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    Vintage Forsythe Chronograph Estate Sale Pick Up

    I asked WUS members to identify this watch in a posting the other day. WUS member Trim nailed it.

    Anyway, I picked it up this morning. I paid $10. I know this is no Wakmann, but it's not in bad shape (no major pitting or brassing), and I like the appearance. I'd love to know more about this watch.

    The crown and pushers are frozen. I hope to post movement photo later. Hopefully it's in good shape with no signs of moisture damage.

    Not sure what I will do with it, but I don't have a chrono in my collection yet.
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    Re: Vintage Forsythe Chronograph Estate Sale Pick Up

    A photo of the movement. See any red flags?
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    Re: Vintage Forsythe Chronograph Estate Sale Pick Up

    Not really, but I do see one on the case: one of the lugs is damaged - the hole for the pin has broken though the back, making it difficult or even impossible to fit a pin (and therefore also a strap or bracelet).....

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    Yes that's going to need a laser welding repair on the lug hole.

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    Maybe you should ask @trim if his watch has lug holes or fixed lugs. That way you can get it repaired back to its original state.

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    Yes, I noticed the blown out lug pin hole too. I am going to ask my mother in law if she can repair. Conveniently, she is a jeweler. YuiyV tells that the base material usually used is a copper alloy. I will check to see whether she can find a copper alloy or a compatible material. If anyone else has experience repairing base metal lugs, let me know. Welcome your advice. Will keep you posted.

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    I installed a pin in the damage lug pin hole. The fit is actually snug and sturdy, though I suppose if the strap were to catch on something it could tear further.
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    Re: Vintage Forsythe Chronograph Estate Sale Pick Up

    Conversely, you can ether have a fixed bar welded on to the lug. This makes it a nato/nylon strap only watch but it will fix the issue or you can use a shoulderless springbar. This is a springbar that is slightly longer(fills the entire lug hole) and is more secure then other bars. it is meant for watches with drilled lugs. I have a fattie bar version for my Seiko monsters because the original bars tended to make clicky sounds when I flexed my wrist(it was annoying as ish)


    Hope you can get it running
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    Re: Vintage Forsythe Chronograph Estate Sale Pick Up

    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    Conversely, you can ether have a fixed bar welded on to the lug. This makes it a nato/nylon strap only watch but it will fix the issue or you can use a shoulderless springbar.
    I would only suggest doing this if the watch originally had fixed lugs. This is why I suggested asking @trim about his watch. I also wanted to point out that there are normal two-piece leather straps made for fixed lugs (they use clips or adhesive), so one is not limited to Nato or one-piece straps.
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    Re: Vintage Forsythe Chronograph Estate Sale Pick Up

    i think it's a childs play for a jeweller to fix such a problem, no need for fixed lugs
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