Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

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    Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

    I was given this absolutely beautiful Olympic wrist watch. Its currently not working and the crystal is gone but the case seems more interesting than the movements. It opens on a hinge at the top and the movements sit inside of the watch back. The case is done nicely with filigree, along with the dial. The hands, including the second hand are a nice blue, not sure if that is original.
    The movements simply read:
    Olympic W.Co
    Swiss
    6sixjewels
    2twoadj
    477359 (marked so small someone probable went blind putting them there)

    Case reads
    WHITEVER (I think?)
    Dirty (..I think? looks like cursive writing)
    W.C co
    rolled plate

    Any info on this beauty?

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    Re: Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

    Hi Trishy.

    It sounds old. Possibly 1920's. It sounds like the case was made in the US and the movement was imported by the Olympic Watch Company. I'm not familiar with them, but google tells me that it was a brand of GSELL of New York.

    e.g.http://mb.nawcc.org/archive/index.php/t-6979.html

    Here's one:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/OLYMPIC-R-GSELL-...-/300421609007

    People with more expertise could tell you more if they could see PICTURES.

    The watch case would most likely have been made in the US. The 'Dirty Watch case Company' sounds a bit unlikely. Could it be Diel? Whitever appears to have been a term used by Diel. Again pictures would confirm..

    Hope that helps.
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    Re: Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

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    Re: Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

    That is lovely. I've nothing to add, but I would suggest you get a crystal put in to stop any further dirt getting in and to protect the hands.

    If you are really getting into collecting watches - and it sounds like you are - it is worth learning how to change acrylic crystals yourself - unless you have a cheap and friendly watchmaker that you know.
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    Re: Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

    I love collecting watches, and yeah I should learn how to replace the crystals! I figure I could give it a shot before taking it to someone ^_^ It can't be that hard..can it?

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    Re: Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

    Well I can do it, so no.

    What I did is bought a stock of NOS crystals of varous sizes off ebay. They come up from time to time, and can go fairly cheaply. Alternatively, you can buy new ones in bulk covering a range of sizes.

    e.g.

    http://www.findingking.com/c-2886-wa...-crystals.aspx

    I bought some high domed ones like this. It was cheaper for me to buy from the US and import them than buy here.

    Now, you can buy crystals one at a time. But unless you have the necessary measuring tool and expertise, its hard to get the size right. So it can work out more expensive quite quickly - especially when shipping is taken into account.

    For watches with bezels - so you can get to both sides - you can usually remove and replace a crystal with your fingers. The glue is not usually necessary, but can give extra protection and water resistance.

    Very useful - sometimes essential - is a crystal lift tool. e.g:

    http://www.tickintimeworldofwatchtoo...ools-572-p.asp

    In the UK, a crystal replacement by a watchmaker usually costs about £10 ($15) - so doing it yourself becomes cost effective quite quickly.
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    Re: Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

    awesome! thanks so much for that info ^_^

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    Re: Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

    I have a similar watch to yours, its a Whitever Diel W.C CO. Rolled plate, but its a ladies wrist watch. It's swiss made and it says on the back

    FIFTEEN15JEWELS
    TWO2ADJUSTMENTS

    It still works! i just figured out how to turn it on, it looks ancient does anyone out there know more about this watch?

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    Re: Olympic Hinge case wrist watch? Who's heard of this?

    The watch in the picture is quite nice. I would say 1920s. The blue hands are consistent with what I would expect.

    I use a little GS crystal cement when I set my crystals. Just a little better seal and a little extra security.

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