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Until today this was one of the forgotten diamonds,
but the slowly change started 2 years ago and now days they are harder to find in good shape and price increase fast on the nice one
please feel free to post yours in this tread

This is my Dom Watch Geneve from 1950 ;-) the 18k rose gold case was made by Joseph Erard est 1934, hallmarked 161
inside is a Landeron 54 is ticking.

kind regards jonas straka
 

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Sorry, I can't - don't have one! But wouldn't mind having one one day. I like the car, though (Koenigsegg) - and my son would certainly do so as well!

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Hi, everyone. I just bought my first vintage watch and looking some information about it. It is Dom Watch also, but slightly different. Here are some images and I am hoping you guys could perhaps know some history, value and other information about it ? Age of it and so on. Tried to google for one like that but no luck so far to find just the same. I know it has Landeron 51 and it should be rose gold ! 4b6db651d412cb978e2cf3b824f70-orig.jpg fc25ed8d2abe9128dc44da20e229e-orig.jpg
 

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Welcome to Watchuseek. As a Chronographe Suisse, it can only be post WWII, which is further supported by the fact that "Dom Watch" was apparently registered in summer 1945. The general style and lack of shockproofing suggests the 1950s.

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I'm a fan of these watches and I have to admit jojo that is a beautiful watch. Nowadays, it's very hard to come by these watches in such good condition, and if you do they probably cost quite a bit of money.

I believe I read somewhere that usually these had gold plated cases, and were destined for tourists that would visit, primarily Switzerland, because they would not be executed in the highest regard, or, the overall quality of the watch wouldn't be comparable to other (equally expensive nowadays) brands.

I have a feeling though, that since quite a handful did survive up until today, perhaps the lower quality that they speak of was actually in regards to the case, case material or various finishing touches that would not necessarily make it a bad watch in the end. I believe they were also supposed to be cheap when they got out.
 

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I have a Thoresen which is actually by Orator which looks just like the watch shown here. Are they actually the same?
 

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Post some pictures and we'll let you know what we think. Although in those days, a lot of watches looked broadly like each other so the similarity may well be coincidental.....

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I have a Thoresen which is actually by Orator which looks just like the watch shown here. Are they actually the same?
From what I know you will encounter the "original" Chronograph Suisse and various other brands. On the outside they'll all look the same, but I'm not sure about the movements.

I believe they used to make watches for various other companies as well which would, afterwards, just apply their own brand.
 

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From what I know you will encounter the "original" Chronograph Suisse and various other brands. On the outside they'll all look the same, but I'm not sure about the movements.

I believe they used to make watches for various other companies as well which would, afterwards, just apply their own brand.
It's less that they made watches for other companies, but that they were a conglomerate of factories that produced cases, dials, hands etc. and sold them under a unified banner of 'Chronograph Suisse'. A lot of these factories would also produce these parts for other brands as well. As for movements, they were all pretty consistent. Given the dial layout, this also looks a Landeron, just like OP's watch.

Lovely. But I'd not wear an aftermarket bracelet on a watch with solid gold lugs. Too much risk of gouges into the lugs for my liking.
I'm pretty sure that these are not solid gold lugs - Chronograph Suisse had an interesting interpretation of what constitutes solid. They made their watches with a heavier metal inner casing, with a thin gold outer casing. They would then say it was a solid gold case on the basis of the outer case. This made them very susceptible to damage, and that's why it's hard to find them in nice condition (thin gold is, after all, very soft).

That doesn't detract from their beauty at all though, and they are awesome pieces of interesting history. I love mine:

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Mine finally came ! Got some Zulu NATO straps on it, like the "saddle" best so far. It is gold plated "10 microns" and seems that the dial is too. Makes it harder to see the time in dark (dial is a same colour than pointers) but other than that I really like it! DSC_8992 (1).jpg
 

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Here's a snap of my 18ct version - I can't find a better one for the moment. It's in very good shape - no dings on the (very) thin case. I bought it for my father a couple of years before he passed away. I can't say that I'm inclined to wear it, and neither was he. I run it occasionally but often think I should sell it and buy something I'd actually wear. But the price of chronos is getting ridiculous. There are plenty of these appearing on ebay and most of them are not as tidy as mine however I don't see any of them actually selling for the close to £1K which is frequently being asked.
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Afterthought. Wasn't there also a version of these using a Venus movement?

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Until today this was one of the forgotten diamonds,
but the slowly change started 2 years ago and now days they are harder to find in good shape and price increase fast on the nice one
please feel free to post yours in this tread

This is my Dom Watch Geneve from 1950 ;-) the 18k rose gold case was made by Joseph Erard est 1934, hallmarked 161
inside is a Landeron 54 is ticking.

kind regards jonas straka
gorgeous watch !!!

I love the classic look of a 2 register chrono ! nice movement.
 
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