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    Vintage watch or fashionably vintage?

    I had a chance to bid on what looks like an Ingersoll watch from the 50's, and still have the chance to bid on another, but I had a bad feeling about it and passed it up. This is what it looks like:



    Both this and the other watch look like they could be new watches from the shape they're in, with no apparent wear on the case or crown. They both have a rectangle case with "US Time" on the bottom outside of the caseback, but no serial number on the other end of the case like I've seen on old Micky Mouse watches from that period. The movement is an old type and looks to be in good shape, but they both look to be in too good shape for it to be right.

    I still have a chance to bid on another one tomorrow, and could probably buy the one I passed on tonight, but wanted to get some input from people more knowledgeable in this area than myself if possible. Is this really a vintage watch from the 50's or a new model made to look like it?

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    Re: Vintage watch or fashionably vintage?

    Hi Ocdood,

    The watch looks suitably vintage to me, it looks like a ladies model and
    is probably quite small, either that or the crown is humungous.

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    Re: Vintage watch or fashionably vintage?

    I also think its probably all correct.
    Ingersoll dials tend to look like that - re-worked

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    Re: Vintage watch or fashionably vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    The watch looks suitably vintage to me, it looks like a ladies model and
    is probably quite small, either that or the crown is humungous.
    Thanks, guys, you know what they say when it looks to good to be true...

    The people have that one for sale have another just like it and all 3 of them I've seen have the same large crown.

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    I think crown is probably correct - believe it or not
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    Re: Vintage watch or fashionably vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    I think crown is probably correct - believe it or not
    Yes this is what Ingersoll crowns are like and the watches are normally quite large too. Simple Pin lever dollar watches normally.


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    Re: Vintage watch or fashionably vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    Yes this is what Ingersoll crowns are like and the watches are normally quite large too. Simple Pin lever dollar watches normally.
    Yes my experience while at the Museum last year.
    I was just being cautious not to say 'definately' original
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    Re: Vintage watch or fashionably vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    Simple Pin lever dollar watches normally.
    I wasn't sure and didn't want to make a mistake so I just passed it up. It was between buying it or a nice Bulova Watertite for a few dollars more, and I couldn't afford them both, so I went with the Bulova.

    I didn't think the collectors value of the Ingersoll outweighed the overall quality of the Bulova, not to mention the collector value of the Bulova in being a 1951 watch. It has the same 10BTC movement of my other Bulova too, so it seemed like the best decision.

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    Re: Vintage watch or fashionably vintage?

    I like those old "loud tickers". That one looks nice but the Bulova might have more potential of keeping better time. Here is a US Time Kelton and a Donald Duck I have that has that large crown:

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