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Hello All,
I know next to nothing about vintage watches, but I really like how this looks. I was wondering if you guys would be able to tell if its original? and what year it was made? Thanks for your help in advance.

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I am a long way from an expert (especially on the Eterna brand) but I would say that your watch looks to be late 1960s to mid 1970s. There are quite a few people around this forum that can probably help. Hopefully they will chime in.

Nice looking watch BTW.
 

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Thanks for the reply Paleo! Does anybody know where I can look up some serial numbers for Eterna?
 

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Thanks for the reply Paleo! Does anybody know where I can look up some serial numbers for Eterna?
I know of none. But you can look up Dr. Ranfft's description of the movement and see when the example he had was made.
 

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Hi there,

As for dating.... contacting Eterna is best way to find out info! However, the good Dr, did also suggest a German site that has a rough table of dates to serial numbers...

Bei den gelben Seriennummern handelt es sich um Seriennummern von Uhren die mit Widmung und Jahreszahl versehen sind.

1900 - 1 045 000
1901 - 1 090 000
1902 - 1 135 000
1903 - 1 180 000
1904 - 1 225 000
1905 - 1 270 000
1906 - 1 315 000
1907 - 1 360 000
1908 - 1 405 000
1909 - 1 450 000
1910 - 1 500 000 /1 556 288
1911 - 1 550 000
1912 - 1 600 000
1913 - 1 650 000 /1 663 980
1914 - 1 700 000
1915 - 1 750 000 /1 914 868
1916 - 1 800 000
1917 - 1 850 000
1918 - 1 890 000
1919 - 1 930 000
1920 - 1 970 000
1921 - 2 010 000
1922 - 2 050 000
1923 - 2 090 000
1924 - 2 130 000
1925 - 2 170 000
1926 - 2 210 000
1927 - 2 250 000
1928 - 2 290 000
1929 - 2 330 000
1930 - 2 370 000
1931 - 2 410 000
1932 - 2 450 000
1933 - 2 500 000 /2 451 950
1934 - 2 550 000
1935 - 2 600 000
1936 - 2 650 000
1937 - 2 700 000 / 2 740 007
1938 - 2 750 000
1939 - 2 800 000
1940 - 2 850 000
1941 - 2 900 000
1942 - 2 950 000
1943 - 3 000 000
1944 - 3 050 000
1945 - 3 100 000
1946 - 3 170 000
1947 - 3 240 000
1948 - 3 310 000
1949 - 3 380 000
1950 - 3 450 000
1951 - 3 520 000
1952 - 3 600 000
1953 - 3 700 000
1954 - 3 800 000
1955 - 3 900 000
1956 - 4 000 000
1957 - 4 100 000 /4 059 XXX
1958 - 4 200 000
1959 - 4 300 000
1960 - 4 400 000
1961 - 4 500 000
1962 - 4 650 000
1963 - 4 800 000
1964 - 4 950 000
1965 - 5 100 000
1966 - 5 250 000
1967 - 5 400 000
1968 - 5 550 000
1969 - 5 700 000
1970 - 5 850 000
1971 - 6 000 000 / 5 909 304
1972 - 6 100 000
1973 - 6 200 000
1974 - 6 300 000

? 7 001 900


Its not easy to find on the site.... as there is only a link to java script....

The site (for ref) Schild-Eterna

However.... your watch may date later than 1974?

Good luck

Marc
 

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You can find the movement number under the balance wheel which will be something like 14xx ( the higher the number the later it is ) followed by a U or K or UD. Yours will probably be K which IIRC means 'date', and I reckon it's a late one so maybe 1489K? The movement on yours looks nice and clean, but ( and I may be wrong! ) I think your dial has been played with. The hands are probably original, but the typeface on 'ETERNA MATIC' is wrong I think. Also the case looks like it may have been refinished, although the crown looks original. If you look closely at the very centre of the crystal, you may find the 5 balls Eterna logo embossed - this would mean it has the original crystal.

I really like the Kontiki's, I have two. The one on the right is the 36mm - 1489K. You can just about make out the embossed logo on the crystal on the 34mm on the left.

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Wow! thank you guys for all of your help! The Vintage forum is amazing! Sgt.-pluck those watches are stunners and you were spot on the watch is 1498k and the serial number puts the movement at 1968 I think? Due to the alterations on the dial though I think I am gonna pass this one up, the guy did send me a close up shot of the movement. the Photo is too big to post but its 1498k and a 555 serial number. Wonder why they ruined the dial and used a legit movement?
 

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You can find the movement number under the balance wheel which will be something like 14xx ( the higher the number the later it is ) followed by a U or K or UD. Yours will probably be K which IIRC means 'date', and I reckon it's a late one so maybe 1489K? The movement on yours looks nice and clean, but ( and I may be wrong! ) I think your dial has been played with. The hands are probably original, but the typeface on 'ETERNA View attachment 582680 MATIC' is wrong I think. Also the case looks like it may have been refinished, although the crown looks original. If you look closely at the very centre of the crystal, you may find the 5 balls Eterna logo embossed - this would mean it has the original crystal.

I really like the Kontiki's, I have two. The one on the right is the 36mm - 1489K. You can just about make out the embossed logo on the crystal on the 34mm on the left.
Hello sir, i have a relly old kintiki's like yours ... how much it worth?
thanks!
 

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As much as someone is willing to pay for it. Sorry - we don't give valuations here since they can only be guesses inside a fairly broad range depending on too many factors.

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I guys, I didn't want to open a new thread, I'm just looking to get more information on my watch. I got it in 1996, it as a present from an uncle, he put it together for me, honestly I don't know how many parts are original. At least I know the wristband isn't, but the locking part (I don't know what's called) is original.

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I want to get some recommendations, the faceplate is worn, where can I get a new one, or fix it, or leave it like that... the same goes for the wristband, I saw some cool leather wristbands, is there a brand in particular you recommend? ostrich, crocodile, etc.... Nevermind the wristband, I just saw on internet a Kontiki with the same one, guess only part of the locking mechanism is not original.

Sorry for the pics, I wasn't able to take god pics with a Lumix 14 MP camera.
 
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