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    My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    I recently nailed this really nice Montine vintage auto, which has a (virtually mint) 25 jewel AS 1913 movement (looked inside the back). All for £8.64 including postage off Ebay! I'm well-chuffed with it, and it ticks away at 21,600 bph which is quite nice and smooth. Fair bit of wear to the plating, but there are no real dings or dents or anything too major. Polished the crystal up and put it on dark brown lizard grain.

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    Re: My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    What a bargain and a find~Congrats!

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    Re: My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    Excellent.

    A very under appreciated brand for some reason.

    Mine is in this thread:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/mon...nt-419290.html
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    Cheers guys, appreciate the feedback and info . And I like your Montine very much Marrick, very smart. I agree that they are a very good brand and under-valued. I shall be looking out for more of them on the bay, maybe this time a hand-wound one. It's funny 'cause I thought the one I bought was a hand-wound, but then discovered to my joy that it was automatic. Well, it'll be a bit tricky keeping it going as I only have one watch winder with space for two, and there are already two autos in it. But hey, having an extra unexpected auto is a nice problem to have .

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    Re: My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    That's a great pick up for very little money.....enjoy!!

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    Re: My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    Quote Originally Posted by billybobman View Post
    Well, it'll be a bit tricky keeping it going as I only have one watch winder with space for two, and there are already two autos in it.
    I have never felt the need for a watchwinder and I have many many autos.

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    Re: My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    I have never felt the need for a watchwinder and I have many many autos.
    Fair enough, but I'm curious do you keep them going by winding them when not being worn, or just let then stop? And do you reckon it's a bad idea for me to keep my other two autos going round on a winder every day? Maybe it's better to rest the movements than to keep them working constantly, I've read conflicting opinions on this, so I never know what's correct .
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    Re: My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    I just don't see any advantage to running them all the time - after all, parts are getting harder to source. Auto modules and mainsprings etc do wear. When I put them on my wrist they start and wind themselves. There is the odd inefficient one, that I will give a couple of turns of the crown to before putting on. Obviously this means if the watch has a date, then it will be wrong. If it is a quickset, I will set it, otherwise I just ignore the date as I am not particularly keen on wearing out the cannon pinion.

    I guess I would say the winder is a personal convenience traded off against life of the watch. Opinions etc. vary - just do what you want. I wouldn't worry too much either way.

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    Re: My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    Nice find, here's one I picked up for a fiver IIRC on a flea market, I had to get a new 'glass' fitted along with a new crown..total £20 plus original £5 so not too bad for an automnatic that works well and keeps good time!
    and after trip to menders and after I cleaned and polished it up;
    Almost twins!
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    Re: My Vintage Montine Swiss Made Automatic - 25 Jewels!

    Quote Originally Posted by stefano34 View Post
    Nice find, here's one I picked up for a fiver IIRC on a flea market, I had to get a new 'glass' fitted along with a new crown..total £20 plus original £5 so not too bad for an automnatic that works well and keeps good time!
    and after trip to menders and after I cleaned and polished it up;
    Almost twins!
    Wow that looks really sweet after you polished it and gave it some TLC, nice one! Yeah it's almost exactly like mine, except yours is now a bit more new looking . Great watch for very little money, cheers to us both !

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