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    Is this watch good quality ?

    Hi, i hope one of you can help

    I have had the watch for years but i found it the other day and noticed how heavy it was. When you move it about it feels like one of those seikos that wind themselves up, but i think its too old for that.

    I think the brand is Altair, on the face of the watch it says Swiss, 25 jewels, incabloc automatic and unbreakable main spring.

    Thanks, i cant find anything about it on the web

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    Re: Is this watch good quality ?

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    Not a brand I know - but if its got a Swiss 25 jewel automatic movement then its probably good - maybe not outstanding - quality. Pictures would help.

    Automatic movements date back to the 30's (very rare back then), became more common in the 50's and there were a lot about in the 60's and 70's.
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    Re: Is this watch good quality ?

    Sorry about the photo its an old camera. I think my grandad had the watch in the 1960s.

    I was thinking about getting it restored, but didnt want to spend alot on it if it wasnt that good.

    Im getting the back taken off later, is there any numbers or makings i should look out for, to help me get some more info on it.:thanks
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    Re: Is this watch good quality ?

    Altair watches were made in the 50's and 60's by a Swiss company called J. Boillat & Fils, of Les Breuleux. They were one of the many companies that used movements made by A. Schild. Altair was also a name used by the Hamilton Watch Co. of Lancaster, PA on one model of their Hamilton Electric wrist watches. I am going to assume your watch is of the first.
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    Re: Is this watch good quality ?

    Thank you emmanuelgoldstein.

    OK, to have the watch serviced in the UK would cost around about £45 (automatics cost a bit more than manual winds). The watch is not a well-known brand, and I can pick up obscure brand watches on ebay for a lot less than that. So even without paying for replating or dial refinishing, its not economically likely to be worthwhile.

    On the other hand, if you like it and would wear it, you would be getting a nice watch. And more importantly it was your Granddad's.
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    Re: Is this watch good quality ?

    It really doesn't matter what you can buy a watch for, to wear it,means it will require a service. In rare cases you can buy a serviced watch for less than the avergage watch price plus service costs but then you have to trust the seller. Most people figure that a service will be needed and bid accordingly.

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    Re: Is this watch good quality ?

    My father gave me his Longines auto, which I wore for years, and when in Germany in the 80's decided to have refinished. Watch guy said it wasn't worth it, went ahead (wasn't but about $40) and wore it for another 20 years. Am about to have it re-refinished.
    Sure it's worth it, if it's worth it to you.

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    And this is mine


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    Re: Is this watch good quality ?

    I wonder what happened to the OP's watch, 7 years ago when this was an active thread. He or she never posted again.

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    Just thought there could be an update hahaha!

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