Definitely need help here regards a Valjoux Stopwatch!

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    Definitely need help here regards a Valjoux Stopwatch!

    Right...i bought this on a whim years ago from the Bay of Fleas.
    I had the grand idea of using it to time race horses ( i was reading a book on it at the time..). Obviously i didn't.
    Anyway-i was having a sort out and i thought i'd give it a good look over.


    Its a nice clean face with two sub-dials. The top one is a 30 minute dial split into 3 minute sections. Thebottom dial is a 60 second dial which continues to run even when the stopwatch isn't being utilised.
    The main dial has smaller markings so you can measure really accurately.
    Top button starts and stops the stopwatch,the 11 o'clock button is used for the split second operation.

    It's a nice size- about 50mm across and 15mm thick.
    The back of the watch has
    3 GPO
    ABE 68
    35201
    engraved on it.


    With some research this looks to be a watch issued to GPO telecomms engineers for the accurate measurement and timing of the electro-mechanical call timing equipment (ie the stuff that timed the STD phone calls)
    Interestingly,when i was looking inside with a loupe i saw a mark hidden under the balance wheel with a 24 next to it...with a bit of research (phew!) i tracked this down to be the mark for Valjoux! So a Valjoux 24 calibre...a 19 ligne movement with split second capability which was introduced in the 30's/40's.


    It winds and works perfectly-i can see some watchmakers marks which look to be dated '75,'81 & '85
    Now....does anyone have any more info? ie did they used to use one of these or similar? How much do we think its worth? (Sorry to be vulgar but i am interested) etc etc etc

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    Re: Definitely need help here regards a Valjoux Stopwatch!

    Nice piece you've got there.

    But please note that we do not do valuations in here at all - see stickies. The best way is for you to see what similar watches go for on ebay or in other markets.

    Hopefully someone more knowledgeable about this type of movement will stop by shortly.
    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

    Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)


    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Definitely need help here regards a Valjoux Stopwatch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Nice piece you've got there.

    But please note that we do not do valuations in here at all

    Ta...i am aware of the valuation rule..i was just looking for general info.

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    Re: Definitely need help here regards a Valjoux Stopwatch!

    Even though I'm a Yank, I looked at the markings on the caseback and immediately thought British telecoms. How did you confirm this?

    The piece looks to be in very good shape! But selling it will put no one's kids through college... it might get a tank of gas, if it is a small tank
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Definitely need help here regards a Valjoux Stopwatch!

    I found a ref to a Heuer branded one with similar markings which had some associated comments from an ex-telecom engineer

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