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    Identify this Universal Geneve

    Hey guys, I was hoping if you guys know what model this beauty is and how much it might be worth? A late uncle of mine passed it down to me appreciate the help guys!
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    Re: Identify this Universal Geneve

    There won't be a model name for this model. The value of it is best discovered by searching on eBay - to make this accurate, though, you really need to know the calibre of the movement inside the watch. It is certainly ca late 1940 > early 1950 and is what is known as oversize, as watches of the era were generally around 30-32mm in diameter.

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    Ah I see, thanks man! I am quite new to this and am very curious to know how much this could fetch. Apparently its a manual wind calibre 262 movement!

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    Re: Identify this Universal Geneve

    The watch has had a redial, and not a particlularly good one. That will lower any value with knowledgeable collectors.

    Note how the minute chapter is not centered - it touches the 12 numeral - and is offset from the hour markers (particularly noticeable from 7 to 11 o'clock). The simple subseconds style of marker printing is also indicative of a redial and doesn't fit well. The seconds hand extends past the markers.
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    As Gumby992 mentioned, the value of this example will be significantly diminished because of the very poor refinishing of the dial. Unfortunately, this mis-alignment is so severe (especially at the 10 and 11 o'clock markers) that it will be noticed by any potential buyer.
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    Re: Identify this Universal Geneve

    Hi there,

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    ...because of the very poor refinishing of the dial.
    Unfortunately it was not only poorly reprinted, but finally spoiled: The sharp contour of the sub dial was ruined when grinding off the coating instead of solving it.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    What do you mean by that Roland? Sorry im still quite new to this, is there any way to salvage this? Eg. Ask a watchmaker to retouchup the dial

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    Re: Identify this Universal Geneve

    The "pit" that makes up the subseconds subdial has curved, sloped edges. It should have a close to 90° angled edge. That's the result of polishing when they removed the original dial covering. Otherwise, they would not have managed to extract the covering from the bottom edge of the pit (except with solvents).

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