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    Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    I keep seeing them on Ebay reasonably cheep less than $20 perfect for me Budget $45). What I am asking is are they simply not desired like Longings and Omega or are they like my Solar (Rolex Brand), good watch, good movement but not a valuable collectible like Oyster. I am trying to rock some knowledge please bare with me if I am wrong. I am interested in waring them so the value is immaterial to me. I do wonder if they did anything to stand out in the field even if they made their own movements. Thanks Watch Origins

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    Re: Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    If you do a search on the forum you should find some info about them. They are the vintage equivalent of Invicta.

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    Re: Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    With an accumulation of 70+ fine condition and variety of mechanical Helbros 1940-70 I can assure you they supplied many very good ones. That is why you will see a few offered $200+. I have one with nice Swiss movement, mans large case, and diamonds marked Helzberg, major jewelry retailer. Their Regency marked ones would be worlds best $20. purchase. When buying make sure the movement is clearly visible to help assure quality.
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    Re: Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    Eqvivalent of Invicta my arse.....
    Come on, you can not compare!

    Good, solid watches, using good, solid movements, mostly

    The Ford of watches.
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    Re: Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    I keep seeing them on Ebay reasonably cheep less than $20
    I think you answered your own question with the above statement dude. Do you see Rolex, Omega, JLC, VC, Patek, etc selling for $20 on eBay? No, you don't. If Helbros watches frequently sell for $20, then they're in the same league as other watches that sell for $20.

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    Re: Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    I have many because the market is poor because of lack knowledge about their good ones so a careful collector servicer got no ebay bidding. My wife for 56 years worked in Omaha at Nebraska savings& Loan at age 16 near the Helbros store on best Omaha location. Helbros had stores in major cities 1950+&- so had to sell wide range of prices thus also varying qualities.
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    Re: Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    May not be worth much but certainly good looking. Here's my swiss ebauche 7 jewel ferris wheel so called because of the Rhinestone hour markers.
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    Re: Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    The Ford of watches.
    certainly sounds better and more apt than the alternative .

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    Re: Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    Low jewel count and glass diamonds obviously do not mean cheapest quality in the preceding.

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    Re: Is Helbros a top brand mid or low?

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Eqvivalent of Invicta my arse.....
    Come on, you can not compare!

    Good, solid watches, using good, solid movements, mostly

    The Ford of watches.
    Janne perhaps you should read the article I wrote. What I said was that their business model was similar to Invicta's today. They made a lot of different watches from low grade too pretty good and changed frequently. Because there are no records, you can't be sure of what you're getting, unless you can look at the movement in person.

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