Favre Leuba Sea Chief

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    Favre Leuba Sea Chief

    Hi guys

    I have just purchased this watch, any ideas on how old it is, and if possible is it all correct?

    http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/vie...w=230716180228

    Rich

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    Re: Favre Leuba Sea Chief

    Post WWII.... Dr. Ranfft's archive may be able to give you some dates based on the movement (I think it is an ETA but it does appear to be signed under the balance wheel). Looks real to me but I'm not a Sea Chief collector...

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    Hi thanks for the reply

    What makes you think it's post ww2?

    I did look on the website and couldn't find any movements that matched the silver colour. Mine is silver with gold writing, whereas the closest matches were gold with silver writing.

    I also haven't be able to find a dial with the hourglass at the top which is why I thought it may be a replacement

    Rich

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    Re: Favre Leuba Sea Chief

    Quote Originally Posted by Rjrobson View Post
    Hi thanks for the reply

    What makes you think it's post ww2?

    I did look on the website and couldn't find any movements that matched the silver colour. Mine is silver with gold writing, whereas the closest matches were gold with silver writing.

    I also haven't be able to find a dial with the hourglass at the top which is why I thought it may be a replacement

    Rich
    Pre-WWII watches rarely had shock protection. Almost all post-WWII do.

    Don't worry about movement colors. Those are easily changed and do vary. Look for the shape of the bridges and, most importantly, the layout of the gears. Matching size often cuts down the searching considerably.

    FL usually has an hourglass on the dial somewhere... as the 12 index would be abnormal but certainly would not have been added by a re-finisher.
    "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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