I've been lurking here for a while, learning more about watches from all you fine people as I've been working on building myself a small collection. I do own one rather valuable watch -- a vintage Omega that I bought on eBay. Also some decent stuff from Tissot, Bulova, etc. as well as a few cheaper items and some things that are just unusual (I have a Zodiac which my local watchmaker liked a lot when I showed it to him and a Jules Jurgensen which I happen to like just because it's pretty though not terribly valuable). I didn't register until now because I didn't really know what to talk about here and didn't want to seem like a rank amateur (actually, considering how little I know, that would be a step up). I actually got into collecting watches by accident (long story) and still don't know much about it. Just whatever I read here and elsewhere when researching watches.
However, I recently came across one watch which was quite bizarre. For what it cost, I thought I'd grab it because it was so unusual. It's got a signed 17 jewel movement from Helbros but the dial is signed Rolex. The seller on eBay says it's 1940s and I can believe it. The watch looks about that age. Just won the auction a few minutes ago and because of this rather odd combination, decided to register so I could ask if anyone knows what this is supposed to be about. I mean, if it was a cheap knockoff of a Rolex, it wouldn't have a semi-decent movement from Helbros and it would be a more modern look for the Rolex logo with the crown emblem. So anyone know what gives here? Did Rolex ever use a Helbros made movement? Original listing can be seen here. I'll see if I can post extra pix when it gets here.
Thanks for any info folks.