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    Unknown CYMA

    Hi all,

    I inherited a 14kt gold CYMA from my grandfather, but do not know where to start with identifying it. It's a hand-wound movement via bidirectional crown rotation, and that's all I've got. No serial numbers or markings on the case. Any ideas?

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    Re: Unknown CYMA

    Quote Originally Posted by irishwristwatch View Post
    Hi all,

    I inherited a 14kt gold CYMA from my grandfather, but do not know where to start with identifying it. It's a hand-wound movement via bidirectional crown rotation, and that's all I've got. No serial numbers or markings on the case. Any ideas?
    Hey, nice watch!

    Numerous timepieces produced during the mid 20th century were never given a model name. Many contemporary collectors feel that every watch should have a name because most modern ones do. Unfortunately, this just isn't the case in the vintage world.

    You could remove the caseback and there may be a slim chance that there is a model name to be found there, like a number of Hamilton models have from the same time period, but I highly doubt it.

    If it makes you feel better you could call it your Cyma 14k-gold-black-dial-sub-dial model.

    BTW: winding takes place in one direction and one direction only.
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    Re: Unknown CYMA

    The lugs are just amazing! Do you have a movement photo?

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    The lugs remind me of a split Fleur de Lis.
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    Forget about this bi-directional winding. The watch is wound up only clockwise. You can move the crown also counter clockwise, but that has no effect on the winding. Try to turn the crown only forward. The other method, going back and fourth, is just a sloppy way of doing it or for people with heavy arthritis in the scraggy fingers and not good for the relevant parts inside. You also have a better feel for the point when it is fully wound up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishwristwatch View Post
    It's a hand-wound movement via bidirectional crown rotation ...
    Maybe it needs a new battery.
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    Your grandfather must have had the dial repainted at some point - it's a redial, and not a very accurate one, given the font and the sub second hand sticking out well beyond the crosshair and the minute track. Could be a sloppy restoration at the factory or an authorized service centre - factory redials (by most manufacturers) enjoy a reputation anything but good.
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    Thanks for the note on winding - never owned a hand wound watch before, and now I know!

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