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    Hi! I am new to the world of watches and have started learning basic repair techniques etc in order to clean up some old watches.
    I would like to know if this watch (see images) would have much value if restored. And if it would be worth having the watch restored. It is an Avia swiss made 15 jewel manual wind movement. Without original strap.

    As you can see in the pictures there is a crack in the crystal, seconds hand is missing and the face shows signs of ageing. As for the movement, I bought this originally as an educational project and am still in the process of putting it back together. It was fully functioning before it reached me so I will hopefully have it running again soon!
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    Let me know your thoughts!

    Thanks
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    The first watch any watchmaker works in is almost always destroyed. Buy some cheap movements and hone your skills on those. It would be a shame to destroy this watch. It is too nice.
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Welcome to the forum. The watch is in decent ocondition - I have certainly seen a lot worse than that. You just need a new crystal (which is frequently the case in older watches anyway) and a new seconds hand. The dial looks rather good from here, rather better than many of that age (1950s).

    The watch has an Adolf Schild Cal. 984 or derivative:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: AS 984

    ...so it is realistically not worth doing up, at least not if you are looking for a profit after selling it. Doing it up yourself to sell (or wear) it won't work - experience has shown that almost everyone trashes their first few watches. It's unfortunately part of the learning process. On the one hand, the watch is mundane enough to say: it isn't really worth too much so you can sacrifice it. On the other hand, there are a lot more that are even more mundane, in worse cosmetic condition and therefore make better practicing material. My advice is: keep it stored, turn to pin lever watches and learn on those first.

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    Thera are a lot of working junkers to learn on so please get one of those instead. I myself have watches as a hobby so if I get more for it then I gave it's a profit but if you count the time put into it it sure isn't worth it.
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    Re: My first post

    Welcome
    I have been studying Horology some 10 yrs, but only last year learned how to very basically repair (clean/service) a watch.
    I NEVER attempt to do anything to any piece that i 'love'
    Only on pcs you will not cry if you make an error.

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    Re: My first post

    Hi and welcome for some reason I can only see 1 pic of the movement, I dont think you can earn a profit on it unless it was given to you at a very very cheap price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    Hi and welcome for some reason I can only see 1 pic of the movement, I dont think you can earn a profit on it unless it was given to you at a very very cheap price.
    I paid around £10 for it.

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    Re: My first post

    £10 is a good price for some minor work, if you are thinking of buying and selling though I wouldnt of bothered taking the movement apart I would of just changed the crystal and the hand. But if you are thinking of keeping it then worth doing up also good practice work esp at that price.

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