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    Excellent article...

    ... on identification of counterfeit vintage watches.

    Contemporary for the time, it is from Popular Science and dated December 1971.

    http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=f...0watch&f=false

    While none of us has ever been fooled , here's hoping that it helps someone out there.

    Mods, please delete this if inappropriate for this forum.

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    Re: Excellent article...

    An interesting read. Added to 'Public Domain ebooks' thread in links and Articles.

    Thanks for posting it gatorcpa.
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    Re: Excellent article...

    I enjoyed that. Thanks for posting.

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    Re: Excellent article...

    Very interesting, thanks for posting!
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    Re: Excellent article...

    Interesting read.......thanks for posting this up

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    Re: Excellent article...

    Thank for sharing Mr gatorcpa :thanks

    Quite interesting.

    I can´t believe that counterfeits would be so ancient!!!


    Besides the Bolivia examples show in a previous thread

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=201876

    I guess is if it would be possible to locate examples of other Frankenwatches in our days.

    PS If you don´t mind , I ´m going to show this link for my Spanish buddies


    Saludos


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    Last edited by Kingmatic; May 14th, 2010 at 23:45.

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    Re: Excellent article...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingmatic View Post

    I can´t believe that counterfeits would be so ancient!!!

    It's far older than that. During the later 19th century there were a lot of Swiss fakes pretending to be much more superior American watches, with American sounding names, fake jewel count and so on. Before that high quality British watches were faked, there were fake Breguet watches and so on.
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    Re: Excellent article...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingmatic View Post
    Thank for sharing Mr gatorcpa :thanks

    Quite interesting.

    I can´t believe that counterfeits would be so ancient!!!


    Besides the Bolivia examples show in a previous thread

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=201876

    I guess is if it would be possible to locate examples of other Frankenwatches in our days.

    PS If you don´t mind , I ´m going to show this link for my Spanish buddies


    Saludos


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    You are quite welcome. I stumbled across that article while looking for something else, and was quite surprised by it.

    There is a big difference between counterfeits and Frankenwatches. The watches featured in the article are fakes or counterfeits. None of the parts from a counterfeit like an "Onega" or "Bolivia" was made at Omega or Bulova.

    A Frankenwatch is a watch put together from original factory parts, just not in ways intended by the factory. This is very common with some Omega models, as there might be as many as eight different movement configurations based on a single ebauche. So parts like rotors, balances and bridges would work properly with several movements, even if not originally intended to do so by Omega.

    A lot like Dr. Frankenstein's monster.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Excellent article...

    That was interesting, and I borrowed that link for use in a thread on another forum if you don't mind. A member there posted about a 'Longunes' watch being sold on eBay, and the hands were covering up the U - just like in that article. An old gag played on a new audience.

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