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    Gubelin -- help me identify my watch

    If anyone can help me identify my watch I would really appreciate it.
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    Re: Gubelin -- help me identify my watch

    Moved to the more suitable forum. It does help to familiarize with our fora prior to post8ng.

    Imho it is a Gübelin chronograph from the late 1940s/early 1950’s. Gübelin was a Swiss retailer of luxury watches and gemstones. Gübelin sold some high end watch brands as Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. Some of this watches where wearing the dealers name on the dial.

    In the 1950’s Gubelin sold a small amount of branded watches with only the name ‘gübelin’ on the dial, today we‘d call them Private Labrl branded.
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    Gübelin is a Swiss group of jewelers/watchsellers est. 1854 with "boutiques" in Switzerland and Asia.
    Your watch most certainly wasn't made by them but by a so called établisseur who made watches for different clients to their specifications.
    The movement - if I am not mistaken - is a Valjoux 72 pillar wheel Chrono
    Dating it is rather difficult since the movement was - according to Ranfft - made between 1938 and 1974. Since it has Incabloc I date it after 1945
    You can also find watches of the bigger brands like Omega etc. that have Gübelin printed on the dial as an extra. Some collectors find that very alluring.

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    Re: Gubelin -- help me identify my watch

    Quote Originally Posted by emka View Post
    The movement - if I am not mistaken - is a Valjoux 72 pillar wheel Chromo.
    Without an hour totalizer, this is more likely to be a Valjoux 23.
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    Re: Gubelin -- help me identify my watch

    Quote Originally Posted by emka View Post
    Gübelin is a Swiss group of jewelers/watchsellers est. 1854 with "boutiques" in Switzerland and Asia.
    Your watch most certainly wasn't made by them but by a so called établisseur who made watches for different clients to their specifications.
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    I do not believe this to be fully correct. While Gübelin was, and remains a successful retail operation, and did, like many other watch manufacturers, outsource movements, dials and cases, they often finished the movements featured in their own watches in-house, and to a level above most other well-known retailers. They were, in that important respect, quite different from those retailers which essentially just had their names stamped on dials.

    Anyone interested in an example can glean further insight from this post of mine from several years ago, chronicling a top-class Gübelin Jubile movement that I resurrected:

    http://forums.timezone.com/index.php...=6519316&rid=0
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    Re: Gubelin -- help me identify my watch

    While I don't want to be a downer, the dial of this watch is obviously a rather poor-quality re-dial. Among other things the GUBELIN font is crude and the seconds sub-dial printing is badly misaligned with the circular indentation. The outer minute track is also poorly aligned with the applied markers (see the 10- and 25-minute marks for examples). I also question whether the hands are original, since it is unusual to have luminous hands with a non-luminous dial.
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    Re: Gubelin -- help me identify my watch

    I appreciate the information from everyone. Can anyone recommend a good company to appraise the watch and a fair company to purchase this watch.
    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Gubelin -- help me identify my watch

    Any pawn shop, second hand watch shop might purchase it. Bracelet would be bought as scrap gold as it's not original

    Here's the bad part

    It appears that in order to fit this bracelet. Spring bar attachments were soldered to the backside of the lugs. I can see the original holes in the lugs and the back side of the lugs were filed for these new attachments to rest in.

    If I bought. I would be paying a lower price due to modifications

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