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    Question Please identify this watch - Technos Ancre 15 Rubis

    Hy friends,
    Merry Christmas To everyone!

    I got this watch today. A friend bought it on a flea market.
    I wonder if it is worth anything and if I should invest in repair and regulating it.

    The brand says Techno Ancre 15 Rubis. The dial has the numerals printed in black, the hands shimmer in dark red. The minute is rounded at the end to accomodoate for the glasses radius.Name:  Technos01.jpg
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    The glass seems to be plexi or some other plastic, since it has scratches and makes that typical plasticy sound. All edges on the body are razor sharp and dont seem to be made with the wearer in mind. The lugs are drilled.
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    On the back it says 'FOND ACIER' newline 'INOXYDABLE'.
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    It is to be manually wound and blocks if full.

    Should I invest any more money in this? From what time could it be? Is this even worth something?

    Thank you for every help.


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    Re: Please identify this watch - Technos Ancre 15 Rubis

    Hello and Merry Christmas,

    Here is a brief history of Technos. You might learn more by asking on
    the vintage forum.

    I guess the watch is not worth much. There are a lot of older Technos
    watches offered on eBay (US) for not much money.

    However, the style of your watch is "Art Deco". I think it looks nice.
    There are not many watches with that style. I would be inclined to
    have it serviced and not worry about re-sale value. Just wear it. OR
    I guess that watch might be relatively small. After it runs polish it up
    and find it a nice smaller wrist where you would like to see it occasionally.

    Thanks,
    rationaltime

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    Re: Please identify this watch - Technos Ancre 15 Rubis

    Hi and welcome to our forum.

    That is a very attractive watch in nice cosmetic condition. As rationaltime has said, it is not particularly valuable - and we don't attempt valuations anyway - but it will have a decent quality movement and would probably be 'worth' fixing if you like it, but not to sell. You would need to ask a watchmaker for an estimate.

    It looks to be 1940's to me -probably early 40's as it has 15 jewels not 17 (but that's not a definite indicator.)

    The acrylic crystal was the norm until well into the 1980's. Replacement is easy for a watchmaker if necessary, but it doesn't look bad. Light scratches can be polished out.

    Nice.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Please identify this watch - Technos Ancre 15 Rubis

    Nice preserved watch,from 1940s probably.I would service it if I were you.
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    Re: Please identify this watch - Technos Ancre 15 Rubis

    Thank you all for the quick reply. I wasn't sure if this is really a vintage or a replica.
    Like I said before the thing, which made me wonder, was that all the edges are so sharp. Like you see here.
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    And this points towards some cheap feeling.

    Yes, I like the look too, but I dont want to wear a replica ;) And if I start wearing it, I first need to spent some time rounding the edges..
    So, can I assume that this is the real thing? What would hint me in the right direction? So if I get back home I will try to open the back.

    BTW, if this is the wrong place, then pls forgive me and move it into the right forum. Thought because of the drilled lugs it must be a Pilot-/ Mil-watch.
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    Re: Please identify this watch - Technos Ancre 15 Rubis

    Drilled lugs have been very common those days. No spring bars.
    Kind regards
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    Re: Please identify this watch - Technos Ancre 15 Rubis

    Drilled lugs do not indicate a military watch in any way. In fact, it is unlikely this style of watch was ever issued by any military.

    If you "round the edges" you'll ruin the case which is chromed plated.

    This is the real thing, no one fakes vintage Technos watches (despite the fact that many people here like that style).

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    Re: Please identify this watch - Technos Ancre 15 Rubis

    Oh My God! Thank you bjohnson, I was about to ruin the watch.. Thought it was polished steal, but you are right, this looks like chrom plating.


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    Re: Please identify this watch - Technos Ancre 15 Rubis

    Personally I LOVE that watch. If it is too sharp to wear it would look great on a bund strap, which would of course protect you from the sharp edges.

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