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    Boy, there are sure some generous people in the world

    Here we go, folks! My first arrival of 2015.

    The same friend who gave me the Longines gifted this watch to me (more on that here). It's a Chronographe Suisse from the 1940s with an 18-karat gold case. My guess is that it has a Venus or Landeron movement under the hood.

    It's a project, for sure, but I really like the fact that it's unpolished, untouched, and has nice patina all around. He thinks he's had it for 20 years--time to get it up and going!







    It's huge for the time period. 37-38mm!

    Thanks for looking!

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    That's beautiful. I love the numerals
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imitation of Life View Post
    Here we go, folks! My first arrival of 2015.

    The same friend who gave me the Longines gifted this watch to me (more on that here). It's a Chronographe Suisse from the 1940s with an 18-karat gold case. My guess is that it has a Venus or Landeron movement under the hood.

    It's a project, for sure, but I really like the fact that it's unpolished, untouched, and has nice patina all around. He thinks he's had it for 20 years--time to get it up and going!







    It's huge for the time period. 37-38mm!

    Thanks for looking!
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    Wow, very nice! Yeah, the good guys are still out there.
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    i think the watch (a wild guess, need to see the guts of the watch ofcourse) is a wee bit too small for the Landeron movement , here is mine, it's 40 or 41mm and the case is completely filled :
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    very nice watch you have there by the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-B View Post
    i think the watch (a wild guess, need to see the guts of the watch ofcourse) is a wee bit too small for the Landeron movement , here is mine, it's 40 or 41mm and the case is completely filled :

    very nice watch you have there by the way
    Thanks for the insight! I'll have to wait until I send it to my watchmaker to know what's under the hood, unfortunately...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imitation of Life
    The same friend who gave me the Longines gifted this watch to me (more on that here). It's a Chronographe Suisse from the 1940s with an 18-karat gold case. My guess is that it has a Venus or Landeron movement under the hood. It's huge for the time period. 37-38mm!
    I will rephrase my comment / question: any chance your friend will adopt me?

    Very, very generous indeed and a beautiful piece it is Venus or Landeron .... can't wait for you to open the case, take a peek and share a movement shot.
    This will be a worthy project - please document it well with many before, during and after pics.
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    Aesthetically, it seems in pretty good shape. The dial has a nice and even patina. The crown's missing(?!) but that's not a big deal.

    Great way to start 2015.

    Congrats!

    Edit: very curious about the movement...

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    Gorgeous. I LOVE the older chronos with tachy and tele tracks!! Is that dimples or rivets on the dial, they look like dimples. If they are dimples, any idea why they are there?
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    That's a fine watch, lots of class and history. Glad your friend saw fit to give it to someone who will bring it back to life and appreciate it, rather than simply dispose of it as so many unfortunately would.
    Regards, T Bone

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