Last sunday I went to visit my aunts and they had a surprise for me. They had found the wristwatch of my late grandfather and they gave it to me!
It's a Cauny Prima. I don't know much about the brand but from what I've looked on the web and from what my father told me, it was a very popular maker here in Portugal in the 50's and 60's.
My grandfather lived in a rural area and was a sheppard for all of his life. He had goats and a baby goat sold for 7 "escudos" in those days. My father told me that my grandfather bought the watch from somebody that came from the USA for 35 "escudos". It was a big investment and my grandfather used for the rest of his life.
It's in an heavy used condition and the gold plating is gone in most of the case. I can set the time but can't wind it. I have to take to a watchmaker but I'm afraid that we will say that has no fixing.
I would love to fix it as much as I can and to give it to my father.
Can you tell me anything about the watch? In the back I can read SWISS MADE - FOND ACIER INOXYDABLE - LUNETTE CARRURE - PLAQUE OR G. 10 MICRONS and the serial number 419/401 65. You can also see Cauny Prima and the "Fleur de Lis" logo.
Can you "replate" a case? In the dial, we have nice golden hands, art deco 12, 9, 6 and 3 and a seconds subdial at 6.
Any thoughts on this watch?
P.S.: Sorry about the mistakes. English is not my native language.