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    Wakmann Chrono

    I have a Wakmann chronograph which my father bought for himself in the 1960s. I've just kept it in a drawer, since it has tremendous sentimental value, as he passed away many years ago. I've recently thought about reconditioning this watch and wearing it on occasion. I don't know if parts are still available and how involved a process it would be. The watch crystal is quite scratched and the pushers are missing but the watch does run. Any suggestions for how to proceed with this project?
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    Re: Wakmann Chrono

    Most likely a Valjoux 7733 or 7734 movement.

    read more here...
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/any...tic-50609.html
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    Re: Wakmann Chrono

    not a 7734 (would have a date diplay at 6 the), looks a bit earlier than the launch year of the 7734, so might either be a Valjoux 7730 or the identical Venus 188. Would suggest to have the watch serviced before you are trying to run it, oils will have run dry if the watch has been lying in a drawer for many years.

    Replacing the crystal and pushers is an easy task, dial and case seem to be in good shape basically, it will restore nicely, but make sure you find a competent watchmaker to service it, pm if you want suggestions.

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    Re: Wakmann Chrono

    I'll be sending the watch off shortly for repair. I think I'll be replacing the twist o flex band. The best option that I can come up with is plain black leather with black stitching. Does anyone have another suggestion?

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    Re: Wakmann Chrono

    Here's the finished product!
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    Beautiful!
    I have a few old Wakmanns. My grandfathers Triple Date (which I have) is what got me into watches as a kid.

    Wear her well!


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    Re: Wakmann Chrono

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    Re: Wakmann Chrono

    A great example of why we love vintage!!!
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Really a beauty pearl!
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    Re: Wakmann Chrono

    so it was a 7730 (or a Venus 188) as I assumed.
    outstanding piece, perfectly restored; great work by Mr. Bergsma, like always.
    u might try a tan leather on it, I often combine those w/ these dial.

    congrats !
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