So this was my grandfathers watch, he wore it every day for possibly 50 years or more my mother and her sister say and now it's mine. I wish i had been with her for this but when she came into possession of it, she took it to a watch guy in san francisco to have it cleaned out and checked to see if it was in good shape.
The gentleman that ran the shop was apparently very surprised to see it. He (I'm paraphrasing, my mother really didn't ask him to elaborate on any of this) said something about it is unusual, something about it's construction or something having to do with the type of watch it is and the date it was made and he mentioned that it's fairly rare and especially even more rare to be in such perfect working condition as it still keeps great time (I only wore it for about a month myself but it seemed to be accurate and the automatic self winding works perfect not to mentione i showered with it on and it seemed to still be water proof.) he went on to say that even in it's current condition which is fairly well worn it could be worth up to a couple thousand dollars.
As you can see in the pics it's a gold colored watch, the bezel measuring about 33 mm across. My dad, a jeweler (who doesn't work at all with watches) says it's got a heavy gold filling on the bezel. At the edges of the bezel the gold filling is totally rubbed away exposing what looks like brass underneath. It says "Ariston Automatic" on the face which looks to be some sort of matte silver metal. The back which is hardly legible in some areas says "Water protected: Swiss Made, Anti Magnetic Incabloc (???), Stainless Steel back, then 654 A and in the center are the numbers "615594". It originally had a horrendously smelly and torn black leather band which i got rid of and traded for a 9 dollar fake gold Target watch band just because i needed a watch
The watch has no sentimental value for me and i'm not a fan of jewelry on men, so i think i look ridiculous in a gold watch. With another leather band, it could be dressy, so if it's worthless, i suppose i might just hang onto it. If it's worth something, even a few hundred bucks i'd love to sell it. Somehow "thousands" seems way too good to be true. And before somebody says it's a part of my grandfather and is to be cherished or whatever, unfortunately he was not at all a pleasant guy, even his kids weren't sad when he passed and frankly, neither was I. The fact he wore it for so long really means nothing to me. I just graduated college and theres no jobs out there and if i could make a bit of money from something sitting in a drawer collecting dust, why not.
Whatever it is, i'm just curious if you can tell me something about it. Googling ariston, all i've been able to find is a mention of a pocket watch that was valuable and somebody was selling inoperable ariston non automatics for 200 bucks on ebay. The brand must have gone out of business quite some time ago.
I just noticed i took the picture the moment the second hand passed in front of the minute so it looks like only a 2 hand movement when in fact it's 3.
I really appreciate any information I can get about it guys!