I past a lot of time reading on the forum about watches. I registered recently because I'am about to buy my first Accutron and I still have a lot of questions.
What do you think about the Accutron in the pictures I linked ? Is the a original one or not ?
What is it value ? Thanks ! :001_smile:
Mattworld, just recently my wife surprised me by purchasing a spaceview that looked identical to the one above, as an anniversay gift to me. I was understandably very happy that she'd been so thoughtful to have purchased an Accutron for me, but upon its' arrival I noticed several problems with it - several hands had come loose, and the crystal looked as if there was adhesive sloppily applied to keep it secure. In general though, the watch has a nice look to it. I'm a fan of that particular case style. I would note; however, that I believe the watch is not a factory original spaceview, but rather an aftermarket creation. It's been awhile since I was researching it so I may have forgotten all the details. I ended up returning the watch for a full refund, and picked out another spaceview, the Swiss chapter ring model "T" which I belive I've posted a thread about here.
Welcome to WTF mattworld. With the limited info we have from the pics, I can only add I do not think those hands are original. They look to be a aftermarket production. The movement looks to have been repaired also and seems to be a circa 1963+ movement. And whomever is selling it seems to be advertising the usage of a 1.35v accucell for the watch. Most watches are phased to use the 1.55v silver oxide batteries.:thumbup1:
A handsome watch to be sure; I've always been a fan of that case style. Others would know more about this than I do, but I'm pretty sure that's not an original Spaceview. It also looks like a recent Clark crystal rather than an original Accutron crystal. What Spaceview M said regarding the battery is very important; the watch should have been rephased to use the garden-variety 1.55v battery, and if it hasn't been, you're probably going to end up having to pay for this (usually as part of a general overhaul) probably sooner rather than later. This appears to be something of a Frankenwatch, probably worth a few-hundred bucks. If you're looking for an original Spaceview or something that's collector-grade, I'd skip it and keep looking. But if you're just looking for a conversation piece that'll look good on your wrist and it's under $350 or so I'd think about it, factoring in whether it had recently been serviced, the seller's reputation, and any guarantees, etc. There are a lot of Spaceviews floating around out there, and there's no need to jump on this one without making sure it's exactly the right one for you.
It sure would be nice if we had a sticky thread about OEM vs Aftermarket, pictures showing side by side images of parts and descriptions explaining the difference and what to look out for all in one place. That would be a good project for you veterans :thumbup: and of course any members who can contribute.
Okay- I'll make a deal with you. I'll create the Sticky if you write the introductory thread.
It doesn't need to be long (maybe 40-60 words?)...we're just letting the guys know what it's to be used for. Let's see what you come up with. I'll cut & paste the text and make it into thread #1. You guys can then go ahead and add your photos and stuff. I may even be generous and credit you with the idea. :lol:
For fastest results, PM me with what you've written.
I do not know if it is a converted one or an original spaceview. I tried to collect as much information as possible on internet. From the last picture I attached it seem to be a original spaceview with aftermarket hands.
What do you think ? :001_smile:
Someone know were I can find the "Cooksey- Shugart's price guide" to download ?
What does mean the "T" engraved on the metal ? Is this version version gold filled or is it only stainless steel ? Thanks !
Hello mattworld, that's a nice looking watch, when I first came to this forum I was asking people about my watch also, and after posting pictures like you have I did not realize that close up photos need to be taken with a macro lens and posted full size if you want anyone to give you a good answer, you really can't make an evaluated opinion of a watch that far away. Most people do not have that kind of camera equipment for close up detail and that's what makes it difficult.