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Hello!

I recently inherited some watches and after I sent them to be services I am wondering if I should keep them or sell them. I cannot find (asked my friend google) some prices for these four watches as the servicing costed me ~100$+.

I have only the watch head, without straps and dunno if it is worth investing another 100$ in straps.

My questions are:
a) what are their names (model names/number)?
b) how much does every one worth($) if I were to sell them?

Thank you!

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1. Atlantic Worldmaster
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2. Doxa
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3. Pobeda (very old)
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4. Universal Geneve (gold)
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The UG is definitely worth servicing and keeping. They're quality pieces, very collectible at the moment, and yours looks like it might be a solid gold case rather than plated.

Doxa are a well known brand and the watch is in good condition too so that's a nice one to have.
 

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Thank you for your swift response. Yes, I can confirm that the UG is solid gold (as I was told but didn't verify). Still 'am curious what models I have and how much I can get per piece.
Valuations aren't actually allowed according to forum rules - And would be impossible anyway, without seeing the condition of the movements. Try looking at ebay, and filter so that you the prices that similar watches sold for.
 

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Also watches back then often didn't have names or model numbers, so you'd have to know what movements are in them to distinguish them from other watches of the same brand..if that makes sense.
 

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Many models from that era didn't have specific model names or numbers, so except for the Worldmaster, I don't expect you will find any specific model names.

Do some research using the Advanced Search of eBay to look at selling prices of similar watches. That's how I would determine a value, and you can do it just as easily. Be sure to focus on items that actually sold, not asking prices.

That said, the only one with really significant monetary value is the Universal Geneve, and it is worth much more than the other three combined.
 

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I like the Atlantic, these have a good size case at around 37mm, most use a Unitas movement but I don't know which one. I believe the logo with the lower case 'a' came in around late 1959 so your watch is going to be from the 1960s. IMO it would look great on a brown leather strap!
 

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The Worldmaster is from the early 1960s- that Atlantic logo was introduced in 1960, and the dial still has radium lume (no T markings visible, at least...). IMO, if you have inherited them- they're keepers. The Atlantic has another thing to it, which makes it a keeper- they had really nicely finished and adjusted (min. 2 adjustments) generic movements.

The Doxa dates to 1955 or 1965, depending on what is the first digit of the 7-digit number on the case back- a 5 or a 6? My bet would be 1965.

The Pobeda is not very old, only it's very heavily battered.
 

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I managed to open 3 out of 4 (the Atlantic seems to have screwed back not pressure applied like the other three)

Here are some photos, phone camera with zoom quality, edited to be loaded on forum page (800x600):
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I would like to know as much as possible about them. At home I have a 10$ watchtool that might help me open the Atlantic. If needed I can post more picture with any aspect that you think is relevant.

LE: What straps do you recommend (link)?
 

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Man that Atlantic case is corroded...i have one myself though not as bad...such a shame they didn't put them in a steel case.
 

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Based on the movement markings, the Pobeda was made by ZIM. The same brand was used by several Soviet manufacturers, but only by ZIM from the mid 1960s through to 1998 when they closed. This one was made back when they were still decorating the movements with stripes. 1960s perhaps? However bear in mind that the interchangeability of Pobeda parts means that it is possible that the dial is from another factory. It is signed in English for the export market. I've no idea why somebody would want to cut a long slot in the dial like that. Experts on the Russian forums can tell you more.
 

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Ok, so, before inheriting these time pieces I already had a few of my own. I was flipping them to get the perfect 8 watch collection. Nothing too luxurious, mostly Hamilton range watches (which I still believe is best bang for the buck - really well made watches for the money). After finishing my collection, something didn't feel right, I didn't had time to wear them all, and the watches weren't "pass it to your son" category. I had one Orient 60th Anniversary that I held on 'cause it seemed pretty rare but it truly wasn't a piece that will grow in value. After than I resumed to only 4-5 watches, one for each day but setting them up (all mechanical or mechanical-automatic) each morning was a big hassle. I am also thinking to reduce my collection to only one watch with increased value that it will be easier for me to manage and imho it will be easier for the person that I give it to, when the time comes, to wear. Taking for example this exact situation, it would be easier for me to inherit one watch than four. That's why I started this thread to see if they value anything, value that I could add to my dream of having only one or better invest even more and buy straps and try to wear them from time to time.
 

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The Doxa dates to 1965.
 

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Ok, so, before inheriting these time pieces I already had a few of my own. I was flipping them to get the perfect 8 watch collection. Nothing too luxurious, mostly Hamilton range watches (which I still believe is best bang for the buck - really well made watches for the money). After finishing my collection, something didn't feel right, I didn't had time to wear them all, and the watches weren't "pass it to your son" category. I had one Orient 60th Anniversary that I held on 'cause it seemed pretty rare but it truly wasn't a piece that will grow in value. After than I resumed to only 4-5 watches, one for each day but setting them up (all mechanical or mechanical-automatic) each morning was a big hassle. I am also thinking to reduce my collection to only one watch with increased value that it will be easier for me to manage and imho it will be easier for the person that I give it to, when the time comes, to wear. Taking for example this exact situation, it would be easier for me to inherit one watch than four. That's why I started this thread to see if they value anything, value that I could add to my dream of having only one or better invest even more and buy straps and try to wear them from time to time.
I don't see why it is such a chore to own 8 watches. There is no need to wind and set every watch each morning. When you are ready to wear a watch, wind it and set it. Otherwise, leave it in a drawer. The only watches that are difficult are watches with non-quickset date functions.
 
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