Gudvell Automatic watch

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    Gudvell Automatic watch

    Hello.
    I am trying to determine the age of this watch. I inherited it from someone in Germany. On the dial it says: Gudvell automatic, 25 rubis, shockproof.

    Inside seems to be a Förster 197 movement.

    I would like to know how old this watch approximately is, and perhaps what it's current worth might be? I am however not interested in selling at this point, just curious.

    I had it serviced in the late 80s by a watchmaker. It runs fine and holds good time.

    Can anybody give me more information?

    Thanks very much in advance,

    Carl
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    Re: Gudvell Automatic watch

    Welcome to Watchuseek, moved your post to the more suitable forum.

    The watch is a typical watch out of the 60ties. Regarding worth - pls. read the stickies here on our Vintage & Pocket Watches Forum.
    The Förster 197 was used in some German watches too (Dugena comes to my mind):

    Specs: 11 1/2''' lines = 25,65 mm, height 5,25mm, 25 jewels, slow beater at 18000 A/h
    power reserve app. 36 hours, known for an extremely long date change process.
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    Re: Gudvell Automatic watch

    Very nice. Yours and mine look like they could have been seperated at birth!
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    Re: Gudvell Automatic watch

    I'm sorry but the brand doesn't seem to be listed in the best available databases:

    http://www.uhrenindustriemuseum.de/f...tmarken/g.html

    http://www.mikrolisk.de/show.php/280/letter_G

    There are one or two Gudvells featured on German ebay.

    The movement makers, Forster, are no longer involved in watchmaking. Nowadays they make equipment for dentistry:

    http://www.forestadent.com/forestade...anchor=1810000

    But at least they show an automatic movement on their site.
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    Re: Gudvell Automatic watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    The movement makers, Forster, are no longer involved in watchmaking. Nowadays they make equipment for dentistry:

    http://www.forestadent.com/forestade...anchor=1810000

    But at least they show an automatic movement on their site.
    Janne would be the expert then...
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    Re: Gudvell Automatic watch

    Quote Originally Posted by dougcee View Post
    Very nice. Yours and mine look like they could have been seperated at birth!
    Indeed they are very similar. Where/when did you get yours?
    What I like about them is their simplicity. Simple but elegant. The only thing is, it's a little lost on my big wrist, as the watch is very small...

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