Questions on Alsta Date-Chrono

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    Questions on Alsta Date-Chrono

    Looking for my first vintage watch. I love the aesthetics of this Alsta date-chrono. The date function differentiates it a little from everything else I'm seeing in this era and price range.

    Searched here and didn't see anything obvious, beyond references to the watch Dreyfuss wore in Jaws and that "Alsta" is part of "Alstater", which is in the mix of semi-forgotten, but probably good enough for what I'm looking for marques of the era.

    Movement is Landeron 159.

    I found 2 examples.

    One is in Spain. What's the reputation for watches coming out of there?:
    7683 RARE Vintage Alsta Chronograph w Subdial 4 Day 1940 Highly Collectible | eBay

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    One is at Farfo.com:
    VINTAGE CHRONOGRAPH ALSTA DATE-CHRONO LANDERON 159 CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WATCH REPAIR
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    Can you comment on either watch or either seller?

    Given the $300 price difference (about the cost of a service), what would you recommend?

    Thanks

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    Re: Questions on Alsta Date-Chrono

    Hi
    I also watched and contacted the seller in Spain - you have NO worries there.
    Its a nice watch, and I was tempted. The date is quite a rare feature on early chronographs
    ONLY issue is, it has got NO quick set, and its a manual wind. So if you store watch say 15 days, you will have to manually wind date forward 14/15/ days times 48 hrs.
    Very tedious!!

    FARFO is 40% MORE expensive than anyone, and if you upset him for ANY reason he REFUSES to communicate to you!

    Regards
    Adam
    Last edited by HOROLOGIST007; June 24th, 2013 at 09:55.
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