case material- better pic of that needed), so I assume it has been cased locally in the US.

Of the Omegas pictured, I guess the Geneve f300 tuning fork is the one you'd really want to have - the f300s are quite collectible these days.

The ladies' ones are worth zilch, but I guess they make fine gifts for lasses anyway, especially that Geneve, it's the most timeless of the bunch - it is often the curse of ladies' watches, that trends in their design tend to change awfully quickly, and quite radically.

The Seikos (especially the Navigator) and the Longines are great. Especially the Longines- an Ultra-Chron in a shape that good? Get it if you can!
The Bulova Oceanographer looks interesting as well.

Pity about the Tudor, as the case is knackered- will need a new crown and stem tube, which means expenses. A fucking lot of expenses.

Never heard of La Salle, the movement doesn't ring any bells either. Never seen it before, not that I'd remember. There is only one matching (fitting the watch) trademark in Mikrolisk - La Salle, registered to the Timor Watch Co. of La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1930. My guess would be that it's from the late 1930s, mid 1940s at the latest. Obviously intended to look like a railroad watch (a popular design gimmick in PWs made for the US market from the 1930s on), although a fairly basic movement without a more precise regulator rules it out as one.

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 7th 2017, 11:59pm
by SynMike
Thanks for everyone's comments and especially or such great information about some of these watches. I know very little about vintage pieces and all of this is really helpful.

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 8th 2017, 7:03am
by Tzimisces
foghorn wrote:Dangulus Fuckus


That Pulsar was worth a ton back in the day!

That's the one that caught my eye. I've been wanting an LED from my youth. I never had one, as they were too expensive for a kid. I did finally get my stepfather's old Armitron LCD circa 1980, but it wasn't the same.

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 8th 2017, 8:11am
by conjurer
Dang, what a great time capsule of horological coolness!

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 8th 2017, 8:46am
by Kahuna74
wow fucking A.

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 8th 2017, 8:44pm
by SynMike
I read online that the batteries for those old Pulsar models are no longer available. That might be true, but that is only according to one internet comment.

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 8th 2017, 9:09pm
by Mark1
Lots of cool stuff. I really like that Seiko that you've been wearing in the daily thread.

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 9th 2017, 1:24pm
by SynMike
I think we have about 50 watches that will interest watch geeks, maybe up to 100 after looking through a couple of other boxes. Most have been sitting in an envelop for 10-20 years. So they will all need to be serviced to be usable. We need to decide for each one whether it is worth getting serviced. I have very little experience with vintage watches so I don't know values. Can I ask for input here? Or any recommendations on the best forums to ask for value advice?

BTW, the friend who now owns all these watches is a Swatch watch collector. He has about 150 Swatch watches, most from the 80s and early 90s. He looks on them as art. He has about 100 of them mounted in picture frames, about 10 in each frame. Some very unique ones are in unopened box. He has a couple dozen he wears.

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 9th 2017, 1:40pm
by foghorn
Timex electric probably isn't worth fixing,if it can even be fixed. The Bulova Accutron Quartz might also be tough to get repaired. The automatic Bulova might be worth a look.
I'd also do some research on the Pulsar. That might possibly be a diamond in the rough.

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 9th 2017, 3:31pm
by smellody
SynMike wrote:I think we have about 50 watches that will interest watch geeks, maybe up to 100 after looking through a couple of other boxes. Most have been sitting in an envelop for 10-20 years. So they will all need to be serviced to be usable. We need to decide for each one whether it is worth getting serviced. I have very little experience with vintage watches so I don't know values. Can I ask for input here? Or any recommendations on the best forums to ask for value advice?

BTW, the friend who now owns all these watches is a Swatch watch collector. He has about 150 Swatch watches, most from the 80s and early 90s. He looks on them as art. He has about 100 of them mounted in picture frames, about 10 in each frame. Some very unique ones are in unopened box. He has a couple dozen he wears.


I have some vintage Swatch I'd be happy to trade for that Tooter.

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 9th 2017, 5:36pm
by svaglic
If you see any Unicorns pull them out. There is a connection with the early ones and Rolex.
RWC LTD is a mark to look for when you crack the back.
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Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 10th 2017, 12:04pm
by bobbee
I got a unique horn for those watches!
What a haul!

Re: Found 400 Watches

PostPosted: October 10th 2017, 6:48pm
by TemerityB
All I know for ding dang sure: Fix the Omegas. There's always a market for those (what appear to be) 70s models, though you won't make a mint, you'll surely make a profit.