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Author Topic: Charity Shop Find  (Read 3904 times)
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« on: July 17, 2009, 07:23:15 pm »

I found this little beauty in a charity shop today for a whole two pounds. I'd originally bought it just because it was tiny (23mm across, I make it) and cute and £2, even though the label said that it needed a new battery. Having got it home, I discovered that actually <i>winding</i> it would help more! It's now running very happily and making a <i>lovely</i> noise.

I seem unable to find any useful info on the manufacturer (Ferex), so I thought I'd throw it in here. I'm really just looking for any advice for keeping it going and so forth. I've never owned a mechanical watch before, so I'd appreciate a few pointers, and any info you can give me on the make and how old it might be (mother reckons 20 years or so).



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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009, 02:07:58 am »

I think Ferex used to be one of those "generic" Swiss watches. Its probably a seven jewel or less lever movement, simple, and rugged.
As far as age? that 20 year guess is  a pretty good one.. good find!
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009, 04:21:43 am »

I'm going to guess that the two words at the bottom of the dial are "swiss made"  It looks very similar in some ways to a Swiss watch of my wife's that is of a similar era.

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009, 06:19:50 am »

A quick google search suggests that Ferex SA was a Swiss watch manufacturer which was in business at least between the last two World Wars, and that the corporation has since been dissolved. The only source of greater detail which I could find appeared to be legal documents which were available in either French or German to anyone with a valid credit card.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2009, 05:06:32 pm »

I love charity shops, i found a huge Alphonse Mucha mirror in one for £9,baaaargain.
Thats a great find tho sorry I dont know anything about the maker.Just wanted to say that a shop in my local town are selling pendant watches like that and are asking an extortionate £14 for the mass produced item!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2009, 12:52:29 pm »

I make my regular rounds ,you never know what will turn up week to week, or even day to day. Good eye, good find.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2009, 04:47:54 am »

You jammy sod! Nice find. Those places can be treasure troves for just about all interests, crafts and hobbies.
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2009, 06:29:02 pm »

I bought a Ferex pocket watch on E-Bay and was trying to locate information on the manufacturer.  I came across your blog and thought someone might have additional information.  I found that Ferex manufactured watches from 1946 - 1959.  Any help would be appreciated. 
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