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    The wittnauer I just bought a " 50's Wittnauer automatic".

    I bought this last night and am currently looking on information from ether this watch or form Wittnauer. I am querulous why it was so cheep. I was under the belief that they were higher watches but perhaps they are like cheep Timex, good but not entirely valuable compared to oww (I think not). Thanks Watch Origins

    NEAT 1950s Wittnauer Gents Stainless 17J Automatic Ufix on eBay.ca (item 230594354533 end time 13-Mar-11 23:40:08 EDT)
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    Re: The wittnauer I just bought a " 50's Wittnauer automatic".

    I don't know a lot about Wittnauer but I'll take a stab a why it was cheap. The first thing is it's a redial and the second is the diamond, unless a watch is clearly in the luxury bracket diamonds (or any similar crystal) tend to detract from the desirability of a watch. Better automatic watches in the 50's often had 25 to 30 jewels despite punitive tariffs. You will probably find that you have a good solid pedestrian quality watch.

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    Re: The wittnauer I just bought a " 50's Wittnauer automatic".

    I redial is not a surprise as long as the movement is the correct one for the watch that is fine.

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    Re: The wittnauer I just bought a " 50's Wittnauer automatic".

    How shall I put this.....Vintage Wittnauers are good watches. Vintage Timex's are.....not. That said, a Wittnauer is not a Longines, in the same way that a Tissot is not an Omega.
    Now the Timex collectors are gonna flame me for sure...... :p

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    Re: The wittnauer I just bought a " 50's Wittnauer automatic".

    Take note of the location of the seconds bit...that high up the dial means that it's probably a much smaller movement relative to the size of the watch.
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    Re: The wittnauer I just bought a " 50's Wittnauer automatic".

    I know I am taking out that diamond if possible?

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    Re: The wittnauer I just bought a " 50's Wittnauer automatic".

    Hi watch origins,

    I am querulous why it was so cheep.
    I'm not. These container cases realize the best protection of movement and dial, an it is no
    wonder that the average condition of dials and movements in such watches is better than
    all the rest. If now a redial was necessary (although fairly made), what can you expect from
    the movement.

    Moreover the corrosion of the (stainless!) steel on the back side indicates that the watch
    wasn't worn under really friendly conditions. If sweat and a teared crystal hurts the dial,
    you can paint it, but what do you do with a rusty movment? Yes, you hide it behind the dial.

    What I wanted to point out: Gamling is cheaper than buying. You may be lucky, and nothing
    of the afore mentioned applies - than it was a great deal and you should thank god. But I
    suspect it wasn't, and as the price demonstrates, other bidders were also not that sure.

    My general advice: Pay for what you see, and if there is no movement pic, actually this can
    happen (even after some 30 years experience):
    Ranfft Watches, Troubles

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    Re: The wittnauer I just bought a " 50's Wittnauer automatic".

    in general Wittinaur prices have risen in proportion to (but slightly behind except for a few desirous models) Longines. It was already stated why this particualr Wit may not have gone for too much but you can still find a few wittinaur bargians around if you do your due diligence. I found this for $56 about a 2 years ago and the suprise was the case is 14k. {I even toyed with the idea of informing the seller-a well known ebay watch seller-of the oversight but my morals were hiding in the wastebasket that night.. But I won it for the missy as a kind of companion piece for my black connie. she loves the thing even though she's afraid to wear it too much (no clue?) Anyway-its nice to find such a pristine black enamel dial form the late 50s in original shape

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    Re: The wittnauer I just bought a " 50's Wittnauer automatic".

    Thanks for all your points I appreciate it. I hope that some are right and some are wrong. I guess my odds are 50/50.

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