An Accurex Delux from the 1950's
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    An Accurex Delux from the 1950's

    I finally got back from a service my old mans watch that he left me . Its from the mid 1950's and has a 21 jewel auto eta movement. I asked the watchmaker if it would keep reasonable time and he got a little upset telling me it was the same as used by the likes of rolex back then and will last another 60 years if serviced more than the 24 years since the last one. I forgot to ask what eta model.
    In the last 48 hours it has lost approx. 7secs. although it sat in draw for the last 14 hrs.
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    Re: An Accurex Delux from the 1950's

    People don't generally realize how wonderful modern watches are... if serviced they will indeed outlive their owners and will work as well as when new. 300 years of evolution has improved the breed
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
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    Re: An Accurex Delux from the 1950's

    Hi there,

    Quote Originally Posted by Molliedooker View Post
    Its from the mid 1950's and has a 21 jewel auto eta movement.
    Be sure it was made around 1970.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: An Accurex Delux from the 1950's

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Ranfft View Post
    Hi there,


    Be sure it was made around 1970.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
    That was also my first reaction: no way that that watch is from the 1950s.

    AFAIK, before the 1970s, ETA only had two families of ca. 11.5''' automatics available to the general public (of course, they also made the Eterna movements). These were the Cal. 1256 family in the 1950s:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: ETA 1256

    ...and the Cal. 2451 family:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: ETA 2451

    The latter bore strong resemblance to the Cal. 2375 family so I wouldn't really consider them distinct. After that, it's on to the Cal. 2770 series in the late 1960s that is so similar to the modern ETA 2824:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: ETA 2770

    So on the whole, there isn't much in the way of general calibre series to choose from. I would expect a Cal. 2770 derivative or perhaps a 2451 if it's from the late 1960s . But never a 1256 derivative.

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    Re: An Accurex Delux from the 1950's

    I am picking up another watch from the watchmaker next week so I will ask him to open it up and reconfirm actual movement.
    It cannot be older than 1966 as my mother said if was a gift to dad from my grandmother who passed away in 1966.
    Mind you mum is 91 and may have it wrong.
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    Re: An Accurex Delux from the 1950's

    Just a thought when did Datum Watch Company go out of business.

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    Re: An Accurex Delux from the 1950's

    This is often not known but a lot of smaller companies went out of business in the quartz crisis period in the 1970s. By 1980, a lot had disappeared and what hadn't left the scene by 1985 mostly survives until today.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: An Accurex Delux from the 1950's

    As usual mr.Richter and mr.Ranfft are spot on. The movement is 2452 from the mid/ late sixties. The watchmakers reference to Rolex was that they were used in some Tudor models
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