Alvica, Swiss Made - Anyone know anything about this?
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    Alvica, Swiss Made - Anyone know anything about this?

    So, an old lady in town heard that im interested in watches - She asked if i wanted a bag of some that belonged to her husband, cos she didn't care about them. I said ofcourse i would, and even offered to pay for them but she flat out refused. Well there wasn't any big name brands in the bag, most was small ladies watches of no interest to me, but there is 3 or 4 watches that I find interesting.

    The first one is this little manual winder The case is scratched as you'd expect but still looks OK. Some small defects on the dial but again i suppose thats what you can expect. It seems to keep decent time.

    On the dial it says:

    Alvica
    17 Jewels
    Waterpoof
    Incabloc
    Antimagnetic
    Swiss Made

    On the back there is a serial number of 21351.

    I actually like this little watch - I wonder if it's 1960's or maybe even 50's?

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    Re: Alvica, Swiss Made - Anyone know anything about this?

    Only one result for Alvica in Mikrolisk:
    Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index
    It's from the early 1950s, I think- very similar dial design can be found on a few Tissots of that period, and the Atlantic Worldmaster/Varldsmastarur.
    Would have to see the movement to tell you more.
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    Re: Alvica, Swiss Made - Anyone know anything about this?

    Thank you very much, here is an image of the movement. It's from my phone though, but I hope the quality is OK.

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    Re: Alvica, Swiss Made - Anyone know anything about this?

    If it's the first one, it looks like an AS to me- it should be signed under the balance.
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    Re: Alvica, Swiss Made - Anyone know anything about this?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    If it's the first one, it looks like an AS to me- it should be signed under the balance.
    Thank you very much, yes it is the first one - Not sure why it won't let me delete the other one. I had a quick look with my jewellers loupe but couldn't see any signatue.

    That mikrolisk site will come in handy, didn't know about it:)
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    Re: Alvica, Swiss Made - Anyone know anything about this?

    Both movements are by Adolf Schild, the exact calibre designations will be under the balance wheel. The first is probably an AS 1188:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: AS 1188

    ...and the second an AS 1686:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: AS 1686

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    Re: Alvica, Swiss Made - Anyone know anything about this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Both movements are by Adolf Schild, the exact calibre designations will be under the balance wheel. The first is probably an AS 1188:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: AS 1188

    ...and the second an AS 1686:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: AS 1686

    Hartmut Richter
    Thank you very much Hartmut! The second is labled "Votum" on the dial - i'll post a picture of it once i finish cleaning it, it will turn out really nice:).

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