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    leonidas vintage

    Hi all!
    i'm from italy so sorry for my bad english
    I have this Leonidas watch in bad conditions but i don't know this mark and this watch, so i ask your opinion.. i can't find this specific model on internet so i don't know if it is genuine, how much can it value ecc ecc
    I'd like to know the value because i have to decide if to make a review and fix it :)
    So.. what do you say?
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    It's a triple date moonphase Leonidas, 1950s I guess. You won't get a valuation here, but if you want to get an idea of its worth, try looking up ebay auctions of these watches- they generally reflect quite well the condition/price relation. As to the watch itself... The movement is probably some ETA with some kind of module. I guess this one could use a serious maintenance- especially that rusty case. Dial cleaning and new crystal as well. Then you might want to get rid of that bracelet, it's truly awful. A strap would be a better idea. The question is: is the watch worth restoring? Oh yes.
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    Re: leonidas vintage

    It is probably an ETA 1100 with calendar module. Here is the version for Zodiac:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Zodiac 1100 (ETA 1100, Kalender-Modul)

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    Re: leonidas vintage

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    It's a triple date moonphase Leonidas, 1950s I guess. You won't get a valuation here, but if you want to get an idea of its worth, try looking up ebay auctions of these watches- they generally reflect quite well the condition/price relation. As to the watch itself... The movement is probably some ETA with some kind of module. I guess this one could use a serious maintenance- especially that rusty case. Dial cleaning and new crystal as well. Then you might want to get rid of that bracelet, it's truly awful. A strap would be a better idea. The question is: is the watch worth restoring? Oh yes.
    you're right: the bracelet is not very beauty..
    howewer in meanwhile i brought the watch to a watchmaker, in two days i'll know how much is the cost to fix it.
    thanks for the reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    It is probably an ETA 1100 with calendar module. Here is the version for Zodiac:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Zodiac 1100 (ETA 1100, Kalender-Modul)

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    the movement seems this eta..
    i'm ignorant.. this ETA is good? :)
    (i think yes because the watches with this movement are very expensive..!)

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    Well, the ETA movements are, shall we say, quite common. They're nothing special, but they're solid and reliable. The parts are easily available, so any repairs of the movement shouldn't be expensive. And another thing- the price isn't always a measure of how "good" a watch is.
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    Re: leonidas vintage

    ETA movements are among the best generic movements you can find. At the same time, they are dirt common so not very valuable. That said, any Swiss lever watch with a full calendar and moonphase is comparatively rare (even if based on a very common movement) - which is why that watch is rather more expensive than a three hand ± date watch with ETA movement.

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    It definitely worth restoration!
    Reprint dial and you get undoubtedly pleasurable triple-calendar moonohase watch.

    Works to be done:
    1. Reprint main dial plate
    2. Polish hands and paint second in deep-red
    3. Polish or replace scratched crystal
    4. Clean the case in ultrasound cleaner
    5. Service the movement
    6. Probably replace the crown as it looks not very handy for fingers
    7. Add good strap
    8. Make wrist photo for WatchUSeek.com =)
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    Re: leonidas vintage

    Quote Originally Posted by german View Post
    It definitely worth restoration!
    Reprint dial and you get undoubtedly pleasurable triple-calendar moonohase watch.

    Works to be done:
    1. Reprint main dial plate
    2. Polish hands and paint second in deep-red
    3. Polish or replace scratched crystal
    4. Clean the case in ultrasound cleaner
    5. Service the movement
    6. Probably replace the crown as it looks not very handy for fingers
    7. Add good strap
    8. Make wrist photo for WatchUSeek.com =)
    Why? See if he (the watchmaker) can clean the coffee stain off first.
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    Re: leonidas vintage

    Agree with German above in everything except repainting the dial! There is very little wrong with the dial, and all the original paint is intact, so I think it would be a crime to touch it!
    Gentle cleaning only would probably tidy things up, but I think a full repaint would ruin the charm of the watch. The crown doesn't look so bad either, the grooves are still sharp, so I'd leave it alone too for authenticity. I think this would look great on a nice brown leather or croco strap.

    Hope your watchmaker's estimate is reasonable, and definitely post us some pics when it's done!
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