Help Identifying this stopwatch!

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    Help Identifying this stopwatch!

    Hello! I'm new here, and I am a big watch enthusiast I have just recently acquired a antique stop watch from my grandmother, who purchased it probably in 1950-1960. The stopwatch box says the company is "Compass" and that it is "Model 400" however, searching the web brings no results of a company called "Compass". On the face of the stopwatch, it says "1 Jewel" and then below that it says "Anti-magnetic". I opened the watch to re-lubricate the 1 jewel, re-adjust the spring and polish the pieces. On the inside of the back pop-off case, it says "Capt&co" with "Swiss" underneath it.
    On the movement, it has the same "Compass" logo, along with "Instrument and Optical Co." it also says the jewels again and "unadjusted". There are some numbers: there is two letters "BF" that are circled with an arrow, the arrow pointing counter clockwise. Underneath this "BF" is "795", possibly the movement number. I'll post them if someone needs them. From the look of it, it looks to be a 1/10th second stopwatch, now that I have it working again. I will include some pictures of the stopwatch, and its cardboard box in the post, as well. Its a very beautiful piece of machinery, and I would love to know more about the company who created it, and how much it is worth. Here are the pictures of the box and stopwatch itself, along with a picture of the movement:
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    Last edited by Aaron Weikart; August 30th, 2008 at 20:36.
    The Mentionables:
    -TagHeuer
    Aquaracer Chronograph Automatic, SS & 18K
    -SEA-GULL M199s Moon-phase chronograph
    -Seiko Flight Master Alarm Chronograph
    -Citizen Promaster 200m Automatic NY2300

    -Parker Sonnet Sterling tartan trim Fountain, 18K nib ($240)
    -Monteverde Invincia rosegold & carbonfiber fountain, Ir. ($90)

    .SEA-GULL
    1955


    TAGHeuer

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    Re: Help Identifying this stopwatch!

    Does anyone know if this should be posted in the vintage section? If so, could a moderator or someone of power move it there? I'd hate to take-up bandwidth and post the same topic in another section.

    Thank you!
    The Mentionables:
    -TagHeuer
    Aquaracer Chronograph Automatic, SS & 18K
    -SEA-GULL M199s Moon-phase chronograph
    -Seiko Flight Master Alarm Chronograph
    -Citizen Promaster 200m Automatic NY2300

    -Parker Sonnet Sterling tartan trim Fountain, 18K nib ($240)
    -Monteverde Invincia rosegold & carbonfiber fountain, Ir. ($90)

    .SEA-GULL
    1955


    TAGHeuer

    ROLEX





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    Re: Help Identifying this stopwatch!

    BF 795 is a term used for a Baumgartner movement (pic shows a BF 417 stopwatch movement of another Conpass stop watch). No idea on value but I wouldn´t expect much.
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    Re: Help Identifying this stopwatch!

    Thank you very much,sir! See, I learned something new today.

    Very grateful for the information,
    -Aaron
    The Mentionables:
    -TagHeuer
    Aquaracer Chronograph Automatic, SS & 18K
    -SEA-GULL M199s Moon-phase chronograph
    -Seiko Flight Master Alarm Chronograph
    -Citizen Promaster 200m Automatic NY2300

    -Parker Sonnet Sterling tartan trim Fountain, 18K nib ($240)
    -Monteverde Invincia rosegold & carbonfiber fountain, Ir. ($90)

    .SEA-GULL
    1955


    TAGHeuer

    ROLEX





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    Re: Help Identifying this stopwatch!

    Interesting posts! I have not delved much into stop watches but I would assume a one jeweled one did not represent the state of the art.

    As we don't issue valuations of watches (see the post in the stickies as to why)... valuing stop watches would be well beyond anything we would even think of attempting.

    But I will say eBay has had some auctions of fine pieces that went for relatively modest prices.

    So I suspect you need not itemize it on your homeowners insurance policy...
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Help Identifying this stopwatch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    As we don't issue valuations of watches (see the post in the stickies as to why)... valuing stop watches would be well beyond anything we would even think of attempting.
    Thank you for the feedback! The value was not my number one concern. My apologies, I should have made that more clear. I do know that it is in very good condition, only some scratches on the back. (My grandmother was a teacher, used it to time in her classes.) Interesting piece of history I just learned was that my father used it in medical school as well! Now that I've refurbished it, maybe I'll take it with me to college!

    Thanks for your interests, guys!
    The Mentionables:
    -TagHeuer
    Aquaracer Chronograph Automatic, SS & 18K
    -SEA-GULL M199s Moon-phase chronograph
    -Seiko Flight Master Alarm Chronograph
    -Citizen Promaster 200m Automatic NY2300

    -Parker Sonnet Sterling tartan trim Fountain, 18K nib ($240)
    -Monteverde Invincia rosegold & carbonfiber fountain, Ir. ($90)

    .SEA-GULL
    1955


    TAGHeuer

    ROLEX





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