Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

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    Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    I've had an old Wakmann watch in my drawer for as long as I can remember. I got it from my grandfather but I know nothing about it and he's long since passed away.

    I've attached a picture to this message...excuse the poor quality.

    I'm hoping that somebody can tell me about this watch. What it is, what it's worth, anything would be nice.

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    Re: Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    We don't do valuations here, please read our sticky notes at the top of the forum.
    I'm not an expert on Wakmann but I'd guess late 1950s or early 1960s maybe.

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    Re: Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    Oh, please don't misunderstand me. I'm not trying to get a valuation, just any information I can get. If that includes somebody saying "hey that's garbage" or "hey, that's a mighty valuable piece there" then that's fine.

    I just want to know what I've got here. Model, history, trivia, facts, anything.

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    Re: Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    I'd agree with Ray on the date. To be sure of the quality, we'd have to see the movement but to my memory, the Wakmans I have seen haven't been so hot. 1 jewel pin pallet movements as a rule. And this one doesn't have a jewel count on the dial either, as if it has something to hide.....

    Don't get me wrong - such watches are frequently reliable and serve you well enough. Just not quite in the same league as Swiss lever movement for accuracy, plus very common so not worth very much.

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    Re: Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    Thanks for the info. I know nothing about watches so I didn't have a clue about jewel counts and the reliability of Wakmann itself. All I know about it is that it keeps excellent time and is in need of a cleaning.

    Many thanks!

    Mitch

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    Re: Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    Quote Originally Posted by aladprod View Post
    Thanks for the info. I know nothing about watches so I didn't have a clue about jewel counts and the reliability of Wakmann itself. All I know about it is that it keeps excellent time and is in need of a cleaning.

    Many thanks!

    Mitch
    Wakmann seem to have run the gamut of no-jewellers to mid-grade chronographs. They were more of a brand than a maker. The lack of a jewel count on the dial suggests something fairly low grade.

    For all that, it's a classy-looking dial, and if it runs then no worries. Be warned however that many watchmakers will refuse to service a low-grade watch so you might have to shop around a bit.

    Are you going to keep it on that bracelet? I haven't found many vintage expanders that are comfortable.

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    Re: Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    Wakmann seem to have run the gamut of no-jewellers to mid-grade chronographs. They were more of a brand than a maker. The lack of a jewel count on the dial suggests something fairly low grade.

    For all that, it's a classy-looking dial, and if it runs then no worries. Be warned however that many watchmakers will refuse to service a low-grade watch so you might have to shop around a bit.

    Are you going to keep it on that bracelet? I haven't found many vintage expanders that are comfortable.
    When I got it, it was on a speidel type band that eventually broke. I don't recall the old band manufacturer, but this speidel was very close to it in appearence. I probably had this band put on it about 15 years or so ago.

    Is this type of band not "proper" or normal for this type of watch?

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    Re: Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    Hi ...

    at our website ( Museum ... ) You can download some old catalogues , maybe you will find the watch there

    Best wishes
    Torsten
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    Re: Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    Some of the Wakmanns of that era used Breitling movements. This was done to get around import tarriffs at the time.

    When you open the back, look for WOG stamped real small.

    Doesn't add much value, but it could be a interesting tidbit.

    I like it. Good looking watch, there.

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    Re: Trying to identify a Wakmann watch

    Quote Originally Posted by tona72 View Post
    Hi ...

    at our website ( Museum ... ) You can download some old catalogues , maybe you will find the watch there

    Best wishes
    Torsten

    Hi,

    Thanks for the info. Sadly your website museum does not show this watch. Either mine is so rare that you don't have an image of it, or it is so worthless that nobody cares. Not sure which is the case here.

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