Any info on this Medana would be greatly appreciated.

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    Any info on this Medana would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for looking!






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    Re: Any info on this Medana would be greatly appreciated.

    It is difficult to be sure, without knowing the size of the movement - but it appears to be an MST 379, which was in production in the late 1940s onwards. This movement was 25.5mm in diameter.

    It is a pin pallet with perhaps 4 jewels (I am guessing on the jewels). Shock protection (like yours) was available on these in the late 1940s, so it could be any time from then until sometime in the 1950s.

    Thats all I have.

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    Re: Any info on this Medana would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you. That's more than I knew. lol Do you think there is any real value to it?

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    Re: Any info on this Medana would be greatly appreciated.

    Hi TenTwelve,

    we don't discuss values here (for good reasons). Nevertheless some general remarks:

    Medana was the low grade brand of Meyer & Stüdeli (MST), i.e. the poor man's Roamer.
    The calibre MST 374 or 379 (depending on plate size) was well available in decent quality
    with 15 jewels and some decoration like illustrated here:
    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: MST 374

    But with one jewel ist was more a kind of disposable item.

    Nevertheless it can have a certain value, if a collector desperately wants it. For instance
    if one collects shock devices with watch around them, the in-house device "Medaflex" of
    your watch would be a rarity for this particular collector.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Any info on this Medana would be greatly appreciated.

    More great info. Thanks Roland.

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    Re: Any info on this Medana would be greatly appreciated.

    My 1 jewel Medana Xtensa says hello.

    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

    Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)


    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Any info on this Medana would be greatly appreciated.

    Hi out there,

    don't understand me wrong: Pinlevers, and especially cheap pinlevers were an important
    contribution to watch history, and therefor are definitely collectable.

    And as they were disposed after worn down, as intended by the manufacturer, samples
    in good running condition are rare (although originally produced by millions). So the evolution
    of the value is better than for most high grade watches. They ar still a lousy investment,
    but comparing the ratio between original price and today's collectors value for an old
    Dollar watch and a contemorary Patek Philippe, the later looks pretty poor.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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