So, recently I've found what appears to be a service marking on my Turler-branded Roamer. The case back was completely clean on the inside, no service markings at all. As if no one has ever serviced it. Just recently, I have been killing time by looking at the watch just like that, and something caught my attention- something which I observed after I bought the watch, but forgot to mention, since the broken balance staff pivot and replacing the second hand were issues far more important than that.
I have found a service marking in probably the last place it should ever be in- under the lug at 11 o'clock. The marking is quite simple- VI/48/8.
Now, the good question is- how to interpret it. 8th of June, 1948? 6th of August, 1948? The watch looks like it's from the 1940s, and it probably is. In the beginning, I couldn't rule out very early 1950s, but this seems to help in dating it. Pre-1948 alright, if my interpretation is correct.
Just assuming that it was a scheduled maintenance, and not a necessary intervention, how long after the purchase could this have happened? 4, 5 years?
Because if that's the case, then I'm close to dating the watch to 1943-1944.
I didn't really pay any attention to interpreting service markings before. So, my main question is: how to interpret them? Is it "month/year/day" (which isn't a really usual way to write a date...) , "month/year/repair type"? Might be a silly question- but I'd just like to know.
The fact, that the only place where there actually is any wear to the chrome plating is under the crown, indicates that it hasn't been used much, and no other service marks than the aforementioned "VI/48/8" seem to prove that it hasn't. Well, the other explanation is, that whoever serviced the watch in the past didn't have a habit of leaving any markings (unlikely), or the first owner didn't care for the watch at all. Sadly, the last option's very plausible- or would be, if the watch would be battered- which it isn't, and apart from the balance staff issue, the movement was really clean and well-preserved when I have bought the watch.