Dodane Identification Please help

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    Question Dodane Identification Please help

    I just got this from a friend, and have very little information on it.

    My google search shows the Dodane 21 but nothing with this dial variation.

    If anyone cane help me figure out what it is, I would appreciate it.

    Chronographe Raymond Dodane

    17 jewel French movement
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    Re: Dodane Identification Please help

    Moved to the more suitable forum.
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    Re: Dodane Identification Please help

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Moved to the more suitable forum.

    Thanks! I hope someone knows a little more about it

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    Re: Dodane Identification Please help

    It doesn't have a french movement - it is swiss, from Reymond (=Valjoux). Probably a Cal. VZ (similar to the Cal. 23). Since it lacks shock proofing on the balance, it is probably pre-1950s. Nice watch!

    bidfun-db Valjoux_VZ: Valjoux VZ

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    Re: Dodane Identification Please help

    Thanks for the info. The "cock" is marked "french" but that could be something the company did afterwards. I'm going to keep hunting with the info you provided.

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    Re: Dodane Identification Please help

    Mr L Dodane was very quick to respond to my email, and sent me this in return. Anyone think I should put at minimum $2,300 into the watch? I have searched all week and can't find another one like it. I don't know if I should restore it, or put it in a drawer.


    DearM Davidson
    Thanks very much for your picture, it is a very old watch made by my father around 1940 to 1950 year ; We had no more pieces and we don’t know if our watch maker will be about to restore it. the major problem is the time necessary to rebuilt some pieces and the cost. We are not able to give you’re the cost just with the picture but at least it will be necessary to spend 30 hours at 58 euro it mean that it will cost for you minimum 1740 Euros.
    If you are interesting by the restore of your Raymond Dodane watch we will sent you the data sheet form detail in next E mail
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    L Dodane

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    Re: Dodane Identification Please help

    You don't need to go to Dodane, I've seen a recommendation for a chonograph specialist, in previous posts. Dodane would make new parts and are unlikely to have much in the way of spares. What seperates the vintage specialists is their abilitity and willness to find spare parts.

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    Re: Dodane Identification Please help

    Quote Originally Posted by nsmike View Post
    You don't need to go to Dodane, I've seen a recommendation for a chonograph specialist, in previous posts. Dodane would make new parts and are unlikely to have much in the way of spares. What seperates the vintage specialists is their abilitity and willness to find spare parts.
    Thanks. I'm assuming "The Vintage Specialists" is the name of the company, or do you mean a vintage watchmaker in general?

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    Re: Dodane Identification Please help

    It's a generality if you start a new thread looking for a recommendation for a vintage chronograph specialist someone will know. I'm not personally interested in chronographs so I didn't keep the recommendation.

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    Re: Dodane Identification Please help

    1925 Raymond Dodane thirty minute recording chronograph.

    Paul,

    Thank you for your email and congratulations on your new acquisition.

    It would appear to me to be a circa 1925 Raymond Dodane thirty minute recording chronograph. The movement looks like an early Valjoux Caliber 22, 17 jewels unadjusted. Splendid dial, painted Breguet numerals, telemetre guage in red letters, tachymetre in blue. Can't tell for sure buy they look like blued steel sword hands, nice!

    Sourcing parts will be an issue, these movements are pretty old and parts can be hard to come by. Do you have a watchmaker that is going to repair the watch for you? If so, he may likely have some sources otherwise I would try:

    Finn Time at 561.533.1103 and ask for Jacob. He's going to tell you that you're watchmaker needs to let you know what you need...meaning, you have to know what you need first.

    Of more concern to me are the lugs on the case below 6 o'clock. It would appear from the photographs that the watch is missing part of the articulated lug and this is a HUGE problem. With almost near certainty I can tell you that you will NOT find a part to fix this. Your options here are getting the missing piece made to measure by a watchmaker / jeweler or finding another case that the movement will fit into.

    I don't know what you paid for the watch or what it means to you, but I would be prepared to spend some coin to get this piece back into wearable condition. Mind you, it all depends on what it needs to fix the movement (clearly missing a crown & maybe stem) but who knows what else the watchmaker will find when they take it apart. Repairing the case will be a project all by itself, I personally would have to really think about who could do the job and what it would cost is a total blind guess...the upside is that you have the opposite lug for comparison, measurements, casting, etc.

    Hope this helps, if you'd like please feel free to call me at

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