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    Indian Bifora

    Got this a couple of days ago. Bifora, a German company, went bankrupt during the quartz crisis. But an Indian merchant, Hiranand Gajria, seems to have bought the company and moved production to Banagalore in 1983. This is one of the watches:



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    Apparently, these movements were made in India till c.2000 - so the watch may be fairly modern.

    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Bifora 91

    Apart from the bent movement ring, its in good shape and keeping time.

    It cost me £3.99 plus £3 postage. BUT the seller refunded me the postage in full - without me asking or anything - as he'd 'had a good day on ebay'.Name:  angel_32x32.png
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Indian Bifora

    You can't beat that deal. Nice pick up. Thanks for the write up. It's always fascinating to me how many watch companies went belly up due the the Quartz invasion.

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    So does this mean you are now looking for cheap deals in india now. A very good price for a working watch congrats.

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    Re: Indian Bifora

    Nice one Marrick, I think I'll get you to do my bidding on fleabay for me from now on as I've had no joy recently
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    Thanks all. I've not been very successful either - too tight.

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    That's a beauty! I've been on a bit of a '70s style kick myself, for what reason I have no clue and I love that case and dial design, which looks as if it stayed the same since 1972. My problem lately, trying to find bargains on the fleab, has been digging through the morass of rusty crusty beat up junk with sellers who think they have Swiss masterpieces. So many $400 Omega paperweights. I think you're doing very well.
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Thanks all. I've not been very successful either - too tight.

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    I did win one last week, described as fully functioning, unfortunately although the sweep second does the business the other two hands are totally immobile, so I got a refund and the seller didn't want it back, so it's now in the box of "things to deal with" !
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    I have never found a cheap bargain yet on ebay, when I do find one it soon goes up on the last few minutes.

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    Hi Marrick,

    don't waste your time with forum posts. Cleaning windows instead would buy you another 10 Biforas, and finaly you don't harm less lucky people.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Nice! Another Indian maker to watch out for.
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