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    Can anyone identify this watch/brand?

    Came across this piece, probably very old. Has anyone seen anything like this or recognize the brand? I cannot seem to find any info at all about it on google ("Elmo?"). Can it be saved? Is it junk? Any info will be much appreciated.

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    Re: Can anyone identify this watch/brand?

    Hi,

    Couple of entries for elmo: Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index

    It probably has Venus caliber 170 inside

    To answer the question of saving we should see an in focus photo of the movement
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    Appears to be a 1940s chronograph, looks to have rust here and there but could be brought back to life.

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    Very nice one! Looks to be worth the effort to restore.


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    Looks good from the front. I would echo laikrodukas and show us the movement.


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    Re: Can anyone identify this watch/brand?

    Thanks for all the info guys! Great input.

    I actually came across the only reference I've found to the brand on this online auction:
    auction.catawiki.com/kavels/8187123-elmo-swiss-chronograph-men-s-wristwatch-40s-early-50s

    I'll try to get it opened and post some pictures of what it looks like on the inside.

    If it looks OK, maybe I'll get get it serviced, a new glass and a leather strap and we'll see how it turns out. Thanks again!

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    Re: Can anyone identify this watch/brand?

    So I stopped by a watchmaker and had the watch opened. We were both a little surprised to find an automatic movement inside and it actually works fine. The backplate says "Brevet dem" with a Swiss cross and "acier inoxydable". Does that mean it's a Swiss movement? Don't know much about these things. Pictures attached, hopefully you can provide me with some more info. Curious as to what this thing might be worth if it was fully restored with a new sapphire glass crystal.

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    Re: Can anyone identify this watch/brand?

    automatic what?

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    Venus 170 movement as @laikrodukas guessed. Yes, it's Swiss. Obviously not automatic, I think you need a new watchmaker. The back says "FOND ACIER INOXYDABLE" not "ACIER INOXYDABLE", which is an important distinction, because the case is obviously not stainless. The crystal should be acrylic, not sapphire. I'm not sure what you mean by "restoring", but the value of this watch is severely limited by the damage to the case. With a new crystal, I'd guess it would bring about $200 on eBay, but frankly it's hard to know since you have given us very little information. What is the size? Does the watch run, wind, and set correctly? Do the chronograph functions work correctly? The best way to get an idea of value is to use the eBay advanced search function to search SOLD listings.


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    Re: Can anyone identify this watch/brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    Venus 170 movement as @laikrodukas guessed. Yes, it's Swiss. Obviously not automatic, I think you need a new watchmaker. The back says "FOND ACIER INOXYDABLE" not "ACIER INOXYDABLE", which is an important distinction, because the case is obviously not stainless. The crystal should be acrylic, not sapphire. I'm not sure what you mean by "restoring", but the value of this watch is severely limited by the damage to the case. With a new crystal, I'd guess it would bring about $200 on eBay, but frankly it's hard to know since you have given us very little information. What is the size? Does the watch run, wind, and set correctly? Do the chronograph functions work correctly? The best way to get an idea of value is to use the eBay advanced search function to search SOLD listings.

    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Venus 170
    RATS, I was hoping for the discovery of an automatic Venus 170

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