I picked up this cool watch over the weekend. It needed a winding stem and crown, and new crystal. I cleaned the movement also. I thought I would show some pics.
Here is the before:
Dial looks good :)
Here are pics of both sides of the movement:
.. and the finished product. Not bad for $5! A little pitting on the case but otherwise looks great.
I tried to look up some info on this movement. I found some on Roland's site. I also found a strange set of posts on a German Military forum where the moderator seemed to be arguing with the owner that the watch was fake and the movement was from 1950, even though the owner showed catalog pages of the watch movement from a 1948 manual. Well, I really don't care to argue :) .. I just like it! If anyone does have an information on the age of something like this, I woul love to hear what you know.
Some other markings...
The back of the case "Shock Absorber - Non Magnetic - Waterproof", and a serial number "3190" above a "2".
Inside back "General Watch Company, Switzerland", and "Helbros Watch Co. Switzerland" with a case number "4275993". There are also 6 different service scribbles on the inside back which may explain why the movement was relatively clean even though the crystal and case were kind of beat up.
You will also notice a "1697" on the dial side of the movement, and "820B" on the other side.