Butex Automatics - anyone has any knowledge?

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    Butex Automatics - anyone has any knowledge?

    My mother gave this one to me and said that her grandmother gave it to her mother many years ago. The watch has not been hand wounded in at least twenty years.

    I just wound it and it keeps good time for last 3 hours...
    Size it about 25mm at 9pm from edge to edge...

    I do not see any obvious way of opening it, so I must wonder if someone has any info about these? I suspect they were mate in early 1970's but it's only a guess...

    Here are the pics. thanks!




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    That's a really neat looking old pocketwatch! You might want to try the Vintage forum to see if someone over there can shed some light on the manufacturer or the model.

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    Re: Butex Automatics - anyone has any knowledge?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjbernier View Post
    That's a really neat looking old pocketwatch! You might want to try the Vintage forum to see if someone over there can shed some light on the manufacturer or the model.

    Mike
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    i am not sure if it's a pocket watch. it's too small for it and it's for women. i think it's like neck watch maybe?

    good idea about that, i'll try here first:)

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    Re: Butex Automatics - anyone has any knowledge?

    What you have is a 'fob' pocket watch. a pocket watch for women, hence, it's small size.


    I really do like the hands. that, and the roman numerals mean that the pocket watch is pre 1920's, or that is the limitation of my knowledge.
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    Your watch was made by the Buttes Watch Co. The company is still in business but has moved from Buttes Switzerland to Phorzheim Germany. They tended to use standard movements so parts are usually easily sourced. I suspect that the watch is a front loader that requires a crystal lift to access the movement.

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    Re: Butex Automatics - anyone has any knowledge?

    thanks for the info guys. i was surprised to hear it was as old as 1920's...

    aparantly my grandmother wore it on her neck chain...

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    Goodness me! - it looks more like it's about 1900! Such watches were the standard women's watches pre WWI. After the war, more and more people started to put these things on their wrists.

    The watch does seem to be crown set and wound, just like modern wrist watches (the older versions had a little pin next to the crown to depress when you are setting the time) so I'd tentatively put it at around 1910.

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    Re: Butex Automatics - anyone has any knowledge?

    Hi ladies,

    sorry for all of you, but I suspect it is a relatively new watch disigned in
    old style, by somebody who has never seen a really old watch.

    Old pocket watches are almost never signed as Swiss Made on the dial,
    they have hinged back, often also hinged bezel. and Louis XVI style hands
    were never black.

    It simply imitates old style, but actually has none.

    Open the push back; I bet you'll see a modern wrist watch movment.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Butex Automatics - anyone has any knowledge?

    The Buttes Watch Company was founded in 1924 http://www.starck-uhren.de/bwc_en.html

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    Does Butex have any relation to the Rutex brand?

    I have a Rutex wristwatch with a Swiss ebauche (AS)

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