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    just picked these up the other day my wife grabed all these off the table $5 both watches thought they alright and wifes buggin to post to find any info on these thankz
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    Well, the Bulova is definitely the pick of the two. Apart from being a rather better known brand, it has a nice movement - and an in-house one as well (Cal. 5CE, as stamped on the movement)! The other one, never mind the 17 jewels, has a pin lever movement and the overall movment finish is not as great. Still, both will be reliable if they are still in working order and once they have had a service - it's just that the Bulova would be worth a little more. Still, ladies watches are never that collectible (not enough demand) but at 5$ for both, you have not been ripped off.

    As for age, I would guess fifties or early sixties for both.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Well, the Bulova is definitely the pick of the two. Apart from being a rather better known brand, it has a nice movement - and an in-house one as well (Cal. 5CE, as stamped on the movement)! The other one, never mind the 17 jewels, has a pin lever movement and the overall movment finish is not as great. Still, both will be reliable if they are still in working order and once they have had a service - it's just that the Bulova would be worth a little more. Still, ladies watches are never that collectible (not enough demand) but at 5$ for both, you have not been ripped off.

    As for age, I would guess fifties or early sixties for both.

    Hartmut Richter
    I had a Mortima in a batch off ebay recently. Mortima is/was, apparently, a brand of the French company Cattin AG. Mine had a 1 jewel movement marked Cattin C2, France.

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    Hi -

    Mortima was a French watch company that was perhaps best known for its line of diver watches in the 1970s: Mortima SuperDatOMatic, gotta love that name. They made some strange watches. as you can see here (watch with temperature and compass built in...but in a dress watch!). The watches were generally Swiss Made.

    Disappeared, as far as I know, during the quartz years. They were fairly pedestrian - you can see this in the movement shown - and at the end of the day simply didn't offer enough bang for the buck. Victim of their times...

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    Re: wifes newbies

    Hi -

    Excellent detective work...

    Today's Cattin:

    ATTIN & CIE SA MONTRES CATOREX

    Rue du Pré-au-Maire 10
    Case postale 24
    2345 LES BREULEUX

    Tel. : 032 / 954 16 54
    Fax : 032 / 954 16 48

    Their slogan appears to be:

    “And the best is, no one knows we produce for your brand !”



    So I guess if you want to have a brand new Mortima, they're the folks to go to...

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    Re: wifes newbies

    Thanks for that lead - in that case, the movement is a Cattin Cal. 64 (what else could it be with "C64" stamped on the movement?!):

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...swk&Cattin_C64

    So I guess the original estimate of around 1960 wasn't so bad.....

    Hartmut Richter

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