Thanks for your input. I am still somewhat confused as there seem to be quite a few differing ideas on the chronographe suisse in general. From what you know is it particularly collectable or has it any significant value? Cheers
Yes - a rather mysterious 'brand' or 'non-brand' - apparently mostly assembled in Italy. I think a lot of collectors have one - the movements are fine if properly maintained. We don't do valuations in here, but any 18 carat gold watch has value in the gold. On the other hand, they are not rare and are expensive to have serviced. Best way is to go on ebay and look in the 'completed listings' section for a similar watch.
I've handled one or two of these watches in the past and
it's a bit tongue in cheek to call these solid gold as they are
actualy hollow, the lugs that is.
The case backs are so thin that they have to have a base
metal inner case back to protect the movement, I doubt that there's
1.5 grams of gold in the whole case.
These cases are flimsy and easily damaged but if the maker had soldered
his gold around a base metal to strengthen the lugs then he wouldn't have
been able to hallmark it as gold and it would have had to be described as
gold filled or capped.
Tourists who bought these in their droves, cried a few months later when they
caught the watch strap and tore of a lug.
I make no apologies for my criticism of these watches, to me at least, they
mark an episode in watchmaking history when practicality and durability took
a back seat to the lure of the dollar.
Apart from that they are nice watches and good examples are desirable by
collectors but don't expect to retire on the price of the gold content.
Thanks for your inputs. I am not really interested in any monetary value but moreso it's history and interest to collectors. It is part of my small but growing portfolio and I shall continue to research. Apart from the fact that it is a very attractive watch to wear, it belonged to my late father-in-law and has much to recommend it in terms of remembering a lovely man. Cheers.
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