Basic Vintage watch - any ideas???
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    Basic Vintage watch - any ideas???

    Hi, does anyone have any knowledge on this watch ? It seems to have a hesalite Crystal, it takes a 20mm strap north of 12 o clock and an 18mm strap south. There is not a lot of info on these watches so was looking to learn a bit more about it !
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    Re: Basic Vintage watch - any ideas???

    Welcome to WatchUSeek. Moved your post to the more suitable forum. It might help to familiarize with WUS fora world prior to posting.

    Back to your question. There have been "tons" of those diver’s watches, all differently branded (Diane, Lika, Fero (Feldmann), Anker, Lings for example). They all had a pin lever movement in common. Most of them had a diver or a fish on the back.

    Here‘s the Lika I used to own

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    Re: Basic Vintage watch - any ideas???

    We call these "diver style" watches, because they were made to imitate the diver style but without the actual features. BTW, most likely the watch takes a 19mm strap. The 20mm strap looks too wide and the 18mm too narrow.
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    Re: Basic Vintage watch - any ideas???

    As has been said, these watches were meant to impersonate actual divers, so while they look the part, they are not functionally diver watches per se. The fact that a watch has “stainless steel back”means the rest of the case is chrome ploaded and made with a lower quality base metal. For an authentic entry level diver in an all stainless steel case, expect to pay between $200-$400. Feel free to post pics of ones that catch your eye for feedback before you pull the trigger.

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    Re: Basic Vintage watch - any ideas???

    'Basis', not 'Basic' (although I guess it is that, too). I suppose this is the same Basis as the budget Swiss movement assemblers of that name? The case is a common generic design. 19mm was not such an unusual lug width back then (1960s/70s)
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    Re: Basic Vintage watch - any ideas???

    I had an identical one labelled up as Mortima, it was nice enough although on the small side if IIRC, only a pin pallet movement as said before but a good toe in the water piece to start off your collection!

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    I began with these pin-lever movements when I first started collecting vintage a few years ago now. It's a nice way to enter the world of vintage watches without spending too much, but unfortunately, the pin-lever movements are not always serviceable/repairable and some (many?) watchmakers might not work on them.

    Still, they have a charm to them and often have some cool/funky designs that are quite fun. In the end, the only one I kept is a Buler Astromaster as it keeps pretty good time, and admittedly I didn't have much trouble selling the old divers for small prices to budding collectors like yourself!
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    Re: Basic Vintage watch - any ideas???

    Quote Originally Posted by fiskadoro View Post
    In the end, the only one I kept is a Buler Astromaster...
    Ah, but the Astromaster is a bit of a special piece, isn't it?
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