Been quite quiet of late.... Especially when it comes to buying!
Most of my watches are still in storage as we are trying to save for our first house.... But, on a lunch break last week, I thought I would have a look at some of my 'saved searches' on EBay.... Instantly regretting it as I saw this little 'non runner' for sale as a buy it now.
Certainly not my normal purchase of late, but this is a brand of watch I have always wanted to get my hands on, but have never wanted to buy a Indian re-finished version... Which 99% appear to be. It's a Favre Leuba.
It was not the name that grabbed my attention, but the guarantee card that came with it.
(Pics and post being done on my phone - so please excuse any spelling mistakes).
According to the guarantee, the watch was sold on 16th May 1970 in Bournemouth at W. Wright Ltd, 17 The Arcade. So, appears it has been in the UK for all of its life.
The second thing that attracted me was the unusual case shape. The sellers pics did not really sell the condition, but its better than expected.
The model number as seen on the case back and guarantee is 41703, which when googled brings up only 1 other reference to this case shape - anyone else seen or got one?
As for the running of the watch... The seller 'had inherited it from her grandfather' and the 'watch was working as far as I'm aware, just needs a battery'
The 1187 Favre Leuba (AS 1687) is running pretty well over the last hour (to within 1 second) ... But will need a service.
Don't know much about the movement, but to say it could have been trashed (no pics from the seller), I'm quite happy with the outcome. A light aesthetic clean and a new strap, I think this could look pretty dapper!
I found it a little odd the case was still marked 'waterproof', but guess this could have been made during the 60s, before being sold in the 1970!
Any comments more than welcome!
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