17j vintage Fortis from India,ebay seller?thumbs up or down

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    17j vintage Fortis from India,ebay seller?thumbs up or down

    Guys I just purchased a 17 jewel ST96 movement Fortis handwound mechanical watch from a seller in India(off of ebay) .As far as I can tell from the photos the dial looks original but not sure about the movement.Hoping its not one of those franken watches.Probably taking a big risk though,the seller does have a 100% positive rating and the case back seems legit.Will post pics when it arrives.Taking a big chance on this one but if its legit will be one hell of a deal

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    Re: 17j vintage Fortis from India,ebay seller?thumbs up or down

    Can you post the photos from the listing?

    Most Indian-sourced vintage Swiss-branded watches seem to use the ST 96 movement and seem to be of a similar grade to the basic HMT watch. Either some entrepreneur back in the 1960s/70s acquired the rights to a bewildering range of Swiss brands and then used them for identical products, or else ebay sellers have been buying up stocks of old Swiss movement watches and redialling them.

    I found a Fortis listing similar to what you described and the seller is also selling a 'Roamer' branded watch that is otherwise identical. I know how I'd draw the dots on that one.
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    Re: 17j vintage Fortis from India,ebay seller?thumbs up or down

    There's also a ton of "Enicar" ones out there the same. Does this one by any chance have an orange or white second hand?

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    Re: 17j vintage Fortis from India,ebay seller?thumbs up or down

    Thumbs down on any Bombay Special.
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