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    Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    Hi, can anyone tell me about this watch please? It's an Orfina /Golden Flame/ steelback/ 2046/ waterproof/ automatic.
    It was given to me by a friend who traded watches in Switzerland from the 60's to the 70's.
    Unfortunately, it's been overwound and the 9 o'clock chapter has been knocked.
    I'd really like to hear the specs and history.
    Thank you.
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    Re: Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    Welcome to the forum. I must say that there is no such thing as "overwound" - either the mainspring is broken (not really due to overwinding but probably more due to lack of servicing) or it is too gummed up from lack of servicing that it won't run and the mainspring keeps its tension. It really looks very late sixties/early seventies I am sure the dial marker could be fixed if you approach the right people - if it was missing, things would be more serious.

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    Re: Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Welcome to the forum. I must say that there is no such thing as "overwound" - either the mainspring is broken (not really due to overwinding but probably more due to lack of servicing) or it is too gummed up from lack of servicing that it won't run and the mainspring keeps its tension. It really looks very late sixties/early seventies I am sure the dial marker could be fixed if you approach the right people - if it was missing, things would be more serious.

    Hartmut Richter
    Hey thanks so ,much Hartmut, and so glad I happened onto this great site.
    I do intend to get it fixed but I had no idea fixing the dial marker would be such a specialist thing - I would have thought a spot of superglue... but then I am no repairer.
    I would still love some more info if anyone could help me. For instance, the '2046' on the back must refer to a model surely?

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    Re: Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    You no doubt have discovered that Golden Flame is a brand name of Montres Orfina, Grenchen.



    Case back numbers are sadly not often helpful, as they're usually related to the case maker not the brand.

    If you post a photo of the movement I'm sure someone round here will be able to identify it for you, better still, if you want to do your own research, an excellent starting place is here: bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements
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    Re: Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    Thanks for your help. This is such an interesting site.
    You do realise that you're talking to a novice, don't you? Is there anything I should know before I pull off the back? I've just peeked into a thread where a man thinks he may have killed 2 watches!
    I think I might just go to the source and email Orfina directly. Will let you know how I get on. Thanks again.

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    Re: Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    To take the back off you'll need a special tool for screw backs, which you can easily find on fleabay, just please don't attack it with a screwdriver! Just treat it gently, and do it in a clean environment, there's a number of instructional videos etc on the net if you're unsure.

    Good luck and welcome to the watch collecting game
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    Re: Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    It looks like your watch has already been opened unprofessionally - there is a radial gash on the caseback! If you really feel unsure, visit a watchmaker and ask him to open it up. If you visit him for the ensuing service, he will gladly help you out.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    Thanks again, checked out YouTube for putting a watch together and also taking back off instructions. Very worried I might kill watch. Have emailed the company directly for more info.

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    Re: Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    Thanks Hartmut. Yes exactly, will follow advice if I don't hear back from Orfina in a few days.

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    Re: Help Please_Orfina Golden Flame

    Okay, reporting back. Absolutely no response from Orfina. Have emailed again.
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