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 Post subject: Wakmann Details
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:42 am 
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Hi readers. I took possession of my father-in-law's Wakmann watches. I am trying to determine the dates of each. Any ideas?

He passed away a few years ago, and I didn't know these existed. Otherwise I would have asked him for the details.

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no way to precisely date these, 1950s & 1960s


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Thanks for you reply!

Do you know if the center watch is older or newer than the outer two? The center one has different button styles and the crystal is a bit "taller". The outer two appear to be identical with the exception of the watch color and the font used for the numbers.

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watches keft and right were made in France, Venus-based; the watch in the center is one of the high end models by Gigandet and houses a Valjoux R72, all from a similar period, late 50s and early/mid 60s



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Fred, thank you once again for your details. Where was the Gigandet model manufactured?

I am hoping to find receipts for these watches - my father-in-law saved everything! I am hopeful, but I doubt I will find the paperwork. He was in Europe until about 1960 and then New York City until 1960 or so. I think either location is possible. After leaving NYC, he moved to the middle of the USA and I doubt he would have bought the watches there.

I had the Gigandet cleaned and repaired. It would not run, but now it is fantastic. The other two run well, but need the crystals polished. I will keep all three forever. But, I do not want to spend too much on small repairs. Do you have an estimated value for these? I'd rather not clean and/or repair them for $400 if the overall value is $450.

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Gigandet were manufactured in Tramelan, Switzerland.
Wakmann were only distributed in the US, so most probably bought there in the 1960s.
would value the "Gigandet" at roughly $/€ 2-2.2k, the other two around $/€ 6-800


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Fred,

Thank you again!

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