Dating old watches for a newbie

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    Dating old watches for a newbie

    Hi, I just picked up these two watches from a local auction. Is it possible to date them from the serial numbers on the case? I was bidding on the Roamer but the Certina came with it. Both seem to keep good time, but the Certina seems older.

    Roamer:305 467 - 305776/307382/308 491

    Certina: 8618 2 865208. Thanks in advance for any info.

    Well, I tried uploading a pic, but it keeps failing, will try later.

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    Re: Dating old watches for a newbie

    I don't know whether those codes will enable dating, but with regard to posting pictures:


    • If you fail to upload directly, try reducing the image size to 800x600 or less. In my experience, JPEG images usually upload quite well.
    • Otherwise, use a free image hosting service such as Webshots and uncheck the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" box which seems to prevent me from inserting pictures.
    Last edited by Marrick; April 22nd, 2012 at 19:04.
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    Re: Dating old watches for a newbie

    Hi there,

    the numbers on the Roamer are patent numbers referring the case design. No chance to date it without photos.
    The Certina is from ca. 1947.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Dating old watches for a newbie

    The Roamer is post 1955 (Vintage Roamer Watch Site) but those numbers were used for a couple of decades, so photos really are needed to be more accurate.


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    Re: Dating old watches for a newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    The Roamer is post 1955 (Vintage Roamer Watch Site) but those numbers were used for a couple of decades, so photos really are needed to be more accurate.
    OK, thanks. lets see if this works...
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    Re: Dating old watches for a newbie

    Roamer is early 1960s, around 1963-64. It will have an MST430 movement inside. Nice.

    The Certina is also very nice, movement shot?

    What a good score that was.

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    Re: Dating old watches for a newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Roamer is early 1960s, around 1963-64. It will have an MST430 movement inside. Nice.

    The Certina is also very nice, movement shot?

    What a good score that was.

    K.
    Thanks, I'd love this to be a 64, as that's when I was made... well 63 if you know what I mean. A movement shot? Sorry, that's totally beyond my capabilities. The Roamer crown has RW with 4 or 5 diamonds above it. The back of the Certina has no markings apart from those numbers.

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    Re: Dating old watches for a newbie

    It is more likely '64 than '63 - but it is not possible to be exact.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    It is more likely '64 than '63 - but it is not possible to be exact.

    Enjoy!
    I will, many thanks.

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