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    1960s Doctor's watch- info?

    I was flicking around the web and one of these unusual looking 1960s doctors watches caught my eye. I would like one just for the novelty looks. So I then spotted three on ebay, one by Edox, one by Favre Leuba and a third by Doxa. They all look identical apart from the maker's name on the dial. Does anyone have any info on these? What do you think? (both watches are from different Indian sellers) Is this generic model branded by multiple watch makers at the time or just them being re-dialled with famous names?





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    Interesting. This is a 'regulator' style watch. Note they even have identical cases... these were manufactured in a sweat shop in India.
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    Re: 1960s Doctor's watch- info?

    Clearly all with the same 'provenance'.

    The movement is an FEF - but I don't know which one. bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: FEF 218
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    Re: 1960s Doctor's watch- info?

    I would stay away from most Indian and South American sourced watches. Most of them they have been re-dialed, an indicator of the potential switches in the whole case and movement. If you are a fan of these regulator type of watches you can source them in bay after some research or time. What you would expect from a 50 years old watch is a faded dial which is the beauty and a service demanding movement - if not done by the ex-owner.

    But at the other hand there are maybe only 1%in public if not less WIS people who would care and know about the re-factored watches, at the end is your self satisfaction.

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    Re: 1960s Doctor's watch- info?

    Yes the same cases, and the Edox one was the exact same as well. To be honest I would prefer a redialled or repainted dial to a heavily patina'ed one, - once the redial is of high quality and to the original spec. (I have a 1955 Omega Constallation with a aged dial which my dad gave me. At some stage I will get it restored/ redialled).

    These Indian regulator watches are going for good money! The Edox went for 257 Euro, the FL 215 Euro and the Doxa went for a staggering 517 Euro!! :-0


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    Re: 1960s Doctor's watch- info?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smoking Joe View Post
    Why are these called regulator watches?

    Regulator style watches or dials are of a layout such as these, mins in the center with hours and secs dials
    above and below.
    They are named after regulator clocks which were clocks with a simple wheel arrangement which demanded
    this dial, these clocks were/are extremely accurate with compensated pendulum and dead beat escapements,
    used by watchmakers, observatories and large houses for regulating less accurate timepieces in times gone by.

    These watches are a construct I'd say, with modified motion work to give this dial layout.

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    Yes, these are parts-bin watches. The second image shows a custom made (and improperly at that, it's not round) reducer ring. If the Felsa movement is sound, the watch should work fine.
    My question is, how do you tell time with it? How is the second hand started/ stopped? It may just run continuously, which is fine. The Doctor's watches I've seen mostly have a chronograph movement.
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    Re: 1960s Doctor's watch- info?

    In the mid-eighties, Gerd-Rüdiger Lang (founder and long time owner of Chronoswiss) was on the look out for some sort of "complication" or other unusual feature to put into his watches as a distinctive mark. He came up with the regulateur which had been used largely for observatory clocks and applied that to one of his watch lines. One reason for this was that it only took four extra parts to modify an existing movement into a regulateur movement. Which should demonstrate why this particular feature is also a favourite of the Indian and Ukrainian specialists (sometimes applied to old pocket watch movements recased as large wrist watches)!

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    Re: 1960s Doctor's watch- info?

    Most of the vintage Dr's watches I have seen have a red second hand.

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    Re: 1960s Doctor's watch- info?

    Quote Originally Posted by Outlawyer View Post
    Most of the vintage Dr's watches I have seen have a red second hand.
    In fairness these are being sold as "repainted" dials and "polished" cases. Which to me is perfectly fine once it has been done well, and if the movement is as it should be.

    Scary then how these sell for such big money if they are botch jobs! :-0

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