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    Old chronograph wrist watch

    I bought this old chrono wrist watch from Ebay, spares or repair for
    not very much, but I warn you that......

    those who cry condition, condition, condition and like their vintage
    watches to look pristine should look away as this watch will turn their
    sensitive stomachs and hammer their NOS sensibilities.

    I bought it because it looked complete, nice looking movement and I hoped to
    to get it running with minimal effort....I think it looks good but am well aware
    that a watch which looks its age is not everyones cup of tea.

    The watch gives no clue as to the maker and the movement is unmarked, but I'm
    reasonably sure that it's an early Valjoux. It was wound tight and the train was
    seized with old oil.

    On servicing the movement there were no major problems, the finger piece which
    turns the minute counter wheel had worked lose and was re-staked and the chrono
    runner tension spring was remade and replaced.

    I must say that this is a very good movement, it rates well and times to within 20secs
    in all positions. The chrono functions work flawlessly and was easily set up by means
    of three eccentrics.

    Anybody like to have a guess at its vintage and possible maker...I haven't a clue really,
    it is 32mm dia.







    The movement is nice quality with geneve stripes and overcoil to hairspring.



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    Re: Old chronograph wrist watch

    Radger, you have a nice watch, I like what you have done. Some of us like to conserve, rather than restore. You have got the point.
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    Re: Old chronograph wrist watch

    I like that. Well done on getting it running.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Old chronograph wrist watch

    Radger, you have a Valjoux VZ - an early version of the Valjoux 23. Nice find.

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    Re: Old chronograph wrist watch

    Hi Radger,

    no need to worry about some signs of aging on that watch. I'd be happy if I'll look that crisp when I'm 80.
    Except the regionally different material signatures it appears to be the same model like this one:
    bidfun-db 1185375718: 370: Gents Valjoux VZ Manual-Wind Chronograph, ca. 1930



    Even the serial numbers are similar (17201, 17223).

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Old chronograph wrist watch

    That's the same watch right enough Roland and well done Ulackfocus for
    successfully iding the movement as the Valjoux VZ.

    I thought it must be a Valjoux as it is very similar to the Valjoux 23 but
    my earliest ebauche books from the forties do not show the VZ, I suppose it must
    already be obsolete by this time.

    Thanks everyone for the comments.

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    Re: Old chronograph wrist watch

    That's nice, and good job on getting it going again

    I like the chrono's from this period



    Quote Originally Posted by ulackfocus View Post
    Radger, you have a Valjoux VZ - an early version of the Valjoux 23. Nice find.

    I was trying to think which particular Val mov't is was??? Saved me a job

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    Re: Old chronograph wrist watch

    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    those who cry condition, condition, condition and like their vintage
    watches to look pristine should look away as this watch will turn their
    sensitive stomachs and hammer their NOS sensibilities.
    I like'm honest like this one. Great save!

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    Re: Old chronograph wrist watch

    congrats on a great watch. the valjoux vz was the luxury variant of the valjoux 23
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