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Hello Everyone, Unknown watch to identify!

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Joined to check out some unusual watches that I wouldn't find in the UK and get useful info.
Would like to know what this watch is, (yes I know it's in a bit of a state) it is a solar watch and based on a Miyota 7w71 movement with a capacitor rechargeable battery (?used by some Citizen watches I believe). No markings and mid 1980's. Instructions a bit brief.

On a side note, a fan of the Ebel Classic Wave 馃榿 but can't afford one

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Alright that one is cool LTRL ! (y) It doesn't look old at all either. In fact
it looks like a modern watch, if not futuristic right?! And when I saw it I
thought that maybe it was a solar Junghans watch from a few years
back, however, it is a little different design wise. Plus doesn't seem to
have the name Junghans anywhere. But it is certainly a neat looking
watch and I think it's actually fun not knowing who it is from. 馃榾馃槉

Because it's like this ultra limited special limited edition that you have !

Maybe someone else has an idea and can lend a hand, but until then
I say enjoy this solar showstopper. Enjoy, and thanks very very much
for sharing this one with us !!!
It is a bit weird as it has the 4 solar EV panels in the same way that Junghans did but there's no way they wouldn't put their name on a watch so it might remain a mystery. Just when you think you know all the watch makers out there eh!? 馃槀
Could it be that someone did a dial mod to it?
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It's unlikely Gary, I'm pretty certain this is how it came (my father's old watch) and I remember it looking like this from new. I'm sure it had a woven mesh stainless strap (mind you Junghans used straps similar to that) which got switched to another watch but that won't really help to identify it. Been sitting in a drawer for about 30 years, needs a new battery/capacitor but I'm sure it will work.
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It's unlikely Gary, I'm pretty certain this is how it came (my father's old watch) and I remember it looking like this from new. I'm sure it had a woven mesh stainless strap (mind you Junghans used straps similar to that) which got switched to another watch but that won't really help to identify it. Been sitting in a drawer for about 30 years, needs a new battery/capacitor but I'm sure it will work.
I had no idea from the original post that this watch has been in your family for a long time.
This is so awesome! I love the typed and xeroxed instructions! Thirty years ago solar movements were high tech, and I think that yours is a very early example of a micro brand offering, and horologically very noteworthy. Definitely worth the few bucks for a new battery.
I have a couple recasings like it in my started but not finished pile.

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Yes Gary, amazing what you find hanging around, I think my dad liked the idea of a watch that you don't have to replace the batteries, I remember it sitting on the windowsill sunbathing for hours to recharge. Can't be as efficient as the modern solar powered models.

Interesting Greatpotfarm. It is weird, the instructions maybe got translated from a different language, it would be very odd in my reckoning to produce a watch with no makers name/mark. Like a cheap chinese or japanese knock off. I've not heard the expression Accu used for a battery before, though in German it's Akku!
A replacement capacitor/rechargeable battery is around 拢20 in the UK. I'm guessing living in a drawer for 30 years has killed off the battery with the charge getting too low to ever come back to functioning.
You've got some unique pieces there, I don't think I have the skill to start switching out internals! Chunky cases compared to mine. Look like 1970's style.
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The syntax of the instructions does have a Germanic flow... An inspection of the inside of the case back might reveal a manufacturer... Does the back screw on or just pop into place?
Whoever made it, I think it's very cool!
Remember the shopping channel?... I can see something like it being sold in that fashion.

You're spot on with the vintage of my cases! I bought up a lot of these NOS Swiss cases and have been slowly filling them up with interesting movements and dials. They are bulletproof, and are intended for automatic movements of that vintage, so they are a thickish 12mm.
It's different for sure, maybe not my idea of cool but unique in some ways. The back case does pop off and there's nothing on either side of it to point me towards a maker!! The Miyota mechanism was used in some Citizen solar watches so maybe it's not as cheap as I thought. I'd better order that new battery.

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Wow, sounds like you got a good deal. Good imagination required, you'll have some unique watches also 馃憤
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You put your left wrist in,
You put your left wrist out,
You put your left wrist in,
and you shake it all around.
That's what it's all about!!!
Uniqueness, that's what it's all about for me!

If you put a new Accu馃槈 in it, for the next 10 years, you will have a time gage to wear on your dad's birthday to celebrate him馃榾!
That little dance will be very handy if you have a motion powered watch 馃槀

No harm in standing out from the crowd 馃ぁ

Yes I should resurrect it and hold on to it as a memory, easy enough to find a suitable strap.
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