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    A big old Roamer

    I know I've been on a bit of a Roamer thing lately - but this just came and I am really pleased with it

    It is just under 38mm which is by far the biggest old school Roamer I have. The MST 372 shock-resist version was late 40s and super shock version early 50s. This one has no shock-resist at all. It has a clear service date inside of 1949, it has another that looks to be 1937 - but I don't believe it, I don't think they were making the 372 that early (Although I have no good data on this). It has many features of big 1930s watches, the large case smaller movement and the lugs are very art deco (especially from the side). Centre sweep was around. That said, Roamer used this style of numbers in the 40s. Really I am not 100% certain on this, the watch is sending me mixed messages - needs more research.



    Of course the crown is well worn and signed, but certainly not original.







    The hands and applied indexes are the most wonderful bronzed finish - some of which I would think is tarnish/patination. Really hard to capture in a photo sadly.

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    Re: A big old Roamer

    And very nice it is too. It must have been a very trendy design if it was a 40's watch.

    My biggest Roamer is 35mm - so that one is a veritable whopper.
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    Re: A big old Roamer

    Very nice!

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    Re: A big old Roamer

    That is sweet. The clean look and great contrast of white and black. Is this a standard style for this company?

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    Re: A big old Roamer

    Thanks all, no regrets on this one. It feels very good on my wrist and will be joining my small group of absolute favorites.

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    That is sweet. The clean look and great contrast of white and black. Is this a standard style for this company?
    The watch itself - I have not seen another of this size or style - it was a BIN at a highish price, but no point hesitating when you will probably not see one again. The ones with a similar style dial would be early 50s and a bit smaller 32mm - but with the wonderful waterproof case and shock-resist. The 40s ones won't have the waterproof case. Like wise I have not seen a another Roamer with these hands.

    I still can't pinpoint when the watch was made. I'll get more data sometime.

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    Re: A big old Roamer

    very interesting thanks for sharing
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    Re: A big old Roamer

    Gave it a service, as I am absolutely taken with this watch. Main change was a period appropriate crown.

    Thanks to Marrick, we've established the MST372 was in production by 1946 WITH shock resist and 17 jewels. This one may be earlier as it has a plain balance and only 15 jewels. After careful inspection of the odd service date (I first read 1937) I have decided it is 1957. Service dates of 1949 and 1957 make much more sense, I suspect it lived in a drawer sometime after that as there are no further marks.

    The many photos can do the talking, the movement however is very crisp and apart from some damage to the stem screw is in wonderful condition.











    This is how I oil the pallets









    Seriously that dial







    The new period correct crown.







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    Re: A big old Roamer

    Very nice condition this old Roamer.
    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    Very nice condition this old Roamer.
    Cheers.
    Thanks muchly Alan.

    I am very much enjoying wearing it while more expensive and horrologically significant pieces sit in the wardrobe. People are funny critters..

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    Re: A big old Roamer

    It's certainly a very wearable watch, great dial.

    Was Roamer a popular brand in N.Z?...I'll
    guess that your father and grandfather had Roamers.

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