Can anyone identify the model, and if its worth restoring? Knowing the owner, it's probably never had any TLC - he was going to have it cleaned by a local model railway enthusiast!
Any information would be appreciated.
a manual wind cal 1002. Its a great watch and definately worth having restored by a professionnal. Welcome to the Lounge!
the design is typically 50s and the movement was also developed then. You can send it to VC in London but all vintage watches are sent to Geneva as all the spare parts for vintage pieces are centralized there. You can of course ask for an estimate before making your decision as price will vary depending on what needs to be done. VC also offer a certificate of authenticity which will give all details regarding the watch. I have one of these too:
That's the one! I just had a look inside and it's identical. I also now have the s/n from the inside of the back. The inside is clean, but the case is very very grubby with has many small scratches, the glass is in poor condition and the winder seems slightly off-centre. The strap needs some work too. looking at the dates on the back, it could have been given to my F-i-L on his 35th birthday in 1955 - that would make more sense... Your one looks beautiful - it makes the effort & cost of having this one restored seem worthwhile... I have a call out to VC in London and will speak to them about having it restored. Thanks
Well, the watch went to Wempe who sent it back to Switzerland, and after a couple of months they came back with an estimate for the rebuild to factory standards. They also said it'd take a year to do...
My father-in-law is 87, and feels a year is too long, so wants to sell the watch. Wempe are not very willing to give an estimate as they say it's not their area, so who can I go to to get a fair estimate of the value for both sale & insurance, given that VC say it needs GBP 1,200 of work and 1 year elapsed... The watch runs ok, but really does need the overhaul... though VC did clean it up a lot during the estimation process...
Thanks for all your help so far,