I've inherited this beaten up Leonidas chronograph from my late grandfather. The time still works, but not the chronograph. Anyway, it's surprisingly hard to find any information about the Leonidas brand online. There is no such a thing as a model catalog, information about the movements, etc. I was hoping to find some people in this forum that could shed some light on it.
I'd love to know, for example, what movement does this watch use (by visual inspection, it looks to me like a Valjoux 22, but I know nothing about movements, so I am probably wrong). Or when was it made (my guess is in the 50s).
I love the watch and I want to start wearing it, so I went to a watch restoration specialist and he gave me a budget of at least 1200€ for restoring it to (almost) its original condition. That would include restoring the dial, the case, everything. After reading about watch restorations online, I understand that this lowers the value of the watch, but I don't plan to ever sell it because its sentimental value to me. So I guess my question is, would you do a full restoration? Can I consider it the "same" watch after such a full restoration?
Thanks for your comments!