So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

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    So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    I originally posted this in the main forum, but it was suggested i'd get a better response here.
    I've been given a box of old assorted old watches "passed down through the family". Some are obviously junk so I haven't included pictures. Others I know the obvious brand names (Tudor, Seiko etc) but have no idea what they are worth or model they are or how old they are.

    So here they are:

    1. Tudor Oyster?









    2. Seiko ??





    3. Seiko ???





    4. Roamer ???







    5. E. Howard ???







    6. Pulsar ???





    7. ???





    8. ???









    9. ???




    Any help or comments you could give would be great
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    Re: So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    The E Howard pocket watch looks amazing
    Cant wait to hear what the Vintage experts have to say
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    Re: So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    Number 9 is a pre WWII Gruen american made art deco stepped case with wire lugs. A clear movement shot will be needed to get more specific. As a guess 1925-1935 but I'm not an expert. Number 4 The Roamer is from a good second tier manufacturer the Model is the Brevette other members can be more specific if pushed for a date 1945 to 1955.

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    Re: So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    The Tutor and the Howard are of value. There is a chance the Seiko diver is of value it is a sought after model. The Seiko dress watch, the Pulsar, and 'number 7' are the kind of watches grouped in a plastic bag and sold as a lot.

    The definition I am using for 'of value' is you could recover the cost of a COA service if the watch were to be sold...

    BTW "brevete" was put on there because Roamer had patented that case design... it is actually two pieces... coming from the French part of Switzerland, they used the French spelling of patented.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    From what I understand, the Howard Watch Co made some very fine timepieces. It's certainly worth getting that pocket watch restored.
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    Re: So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    They are all a great collection of watches. best way to start a vintage collection. Best thing you can do with them is put them back in the box and send them all to me LOL

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    Re: So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    No. 8:

    early 1900's (till 1910) cylinder pocketwatch prabably "Alouette" (Swallow) with hunters case. could very well be of French origin...
    Beceause it has a blackened steel case it is quite rare, you don't see these cases often. The steel is blue-ed / blackened to prevent rust.
    Most of these cases didn't survived time as it was ticking on...
    This is one of the cheaper cylinder movements there were aviable at that time. (Cyilindre 6 rubis)
    The balance is completely destroyed, repair will be a problem.
    hairspring will probably also be a big problem, (read: quite some time working under the microscope to get it a little back in shape, possible but...........)
    I would like to see a picture of the dial.
    Due to the case it is a nice watch, valuable: no.
    Hope I have been of help.

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    Re: So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    On number 9, I think the dial says Buren, not Gruen .. but it's hard to tell from the photo


    Quote Originally Posted by nsmike View Post
    Number 9 is a pre WWII Gruen american made art deco stepped case with wire lugs. A clear movement shot will be needed to get more specific. As a guess 1925-1935 but I'm not an expert. Number 4 The Roamer is from a good second tier manufacturer the Model is the Brevette other members can be more specific if pushed for a date 1945 to 1955.

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    Re: So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    Quote Originally Posted by bjohnson View Post
    On number 9, I think the dial says Buren, not Gruen .. but it's hard to tell from the photo
    I think your right, Buren was a pretty good Swiss company, the rest of the description still applys.

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    Re: So I got given this box of vintage watches... Help Identify?

    Thank you to everyone for the great replies.
    Between this thread and the one I started in Public, I've got some fantastic responses.

    The Tudor will get serviced and used that's for sure.
    Unfortunately, none will be coming up for sale, sorry
    Last edited by PowerTalk; March 27th, 2010 at 03:34.
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