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    Limit 24h – humble Englishman (AWW 17)

    Specifications

    Name: Limit
    Model Reference: ?
    Movement: Remex 6641B quartz, Hong Kong made, 1 jewel, unadjusted, battery type 370
    Time display: 24 hour, minute, sweep seconds
    Date: at 3
    Case: gold plated, stainless steel snap case back
    Size: 36 mm diameter without crown, lug to lug 42 mm
    Height: 9 mm
    Face: white, black hour numbers, 0 on top, black minute markers an red numbers
    Text on dial: Limit, quartz
    Text on back: -
    Hands and markers: black lumed hands for hours, minutes, seconds
    Water-resistance: no
    Crown: main at 3
    Crystal: flat mineral crystal
    Lug: 18 mm
    Bracelet: leather strap with buckle

    Purchase

    This is one of the cheapest watches in my 24h collection – GBP 8.50, inclusive shipping. Bought in 2013 from one UK seller and I think I was the sole bidder. The added two pictures were vague but the description was promising: “This 24 hour watch is nearly new only worn a couple of times and only shows wear where the buckle has been done up.“



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    There are not so many English watch brands today. Recently we had in Afka’s Weekly Watch #2 RLT 62, very nice and solid affordable 24h quartz wristwatch. This time is here another Englishman from the lowest “super affordable” layer.

    This watch is from English brand Limit that I had never heard of. Good summary on already over 100 years old watchmaker is in The Watch Forum:

    Julian Latham, on 27 March 2013 - 06:39 PM, said:
    The Limit brand has an interesting past. The name was registered in 1912 but its origins go back to businesses established by the Hirst Brothers. They imported watches from Switzerland, selling them both retail and wholesale. The business was based in Oldham for many years but in the early 60's was bought by Time Products (UK) and eventually they closed the Oldham site. From about 1972 the Limit brand became Limit International and appears to source its (quartz) watches from the Far East.
    You can visit Limit’s homepage at Limit Watches.

    Our reviewed watch was produced in the 90s is my guess and is of course sourced from Far East. After the case was opened it was clear that I have here another movement maker I haven’t heard of before.

    On the movement is stamped: “One (1) jewel, Hong Kong, unadjusted, Remex Electronics Ltd.”. After some research I found the movement code too – 6641B.

    Remex Electronics was a Hong Kong company, established in 1976, dissolved in 2000. Remex produced mechanical and mainly quartz movements, and also watches under the own brand.

    This Limit is in a very good condition. No usage marks indeed. Even the case back was like it was never opened.

    The look and feel of this watch is on about the same level as, let say, 60 EUR German Hummel watches. Here we have a date feature, what is missing on all the Ronda763.24-based watches. The dial is nicely designed and for sure somebody likes it that there is no “24” but “0” instead.

    But still this watch is made as cheap as possible. The only way to set the date was to shovel back and forth between 20 and 0. The case back is absolutely plain, nothing said even on water resistance.

    The gold plated case isn’t hot today, no doubt. This watch looks more like a ladies watch to me. I mean here because of exterior, not the size. But have you heard on 24h ladies watches? Yes, I know that there are some special 24h ladies watches around (example Aristo), but they are rare. Have you ever saw a lady wearing 24h watch? No. I haven’t seen even a man wearing 24h watch. But from the web I know they must exist somewhere.

    Summary

    Not bad, but not for me. On this price and complexity level gold colored watch seems inappropriate.
    From the positive side – the loss was minimal. And it is always nice to spot some 24h model even not described in extremely valuable site 24hourwatch.info

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    Re: Limit 24h – humble Englishman (AWW 17)

    I saw in auction a Remex watch - exactly the same as Limit watch above, only on the dial Remex instead of Limit. That means that this watch was not only equipped with Remex movement but also produced by Remex in Hong Kong and distributed in UK by Limit.

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    Re: Limit 24h – humble Englishman (AWW 17)

    Nice watch! I'm a fan of 0 on the dial. I might try for the one on Ebay at the moment, though the condition doesn't sound as good as yours and the photos are terrible!

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    Re: Limit 24h – humble Englishman (AWW 17)

    I have one of these and was very happy with it, but it's been unused in a drawer since I got a smartphone and started using that for the time.
    Now I want to resurrect it, but I had obviously taken out the battery, and now I don't know which size it uses. I can see from your photographs that the battery code ends in 20W but can anyone give me the full number?

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    Re: Limit 24h – humble Englishman (AWW 17)

    Take a look at the first post above : battery type 370

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    Re: Limit 24h – humble Englishman (AWW 17)

    Grr Thank you, my eyes missed that entirely. Unfortunately putting in a battery reveals that it doesn't work...maybe too long spent sitting in that drawer. Is it worth spending money getting it to work?

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    Re: Limit 24h – humble Englishman (AWW 17)

    The lizard leather strap looks good!

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    Re: Limit 24h – humble Englishman (AWW 17)

    Quote Originally Posted by frisket View Post
    Grr Thank you, my eyes missed that entirely. Unfortunately putting in a battery reveals that it doesn't work...maybe too long spent sitting in that drawer. Is it worth spending money getting it to work?
    no earthing twice with a paperclip trick?

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