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    A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    My friend's dad passed away and she found these in his drawer. She told me no one else was interested in it and she thought of me when she found them, so she said I can have them.
    It's a small humble collection and there are a few in particular that I really like.
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    There's a Pulsar, two Avalon watches that read you the time (he was 95), a Berco Date, a Timex, a Nicolet, and a Sheffield Calendar.
    The Calendar watch interested me the most.

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    There are two buttons here. One seems to stop the watch, and the other releases some sort of lock inside.
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    It reminds me of my Ruhla...
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    Similar style, except the Ruhla doesn't have the two buttons.
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    Next to the Ruhla.

    Does anyone have any info on the Sheffield?
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    Re: A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    I don't know much about the Sheffield but it may be similar to the Basis watch shown on the forum a while back by Andreas (Tomcat1960) the wathc I'd like to see more of is the Black dialled Dress quartz it looks like a typical 1980's high fashion piece to me, COOL.

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    Re: A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    Actually looks like a pin-lever chronograph missing the pushers. These 60-second chronographs were pretty common around the 50's. I'm sure the pros would have some better input!
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    Re: A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    The movement is a Baumgartner Cal. 677:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Baumgartner 677

    Despite the (British) name, "Sheffield" was probably the Sheffield Watch Factory Ltd. of Biel. They were well known as a maker of affordable watches using pin lever movements. They brought out a wrist alarm too using the Hanhart Cal. 302. (This was the pin lever version of the Cal. 301, the link being, in case anyone is interested:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Hanhart 302)

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    Re: A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    Quote Originally Posted by busmatt View Post
    I don't know much about the Sheffield but it may be similar to the Basis watch shown on the forum a while back by Andreas (Tomcat1960) the wathc I'd like to see more of is the Black dialled Dress quartz it looks like a typical 1980's high fashion piece to me, COOL.

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    I found the thread from Tomcat. It does look like the same thing, or very similar.
    I bet it's nearly impossible to find those pushers.

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    It's 18kt gold plated. I actually just bought one for a dollar or two at Salvation Army last week, so I have two of them.
    They don't do anything for me though.
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    Re: A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    The movement is a Baumgartner Cal. 677:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Baumgartner 677

    Despite the (British) name, "Sheffield" was probably the Sheffield Watch Factory Ltd. of Biel. They were well known as a maker of affordable watches using pin lever movements. They brought out a wrist alarm too using the Hanhart Cal. 302. (This was the pin lever version of the Cal. 301, the link being, in case anyone is interested:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Hanhart 302)

    Hartmut Richter
    Are these hard to repair/service?

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    Re: A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Fu Manchu View Post
    I found the thread from Tomcat. It does look like the same thing, or very similar.
    I bet it's nearly impossible to find those pushers.

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    It's 18kt gold plated. I actually just bought one for a dollar or two at Salvation Army last week, so I have two of them.
    They don't do anything for me though.
    That's an awesome watch in my opinion, which given my skewed sense of reality, probably isn't worth a damn but I'd wear that.

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    Re: A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    Quote Originally Posted by busmatt View Post
    That's an awesome watch in my opinion, which given my skewed sense of reality, probably isn't worth a damn but I'd wear that.

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    lol I'll give it to you if you want, it's not my style. I bought it and another watch for like $2 or something. I shouldn't have bought it because I'd never wear it lol.
    I don't know if it works though. I opened it up and it looks all right, but not 100% sure.

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    Re: A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Fu Manchu View Post
    I found the thread from Tomcat. It does look like the same thing, or very similar.
    I bet it's nearly impossible to find those pushers.
    Should be easy; those watches were sold under a wide range of names and really aren't worth very much, so they come up on ebay quite often; of course, not really worth the effort given how inexpensive they are. The movements themselves aren't that difficult to service; unlike (say) a timex, they use a fairly standard plate arrangement that's fairly easy to disassemble and reassemble.
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    Re: A gift from a friend. Odd Sheffield Calendar?

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    Should be easy; those watches were sold under a wide range of names and really aren't worth very much, so they come up on ebay quite often; of course, not really worth the effort given how inexpensive they are. The movements themselves aren't that difficult to service; unlike (say) a timex, they use a fairly standard plate arrangement that's fairly easy to disassemble and reassemble.
    Should I look on eBay?
    I don't know what kind to look for.

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