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Can anyone tell me the approximate value of this watch - USD?

  1. dx6i

    dx6i Jun 30, 2020 2:54pm

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    CHRONOGRAPHE SUISSE 18K ROSE GOLD MEN SWISS WATCH anti magnetic ancre 17 rubis

    It sat in a closet for the last 40 plus years and still works.

    Any comments are much appreciated!

    Thanks very much.
     
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  2. TexOmega

    TexOmega Jun 30, 2020 3:12pm

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    Welcome

    E#bay "sold" auctions that closely mirror your example

    or

    e#bay auction, start price $1 and see where it ends


    good luck
     
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  3. RonJ-in-VA

    RonJ-in-VA Jun 30, 2020 3:26pm

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  4. MRC

    MRC Jun 30, 2020 3:48pm

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    I wonder what is inside it, a Landeron x48 perhaps? Chronograph Suisse were not among the top rated makes, and their gold cases have a reputation for being rather flimsy. Never touched one myself so treat this as hearsay.

    The general advice is to sell "as is", don't try to get it serviced or, even worse, "restored". I'd rate it as a good looking watch for the 1950/60s and someone will want it. Do not expect to retire or pay your kids' college fees on what you make from it. You could buy a very decent dinner for two quite possibly.
     
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  5. MRC

    MRC Jun 30, 2020 4:16pm

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    Note the concentration of the condition of the band. A $15 strip of leather that if you're a sweaty git like me you have to replace every 5 years anyway. On a 50+ year old watch.

    Pass!
     
  6. BlackTalon

    BlackTalon Jun 30, 2020 4:28pm

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    The OP's watch looks a lot smaller than the one in the eBay ad, and it has oil stains in the subregisters. I would be surprised if it were worth anything close to what the seller is asking in that eBay ad.

    @dx6i, what is the diameter of the case?
     
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  7. Dan S

    Dan S Jun 30, 2020 4:31pm

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    These are typically entry-level chronographs (supposedly made for the tourist trade) with Landeron 48/148 movements in thin gold cases with hollow lugs. Even in good condition, they typically sell for somewhat less than $1,000 USD, regardless of the asking price of that watch on eBay. They are quite common, so it should be straightforward to find recent sales prices (not asking prices) using the advanced search on eBay.
     
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  8. wagudc

    wagudc Jun 30, 2020 4:42pm

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    Agreed. I am not sure where @MRC eats his dinners, but I could take my wife to dinner many times with the proceeds from this watch. Perhaps I have simple tastes.
     
  9. Dan S

    Dan S Jun 30, 2020 5:12pm

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    Show some photos of the movement and we can identify it. If you look closely under the balance with a magnifier, you may see some numbers, e.g. "48", "148".
     
  10. dx6i

    dx6i Jun 30, 2020 5:20pm

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    I'm afraid to even open it.. LOL. But when I press the button on the "4" it just stops all movement. Does not reset it. Any ideal the age or how to tell?
     
  11. Dan S

    Dan S Jun 30, 2020 5:36pm

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    IIRC, a Landeron 48/148 chronograph should start with the 2 o'clock button, then stop and reset with successive pushes of the 4 o'clock button. So push the button at 4 again and it should reset.

    Probably 1950s, but hard to be sure, especially without seeing the movement.
     
  12. MRC

    MRC Jun 30, 2020 6:36pm

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    Most expensive dinner I ever paid for cost me USD120 for two in 1982. In a Nouvelle Cuisine place on Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA. The sort of restaurant where you go to bed still hungry. And still alone -- although that might not have been the restaurant's fault :(

    So, I reckoned a dinner of the same sort would be twice that now. And probably same lack of result.
     
  13. dx6i

    dx6i Jun 30, 2020 6:40pm

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    Yeah, that worked. Thank you.