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    Question What's a Nelig?

    Sorry, I mean What's a Nileg?

    I recently acquired a vintage watch and I'm having trouble finding any information on the brand or model.

    It bears the brand name Nileg. But a Google search on that name turns up precious little. I searched eBay and there are a small number of Nilegs up for sale, primarily in Europe.

    Anyone know anything about the brand or this odd watch I find myself with?

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    Re: What's a Nelig?

    It's Nileg, not Nelig!
    Mikrolisk tells, it had at one point something to do with Onsa. Got independent again at 1972. What I have seen them, they are in low grade. A cheap, postal order watch sold in a magazine adds. Looks like yours is a plastic case "diver" from 70's, that is not even water resistant 30m.

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    Re: What's a Nelig?

    it's probably not plastic but fiberglass
    any photo of the other side?
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    Re: What's a Nelig?

    A diver's watch with a tachymetre scale?
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    Re: What's a Nelig?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hessu View Post
    It's Nileg, not Nelig!
    Oops!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hessu View Post
    Mikrolisk tells, it had at one point something to do with Onsa. Got independent again at 1972. What I have seen them, they are in low grade. A cheap, postal order watch sold in a magazine adds. Looks like yours is a plastic case "diver" from 70's, that is not even water resistant 30m.
    Thanks for the background. For a cheap, old watch, it's keeping pretty good time.

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    A diver's watch with a tachymetre scale?
    I was wondering about that, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by laikrodukas View Post
    it's probably not plastic but fiberglass
    any photo of the other side?
    Here you go. I can't figure out how to open her up to get a look at the movement. Some of the guys in the Russian forum suggested this one works like a certain Ruhla model. But I'm reluctant to monkey with it too much for fear of breaking a watch that's running pretty well as is.

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    Re: What's a Nelig?

    stem removal alone will not help, You need to remove bezel and crystal first
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    Re: What's a Nelig?

    Don't try to force it open!! It is probably a rather better watch than you or the others think!

    For a start, a watch with Incabloc shockproofing and a 17 jewel movement was, at that time, not the stuff you send out by postal order. For another thing, it rather looks as if the case is monocoque (single shell), i.e. you get at the movement through the crystal.

    On the whole, I suspect that the watch is not made from glass fibre but rather from Noryl. This was introduced by Fortis in their "Eloga" brand in 1968 and these watches were anything but cheap! Here's what I wrote on the theme in an earlier thread:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/elo...is-651177.html

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    Re: What's a Nelig?

    Quote Originally Posted by laikrodukas View Post
    stem removal alone will not help, You need to remove bezel and crystal first
    Right. That's what the instructions in that post indicate.


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    Re: What's a Nelig?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Don't try to force it open!! It is probably a rather better watch than you or the others think!

    For a start, a watch with Incabloc shockproofing and a 17 jewel movement was, at that time, not the stuff you send out by postal order. For another thing, it rather looks as if the case is monocoque (single shell), i.e. you get at the movement through the crystal.

    On the whole, I suspect that the watch is not made from glass fibre but rather from Noryl. This was introduced by Fortis in their "Eloga" brand in 1968 and these watches were anything but cheap! Here's what I wrote on the theme in an earlier thread:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/elo...is-651177.html
    Thanks for the added information, Hartmut. Interesting stuff! I'll definitely steer clear of any of my amateur watchmaking with this one.

    If anyone else has any clues on this watch, I'd love to hear them!


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    Re: What's a Nelig?

    I wonder why it lacks the info on the back
    I have one of these, it has lots of info on the back and states 5ATM water resistance on both sides


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