Douglas Skindiver. Info?
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    Douglas Skindiver. Info?

    I hadn't any watches from France, so couldn't resist this at a garage sale for $5. Was disappointed to find it was a one jewel movement. But after a bit of cleaning and one regulator tweek, it is running perfectly( i.e. 2 sec per day Right now at least ), the case is quite solid and it looks kinda nice. Any info on this maker quality wise, or approximately what year this piece might be from? Thanks
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    Re: Douglas Skindiver. Info?

    Looks to be in good condition and the fact it's running is good. I'd guess late sixties for the date. Nothing wrong with pin lever movements, it's a watch all the same.
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    Re: Douglas Skindiver. Info?

    Mikrolisk lists three (Swiss) Douglas brands: one for Vulcain, one for Bulova and one for Gruen. Plus one entirely US one (for Hampden).....

    Personally, a one jewel pin lever doesn't fit in terribly well with any of those three so I would think it's linked to yet another company.

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    Re: Douglas Skindiver. Info?

    Sorry. Should have shown this earlier. Company is actually Woolbrock Watch Co. Now to find out who Doug is!
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    Re: Douglas Skindiver. Info?

    Sorry. Not trying to beat a dead horse for a not terribly important watch. But researching Woolbrock and Douglas watches, come across virtually identical skindivers under the name of WOLBROOK instead of WOOLBROCK. No France watch experts here.?
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    There were a lot of these type of watches under a multitude of brands to come out of France in the 60's and especially the 70's. Mortima probably the most common and they themselves can have all sorts of branding on the dial. Sicura would be another. "Skindiver"* also seemed to be a name/description more with French makers. Yema had a series of models of that name, some nice quality examples too.

    I'd put yours in the 1970's. The clue being the "water resistance" on the caseback. 60's watches pretty much always say "waterproof". Now some continued to use "proof" well into the 1970's, but I've yet to see any 60's divers from any marque that used "resistance". IIRC it was down to some official(EU/EEC?) ruling on standards around 1970. Resistance or Proof is a fairly good judge of vintage at this time. Not just with European watches, Seiko go from writing Proof on their dials to Resist around the 70-71 mark.

    Quality wise, OK its not going to trouble Patek, but before the second wave of very cheap quartz came along from the Far East, these type of mechanicals were the entry level and sometimes up to mid level for watches. They can be collectable too. Sicuras can go for pretty high prices considering their mundane origins and original prices(the tenuous Breitling link helps them there). My first proper watch as a boy was a Mortima Superdatomatic "divers", which I got for my birthday while holidaying in Spain. Still have it too. I loved that thing. :)






    *My dad used to describe scuba guys as skin divers. I think it was a term of a certain generation and I'd reckon the name comes from them not wearing old style diving suits. They were diving in their "skin" so to speak.

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    Re: Douglas Skindiver. Info?

    The movement's by Cattin, anyway:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Cattin C66(CLD)

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    Re: Douglas Skindiver. Info?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    The movement's by Cattin

    I hope that's not French; if you say Cattin (or catin) with the French pronunciation, people will think you're talking about something entirely different...

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    Re: Douglas Skindiver. Info?

    Come on tom tell us all what "Cattin" means
    I wish i could think of something funny to put here.

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    Re: Douglas Skindiver. Info?

    Quote Originally Posted by bloody watches View Post
    Come on tom tell us all what "Cattin" means
    Let's just say it is used to describe a particular line of work...
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