Vintage (1940's) Tissot Chrono
I have an old Tissot Chrono which I never wear. It was produced for the South American market (that's why it has Tissot & Omega Watch Company written on the dial). It's a rather big watch (42mm) and has a Lemania 1280 movement.
I would like to sell this watch to finance for another watch.
Could any of you inform me on the value of this watch and/or the best way to try to sell it ?
Any additional information on the origin and history of this watch would be welcome.
Thanks in advance.
Re: Vintage (1940's) Tissot Chrono
Lemania 1280 and a watch from the 40ties ? I wouldn´t be sure of that. The cal. 1280 belongs to the 1276 family which (as far as I know) came onto market in the 50ties. The 1280 I know is fitted with an incabloc shock protection and was a Tri-Compax :think:
The watch indeed looks like a watch of the 40ties. In 1929 Tissot and Omega merged into the "Société Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogère SA (SSIH)" and Omega was responsible for the production of luxury watches. Tissot should fit the demand(s) in the mid-price-segment. So the Omega & Tissot signet (imprint) would make sense. But the watch should have then been equipped with - just a guess - Lemania cal. 15, Landeron cal. 48 because the 1280 is of a later period. So my guess would be: probably an inhouse Tissot movement, cal. 27 I guess.
Closer inspection of the dial makes me think that the dial could have been refreshed in the past. What disturbs me a bit is that the outer blue line is "damaged" at 6 (the 120 vanished), at 4 (broken),between 8 and 9 (broken) and at 3 there´s a pin hole and the inner minute line is broken like it is a 6 too.
Regarding pricing I´d like to second what John wrote. The simple question "What's it worth?" can indeed be answered simply: it's worth what someone is willing to pay for it. The circumstances I mentioned above would lower my bid.