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    First Old(ish) Watch

    Hi! This is just a cheap old watch I got from ebay for £14. It's nothing compared to most of the watches posted here, but I'm liking it quite a lot. For the money it's still got a bit of character. Great forum!





    BTW, does anyone know how to change the date?

    Cheers!

    Cam

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    Re: First Old(ish) Watch

    Congratulations. Looks like a sixties watch to me. The date change depends on the quality of the movement. If it's a cheap pin pallet movement, the only way to advance the date would generally be to keep winding forward until the right date and time of day (remember that the watch shows the same time at 7:00 and 19:00!) are reached. Somewhat more sophisticated watches, which include most of the swiss lever movements of that time, would click over around midnight, you can then wind back to ca. 21:00 and forwards to midnight again and keep doing so until the right date has been reached. Only the modern ones or the rather high quality movements from the sixties have the modern date change mechanism by an intermediate crown position.

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    Very nice - and a good strap with it. What's the brand name?
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    Re: First Old(ish) Watch

    Thank you very much gentlemen!

    If it's a cheap pin pallet movement, the only way to advance the date would generally be to keep winding forward until the right date and time of day (remember that the watch shows the same time at 7:00 and 19:00!) are reached
    Of course! Seems obvious now. Thanks!

    Hi Marrick, it's an "Ackro", which is a manufacturer that I can't find any information on. I'm sure it's just a cheap watch because it doesn't have a second hand. The watch came without a strap so I made one out of an old leather elbow patch laminated with double sided tape and stitched with dental floss, not bad for a second attempt, so I'm chuffed that you mentioned it. Thanks for the help and comments.

    Regards!

    Cam

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    Re: First Old(ish) Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by cambrid View Post
    Hi Marrick, it's an "Ackro", which is a manufacturer that I can't find any information on. I'm sure it's just a cheap watch because it doesn't have a second hand. The watch came without a strap so I made one out of an old leather elbow patch laminated with double sided tape and stitched with dental floss, not bad for a second attempt, so I'm chuffed that you mentioned it.
    Another obscure brand that we know nothing about.

    And I'm very impressed by your strap.
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    Re: First Old(ish) Watch

    It would be interesting to see a pic of the movement. Despite the fuzy pics, it looks to be in a nice condition!


    Interesting new use for dental floss. Did you select one with a Mint Flavour?

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    Re: First Old(ish) Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Did you select one with a Mint Flavour?
    Janne, you know all straps should use vanilla flavor.

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    Hello! Yes, sorry about the pics. It seems to be difficult to photograph watches, or maybe it's just me. I've no idea how to get the back off. There are no obvious slots or depressions for prizing it up.

    It was mint flavoured funnily enough.

    Regards!

    Cam

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    Quote Originally Posted by cambrid View Post
    ...
    It was mint flavoured funnily enough.
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    Our resident dentist knows his floss!

    The caseback is opened by prying up the edge with a knife... butter knifes sometimes work!
    "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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    Re: First Old(ish) Watch

    Depending on the type of watch, it may be a "monocoque" (=single shell or front loader) case, i.e. solid case which is opened only via the crystal. If you cannot see a definite gap to open the back up, you had best forget it or seek professional advice!

    Hartmut Richter

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