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    Little stainless steel unicorn watch

    I've joined the forum for some advice on a little watch I have found in a box of vintage jewelry given to me by my ex. I am the first to admit I know very little about watches or jewelry and am mainly wanting to know if this is worth having valued.
    It says "handley stainless steel" on the clasp and inside the casing and "unicorn" on the face. It's ticking away happily.
    The movement has 15 jewels and "Swiss made" written on it. I can provide any other relavent info if it will help. :)
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    Re: Little stainless steel unicorn watch

    Hi and welcome to f11.
    Your little watch looks to be well before the 1950's to me, and the movement appears to have gold chatons (the little holders for the jewels).
    The name 'Unicorn' was used by Rolex from 1919 for their budget range, a little like Tudor in recent times.
    Very pretty little watch, possibly from the 1930's.

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    Re: Little stainless steel unicorn watch

    And Unicorn watches appear mostly to have been destined for the Australian market. Handley was a case making company based in Melbourne.
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    Thank you so much :)
    So worth paying for a valuation?

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    Re: Little stainless steel unicorn watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Mdarling View Post
    Thank you so much :)
    So worth paying for a valuation?
    Probably not. Small ladies' watches are not sought after - hardly anyone wears them nowadays - and its not got the word 'Rolex' on the dial.
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    Re: Little stainless steel unicorn watch

    If you are keeping it, get it serviced. Valuations are mainly "insurance" focused, and are a guess at how much it might cost to replace.
    If you look for completed listings for ladies' Unicorn watches on the 'bay, you will find what they have been getting on there.
    Another would be to look on Doc. Ranfft's site at the watch archives and sales. (gratuitous plug!

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    Re: Little stainless steel unicorn watch

    The movement is from the Adolf Schild Cal. AS 970 family:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: AS 970

    ...which reminds me that Adolf Schild, although strictly an ebaucherie (movement maker), reputedly sold some watches under the brand name "Unicorn". And there are other makes that used this brand name. So I wouldn't even be 100% sure that this watch has anything to do with Rolex at all.....

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    Re: Little stainless steel unicorn watch

    Not heard of that one...

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    Re: Little stainless steel unicorn watch

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbee View Post
    Not heard of that one...
    See Roland's post in: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/uni...ch-259452.html

    The AS Unicorns were much later than the OP's watch.

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    Re: Little stainless steel unicorn watch

    Thanks Marrick, that logo with the unicorn head was registered by the Unicorn Watch Co./Kirin Watch Co. Ltd of Hong Kong, in the Mikrolisk link above, and the watches look to be 1960's at the earliest, far younger than the OP's watch as you say.

    Sticking with the Rolex.

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