The calibre number on the movement, in this case ‘265’ will help to establish the quality of the movement. Quite often the presence of a calibre number suggests the movement is of a higher quality than a standard movement. The reference number helps to date the watch to the year of manufacture. There are websites where watch enthusiasts and dealers have put up reference number details. The watch manufacturer can also supply details. An original signed crown adds value to a vintage watch.
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This is an IWC Schaffhausen movement. In keeping with their Latin motto (1903), Probus Scafusia: ‘good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen’.
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A stainless steel Rolex Oyster, small case, boy’s size. All original dial. Charming watch.
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This Breitling Chronograph has a gold top steel case, and a Breitling/Venus 17 jewel movement, Cal 7730.
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An immaculate condition Breitling Cadette ladies vintage watch from the 1950’s. Stainless steel case, original Breitling tag.
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