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    Any comments on this?

    I've tried finding the caliber in the pink pages, but can't seem to find it. It says Alstater on the bridge. Other than that, the seller states it as running and working, and I didn't pay a whole lot of money for it. I've been looking both for a Gotham and a vintage chrono for a while, so this fit the bill nicely. The dial says "Gotham Gothameter" (what's Gothameter) I think it is probably from before 1950 because of the looks and the lack of shock protection..?

    Any comments would be welcomed. Thanks.






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    I think I found it, Valjoux 7730.??

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    Re: Any comments on this?

    Quote Originally Posted by restless View Post
    I think I found it, Valjoux 7730.??
    I've no idea - these chrono movements all look the same to me - but its a great looking piece. Nice buy!
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Any comments on this?

    Yes, it's a Valjoux 7730. If you look under the balance you will probably see the Valjoux symbol and caliber number.

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    Thanks! I'll have a closer look under the balance when I recieve it.

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    Re: Any comments on this?

    That's a fantastic looking vintage Chrono! Congratulations!




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    The Gotham arrived..

    I'm happy, it was better than I thought! It doesn't look as it has been worn much, only a few light scuffs, and it works fine. It came in a jewelry box that was marked "Mr. Executive", a us. pat nr, and then "NO C.54". Maybe it was the box it was sold in, it being from 1954 is maybe plausible? For now it is on a somewhat scruffy leather band, I'll find something better. The semi stretch bracelet it came on was nice but too big.
    The back snaps on and I need something better than I have to take it off to check the caliber. There is a notch in the caseback but it is placed by the crown which makes it a little more difficult.



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    Re: Any comments on this?

    Hi,

    no, it is a Venus 188:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...uswk&Venus_188

    The Valjoux 7730 is a redesign of the Venus 188 with movable stud carrier,
    and Incabloc as standard device. It was replaced by the 7733 after a very
    short time, and therefore I'm still forced to use the Venus photo as place
    holder in the Valjoux page.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Thank you very much for telling me that.

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    Venus was actually taken over and incorporated by Valjoux just when the quartz crisis started to rear its ugly head (late sixties), which is why the Venus 188 (first Venus calibre with lever system, I believe) was copied to make the Valjoux 7730 (also the first Valjoux with lever system, I believe). It was seen by the established Swiss chronograph ebauche makers as a way to cut costs and stay competitive.

    Hartmut Richter

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