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Additional pics including the interior of my "vintage" watch.

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Notice how the ruby is secured. Its shaped like a Maltese cross!

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The back of the lugs, particularly this one as well as the inside of the case, does show some wear.

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JB
11/26/2007 - 02:02
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JB
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Doc
11/26/2007 - 05:30
LN
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JB
11/27/2007 - 04:17
Wow!
11/26/2007 - 03:23

Now that is extraordinary! Beautiful black dial!

I don't think that I've ever seen a cal. 454 with both 18 jewels and geneva seal. Is that from the 60's? I have a 454/5c that I think dates to 1943, just what was the difference in the /5b versus the /5c?

Now that is the type of case I'd like to see as a revival.

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11/26/2007 - 03:51

Thank you, LSmith.

I was quite amazed when I saw it. The movement was in excellent condition.

If you look closely you can see the perlage under the balance wheel. There are also the movement reference numbers there K454/5B W

You can also see the escapement wheel. I tried to include one of the anchor arms with its jewel but I don't think I succeeded.

I was able to freeze the balance spring with the flash.

Perhaps sometime in the future I might send the watch in to have the case refinished but that's not a priority. It looks good as is and the movement is in excellent shape too. I believe the watch is from the '50's but I'm not certain. It can probably be traced by the serial number:552024. That number does indicate 1956-1961 (approx.)

Regards,

Joseph

Wonderful pics !!!
11/26/2007 - 05:30

The movement comes from cal. 453 originally,

a classic.

Both of them have Chronometetr quality.

20.80 mm (121/2 Linens)

The hight of the movement is 5 mm (!)

Frequens 18000

Basic movement has only 17 jewels,

you have a Geneva Seal on yours, congratulations,

means it follow the special quality for watches made in Geneva and that

is filling a lot of specifications.

This is as top movement you can get !

Here is a younger sibling from 1959, that I'm happy owner of

Cal 1002,

20.80 mm and 2.94 mm high

You see the same Geneva Seal market!

Wellcome onboard

Doc

Beautiful!
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lovely! I had never seen such an original shaped shock protection! The
11/26/2007 - 09:35

movement is in excellent condition

Wonderful
11/26/2007 - 09:53

Thanks for sharing.

Indded, this little maltese cross is beautiful. Hummm.

Deniz

Ahhhhh... Very Nice!!!
11/26/2007 - 14:09
Thank you Joseph for those lovely photos. The movement looks very nice, and as Deniz said, the small Malte cross holding the jewel is a very nice detail - gotta love VC!!
Great pics...
11/26/2007 - 17:45

This is a fantastic vintage VC, it contains one of the most beautiful movements I have ever seen! Enjoy it!

Best Regards,

Mike

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11/26/2007 - 20:21

Thank you for sharing more pics of your beauty.

It is in very good condition. Congrats again.

Patrice

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11/27/2007 - 04:17

Thanks for all the kind words! you guys are amazing.

Let me know when you're in town. The drinks are on me

Opening the back and finding this superb movement was a real bonus.

I knew it was a 454 but not this one. Finding was a very pleasant surprise.

But here's a question:

In the photo below you can see the Geneva Seal (Poincon de Geneve) and also how worn the inside of this lug is.

But notice on the inside of the case is a little stamp of a woman's profile.

Does anyone know the significance of this?

It may not be a women's face. But it does look a bit like someone wearing a hat with a fish dangling from it

There is also the letter "C" below it.

Maybe its the "Poisson de Geneve"...just kidding Alex and Deniz!!

never seen that hallmark! the Austro-Hungarians used a woman's head
11/27/2007 - 11:42

for some pieces but your watch looks too modern to date from that epoch

Could it ne the casemaker's mark?

The woman's face is
11/27/2007 - 13:37

the sign that it is made in Switzerland !

I suppose you mean the lady at the bottom of this case?

The "key" means it's made in Geneva

Doc

Re: The woman's face is
11/27/2007 - 13:52

Thanks Doc,

It does look like the same hallmark.

"You da man"!!

Best wishes,

Joseph