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My watch fell off my wrist into the toilet and the crystal came off and was nowhere to be found in toilet. Got watch out quickly trying to take it apart for drying and the stem snapped off. I love the watch and now I guess its a good time to service it.... Yes also the toilet was in a used unflushed state.... Only permanent damage SO FAR is the lume on hands came off which I guess is alright because some was missing already... Everything dry now
 

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I got a good chuckle out of this post. Someday we'll have to start a thread where we confess to the worst accidents we've had with beloved vintage watches.

Not as dramatic as yours, but I once dropped my UG Compur onto a carpeted surface, which I thought would be ok, but the crystal was apparently improperly fitted and it fell off. The sweep second hand became snarled in the carpet fibers and turned into spaghetti as I extracted it. I was able to carefully straighten it bit by bit, so it's not so obviously bent now, but whenever I see it, I still notice the imperfection and it reminds me of the incident.
 

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I'm still wondering how did it exactly fall off... Spring bar failure? The strap/bracelet broke?
 

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Spring bar and it whipped in in the toilet with enough force to knock crystal off and send it down the pipe too far to get back. I have a bad habit of using old spring bars because I like the brass look to them. I think it must have been worn thinner than I thought it was. Cheap walmart "leather" strap was on it at the time.
 

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Just finished up the watch last night and let it run and its keeping almost perfect time so far +3 seconds for 12 or so hours. Its a funny story with this watch I got it on ebay for around 8 bucks because it was so grimy looking and missing the second hand. Got it and while cleaning it up I saw it was marked sterling on the case. Cleaned it up and put a hand on it and listed it on ebay with no strap for 75 bucks and got a bunch of 50 dollar offers and 10 watchers within days. Had second thoughts and took it down because I decided to keep it and put a strap on it and was wearing it to see how well it kept time and thats when this happened! Now its cleaned and oiled with a nice vintage strap on it and im keeping it 100% now!. Anyone know anything about the brand or movement or era its from?







 

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The "Kent" trademark was registered to a Finlay Straus Inc. of New York- an import company, I presume. The movement is by A. Schild, a cal. 984 or a derivative thereof. There are a few Laco trademarks in Mikrolisk:
Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index

My bet would be the one registered to Picard, Hermann & Fils. Could also be the one registered to Langendorf.

Made between the late 1930s and late 1940s.
 

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A few months ago I (somehow) dropped my electric toothbrush, and it hit the bathroom floor so perfectly that it bounced about a foot and a half into the air, and plunked brush down into the toilet. Too funny to be angry.

A vintage watch, on the other hand...
 

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I think the strap being too narrow might be the cause of the fall. If the leather grips the spring bar, and has room to slide, you're definitely running the risk of another waterslide adventure.... I've never left a vintage strap on a watch, too chicken to trust them!
 

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I got a lume kit off ebay for 20 bucks and tried my hand at it on this watch because it bothered me without the lume on it. For my first try ever I think it came out OK. Sorry for the pictures but taking a picture in the dark is horrors with my camera. Also put on a new strap this time a bit too big but from the advice above too big is better than too small!! This is going to be my daily watch for a while now after all its been through!!







 

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Not bad Freddy, the strap certainly makes me feel better haha.. For me the green lume looks very strange though! Can orange/vintage look be found?
 

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I got a good chuckle out of this post. Someday we'll have to start a thread where we confess to the worst accidents we've had with beloved vintage watches.

Not as dramatic as yours, but I once dropped my UG Compur onto a carpeted surface, which I thought would be ok, but the crystal was apparently improperly fitted and it fell off. The sweep second hand became snarled in the carpet fibers and turned into spaghetti as I extracted it. I was able to carefully straighten it bit by bit, so it's not so obviously bent now, but whenever I see it, I still notice the imperfection and it reminds me of the incident.
Some watch friends might not be with us anymore to post their worst experience when they tried to check the time behind a crystal without anti-reflective coating in countertraffic...
 
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