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Wakmann Solar Chronograph - Valjoux 7733

  1. RandR Jan 7, 2018

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    This came to me from my late father-in-law.
    He purchased this in Toronto at Eaton's, a major Canadian department store for over 100 years.
    Solar was their house brand and they sold watches from Wakmann, Rolex, etc... under the Solar name.
    Purchased around '71.
    Watch was serviced last year. Crystal had to be replaced as it was done, and yes I have scratched this one.
    Dial was untouched as it was in fine shape. Movement was serviced and worked perfectly for a while.
    Now the watch is running very fast, read 10 seconds in a minute, and the pushers are so full of junk they do not work. Seems like the finish on the case is wearing off at a quick pace now.
    Poor service job or something else at play?
    I was not harsh on the watch, the crystal was damaged by being slowly scraped against rough surface not from impact.
    Worth taking for another service?
    Also, thinking of having it re-cased, thoughts?

    Thanks everyone.
    Cheers
     
    Solar Dial.jpg Solar Movement.jpg Solar Case.jpg Solar Back.jpg
  2. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 7, 2018

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    I pay $3-400 for a Chrono service where I live. Whoever did the service last year was rubbish.
     
  3. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 7, 2018

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    My guess is that this is a 4-$600 watch ...
     
  4. KJD Jan 11, 2022

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    Just now came across your post. I have the exact same watch. Currently in for service at a quoted cost of $400. Agree with previous comments this is probably a $4-600 watch. Maybe a little more with a proper service. I paid $300 for mine from a seller in Portugal 6 or 7 years ago. I've seen very few of these.