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    Some vintage watches

    I thought I'd post some pics of my vintage watches. They're mostly, with the exception of the two automatic Seikos and the Omega Seamaster, watches that hold sentimental value for me and I'd be interested in hearing any info anyone may have to offer on these watches. I've googled them all but only really found a little on the Rotary Super 41 and the Roamer military watch. Of course, there's plenty on the Seiko automatics and the Omega!

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    I have no idea what this first one is. The crown is loose. If you push it in you can wind the movement, but you can't set the time..


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    Waltham - I think from the late 20's or early 30's?


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    Edox


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    Rotary Super 41


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    Phenix. Like the simple dial on this. Chrome-plated and a bit worn - if this was in a stainless steel case I think I'd wear it quite a lot.


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    Roamer Sport - case is also chrome-plated and not in great shape.


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    Another Roamer


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    Omega Seamaster - the watch guy broke the second hand when servicing it and then painted it black for some reason! I'd like to find a replacement second hand.


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    Seiko Lord Matic birth year watch - suspect the dial has been done


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    Seiko World Timer I got NOS nearly 10 years ago - still had protective stickers - came on the bracelet with its box and papers. Also a birth year watch, but for some reason I very seldom wear it anymore.


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    Seiko Quartz

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    Thanks for looking. Look forward to hearing if anyone knows anything about these watches.
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    If you want to know more about them, pics of the movement and of the inner side of the case back of each will be necessary.

    Concerning the Roamer with the black dial, it's not a military watch, not sure why would you call it that.

    As to the Seiko Lord Matic, why would there be anything wrong with that dial? There doesn't appear to be a single issue suggesting a repainted dial.
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    The world time is lovely.
    Nice rest of the collection you got.

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    Cool watch collection.

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    Love the patina on the Rotary!
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    Hi Brett,
    you have a few nice watches there.
    I think your black dialled Roamer could well be a genuine military issue piece as Roamer were a known supplier to German Forces.
    It has just a D rather than the more widely recognised D....H marking
    Your watch most likely has an MST364 movement and is very similar to one featuring on fellow W.U.S. member Trim`s excellent vintage Roamer website
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    Sorry MKWS, I just meant military-styled, based on some pics I have seen searching online. I didn't mean to imply military-issued and I have no knowledge of military or military-issued watches. I had also come across, quite some time ago, the site referenced by demonfinder - thanks very much, demonfinder, for linking it here for me! My grandfather fought for the Allies in North Africa, so it may have been something he picked up somewhere along the way. I have no idea.

    Regarding the Lord Matic, the S, K, L and M looked a bit funny to me, but, again, I have no knowledge or experience with these things. I really like the look of the watch, how it wears on my wrist, and I wear it quite a lot.

    Thanks to everyone for the comments and insight!

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    Re: Some vintage watches

    Quote Originally Posted by demonfinder View Post
    Hi Brett,
    you have a few nice watches there.
    I think your black dialled Roamer could well be a genuine military issue piece as Roamer were a known supplier to German Forces.
    It has just a D rather than the more widely recognised D....H marking
    Your watch most likely has an MST364 movement and is very similar to one featuring on fellow W.U.S. member Trim`s excellent vintage Roamer website
    Military Roamers | Vintage Roamer Blog
    That black Roamer certainly looks like a German military "D". I have one exactly the same also lightly stamped. The vintage Roamer link is certainly a good source of information. It is widely considered that the "D" watches were used by Luftwaffe personnel.

    Regards Harvey.

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    Nice watches. The Seiko LM does not have a redone dial. The issues with the LM and the SEIKO is that they probably came loose and stuck up and stopped the hands. The watchmaker/ or person that worked on it, got a bit overzealous on the glue to glue the LM and Seiko back to the dial.

    The Waltham looks to be a early to mid 1920's watch. Until the late 1920's-early 1930's, most watch companies used a ladies pocketwatch movement and paired it up with a cushion case and a round dial. By the late 1920's the watch companies offered watches with square dials and square/rectangle movements so the watch designs moved away from the cushion case

    Also this could be a watch made by a watchmaker. Most pocket watches were not cased at the factory in the 1800's- early 1900's, the watch factories made watch movements, dials and other items and the watch was sent uncased to a watchmaker. Then when a customer came in, he was able to pick his/her watch movement, dial, hands and case type.

    In the 1920's, wrist watches were popular and a lot of pocket watches were discarded or converted into a wrist watch. So a watchmaker would have found himself with a crap ton of unneeded pocket watch movements. a resourceful watchmaker would have just case them as a wrist watch. As most early wrist watches used a ladies pocket watch movement, it worked very well.

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    Thanks very much for sharing, journeyforce. Nice to know that my Seiko has an original dial and really interesting to learn a little more about the watches from the 20's and 30's.

    The Seiko also has it's original beads of rice type bracelet, which I think is quite cool.

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