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    Need help IDing a couple

    Hi everyone, I'm new to the game of collecting watches and I just came back from my very first antique show today on search of some watches. Lots to see, but sadly, as I am new to watches, there were a lot of names I didn't know so I stayed away from them.

    I did however pick up these two! Both wind-ups, one is a Waltham that reads "intrabloc 17 jewels" on the face, the other is a Waldon that reads "shock absorber antimagnetic". I know Waltham, but I didn't know Waldon (after searching the internet, I still couldn't find anything on the company). I have to admit I bought the Waldon based primarily on looks. I love the look of an old Military type watch. I hope that you guys can see the pictures well enough to see all the details..apologies that I am not the best photographer.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't muscle the back off the Waldon and I don't have the correct tools to be able to.

    Anyways, please share with me any info you might have on these two watches. I would really like to know when they are from, etc. As you might be able to tell, I am very excited with my purchases.

    Also, if anyone has some tips as to how to clean up the Waldon, they would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Need help IDing a couple

    I think the Waltham has an FHF movement - possibly a 96.

    The Metatechnical Cabinet - FHF 96 (ST)

    There is an example of Waltham renumbering/rebbranding an FHF movement here:

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...k&Waltham_1155

    I don't know the name Waldon at all.
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    Waldon is unknown to me.

    The Waltham was made after the American Waltham company closed. The movement, case and dial on this example are utterly generic lower-mid grade Swiss. In other words the company owning the right to use the name 'Waltham' in Switzerland ordered the watch from an OEM assembler. The movement is an FHF 96, or one of that series. Based on the style of the dial, I would guess this watch was made some time in the 1970s.
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    Re: Need help IDing a couple

    Thanks very much you two. After some further research, I found that the Waldon looks very similar to many WWII era military watches...could it be possible that my watch is from that era too?

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    It's most likely from the early post war era the late 40's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsmike View Post
    It's most likely from the early post war era the late 40's.
    I agree it has the size and style of an early post-war watch, however the design of the caseback seems more modern (no earlier than the late 1950s). I wonder if the case may have been replaced with a generic item.
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    Re: Need help IDing a couple

    My Mido Super Automatic has been positively identified by Mido as dating to 1953. It has the Octagonal case back. Earlier Mido Super Automatics have a case back like the Waldon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsmike View Post
    My Mido Super Automatic has been positively identified by Mido as dating to 1953. It has the Octagonal case back. Earlier Mido Super Automatics have a case back like the Waldon.
    Then the Waldon is probably all original. I could not recall having seen a generic (no makers name) screwdown caseback with the standard inscriptions in that style from such an early date.
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