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    Inherited This Vintage Benrus Pointer Date Watch CE-4. Any info?

    Hello everyone!

    I have inherited this Benrus from my grandfather, and was wondering 1) The Age 2) Is it Worth Paying For a Stem and Crown-I know the watch works but I do not have the correct crown and believe the stem is broken-Replacement 3) How Rare the CE-4 Model is, as I only found 2 references on eBay and Picclick. It is a 15 Jewel Movement and has a 10k Gold Filled Spiedel Band. Also, is the brown coloration on the Dial original or is it corrosion? Thank you all!

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    Re: Inherited This Vintage Benrus Pointer Date Watch CE-4. Any info?

    As to worth, only you can answer that.

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    Re: Inherited This Vintage Benrus Pointer Date Watch CE-4. Any info?

    Well, Benrus made fairly affordable watches, and made them in large quantities, so don't expect it to be anything rare.

    The movement appears to be a derivative (with the pointer date complication) of the ETA 930.

    Since you've inherited it, it's got sentimental value, I presume. And as always, in case of a watch with sentimental value, my advice is: get it fixed and serviced, wear it, enjoy it.
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    Re: Inherited This Vintage Benrus Pointer Date Watch CE-4. Any info?

    Quote Originally Posted by Subterranean Alien View Post
    Hello everyone!

    Also, is the brown coloration on the Dial original or is it corrosion? Thank you all!
    Not coloration but discoloration over time, not original.
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    It looks like a nice steel cased pointer daye watch. The "patina" on the dial actually gives the watch character. I say if a watch has discoloration its only unacceptable if it interferes with reading the print on the watch. You should get it serviced and enjoy it. Sure Benrus was kind of a budget brand watch but they are really not much different than the brands in the next few spots above them. I like alot of their watches. Here is a great ones I had but I sold it because at the time I couldnt tighten a cannon pinion.







    Thats a beautiful watch as are a lot of Benrus.
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    Re: Inherited This Vintage Benrus Pointer Date Watch CE-4. Any info?

    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyNorton View Post
    Thats a beautiful watch as are a lot of Benrus.
    Hear Hear! I have a few of these in my 'to fix' queue. The one you have is patinated, YMMV but I like it. Stainless case is a bonus. They are not valuable, but good ones are not cheap either. Its a common stem and a generic crown would not cost much - and would be an easy cheap part of a service. It depends if you are doing so to wear or sell it. If sell, just chuck it on eBay - for whatever. You might be pleased or not. If to wear, then its a solid watch with a good solid movement - its worth some TLC.

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    Re: Inherited This Vintage Benrus Pointer Date Watch CE-4. Any info?

    Nice watch with solid SS case in good condition. The dial has a heavy patina, but that is a matter of taste. Personally I like it.
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    Re: Inherited This Vintage Benrus Pointer Date Watch CE-4. Any info?

    In fact, here is one of mine with a fair bit of Patina:



    Another of mine with less Patina:


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    Re: Inherited This Vintage Benrus Pointer Date Watch CE-4. Any info?

    Hello everyone!
    Thanks for all your responses! I am going to hopefully buy a broken benrus pointer date to replace the stem and crown soon, and to have an extra dial (however I actually really like the patina to the watch.) I am surprised by how good of condition the watch is in as I only see one hairline scratch on the crystal (minus the dial of course).

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    Re: Inherited This Vintage Benrus Pointer Date Watch CE-4. Any info?

    I think the dial is fine, and it will continue to grow on you with time. Your watchmaker can probably source an appropriate stem and crown. Take him a photo of what the crown should look like. Crowns are often replaced, so there is no guarantee that a donor watch will have its original crown anyway.
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