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Old 03-17-2017, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone help me identify this watch?

I am not trying to sell it or anything, just wondering if it is worth restoring, using as is or just replace it.

I know nothing about it but what it says. I had a watch repair shop pop the rear cover, and it looks perfect on the inside, but hadn't been serviced for a very long time.

The crystal seems to be a plastic, very scratched, but usable. The body looks like chromed brass and is very scratched.

I have tried looking online and cannot find anything quite the same.
36mm wide (not including crown)
18mm Lugs

Front:
Solar
24 Jewels
Automatic
swiss made

Rear:
non magnetic swiss incabloc stainless steel back waterproof
solvil et titus
Geneve
7797

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Old 03-17-2017, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Solar was a house brand for the Canadian department store Eaton's starting from way back in probably the 30's. They were for the most part OK watches but are not particularly sought after or of high value. The only exception are Solar watches which are marked "Aqua" on the dial. These were actually manufactured by a subsidiary of Rolex and can fetch a fair amount with collectors.

Your watch is probably not worth a huge amount. Having it serviced and the crystal replaced will set you back a couple hundred bucks and I'm not sure the watch is worth that much. I'd proceed with caution before throwing a bunch of money at it. Definitely have an expert take a look at it for you to try and determine a value and go from there. eBay is also a reasonable way of researching resale value for watches that are similar
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Old 03-18-2017, 04:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Although I'm not a watchmaker nor a real watch buff, on first glance this watch is not really worth investing a lot of money in. As you mentioned, the case is chrome plated base metal (brass) and a damaged. This kind of case was widely used in the Seventies and a cost saving measure to avoid stainless steel. Unless the watch possesses great emotional value I would leave it as it is. If you visit the Solvil et Titus WiKi page you will learn more.
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses.

I won't be investing more than the leather band I put on it.

I think I will hand this down to my grandson (15yo) after wearing it in for a week or so as a first automatic.
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Depending on how deep those scratches are you may be able to polish some of them out yourself.
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The body scratches are through the chroming, better left for character. When wearing, I don't even see the scratches on the crystal. Well, maybe the one at 12, but that's on the far side of the crystal anyway.

Now, on to other things! What watch to get...
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I should have specified that I only meant the scratches on the crystal anyway!
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses.

I won't be investing more than the leather band I put on it.

I think I will hand this down to my grandson (15yo) after wearing it in for a week or so as a first automatic.
Is this a hand me down watch to you? Or did you somehow find this, buy it, want to wear it for a week and then hand it down to your 15yo grandson?

If its the 2nd case I hope you don't feel bad if your grandson doesn't wear it. Feels like you are trying to make something significant after wearing it for a 'week or so' to hand down.

Maybe instead, research your new watch with your grandson and buy two of it. One for each. Just my opinion.
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It was my father in law's. My grandson wanted a watch, gifting for function, not providence. It would be suited for him as a first watch and fits with his style. (he is 15). That is, of course, if he wants it.
My wearing it has nothing to do with it, except to test function.
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