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    8 days wrist watch

    I came across this 8 days wrist watch and am planning to buy it for $250. After some research on the net, 8 day wrist watches were also made, besides pocket watches. The diameter is 3.8" hence it doesn't seem to be like a converted pocket watch. It works perfectly & the dial is flawless but with a mild patina on the dial.
    Kindly give me some inputs whether I should buy it or not.
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    Re: 8 days wrist watch

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    The price is reasonable for such a great looking watch, even though it is possibly not in it's original case.
    I should get it cleaned and oiled though, that regulator is hard over to keep up speed.

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    Re: 8 days wrist watch

    The seller said that he will completely service the watch before I buy it.
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    Re: 8 days wrist watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Aashdin View Post
    The seller said that he will completely service the watch before I buy it.
    At that price, I would especially if he's doing the servicing.
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    I dont' buy vintage watches without movement pics. Just a thing.
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    Re: 8 days wrist watch

    Looks like the bezel is missing, or something. Unless, as said above, it's not the original case.
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    Re: 8 days wrist watch

    I've checked the movement & seems ok to me. The bezel is not missing. Many old trench watches have similar cases & I have over 50 of themName:  West%20End%20Queen%20Anne%201.jpg
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    P.S. I've worn the watch for a week, on trial (the watchmaker is my friend) & is keeping time to the minute. Although the winding runs out on the 5th day. But I guess that's ok for a watch that's over 80 years old
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    Re: 8 days wrist watch

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    I dont' buy vintage watches without movement pics. Just a thing.
    This is about as much of the movement as you will see on one of these without dissassembly. I expect the entire back to be covered by the spring barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by tinknocker View Post
    Looks like the bezel is missing, or something. Unless, as said above, it's not the original case.
    The bezel is very much there but looks like the crystal is missing. The crystal would extend to the extreme limits (to where the dirt is). The surface you see is inside, sloping down from the crystal to the dial.

    EDIT: OP beat me to it
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    Re: 8 days wrist watch

    So the watch is short 3 days? Sorry but that would be like a 48 hr reserve running only 30 hours. That is unacceptable in a vintage watch that is serviced. There are 2 possibilities. 1) The watch was never serviced or 2) When servicing they replaced the mainspring with a shorter weaker one. Otherwise they never replaced the mainspring and it is old and not as elastic. This could also be the cause of the regulator being hard over to fast. Not enough power through the train to keep the momentum of the balance as it should be.

    It is up to you but I would request a new mainspring be installed before purchase. If they did a service then this should have been part of it and if they tested it for running time they should know it and have done it.

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    Re: 8 days wrist watch

    Thanks Thoth. The watch is yet to be serviced & I shall certainly pass on your input to the watchmaker.
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