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    When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    Hi,
    I'm a neewbie to this forum, and a novice at watches, so please excuse any ignorance of "the obvious".

    I'm wondering if anyone has info on the time span that Certina Argonaut 220 was made?
    Was it made just in the 1960s and 1970s, or has the watch been produced at later dates (retro models, etc).

    Also, I've seen Certina Argonaut 220s on the web that have the word "certina automatic" written on the top of the dial, while others just have "certina".

    Are these two versions of the dial both legit, or does one of them indicate something fishy?

    Ok, grateful for any info on this!
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    Re: When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    Hi and welcome.

    I think they were late 60's into the 70's. If you look here:

    Vintage CERTINAs ¦ Home and browse the adverts (under miscellaneous) you may find references to the Argonaut. There is an ad from 1968 showing a model called 'New Art' which is Argonaut like, and the next sample, from 1969, mentions the Argonaut. You might like to look through the brochures on that site as well - I don't have time just now - and let us know what you find.

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    Re: When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    Thanks for speedy reply Marrick! And thanks for the info!
    I will certainly check up this site!
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    Re: When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    Looking at the brochures on the site you mentioned, the 220 is included in the 1972 catalogue, but not in any of the others. The new art watch you mentioned is not a 220, not a model in its own right.

    But I will keep looking for more info and post it here if and when I find it.

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    Hi and welcome.

    I think they were late 60's into the 70's. If you look here:

    Vintage CERTINAs ¦ Home and browse the adverts (under miscellaneous) you may find references to the Argonaut. There is an ad from 1968 showing a model called 'New Art' which is Argonaut like, and the next sample, from 1969, mentions the Argonaut. You might like to look through the brochures on that site as well - I don't have time just now - and let us know what you find.

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    Re: When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    Good man. BTW, there were both manual and automatic versions. Mine is a manual wind.
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    Re: When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    well, I just one wonderful automatic version today in the post.
    BTW: does automatic mean that you can both use manaul wind and "automatic"?
    or should one refrain from winding an automatic clock?

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    Good man. BTW, there were both manual and automatic versions. Mine is a manual wind.

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    Re: When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    Well done - but we need pictures.

    Most, not all, automatics can be manually wound. However, it is good practice not to do this too much - just to get them started - as it may damage the mechanism. Or so I understand - I think there was a thread about this - maybe in the Public forum.
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    Re: When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    ok, thanks. will look for that thread. if you by any chance happen to find it, it would be grat if yu'd post the link here.
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    Ok, here's the 220!
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    Well done - but we need pictures.

    Most, not all, automatics can be manually wound. However, it is good practice not to do this too much - just to get them started - as it may damage the mechanism. Or so I understand - I think there was a thread about this - maybe in the Public forum.
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    Re: When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    BTW: on this watch the year 1990 is given.
    Certina, Argonaut 220, a gentleman's stainless ste

    what is the site referring to? I mean, has the watch been made into the 1990s, or has retro-models been made? or is it the year it was aquired by the seller?

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    Re: When was Certina argonaut 220 made? Different versions?

    No. The seller has just guessed at its date and got it wrong.

    See https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/watc...op-456824.html and the links ulackfocus has put in there. Apart from the starting the watch, you should have no need to wind it manually once you are wearing it.
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