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    Question Century Swiss - Help identifying a watch - with photos

    Hi,

    I am trying to identify and value my father in law's watch. It was given to him as a gift by the Sultan of Oman in circa 1975-6. I've searched the internet but was unable to find anything useful. The automatic watch is by the Swiss brand Century and has 18K 0.750 gold marks. It is a solid gold watch form what I am told. Also as the face has the sultan's emblem as can be seen in the photos.
    Unfortunately there are no model numbers or anything to better identify the watch.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Century Swiss - Help identifying a watch - with photos

    I'm sorry but I can't track the brand. There are loads of "Century" brands in Mikrolisk and it will be difficult tofind out which of them is responsible for this watch. You say it is automatic? It looks more like a 1980s quartz watch. If you manage to open it up, we would be interested in seeing the movement.....

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    Re: Century Swiss - Help identifying a watch - with photos

    Thanks Hartmut, for your swift reply. This morning my wife discovered there is the original packaging of the watch as well. With a Biel-Bienne Century marking in addition to the sultan's emblem. Attached is the photo of the packaging. It is definitely not a 1980's watch. My father in law was one of the construction managers with a British company working in Oman back the 1970s. I'll see if I can get it opened and have a peek at the movement. I said it's automatic due to the fact that I can hear the watch rotor inside. I'll be back with more photos if I can get the watch opened safely.

    Thanks for all your help

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    holy moly that's some box!
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    Re: Century Swiss - Help identifying a watch - with photos

    Hello again! I finally opened the watch. It was quite an easy task, I opened it just by loosening the screws on the back plate. I've attached some pics (apologies if the quality is not too good but the lighting here is miserable). It seems the gasket has disintegrated but the movement is clean and VERY tiny (circa 1.5 cm in diameter). Also, I forgot to mention that the watch works well.

    I made some more research and it seems that Biel/Bienne is a town in Switzerland, which has a long watch history. Nothing about the Century brand from there though...

    Any info is appreciated.
    Lukas

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    Re: Century Swiss - Help identifying a watch - with photos

    Right, well, the movement is an ETA Cal. 2670 (it says so on the base plate in your last piccie):

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: ETA 2670

    ...which means that it can't be older than 1971. At the same time, your watch has the more modern Etachron regulation system so if it's from the seventies, it will be late seventies.

    Century as a brand was registered in Biel by Century Time Ltd. - but only in May 1978. If that's the one we are looking for, this is further evidence that the earliest the watch can be from is the end of the 1970s.

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    Hi Hartmut,

    Perfect, thanks for the information. I think this further confirms the watch origin. Upon revising his memories, 1978 seems like the proper year when the watch was given to my father in law. He's quite a watch enthusiast and has been eyeing a few Omega watches. The compromise to get a new one would be to sell this one, but given its story it is quite a hard thing to part with. I wonder what such a watch could be worth. Would anyone here, or perhaps you Hartmut be able to roughly point out what the value could be?

    Many thanks once again for your detailed help and interest in finding the information.

    Best regards,
    Lukas

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    I dont think I have ever seen a movement held in place with carved wood. Or at least thats what it looks like on my monitor. Just my 2 cents / dinar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by parrotandpitbull View Post
    I dont think I have ever seen a movement held in place with carved wood. Or at least thats what it looks like on my monitor. Just my 2 cents / dinar?
    The pics don't do it justice. Actually, it is solid (75%) 18k gold. You can see the markings on the first set of pics.

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    Re: Century Swiss - Help identifying a watch - with photos

    I'm sorry but we don't give valuations here since it's too difficult to be precise. Most of the value will be in the case metal though - in gold plated base metal cases (or even in steel cases), these things don't fetch all that much these days.....

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