Old, battered Marvin

Old, battered Marvin

Postby Pubbie » June 19th 2018, 4:06am

Hello. I have bought a nice little Marvin for too much money that keeps ok time but doesn't run for more than a few hours. It has a simple Marvin 520 movement that can be fixed with a small hammer so I'm not too worried about that, and although the dial looks in decent condition for its age (early 1950s), I'm puzzled by the marking.

Marvin has a thing about putting roman numerals at the 3, 6, 9 and 12, and there are a few old Marvins knocking around with very similar, but not the same, dials. Post-WWII Marvins had a star above the name, which is what appealed, like a cheap Zenith, whereas most others have a crown. The dial looks its age so if it is a redial, it's a redial from a long time ago, but the printing is reasonably sharp. Not sure the hands are original either (look at the centre of the minute hand) although I've seen other Marvins with hands in a similar style. Anyone have a lead on the likely original manufacture date, and whether this might be a re-dial?
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Re: Old, battered Marvin

Postby artman » June 19th 2018, 4:59am

I have no clues about that watch other than it looks really cool.
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Re: Old, battered Marvin

Postby bobbee » June 19th 2018, 5:44am

Looks definitely 1940's to me. Original hands, that style with a steel centre has been around forever.
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Re: Old, battered Marvin

Postby codguy » June 19th 2018, 6:00am

Size? Simply curious.
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Re: Old, battered Marvin

Postby Pubbie » June 19th 2018, 7:08am

codguy wrote:Size? Simply curious.

Interestingly, 35mm across and 45mm lugs. Sizeable for the era, but it might be a re-case.

If it is, it's a re-case in another Marvin case, and its caseback is definitely too modern for the late 40s/early 50s (I suppose just the caseback could have been replaced in the past to replace an old pitted one).
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Re: Old, battered Marvin

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » June 19th 2018, 7:29am

Case back pics (both sides)?
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Re: Old, battered Marvin

Postby bobbee » June 19th 2018, 9:08am

Probably a recase. Looking a little closer (zoom) I can see marks on the outer edge of the minute track that correspond to being in a smaller case at some time.
Not a redial though.
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Re: Old, battered Marvin

Postby conjurer » June 19th 2018, 9:40am

That's a nice fucking watch, Mr. P!
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Re: Old, battered Marvin

Postby Pubbie » June 19th 2018, 10:42am

Thanks. It’s away at the watch doctor, having all the 1940s coal dust removed so it runs for more than an afternoon, and I’ll take some pictures soon as it comes back.
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Re: Old, battered Marvin

Postby Pubbie » June 19th 2018, 10:43am

bobbee wrote:Probably a recase. Looking a little closer (zoom) I can see marks on the outer edge of the minute track that correspond to being in a smaller case at some time.
Not a redial though.

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