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Author Topic: Spontaneous buy: Olympos Datographic with „25 Jewels“ on the dial  (Read 430 times)

Offline Mugea

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Yesterday, while on a business trip to Munich I visited an Antique Shop specialized on vintage watches. When I asked for Zodiacs, the very friendly seller pulled the only one he had out of his safe. Ah, an Olympos, a model I don’t have yet. So, we agreed on a price and I took it. It was a deal of some seconds… maybe I should have examined the watch more carefully, but I’m over 50 years old and without a loupe I can’t make out the details any longer – but my merciless camera can:















So, what do we have here:

Crudely executed “Zodiac” on the dial plus “25 jewels”. Most unusual. The back obviously was polished – only “Automatic” is left over, but nothing else. Crown is a replacement (I could live with that).

Now: what do you think about the “25 Jewels”? Could this be original?

I did not open the watch in case I’ll return it to the dealer.

Any opinion is welcome!

Best regards

Martin

Offline YuriyV

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Now: what do you think about the “25 Jewels”? Could this be original?
According to the pictures it is a Frankenstein-Olympos for sure. Dial is poor redial. Crown is completely wrong. Even it doesn't fit its slot. Afraid it will be rubbing the case.
According to 25 jewels. There were 25j version of Zodiac 70-72. Although I never seen 25j with date complication. Only no date. Can be wrong though. I expect regular 17j or 21j 70-72 movement inside. So number of jewels stated on the dial is, most likely, irrelevant.
If you paid below average, it could be the moderate deal. If not, I'd suggest to return it. You could do better from aesthetic aspect as well as its originality. Especially if you are not allowed to open the case.
In other hand, if you like the watch, all above issues, including over polished case back, could be fixed relatively easy. And, in addition, you will have serviced watch.
« Last Edit: May 11, 2017, 01:25:52 PM by YuriyV »

Offline Mugea

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Hi  YuriyV,

thanks for your opinion. Regarding the crown: I should have mentioned it: when taking the photos I pulled it out to stop the second hand. Size is fine – but not original, of course.

You opinion is appreciated! I’ll return it. Well, a spontaneous buy….. the good thing regarding ebay auctions: you (normally) have seven days to make your homework and to examine the photos in detail…

Best regards

Martin

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The dealer took it back without any discussions. Contrary, he apologized. He opened the watch: a 21 jewels movement

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The dealer took it back without any discussions. Contrary, he apologized. He opened the watch: a 21 jewels movement

Whoever attempted to refinish the dial just randonly chose the "Automatic 25 Jewel" print and stuck it on there.  It is not uncommon to see something like that, accuracy/originality is not a concern to many refinishers.  Getting the job done and out is....
 :sam

 

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