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    help with eterna matic, anyone?

    Hi all,

    I would like to get some help with the identification of this eterna matic.
    if you can tell me something about it please do so!
    the seller says it is a new old stock, is there a way to check this?

    what about:
    - year
    - authenticity
    - original price
    - current value

    this could be my first vintage watch. (birthday present from my girlfriend :D )

    is this a do or a don't?

    additional question:
    what can i aspect to pay for service for this type off watch, and how often does it need to be serviced?

    thnx,

    CJ




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    Re: help with eterna matic, anyone?

    Hi.

    Nice looking watch. It looks real enough to me, but I'm no expert so you might want to wait for others to give their opinions and views on date.

    I'm sorry, but we just don't do valuations in here for lots of reasons (see sticky). Your best bet woud be to see what similar watches have actually sold for on ebay or on other auction sites:

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...sau&1167235231 (use the search function)

    NOS watches typically command a premium over 'normally used' watches; but the downside, of course, is that they cease to be NOS as soon as you've worn them.

    In terms of service, the watch would need a service immediately as the oils would have long since dried out. It would run fine for a while, but would be doing damage as it did so. Regular servicing intervals is a bit of a moot point; but figure on around once every 5-6 years.

    BTW, this watch says T Swiss T on the dial which means it was lumed with radioactive tritium.

    Service costs depend where you live and how good you are at finding a reasonably priced watchmaker. I would expect to pay c. £50.
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    Re: help with eterna matic, anyone?

    I kind of wonder whether the dial is refinished..?

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    Re: help with eterna matic, anyone?

    If it is NOS, it shouldn't be! The main question is whether it really is NOS! On the other hand, it certainly looks pristine.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: help with eterna matic, anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by restless View Post
    I kind of wonder whether the dial is refinished..?
    ok, and why do you think so?
    that would off course mean it is no new old stock

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    Re: help with eterna matic, anyone?

    It looks OK to me. The top of the letters in Eterna-Matic are a bit thicker than lower down - which I believe is as it should be (I think Dr Ranfft told us that fairly recently?). The 'T Swiss T' is on the edge of the dial, difficult to do for a refinisher.
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    Re: help with eterna matic, anyone?

    Well if I could rate being uncertain, I would say that I have like 10 percentage of it, and if I were to buy it I would compare what is printed on the dial with other Eterna..for instance compare the logo, the "swiss" and the brushed finish of this with yours. But it may be the photograph, perhaps the contrast.


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    Re: help with eterna matic, anyone?

    Thnx everybody, some good tips here.
    I will try to get some more info on the printing and other details.
    If it is NOS, would 450-500 euro be a "normal" price for this watch?
    (The seller is a jeweler and I will get a two year warranty.)

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    Re: help with eterna matic, anyone?

    Hi CJ,

    look how sharp the case contours of an n.o.s Eterna look even in a photo
    with low resolution, and even for a case with (soft) gold cap:



    Moreover the common five ball symbol is missing on the crown top, pretty
    unsual for most Eterna-Matic models.

    I suspect the watch was polished up to look like n.o.s.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: help with eterna matic, anyone?

    Missed the crown.:oops:

    Well, if RR thinks its iffy - leave it. But there's plenty more out there. Eternas are really nice.
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