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    Oldest watch in your collection

    Whatís your oldest wristwatch in regular use guys? Mine is this 2nd Moscow Watch Factory 43mm from 1937, still ticking (loudly) after 84 years.



    Also, if you have pocket watches, what is the oldest one you would be prepared to wind up daily?


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    Some time in the 40's I guess.


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    I don't own any vintage watches, but this was a gift for my 8th birthday. I put a new battery in it recently and it still runs well!


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    It's , er, not the most original and/or intact watch in the world, but I can make a fair case for this being from 1908. The movement certainly is.


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    45+ years old and in perfect condition. One owner from new.


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    This Allenby Firebird. Think it's from the 1950s but I've never been able to find any information on it. Hand winding, it keeps quite decent time although the power reserve is nothing to write home about.

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    Beat up beater from the boot sale. Looks like August 1982 from serial number.
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    1961 Smiths 'Astral '. In outstanding condition.


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    Seiko Lord Matic from 1969





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    Late Ď60ís cushion-case Seiko 5, bought new by my father whilst working somewhere along the Gaza Strip.

    I still wear it on and off. Itís the Pulp Fiction idea of a watch that I would have to go back for, even if perilous to do so


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    Croton Aquamatic (circa 1951)


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    Loads of amazing watches here. The great thing about Seikos is their accurate dateability.


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    Tudor Royal inherited from my grandfather, he bought it in 1959. I wore it throughout my teens, and it took a fair amount of inadvertent abuse, but following a recent service is running very well.




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    A relative youngster compared to many in this thread. My Hamilton military chrono from 1971.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDSSD View Post
    A relative youngster compared to many in this thread. My Hamilton military chrono from 1971.

    Thatís quite delightful. It wears its fifty-odd years well.

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    I wear this late Ď30s Helvetia a lot. I had it serviced by Robert Horan a few years ago and it runs faultlessly.

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    That Hamilton military chrono is superb

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    Omega speedy 145.022. Not as old as some on here but 1984, the oldest I have.



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    For wristwatches that would be this 1945 Timor, followed closely by this 1950's OP.
    They somehow feel quite solid despite the fact they're both more than 70!

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    1912


    1915

    And precisely the same watch as the one bought by George Mallory in Godalming in 1915, subsequently worn on the summit of Everest in 1924, retrieved in 1999 and now in the RGS collection.
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    1927 Rolex Oyster.
    Watch owned by my Grandad, which I inherited around 30 years ago.

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    Babies compared to some, but 47 years and 50 years respectively






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    Oldest watch in your collection

    This Speedmaster is currently my oldest wrist watch - Nov 18th 1965, I do have a family pocket watch handed down that I restored and that is 1930.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDSSD View Post
    A relative youngster compared to many in this thread. My Hamilton military chrono from 1971.

    Mine from 1971 says " Hi"

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    Certainly my oldest but no idea just how old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M4tt View Post

    1912


    1915

    And precisely the same watch as the one bought by George Mallory in Godalming in 1915, subsequently worn on the summit of Everest in 1924, retrieved in 1999 and now in the RGS collection.
    These look amazing, I love the first decades of the XXth century for watches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENES View Post
    1927 Rolex Oyster.
    Watch owned by my Grandad, which I inherited around 30 years ago.
    A lot of charm and a lot of warmth, this crown is just magnificent!

    Ps: If someone can tell me how to mention several messages on the same post, so I don't do double posts, that would be appreciated. Thank you!

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    I think this one is from the late 30s



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    My oldest is this, as far as I can estimate, '72 Mark II:


    But my dad has a watch his own father bought, a 1920s Gruen:

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    Some lovely watches on show here and my oldest is the same age as me -1969.


    Cheers
    Neil

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    Oyster Centregraph from the 1940's. Used by Canadian forces in WWII a lot.






    Doxa oversized from 1949.




    Moeris ATP, so WWII.







    Quite a modern one, Zenith Sporto from 1952.




    Leonidas chrono from 1940's.




    A selection of 1950's models...










    1940's Universal Compur.




    A couple of WWII Omegas..






    1946 IWC.




    1950's UG.





    I won't even get into the '60's and '70's ones or I'll be here all day!
    Cheers,
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    Some crackers posted here this afternoon.

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    Definitely yes, I think that it's one of the nicest thread I've seen on watch talk so far, it's nice to give to some of these underrated old watches some well deserved attention!

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    Just to follow the trend - a first generation Oyster in snowite, the case material of the future...



    But my oldest Rolex is 1918 - Complete with the original cellulose crystal



    1918 was the last year that Rolex were made in England.
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    My Grandads, late forties I think.




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    1950s for me. Not worn as often as it deserves though.


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    This thread makes my oldest watch, a 90ís Rolex, feel like new.

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    Mine isnít worthy of a photo, but I got it for my 18th birthday so itís 33 years old now.
    Just a quartz ani-dig which still works perfectly after fitting with a new battery recently, first time itís ran for about 25 years I think!

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    Here's mine, it's a silver cased watch with the art-deco arabic numerals with the seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock typical of this period. It dates from 1930 and is totally original save the hands have been re-lumed as there was none of the original left. It keeps pretty good time for a 91 year old ticker, about -30 secs a day & it has never been serviced in my 13/14 years of ownership. Quite amazing really.

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    Omega Speedmaster 2998, produced on Valentine's Day 1963 and delivered to Germany (according to extract).


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    No pics, but a Rolex 6424 from 1966-ish. Still wears as well as any modern dress watch!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanford View Post
    Omega Speedmaster 2998, produced on Valentine's Day 1963 and delivered to Germany (according to extract).

    A grail watch for me, I wish I started to be interested in speedmasters when the prices were more accessible...
    This 2998 looks gorgeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    Mine from 1971 says " Hi"

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    Looks great with the original dial ..........

    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    Thatís quite delightful. It wears its fifty-odd years well.
    Thank you :)

    Quote Originally Posted by sish101 View Post
    That Hamilton military chrono is superb

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    Thanks a lot :)

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    A Ďyoungí 39 year old

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    Quote Originally Posted by jneds View Post
    Some lovely watches on show here and my oldest is the same age as me -1969.
    Cheers
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    I hope I live to be 1969!

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    My Moonwatch. Made March 1980. Sold July 1980.ref 141.022 78



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    My 69í mk2 Speedmaster, still looks fresh today.


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    I've nothing old myself, but there are some lovely watches here - great thread.

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    Grandfather's VC - 1935




    Father's Longines 13ZN - 1946



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Grandfather's VC - 1935




    Father's Longines 13ZN - 1946


    Beautiful.

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