Favre Leuba Calendar Pointer Identity

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    Question Favre Leuba Calendar Pointer Identity

    Hi,

    Some years ago I acquired a Favre Leuba Calendar Pointer watch, it is a lovely piece but I don't know an awful lot about it.

    Can anyone help identify age and what movement it uses? It has hidden pushers for the day date function and a lovely sweeping second hand.

    Hopeful someone can help identify it from the pictures below.









    Many thanks

    GD

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    Re: Favre Leuba Calendar Pointer Identity

    Hi GD,

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostyDog View Post
    Some years ago I acquired a Favre Leuba....
    Sorry, you bought a fake.

    It was surely an interesting and valuable watch with ETA 1164:
    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: ETA 1164

    Unfortunately a dauber devaluated it seriously with the fake name, and even spelled it wrong (missing hyphen).

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
    Last edited by Roland Ranfft; February 4th, 2015 at 00:48.

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    Re: Favre Leuba Calendar Pointer Identity

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Ranfft View Post
    Hi GD,


    Sorry, you bought a fake.

    It was surely an interesting and valuable watch with ETA 1164:
    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: ETA 1164

    Unfortunately a dauber devaluated it seriously with the fake name, and even spelled it wrong (missing hyphen).

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
    Thanks for the ID on the movement, what makes you think it's a fake? It does actually have a hyphen, however it doesn't show very well in the photos. From what I understand of the repainted watches they are more often than not quite crude in their 'restoration' with lumpy and ill formed indices and lettering. The face on this certainly stands up to close scrutiny, the lettering, indices and painting is very fine, I have trained as a graphic artist and a mechanical engineer so like to think I have an eye for detail. The face itself is dished convexly as can be seen by the curve of the minute hand, I can't imagine this type of fine detailed design can be replicated without specialist equipment. It does not look hand painted, if anything it looks printed although the surface finish belies this method by appearing to be sublimated.

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    Re: Favre Leuba Calendar Pointer Identity

    Hi GD,

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostyDog View Post
    ...what makes you think it's a fake?
    Missing signature at least on the movement, better also on the back. It was likely a watch from a fairly unknown brand, and it was just less suspicious to print Favre-Leuba on the dial than Patek Philippe.

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostyDog View Post
    It does actually have a hyphen, however it doesn't show very well in the photos.
    Indeed, it were the somewhat blurry photos which have hidden the hyphen from my ol eyes. But on original signatures both words are not so narrow, and the hyphen is more prominent though.

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostyDog View Post
    From what I understand of the repainted watches they are more often than not quite crude in their 'restoration' with lumpy and ill formed indices and lettering.
    Well, it's not the worst redial I've ever seen. But look at some original dials (even on cheap pin levers) to notice that the print on yours is pretty coarse, and the seconds subdial lost its contour when removing old lacquers and corrosion without care, and coating the dial with covering paint instead of silvering it again. All in all a poor work, although nice looking from some distance.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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