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Hello.
I am trying to determine the age of this watch. I inherited it from someone in Germany. On the dial it says: Gudvell automatic, 25 rubis, shockproof.

Inside seems to be a Förster 197 movement.

I would like to know how old this watch approximately is, and perhaps what it's current worth might be? I am however not interested in selling at this point, just curious.

I had it serviced in the late 80s by a watchmaker. It runs fine and holds good time.

Can anybody give me more information?

Thanks very much in advance,

Carl
 

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Welcome to Watchuseek, moved your post to the more suitable forum.

The watch is a typical watch out of the 60ties. Regarding worth - pls. read the stickies here on our Vintage & Pocket Watches Forum.
The Förster 197 was used in some German watches too (Dugena comes to my mind):

Specs: 11 1/2''' lines = 25,65 mm, height 5,25mm, 25 jewels, slow beater at 18000 A/h
power reserve app. 36 hours, known for an extremely long date change process.
 

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I'm sorry but the brand doesn't seem to be listed in the best available databases:

http://www.uhrenindustriemuseum.de/foerderk/wortmarken/g.html

http://www.mikrolisk.de/show.php/280/letter_G

There are one or two Gudvells featured on German ebay.

The movement makers, Forster, are no longer involved in watchmaking. Nowadays they make equipment for dentistry:

http://www.forestadent.com/forestadent-en/wir-ueber-uns/?navanchor=1810000

But at least they show an automatic movement on their site.;-)
 

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Very nice. Yours and mine look like they could have been seperated at birth! :-d
Indeed they are very similar. Where/when did you get yours?
What I like about them is their simplicity. Simple but elegant. The only thing is, it's a little lost on my big wrist, as the watch is very small... :)
 
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