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I snatched this poor baby out of a junk-jewelry case while racing around an antiques market after the doors opened.
Was unfamiliar with the name, Bucherer, but "officially certified chronometer" caught my eye and I asked the price.
The lady said fifteen dollars and I countered with ten (a habit I can't break), and we settled on twelve.
Dropped it into a pocket and rejoined the fray. Departed the show empty-handed ... except for this watch.

Was pleased to see it running, just from bouncing against my leg. A few more shakes kept it going through the night.
This baby really wants to live. And it keeps good time! Curious about the movement, I unscrewed the back.
Magnification & strong sidelight allowed me to discern "2622" stamped above "2724", which matches the case back.
Can anyone I.D. the movement?

I've enjoyed rescuing other watches (Lucien Piccard, Samuels, Tissot, Breitling chrono), but wonder how far to take this.
The blemish on the dial certainly detracts. How easy would it be to clean this off - or must the dial be refinished?
The case & crystal should polish up. I think the crack in the glass adds character (!), but am open to replacing it.

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The movement is by ETA, and I wouldn't be surprised if the numbers on the back would represent the calibres for which this particular case was intended. 2622= 21600 vph, w/primitive date quickset (set by changing 20-24h), 2724= 28800 vph, quickset date. Given the very 1970s appearance of the watch, me bet would be the later 2724.
The exact calibre number should be under the balance wheel, and if it is stamped as both, then I could only wonder if that means, that the main plate was stamped like that for both movements or not.
 
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Then it must be a 2724, given how I set the date. Which explains this watch's accuracy.
Have no idea what it would be worth restored vs. what a jeweler charges to repair it.
Not many repairers in my small town. Can I receive a reliable estimate via the 'net?
 

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You could try completed or sold listings on ebay.
Very nice watch, I would service and get the crystal changed. Here is a 10 dollar (£8) Bucherer, I would prefer yours though!



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Good advice already given.

There is a sticky note at the top of the forum which will help you find a local watchmaker or contact.

Don't touch the dial, it sounds as though you haven't been there before - once again, there is a good regular thread on this forum about dial cleaning. More likely to end in disaster than success for the inexperienced, especially as the mark coincides with the print.

Case has been hammered. They do get good money on eBay, but this would be fairly modest, although probably around 10x what you paid.
 

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In agreement with the above advice, stay away from the dial, heartbreak will result. Change the crystal, the cracks
probably contribute to the problems on the dial, being an entry point for dampness and contaminants.
 

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Then it must be a 2724, given how I set the date. Which explains this watch's accuracy.
Have no idea what it would be worth restored vs. what a jeweler charges to repair it.
Not many repairers in my small town. Can I receive a reliable estimate via the 'net?
Not a jeweller. They have no idea how to handle watches.
 

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Agree with mkws, retail jewellers have no idea; they'll just send it out and mark up the cost. You're probably looking at sending it somewhere, rather than taking it in, but there are great independents tucked away all over. Let your fingers do the walking. See thread as before....

Not a jeweller. They have no idea how to handle watches.
 

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Agree about trying to clean it myself.
Collect/research daguerreotypes, and regularly cuss (sometimes cry) about irreversible damage on a formerly pristine & compelling image by unsealing the silver plate to wipe off dust specks, etc.
Replacing the crystal should be easy. I'll look around for a qualified repair person and, if the dial can be cleaned, maybe go whole hog for another case.
Can I then proudly claim ;-) it's a Frankenwatch? (BTW, did not find a "watchmaker sticky note" at the top of this forum...?)
Thanx again, folks!
 

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Case is beatup but the bigger issue for me would be a stupid spot on that dial :)
It's the very first sticky for watchmakers by location
 

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https://www.watchuseek.com/f11/watch-repair-geographical-location-search-engines-3433002.html

As to the dial, I wouldn't even be too sure about most watchmakers cleaning it. It really depends what's caused it and I can't tell from the photograph. I'd be more tempted to leave it alone. Some things come off easily enough other things are more tricky.

The case is well worn, but not so bad that you need to be thinking about another case; cases aren't easy to find, not at all. There are a huge number of variables involved. If it really bothers you, you can get it replated at a specialist watch/jewellery plating company. But I think that it will look very acceptable is the whole thing is cleaned (a hand polish, not machine) ultrasonic and then a buff with something like a Cape Cod cloth. You won't believe how much better it will look with a new crystal and a strap. BTW, I really doubt that the original crystal had a magnifier lens for the date, just a regular glass.

Going by my experience, as it's running, I'd say you ought to expect something around USD$150 to overhaul it and so on.

Anyway, take a look at the sticky.


Agree about trying to clean it myself.
Collect/research daguerreotypes, and regularly cuss (sometimes cry) about irreversible damage on a formerly pristine & compelling image by unsealing the silver plate to wipe off dust specks, etc.
Replacing the crystal should be easy. I'll look around for a qualified repair person and, if the dial can be cleaned, maybe go whole hog for another case.
Can I then proudly claim ;-) it's a Frankenwatch? (BTW, did not find a "watchmaker sticky note" at the top of this forum...?)
Thanx again, folks!
 
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