Just picked up a Gradus watch...

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    Just picked up a Gradus watch...

    After my ebay gamble with the Paragon that arrived broken I'd set my expectations low on this one too... but it's arrived in one piece and seems quite nice!

    I haven't heard of Gradus so I assume they're a lower-end watch maker? The case is marked 'Plaque 10 M', which I take it refers to the gold plating and it does need a new crystal, as the original appears to have sustained some sort of knock. That said it's kept time almost spot on for 12 hours and winds and adjusts really well. Quite a bargain I think at £2.99!

    Here's some terrible quality mobile phone pics until it gets light enough outside to take proper ones:

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    Anyone know about Gradus? I've popped the back off and the movement is marked 'Swiss made' and appears to be in perfect condition.

    Chris

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    Re: Just picked up a Gradus watch...

    If you can remove the caseback, take some pics. Movements tell more than dials or cases usually. No matter what, it's well worth the price!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Just picked up a Gradus watch...

    The only "Gradus" that I can find was a brand of the Gladiator Watch Co. of London (registered in 1947). Maybe they imported and cased Swiss watch movements. I would be interested in finding out which one is in your watch. It is almost certainly from the 1960s.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Just picked up a Gradus watch...

    Not great light for a photo but here's a pic of the movement:

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    Re: Just picked up a Gradus watch...

    ST 1686 bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: AS 1686

    1960s.

    Nothing wrong with that movement - its a good generic workhorse, used by almost everybody in the mid range, Titus, Edox, Record, Nivada, etc.

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