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I just found this in an antique mall, tagged “as is.” I’m hoping a simple battery swap is all it needs. If not, it was cheap and it’s cool looking. Update to come when I get home.

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Nice pick up! :thumbup: Reminds me of my Seiko desk clock. I bet the battery is all it needs.
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Two great looking clocks there. Hope it works, Drew.
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Well, it’s not the battery. I might pull out a screw driver and do a bit of disassembly to see if there’s any obvious issue under the cover. While it wasn’t $.50 bin cheap, it was cheap enough that I won’t lose any sleep over this.
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Definitely dig in. Usually the movements are dead simple. You might be able to swap it out with one from eBay for cheap and not too much work.
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That looks cool, Drew. What's the;

Verich
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in the bottom right corner?

Maybe that will help with research.

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Possibly "Verichron," and "Quartz?"

rkovars comment on the movement is spot on; you might try using an eraser or emery paper on the battery contacts, sometimes there is a "varnish" buildup on them.
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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Fri Nov 17, 2023 11:57 pm That looks cool, Drew. What's the;

Verich
Quar


in the bottom right corner?
trsullivan wrote: Sat Nov 18, 2023 12:18 am Possibly "Verichron," and "Quartz?"
That’s exactly what it is!

The contact points were the first thing I looked at, and they look good. When I get home to my place I’ll remove the cover from the movement to see if anything is loose or unattached.
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London, Iceland ?????

I hope their movement isn’t as faulty as their geography……. :lol: :lol: :lol:






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^^^ Of course you are.

It’s interesting, though, that geography has had a varied and sometimes limited effect on time zones (e.g. Spain). As you knew, UK and Iceland are currently on the same time because Iceland observes UTC all year.

Countries change their time zones and DST status, often for socio-political reasons (e.g. Türkiye).

History shapes the choices of cities on WT rings. Look on an older watch or clock: you won’t find Dubai but you may find Aden (an important stop-off on the UK to India sea-routes).

And then we have those 30 minute offsets in countries like India and Australia, not to mention 15/45 minutes in the Pacific.

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What a great find Drew, I hope you're able to get it up and running!
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