Picked up this "vintage Roamer" with an impulse buy on what I thought was a Quartz, Roamer from the 70s with mild crystal scratching and a black & gold expandable band. I was under the assumption that the band was not original, and that the watch was a quartz/battery watch because the only description was that the watch needs a battery. Regardless, I liked the deal and love retro watches; sold. So as soon as I get it I take the watch to get a battery put in and the guy tells me it's a winding watch! I can't believe I didn't think to check but, I thought it required a battery. I suppose I was mesmerized that the watch crystal looked better in person. As of this writing, several hours later, the watch is still keeping perfect time off the turns the jeweler gave it, I wish I had asked him to open it up but there were other customers and I wasn't buying. The case back is marked "stainless steel case."
GIven that the case back is not labeled with a model number, I believe that if it is real, it must be from before 1966...
"in the late 1950s the Type II cases had a case number stamped inside, and I will refer to these as Type IIa. From 1966, all type II cases were marked with an external model number and the case number stamped inside. I will refer to these as Type IIb cases. " It also looks like the type II case because of the crystal width, which apparently means its from after 1955. That doesn't conflict with my age estimate. All of this can be seen here..
Needless to say, I am concerned that I may have bought a fake watch for several reasons.
1) I have never seen a roamer logo in cursive like this
2) The fact that the seller said it required a battery and it ended up winding is also strange. Although this is confusing all entirely because usually it is the other way around. (A fake automatic/winding watch will require a battery).
3) I have never seen a roamer with hands like this (usually broader).
Anywho, I paid too little to care if it's fake, and will probably end up negative comment blackmailing the seller if it turns out to be when I see my "watch guy" next week. So busy I don't have the time to get there for a bit, so I defer to you vintage watch wizards out there! Grateful for any and all comments on the age, authenticity, rarity etc of this watch. I'll come back and let you know what the watch snob says.