Restoring Vintage Doxa

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    Restoring Vintage Doxa

    Hi all, I have this vintage Doxa I will be restoring, I'm posting before pics now, I'll post the results in a few days.
    The watch needs a second hand, the case re-plated, Crystal buffed and general servicing. I picked it up originally because the dial is in very good shape, and need no work.

    Should be nice afterward
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    Re: Restoring Vintage Doxa

    Cool. Are you re-plating it yourself?
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    Re: Restoring Vintage Doxa

    Hi, to respond, no I'm only presanding the case, It's going to a shop to be plated, good price, around 17 bucks.

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    Re: Restoring Vintage Doxa

    I just received a Doxa on Monday. It's a shame Doxa has no information on their watches before 1970. All of their records were destroyed in a flood. Can't wait to see how yours looks when it's finished.

    Mine says hello.

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    Re: Restoring Vintage Doxa

    Quote Originally Posted by Fantasyvoyager View Post
    Hi, to respond, no I'm only presanding the case, It's going to a shop to be plated, good price, around 17 bucks.
    That's nice. I was quoted £60 ($86) in the UK.
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    Re: Restoring Vintage Doxa

    When I first started looking for plating shops I was quoted a similar price, but my watch maker friend knows some good old boys that have a plating shop, they do plate more than one thing thing a time, like pipes and plumbing stuff, so it's a weekly excursion for my watchmaker, he takes them in, as many as are on hand and they split up the cost, hence 17 dollars.

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    Re: Restoring Vintage Doxa

    Quote Originally Posted by emmanuelgoldstein View Post
    All of their records were destroyed in a flood.
    That's an interesting bit of information, where did you read it?

    Quote Originally Posted by emmanuelgoldstein View Post
    It's a shame Doxa has no information on their watches before 1970.
    In Hungary, where Doxa was a very popular brand, it is common knowledge among watch collectors that the first two digits of the serial number indicate the last two digits of the date of manufacture. If this is to be believed, mine was made in 1943:



    And Fantasyvoyager's in 1954. Seems accurate in terms of style. Now if you check yours Emmanuel and that works too, then we've got conclusive proof

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    Re: Restoring Vintage Doxa

    The Doxa record destruction bit has come up a few times. Anyone who contacts Doxa is told that their records were destroyed in 1960. I think it was a flood.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=188498

    Yes a flood:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=45030
    Last edited by Marrick; May 27th, 2010 at 10:21. Reason: Confirmed the flood.
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    Re: Restoring Vintage Doxa

    These are very nice, I look forward to seeing the restoration finished - maybe it will encourage me to get a move on with my box of to-do's

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    Re: Restoring Vintage Doxa

    Quote Originally Posted by MACz13 View Post
    That's an interesting bit of information, where did you read it?


    In Hungary, where Doxa was a very popular brand, it is common knowledge among watch collectors that the first two digits of the serial number indicate the last two digits of the date of manufacture. If this is to be believed, mine was made in 1943:



    And Fantasyvoyager's in 1954. Seems accurate in terms of style. Now if you check yours Emmanuel and that works too, then we've got conclusive proof

    Regards,
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    According to the first two digits of the serial number my Doxa was made in 1957. I had wrote to Doxa and asked them for information about a couple of vintage Doxa watches I recently picked up. They said all of their records were destroyed in 1970.

    Thank you for contacting us here at DOXA Watches.

    Unfortunately all of our archives and paper records were destroyed by a severe flood back in the 1970s. Owing to this we are unable to offer you any information on your vintage watch.

    I am sorry that we cannot be of more help with this.

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