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    Vintage Regina Chronograph

    I got this in the mail yesterday. I paid around 120 dollars for it off of ebay. It was sold as running but chronograph not functional and had a cracked crystal. I thought the dial looked good under the cracks so took a chance on the buy it now. Got lucky because dial looks perfect and the chrono was easy to fix all that was wrong was a loose screw in the linkage. Now it is fully functional and keeps great time and I really like the looks of it. Its 38mm without crown which makes it my biggest chronograph ever. This is a keeper for me so my question is does it look correct and is the Valjoux 7733 considered a good movement? also about when was it made?










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    Re: Vintage Regina Chronograph

    Very nice pick-up, especially for that price. I wonder if this is a French brand. Just saying that because I have seen Valjoux 773x-powered chronographs in the same case and with a similar dial from other French brands like Le Jour. I have one from "Jean Monet".

    The 7733 is a utilitarian-looking but solid movement that should be no trouble to repair/maintain. Based on the style of the dial, I'd guess 1970s, or perhaps late 1960s.
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    Re: Vintage Regina Chronograph

    Regina was a sub-brand of Omega. All of Omega architecture and quality was present in Regina watches.

    Often given an American-style case with screwed back because Regina was targeting the Latin America and US markets at a time when American brands were multiplying embushes so that Swiss brands don't invade the US (see Elgin/Omega trial around 1904, settled out of court but which relied on a protest towards Omega calibres diameters, "too much compatible" with American cases).

    Source: http://forumamontres.forumactif.com/...-est-tres-beau (article in french)
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    Re: Vintage Regina Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by mougino View Post
    All of Omega architecture and quality was present in Regina watches.
    I'm not 100% sure about this part. This seems like a very nice watch, and I'd be happy to own it, but the case and movement are generic.
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    Re: Vintage Regina Chronograph

    I like it but the name could be better...
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    Re: Vintage Regina Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by mougino View Post
    Regina was a sub-brand of Omega. All of Omega architecture and quality was present in Regina watches.

    Often given an American-style case with screwed back because Regina was targeting the Latin America and US markets at a time when American brands were multiplying embushes so that Swiss brands don't invade the US (see Elgin/Omega trial around 1904, settled out of court but which relied on a protest towards Omega calibres diameters, "too much compatible" with American cases).

    Source: REGINA C'est beau, c'est très beau (article in french)
    There was a Regina brand purchased by Omega in 1911, but I strongly doubt that this particular watch is related to that Regina, and, by any miracle, to Omega.
    Looking at the Regina trademarks in Mikrolisk, more likely it's the Regina registered to Christian Ruefli-Flury/Era Watch. Co./Edox. Although the Regina brand owned by August Ullmann of Ersingen, Germany is also a possibility.
    Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index
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    Re: Vintage Regina Chronograph

    This has nothing todo with Omega or Regina which existed before 1911, it's a 70s watch :)
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    Re: Vintage Regina Chronograph

    Good gamble. I love the lume on it.


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    Vintage Regina Chronograph

    Very nice! Another of the long lost micro brands.

    Reminds me of a 7733 powered GHC I picked up.. circa 1960s. Particularly 38mm case, pushers, hands etc. Yours is in much nicer condition though.




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