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Any idea what movement this is? And does it look to be in good shape?

Sorry for the blurry pic, but that's all I've got. Thanks!

 

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Presumably a GP Cal. 34 (since it says something like that on the chronograph bridge - although that may be some other numeric reference). Which would be nothing more than a Valjoux 23 (or Valjoux 72 if it has an hour totalizer as well).

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Thank you so much for identifying the movement. Can you tell from the picture if it is in good condition?
 

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Thank you so much for identifying the movement. Can you tell from the picture if it is in good condition?
What do you think?
 

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Thank you so much for identifying the movement. Can you tell from the picture if it is in good condition?
Well, that is an unfair question. All one can say is that the movement appears clean and that the timekeeping part appears to be working. It is a bit like consulting a doctor online based on a picture.

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Pictures will say if it is a catastrophe. They won't say if it is a gem.
 

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Thank you so much for identifying the movement. Can you tell from the picture if it is in good condition?
Well, the lighting in the picture is somewhat uneven, which makes it harder to tell. The parts we can see look shiny and chamfered, altough there are a few bits that look less well finiished. The color of the one wheel on the left is different then the others, and the piece above it looks to have some oxidation. We can barely see the balance wheel at all, and that's one of the more important bits. Many of the screws look chewed up. So for me, there's enough to be concerned about that I'd want to see better pictures or have the watch in hand before I put down any serious amount of money. The biggest worry with some sellers (especially sellers from places like south america, and some places in asia or eastern europe) is that they'll cobble together bits and pieces from a lot of dead watches to try to get something that works just well enough to sell.
 

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Thank you for all the replies. I take your point about spotting catastrophes and not gems, and that it's hard to tell from a poorly exposed picture. Thank you for all the observations.

How much would it cost to service/repair a movement like this? Obviously there must be a range, but any kind of rough estimates? Are parts readily available?

I'm so sorry if these are stupid questions!!
 

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It doesn't say where you're from. Servicing a watch (any watch) costs mostly the time (hourly rate) of someone who has a great deal of skill and experience, and the more "complicated" the watch, the more time, skill and experience is required. Chronographs represent the most "complicated" of mass-produced consumer watches, so the cost will be at the higher end of whatever the scale is in your area.
 

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It doesn't say where you're from. Servicing a watch (any watch) costs mostly the time (hourly rate) of someone who has a great deal of skill and experience, and the more "complicated" the watch, the more time, skill and experience is required. Chronographs represent the most "complicated" of mass-produced consumer watches, so the cost will be at the higher end of whatever the scale is in your area.
Thanks for that. I'm in Sydney, Australia. Any ideas? How much is it in your area?
 

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I service my own watches. Last time I got a quote (which was for an old waltham pocket watch) it was in the $300 range, but that included parts. And that's why I do my own watch repairs now. :D
 

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I service my own watches. Last time I got a quote (which was for an old waltham pocket watch) it was in the $300 range, but that included parts. And that's why I do my own watch repairs now. :D
Thank you for the info. It's great you can service your own watches :)

I'm happy to send the watch away for service, so I'm interested to hear how much a service/repair of a valjoux 72 might cost in other parts of the world. Obviously I understand it can vary quite a bit depending on the work that needs to be done, but a ballpark figure would be great. Thanks :)
 

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Ballpark US service price.... $175. But that is just for a basic service.
 
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