I often browse a local Irish ebay style website called Adverts.ie. I've sold quite a bit of stuff on there, but only ever bought one watch. I decided that it would be no harm to throw up a wanted add asking for nice vintage watches. After serval people approached me with watches waaaay out of my price range, a guy asked me if I would have any interest in a Seiko, Rotary and "a ladies watch". He was looking for €70 for the lot. I asked him to send pics to my email, but I was suprised when he said that he would just send me the watches and I could either by them or send them back to him. They arrived to day.
I have no interest in the Seiko, it is a gold on gold dress watch from the 60/70's.
As soon as I saw the "ladies" watch I was interested though. It is an Eterna, but the small sub-second hand at 6 o'clock and the lumed Arabic numbers have led me to believe that it may be a man's military watch from the 30/40's. I'm not at all sure about this though. There are no millitary markings, that I am aware of, on it. It is also very small, being 33mm across, including the crown.
It is, however in fairly good condition. The dial is a little faded, but has a nice vintage look. The case is very good, with some de-chroming at the edges on the back. The crystal has some light marks, and two heavy ones that are right on the edge of the dome and can only be seen at an angle.
The movement, I know nothing about. It says Eterna and is marked 2858550. There are no other markings. At least one screw is newer than the rest. It has been running for nine hours now and is keeping time.
So, what do you think? Just a woman's watch, or a military watch?
Oh, while ye are hear, ye might as well take a look at the Rotary.
I've never owned a Rotary or a gold watch before. I kinda like this one though. The sliver/grey sunburst dial looks well against the gold. It could be used as a dress watch, even thought it has a date window. The dial is marked "17 Jewels" and "Anabolic" The dial and case are near flawless, the crystal is a little marked, but nothing major. Any idea on the model or year of this?
The movement also looks good and has kept time for the last nine hours.
I was thinking of offering him €40 for the two, but may go to 50.
P.S., I know my camera sucks!