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    Another one brought back from the "Junk" drawer

    So I dug through the watchmakers "Junk" drawer a few weeks before the other two I posted about before. This one I pulled out with two other watches. I loved the shape and the dial and the movement looked ok. Had a yellowed plastic crystal and ran but not as good as it could. I bought the lot with my watch maker knowing all I was doing was buying more watches for him to work on. Kind of a win win situation for him. I buy his watch and then pay him to fix it. Much better then him fixing one and hoping to sell it after he is done.

    So far all I know is it is 1930's-40's German with an ETA 717. The chrome case is not in the best of shape but still presentable. Great swinging lugs...only watch that I have with swinging lugs. Teh watchmaker cleaned it and put in a new glass crystal. I have a band waiting for it at home :)

    Any guesses on jewel count? It looks to be a full 17 jewel plus at least 1 cap on the escapement so an 18? No shock protection of any type either. I was also noticing that the word "Omicron" is unlike other watches where I see it spelled Omikron. Mikrolist shows this name registered to JG Girod in 1908 but there does not seem to be an abundance of information or other watches with this name.













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    Re: Another one brought back from the "Junk" drawer

    I want access to a junk drawer like yours. You have spectacular junk. Beautiful... and good on you for the rescue.

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    Re: Another one brought back from the "Junk" drawer

    Nice one.
    Capped escape wheel should be dial side also.
    I'd guess 19 jewels although that can only be confirmed by removing the dial.
    Great looking watch either way and a very good movement.

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    Re: Another one brought back from the "Junk" drawer

    It is down to some no names, Bulova, Benrus, Gruen, Elgin, Waltham, Hamilton, Vulcan etc. Kind of pulled all the interesting stuff so far. Have considered a Vulcan and there is a Bulova Academy Award but the case is not Bulova and the dial says "Bulova Movement" but the dial looks right.

    There is also a Bulova Ambassador 17j micro rotor automatic with date that I am tempted by.

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    Re: Another one brought back from the "Junk" drawer

    Excellent...beautiful watch...I would love access to a drawer full of Bulovas, Elgins and Hamiltons. Hog Heaven.

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    Re: Another one brought back from the "Junk" drawer

    Quote Originally Posted by thoth View Post
    It is down to some no names, Bulova, Benrus, Gruen, Elgin, Waltham, Hamilton, Vulcan etc. Kind of pulled all the interesting stuff so far. Have considered a Vulcan and there is a Bulova Academy Award but the case is not Bulova and the dial says "Bulova Movement" but the dial looks right.

    There is also a Bulova Ambassador 17j micro rotor automatic with date that I am tempted by.
    Watches with "Bulova movement" on the dial, and that do not have the Bulova name on the case (in most cases) are what were known as "Rebuilt" watches, and were not made by Bulova. They had only a Bulova movement, as the dial implies.Here are some ads from the late 1940's.






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    Re: Another one brought back from the "Junk" drawer

    I will look to get a picture of the drawer.

    In the meantime I got the band on so here is a wrist shot....







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    Re: Another one brought back from the "Junk" drawer

    I really like the look of that.

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    Hmmm....I will get a pic and add it here. The dial on it is the straight up and down gold lines. Very flashy. Love the ads :)

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    Re: Another one brought back from the "Junk" drawer

    I was doing my usual ebay hunt and came across this Hampden witha swiss movement....another ETA 717. It is marked for 17j Unajusted Swiss. Has a cap on the escapement.

    To go along with this I think Ranfft needs to look at his import codes for Hampden. There is a clear YXV on the balance cock but he has 2 letters transposed in his import code list.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Exquisite-Vi...item27ecb04d27
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