My grandfather's watch (TransMarine)
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    My grandfather's watch (TransMarine)

    Hi there,

    I was visiting my dad today when we started talking about watches. He asked me if I wanted to have his dad's (my grandfather's) old watch which he got for his 20 or 30 year anniversary for working at a danish railroad company called DSB - this was probably in the 60'ies or 70'ies. Now I'm very curious to know more about this watch and the brand TransMarine.

    I have tried to Google around, but there's not much info on the TransMarine brand at all. So far all I have been able to find out is that this is possibly a swiss brand by Charles Nicolet.

    Are any of you familiar with TransMarine and can tell me a bit more about it? Any info on this particular watch below would also be appreciated

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    Re: My grandfather's watch (TransMarine)

    Could you provide images of the back and perhaps the movement? With the image of the back, we could also see what type it is and how to open it.

    This is what Mikrolisk has on Transmarine:

    La Transmarine, H. Buchser & Co. / La Transmarine Watch Co., Solothurn, Switzerland
    La Transmarine Watch Co., H. Buchser & Co. / La Transmarine Watch Co., Solothurn, Switzerland
    Transmarine, Nicolet Watch SA, Tramelan-Dessus, Switzerland, registered December 12, 1949
    Transmarine, H. Buchser & Co. / La Transmarine Watch Co., Watches, watchparts, Solothurn and Eaux-Vives, Switzerland, registered April 20, 1920
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    Re: My grandfather's watch (TransMarine)

    Hi BR, appreciate the info! :)

    Took some pictures of the back - the DSB engraving is by the company that my grandfather worked for by the way. Haven't tried taking the back off to see the movement yet, since I have never tried to open up a watch before. Let me know if I can do that pretty easy with this one - I'm definitely willing to try :)

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    You'll need a case back wrench and a watch holder. If you don't have these tools, then a) get them, if you plan on doing some more vintage watch collecting or b) let a watchmaker handle that, it should cost nothing just to get it open- besides, you're gonna need to get it serviced anyway, if you intend to wear it.
    Tritium lume, as indicated by the "T" markings, would suggest a post-1960 watch, the design suggests very early 1960s, circa 1960-1963 (just a rough estimate).

    By the way, if you decide to get a wrench and a holder, do also get a rubber ball- it's important that it has a sticky surface; using that and a watch holder, you should be able to open the watch without a risk of scratching the back.
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    Re: My grandfather's watch (TransMarine)

    My wife has a Transmarine of possibly similar vintage. I looked inside but I don't recall the type of movement, however it was signed by one of the lesser Nicolet branches.



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    Re: My grandfather's watch (TransMarine)

    Appreciate the info, guys! Will definitely look more into it. So far I keeps time pretty accurately - only gained about 5 seconds in a day, but since I plan on wearing this, I will have it serviced soon. Will post some updates to this thread later in case others than me are interested in hearing about it ;)
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    Re: My grandfather's watch (TransMarine)

    mkws hit the nail on the head with his infos. It's easy when you have the right tool(s), but that screw-on back might be a bit stiffly after all those years. If you are getting a service anyway, the watchmaker can do it. Perhaps he can also tell you what movement is in there.

    Let's see what the results are after the service.

    Perfect or not, here are some links:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35tEimL-O48

    the next one is a bit crazy and not so much recommendable in the second part, but it shows the principle of opening these watches very well

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOqyWvrQhG8

    Much better (a nice guy and real expert):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxF0O6Z3dYA

    and if you are perpared to sell your house to buy a screw back watch case opener, you would get the 5700 from Bergeon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jQMcxvVSZY
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    Re: My grandfather's watch (TransMarine)

    So, did some more research and I found another forum where a guy posted this exact same watch and, guess what, he posted a picture of the movement! Apparently it is an AS1130 movement. His pic below.

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    Re: My grandfather's watch (TransMarine)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikkas View Post
    So, did some more research and I found another forum where a guy posted this exact same watch and, guess what, he posted a picture of the movement! Apparently it is an AS1130 movement. His pic below.
    You will only know for sure if you open your watch and look. We have had all kinds of surprises on this forum.
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