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    A first for me

    When ever I see an auction with a picture like this I always try to take a closer look as there can be some hidden treasures.

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    I could see a Svalan watch that was a popular Swiss made watch for the Swedish market and an Arsenal missing it's crown. The pocket watches didn't excite me but chains are always worth some money. What really made me look twice was the watch in the bottom right of the picture as it looked a bit special. So a bid for it and won it for $31.



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    And yes my first Lemania. The crystal needs changing and the lugs are a bit worn but the dial look nice. The case actually looks to be nothing special and I guess Lemania just bought them from a mass producer of cases so one could just swap the case keeping the case back.

    Lemania didn't make that many watches under their own name but made movements to big names like Omega so finding one in a lot like this was a treat.

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    Inside is a Lemania 3000 (448007) with a Breguet hairspring and some odd pin sticking out from the regulator. I would date the watch to the late 1940's but as designs hung around for years it could be from the middle of the 1950's as well.
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    Re: A first for me

    Great find! Love to see it with a clean crystal.

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    Re: A first for me

    I've not had a result like that for a very long time. Congrats!
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    Re: A first for me

    Great stuff Shum, you truly have a good eye for this!
    It is a lovely little piece, that dial is great, and those hands too. Congrats.
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    Re: A first for me

    Very nice catch, well done. Yes Lemania have that pin on the regulator - I'm sure someone will be along to post the patent etc info. Is that a drilling I see for a centre seconds tension spring in that bridge plate?


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    Re: A first for me

    Thanks guys I always perk up when ever I see a watch like this in a auction. I think most people pass them by as they don't look much to the world when the crystal is bad but boy do they shine with a new crystal and I'll take a look in my crystal box and see if I have one that fits.

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    Very nice catch, well done. Yes Lemania have that pin on the regulator - I'm sure someone will be along to post the patent etc info. Is that a drilling I see for a centre seconds tension spring in that bridge plate?
    Yes I believe it is a hole for a centre second conversion. I guess they took what they had in stock.
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    Re: A first for me

    Congrats on the great score.

    I second Marrick, it has been a long time since a random lot has paid off for me - but at that price, it was hard to lose anyway!

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    Now with a new crystal and so nice.

    I agree it's hard to get lucky but somehow people just didn't bother bidding.
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    Re: A first for me

    Beautiful.

    FYI - I now officially dislike you (pure 100% envy).

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    I'm honored!

    I'm surprised that the details are so crisp even though there is a lot of patina.

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