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    Flea Market Find $1.00

    Hi all-
    While visiting the local flea market I stumbled apon a very dirty 1940 Buren. Thinking this could be a flipper on Ebay whether it worked or not I offered the guy a dollar and he took it. I started to fiddle with it while still walking around and imagine my surprise when the second hand started to move. I took her home and opened the case to find the movement encased in another inner case. Getting that apart, after some Google searching, I cleaned the grime off the crystal and case and the results are below. the movement said 17 jewel unadjusted and the inside of the case had FOND ACIFER, INOXYDABLE along with BRUEN W. CO, SWISS. I think it is a keeper so I need a good band for it. Any suggetions would be appreciated.
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    Re: Flea Market Find $1.00

    Sweet deal!!! I love it.
    Walmart has some decent looking bands, but even one of those would be about 10X what you paid for the watch!! Check out ebay--tons of them there.

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    Re: Flea Market Find $1.00

    cant believe people would sell these so cheap. off to a fleamarket myself need to find another vintage

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    Re: Flea Market Find $1.00

    Crazy price. What a great Buren!

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    Re: Flea Market Find $1.00

    Nice! I think the black leather band looks good.
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    Re: Flea Market Find $1.00

    How does the faux brown lizard look? I plan on replacing the crystal eventually but I am debating on leaving the case as is. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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    Re: Flea Market Find $1.00

    I like this strap, and I would also replace the crystal (or at least buff it). The case is fine

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    Re: Flea Market Find $1.00

    I like the white dial looks better than mine. I got mine from ebay in a lot of 4 watches and all were running for $0.99 and 3.26 shipping. So I really only paid $ 1.06 for the buren. The condition of my dial isn't as good as yours but it is in a stainless steel case so no brassing.



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    Re: Flea Market Find $1.00

    Very cool watch. I'd buff up the case. What is the diameter of the case?

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    Re: Flea Market Find $1.00

    Great find, I would just buff up the crystal with some polish (if it's plastic), replace if glass....will look great!!
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