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    Mixed Roman and Arabic numerals on Favre Leuba watches

    Hello, I am looking to buy a vintage Fravre Leuba sea chief with mixed roman and Arabic numerals as shown in the picture. Can you tell me if Favre Leuba's ever originally had mixed numerals or are these all redialed?
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    Re: Mixed Roman and Arabic numerals on Favre Leuba watches

    Welcome to the Vintage forum. I am no Favre-Leuba expert but here is a thread casting doubt on whether FL had such dials:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/ant...al-502127.html

    On the other hand, there are some more on the internet so I can't give you definite info, I'm afraid. If they faked yours, they may well have faked some more but it could equally well be that all or most are genuine.

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    Re: Mixed Roman and Arabic numerals on Favre Leuba watches

    No idea about the movement, but dial is a reworked fake.
    Rolex patented the so called 'Californian Dial'
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    Re: Mixed Roman and Arabic numerals on Favre Leuba watches

    and the Rolex patent:
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    Re: Mixed Roman and Arabic numerals on Favre Leuba watches

    Hi 007,
    those Rolex guys must have been on some strong stuff at a party to come up with that dial !!
    If I`d invented it I`d have denied it the next morning..not patented it :0)
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    Re: Mixed Roman and Arabic numerals on Favre Leuba watches

    Quote Originally Posted by demonfinder View Post
    Hi 007,
    those Rolex guys must have been on some strong stuff at a party to come up with that dial !!
    If I`d invented it I`d have denied it the next morning..not patented it :0)
    strange, I love it, and would add one to my collection, except too many are copies, and the original ultra expensive.

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    Re: Mixed Roman and Arabic numerals on Favre Leuba watches

    Inexpensive Indian redialled Favre-Leuba's are an ebay staple these days, and come under several categories: original (rare), redial to original spec (rare), redial with "alternative" finish/colour (common), and fantasy (common). I mean garishly overdone or "military" by fantasy, BTW!
    The "military" style seems most popular at the moment, but the sellers seem to have their fingers on the market's pulse at all times, and you really can't blame them.
    These Roman/Arabic mix dials are still popular after several years, and do not actually copy the Rolex patent, as therw are slight differences to the placements of numbers.
    Here is mine, only a few pounds and working well to within a minute a day after three years in my hands.



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