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    Mysterious Mithras?

    Hi f/11 ners,

    I just snagged my first ever mechanical chronograph off the bay yesterday and can`t find any info about it on the web.The brand is Mithras and it has the landeron 248 movement.I did however find 1 or 2 threads in old Wus posts and it looks like they were a french company that disappeared with the quartz crisis but at sometime before disappearing they moved to swiss territory.
    I really didn`t expect to win the auction so a decent bid an hour before the auction ended on the off chance that it my hold out worked.(fluke)Anyway,here are the sellers pics and if anyone could shed some more light on it I would appreciate it.

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    Love that minute hand,is that beautiful or what?


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    Cheers,
    Apollonaught.
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    Re: Mysterious Mithras?

    Mithras Watches - The Watch Forum looks like this. Can't find much either.
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    Re: Mysterious Mithras?

    I would say 1950's with the radium Dauphine hands.
    Great catch bud.
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    Re: Mysterious Mithras?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cura View Post
    Mithras Watches - The Watch Forum looks like this. Can't find much either.
    HHMMMM.......a long lost twin,but still lost.(cheers Cura,i found that yesterday,the particulars of that one are identical apart from pushers which i suspect were added later.)

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    Re: Mysterious Mithras?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbee View Post
    I would say 1950's with the radium Dauphine hands.
    Great catch bud.
    Thanks Bobbee, (50`s)
    I`m not really a chronograph type of guy(too big for my skinny wrist),but this one bent my will(especially that minute hand)
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    Re: Mysterious Mithras?

    Great catch...congrats...(I really need a mech. chrono. in my collection too. Sooo many watches).
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    Re: Mysterious Mithras?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paleotime View Post
    Great catch...congrats...(I really need a mech. chrono. in my collection too. Sooo many watches).
    Thanks Paleotime,
    A vintage collection needs at least one chronograph in my book,i hope i can justify buying it though because i doubt i`ll ever use the chrono fuction.Cheers for the reply.
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    Re: Mysterious Mithras?(UPDATE)

    Well it`s high time for an update so here goes!

    Upon receiving the watch a couple of weeks ago i checked it out thoroughly from top to bottom.The first interesting thing i found was on the bottom of the dial "T swiss made T" that means it must be no earlier than 1960,right?
    Anyway,while the movement was out i decided to clean the dial.I used a soft bristled paintbrush and to my delight that was all that was needed.
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    After cleaning the dial i started thinking how did the dust or dirt get in there in the first place?,and i found the answer to that question by examining the crown.There was no rubber water proofing ring in the crown.After searching a while on ebay i found a job lot of crowns and then waited patiently for them to arrive.While the crowns were in transit i turned my attention to the crystal which was heavily scratched.It took a while but i managed to grind down to the deepest scratch with 2000 grit wet and dry.The hardest part was staying away from the gold plating,so when i had a uniform finish and was satisfied that the crystal was free from any distortions i used "Kitten" cutting compound (same stuff they use on tired car paintwork) first rubbed over the surface with a thumb to make sure there are no lumpy grains then polished off with soft cloth.I`m very happy with the result.
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    The crowns arrived yesterday and out of 50 there was only one suitable crown that had an internal rubber ring and it was sheer luck that it fit the tap size.Phew!
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    So there you have it..............,my reward for my patience is i get to wear it and enjoy it!
    Oh! here`s a wrist shot.(not as big as i thought it was going to be.)

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    Re: Mysterious Mithras?(UPDATE)

    Oh wow - what a transformation! Name:  thumbsup.gif
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    And thanks for the update.
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    Re: Mysterious Mithras?(UPDATE)

    That is such a great result! Beautifully done, and such hard work deserves the end product!
    Bob.
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