I was clearing some old junk tools from a rather wet and rusty tool box the other day and came upon an old watch.
The mice had chewed the strap and the case was caked in a rust coloured slurry and I was just about to sling it in the trash bin when I noticed through a smear on the crystal that the second hand was sweeping!
Wiped Crystal and .......Abandoned the clear out and moved indoors .....
where a little judicious cleaning revealed this Bucherer automatic dater gents watch.
It has a clean ETA 2872 movement and appears to be keeping exact time alongside my Tissot.
Tiny rag on shock protector is only visible internal damage!
25 jewels and style of face would suggest mid 60s to me.
A little wash and polish removed all the brown gunk and the minor marks on the crystal polished out and are now not visible to my poor eyes!
The leather strap was beyond salvage so I have fitted a Spiedel Expander that has been looking for a home for several years.
All in all I am very pleased but ......
Can anyone tell me when it was made?
Who made it for Bucherer?
What is the meaning of CD above the ETA number?
and finally ....
Where the heck did it come from as it was not mine or my Fathers or anyone else who had access to that old tool box??????