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    Thumbs Up I can't belive some people!!!

    Hi Folks,

    I can't believe what some people throw away. I work in a secondary waste sorting facility and some of the things we find are amazing but this is my best find yet.

    Solid 9ct gold Accurist ladies watch. the very small size of it would possibly date between 1930s to 40s maybe. 21 jewel movement signed swiss on the dial. Its in great condition. Not sure what the movement is. there is something engraved under the balance but without taking it apart i can't read it.
    the whole watch is in excellent condition for it age. All of it (including the back) is in solid gold marked 375. I believe Accurist is a British brand but have no idea about anything else. i can't take pics of the hallmarks as they are just too small.
    The movement is clean as is the dial. It must have been well looked after throughout its life and someone just THREW IT OUT.

    Their loss my gain.

    It works great and keep accurate time (so far)

    Enjoy the pics.







    Some people just have no idea of what they are holding in their hands. So the ignorance of these people will keep feeding my watch habit.

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    Re: I can't belive some people!!!

    Well done with that find, keep pulling out these treasures.

    There was an Antiques Roadshow on UK TV where an old woman and her
    son were having some fabulous jewelry appraised. There were necklaces,
    bracelets and rings of gold and platinum set with Opals, diamonds and
    other precious stones.
    The expert valued these at tens of thousands of pounds, it turned out that
    she and her son had pulled these out of a local authority skip in which
    they had been rummaging over the years and these were an accumulation
    of that effort.

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    Re: I can't belive some people!!!

    Nice find and a nice story.

    Accurist website with fairly detailed history: http://www.accurist.co.uk/

    Old John Cleese TV ads for Accurist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zvBsOvfa9I
    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: I can't belive some people!!!

    You'll be surprised what some people will throw out and be totally clueless on the value of. That's an adorable watch!
    "Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest...nothing has more individuality save, perhaps, watches and bootlaces."

    - Sherlock Holmes.

    'The Yellow Face'.

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    Re: I can't belive some people!!!

    Great find, congrats

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    Re: I can't belive some people!!!

    The movement looks like another version of AS 1977, maybe Dr. Ranfft will be able to tell the difference:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...&2uswk&AS_1977

    I have a similar movement as 17j.
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    Re: I can't belive some people!!!

    Hi Erik,

    I agree, it is any of the various verision of the 5.75 x 6.75''' movement,
    mainly made by AS, but later also by Durowe. The distinct slot for the
    winding pinion makes me believe it is an AS 1978-2:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...uswk&AS_1978_2

    But the several modifications of this extreme long runner (1936... ca. 1990)
    were floating, and one can never be sure about the identity, as long as
    neither a dial view nor a signature is available.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: I can't belive some people!!!

    Nice find, lucky
    Best, Daniel



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    Re: I can't belive some people!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    Well done with that find, keep pulling out these treasures.

    There was an Antiques Roadshow on UK TV where an old woman and her
    son were having some fabulous jewelry appraised. There were necklaces,
    bracelets and rings of gold and platinum set with Opals, diamonds and
    other precious stones.
    The expert valued these at tens of thousands of pounds, it turned out that
    she and her son had pulled these out of a local authority skip in which
    they had been rummaging over the years and these were an accumulation
    of that effort.
    May well be true in this Roadshow case but this a common way to explain possession of stolen stuff. Obviously a lucky find for Accurist.
    Last edited by artb; April 3rd, 2010 at 18:31. Reason: clarify

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    Re: I can't belive some people!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by artb View Post
    May well be true in this Roadshow case but this a common way to explain possession of stolen stuff. Obviously a lucky find for Accurist.
    Indeed, and you have to laugh at the amount of people who
    surface with small, fabulous objects by Faberge and the likes
    who when asked 'How they came by the items'? invariably
    reply "well my Great Granny was in service and her mistress
    liked her so much that she gave her the jewel as a keepsake".
    Maybes I'm just cynical....

    And Lawrence of Arabias Omega chronograph popped up on
    UK Antiques Roadshow. The only thing that identified it as belonging to
    Lawrence was a service slip which had came with it when the owner
    had bought the watch from a dealer. It indicated that the watch
    had once belonged to a T.Shaw who the expert recognised as being
    a name Lawrence had used at the time of the service.
    This simple piece of ephemera was enough to turn a £2000 watch into
    a £50000 watch, in fact Omega was so impressed that they bought it for
    their museum.
    Call me cynical but I never bought a watch that came with an old service
    receipt.

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