Thank you so much for identifying the movement. Can you tell from the picture if it is in good condition?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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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.
The terribly wrong things could be lurking inside somewhere. The picture only shows a small percentage of the movement. It is important to go by description and reputation of the seller. Also, it is safer to factor in service (repair) costs.Or should I rephrase: can you spot anything terrible there? Thanks.
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.
Thanks for that. I'm in Sydney, Australia. Any ideas? How much is it in your area?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.
Thank you for the info. It's great you can service your own watchesI 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.