Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic
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    Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

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    I am relatively new to the watch world and could use some help from the experts at this site. I am seeking advice about whether I should try to have my Calendomatic fixed. (Picture attached, which is not very good. My apologies.) I don't know much about this watch, except I was told that it was purchased around 1951. I sent it off to Movado and they informed me that they cannot fix it (no replacement parts -- not sure what is wrong with it.) They offered me a deal on a new watch if they could keep it.

    So I would appreciate any thoughts about (1) whether a watch like this can be fixed by someone else besides the Movado factory; (2) whether it is worth keeping; (3) any other suggestions.

    Please note -- I am not asking for valuation advice -- I understand that is outside of this forum. Thanks in advance for your help!
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    Re: Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

    I would venture to say that this watch has a Felsa or ETA movement in it and can be serviced without any problems. A watchmaker should have a bestfit catalog to cross reference parts with. This watch is worthy of spending a couple of hundred on with out worry in my opinion.
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    Re: Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

    The Movado Calendomatic should have an in house movement:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Movado 155 Calendermeto

    or:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Movado 473(SC)

    If Movado can't fix it, you're slightly stuck. It would then be down to finding a donor or making the parts or finding the parts on the open market. A donor in a worse state but having the parts you need in decent state will be hard to find. Making the parts will be expensive. Finding the parts? You might be lucky, more often than not, you're not on these things, it being a complicated watch.....

    I find it a little suspicious that Movado tell you they can't fix it but are willing to trade it in for a modern watch. I suspect they want it for their museum. In which case, they would probably do it up first. In other words: they can fix it, but it will cost and for them it would be worth it if they exhibit it afterwards. Maybe I'm wrong on that but it all sounds most suspicious!

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    Re: Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

    I would take it or send it to at least one repairman local to you, or ask onsite for recommendations.
    There will be someone out there capable of the work for a reasonable sum.
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    Re: Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

    If you PM me I can recommend a watch maker (repairer) who can surely repair your watch
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    Re: Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

    Yes it's worth repairing. I wouldn't dream of sending it to Movado, but rather to a watchmaker specialising in vintage watches. Sadly most manufacturers are the worst place to send vintage watches to… Anyway, it probably needs cleaning and re-oiling more than anything else, therefore parts aren't probably a major issue. We might be able to suggest someone nearish to you, but have no idea where in the world you're based.
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    Re: Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

    I know a really good vintage watch guy in New York, his work is exemplary and prices extremely reasonable and watches he owns and others he has worked on can be viewed here:

    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct...76247554,d.bGQ

    Some truly fantastic work. There is an area where you can leave a message, and you can follow his work too.
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    Re: Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

    orologio movado calendomatic automatico a martelletto acciaio | eBay

    And although we don't do valuations here, I'm including an eBay link to a similar Calendomatic now on sale by an Italian seller. This example is serviced and has a 6 month guarantee, etc, etc, and so should give you some sense of the current retail value of this watch, although on the more ambitious side of things.

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    Re: Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

    Thanks, all, for the advice. Based on what I have learned from this thread I am going to keep the Movado and get it fixed at a local watchmaker. I live in the NE US, nearest large city is Washington, DC. Any suggestions or recommendations about watch repair experts would be very welcome. And of course I will post some much better pictures once the watch is serviced.

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    Re: Advice about whether to fix Movado Calendomatic

    I kind of think that you are looking at sending it to someone, and in which case, distance isn't such a big issue. I'd take up on Adam's (earlier msg from Horologist007) offer of advice. And bobbee's link looked pretty cool, too. Chose someone who's good, and they won't necessarily be close to you. I think this guy looks good, too: Watch Repair and Restoration - The Watch Tech (but I have no idea where in the USA he is!).

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