An Unexpected Find

So I honestly, no honestly, had zero intention of purchasing a new or vintage watch this past weekend. 聽(Don't we all say that on our #NWA post 馃槈) Seems fate had other intentions...

This past Saturday we were scheduled to visit my Dad and Grandma at his house for a late Holiday visit. 聽He lives about an hour south of us here in Michigan.

Based on our Saturday morning schedule, we had a couple hours to kill and decided to visit a local Antique shop a few miles from his place. 聽It had been a few years since we have been able to visit this particular store and surprisingly the kids love rummaging through the old collectables, toys and other oddities. 聽So win win, that would soon be a win, win, win...

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After taking two steps into the store, I immediately saw a small jewlery case on the left, with 6-7 watches sitting in a tray. 聽Great looking display. 聽My eyes locked onto this Lemania. 聽My wife knew we would be leaving the store with the watch. 聽I also learned the vendor of the watch display has his own watch service shop with many other watches for sale. 聽(Will be visiting my Dad much more often now.)

Anyways, I am familiar with Lemania and their significant history in the industry. 聽However, I have not been able to determine the model and/or year of this particular watch? 聽Any of you fellow Cruchers have any insight? 聽@Aurelian - What say you?

Super pumped to stumble upon the watch and bring home the first addition of 2023. 聽Cheers!

I only have seen that model with the second hand sub dial. Nice watch. Hopefully there's an expert around here to help you out.聽

Cheers!

jcwatch

I only have seen that model with the second hand sub dial. Nice watch. Hopefully there's an expert around here to help you out.聽

Cheers!

Thank you! 聽Ya, I have seen the model with the secondhand sub dial as well. 聽Will keep researching too.

Just a guess at this point but it looks like 1950's style, could be early 1960's. 聽Let me see if I can find any proof. 聽It is 100% gorgeous though!

SurferJohn

Just a guess at this point but it looks like 1950's style, could be early 1960's. 聽Let me see if I can find any proof. 聽It is 100% gorgeous though!

That would be awesome! 聽Please do share, if you find any relevant post, blogs, forums, etc. 聽I have not yet opened the case back to look at the movement but will share any info and photos that when I do.

Shugart is no help. Dr. Ranfft has a 1948 with a similar dial but with a 17 jewel manual wind movement. I have seen the subseconds that you have seen as well. I put this around 1950, but I can't find more.

It a beautiful watch.

Aurelian

Shugart is no help. Dr. Ranfft has a 1948 with a similar dial but with a 17 jewel manual wind movement. I have seen the subseconds that you have seen as well. I put this around 1950, but I can't find more.

It a beautiful watch.

"Obi-Wan, you were my only hope" 聽馃槶

Thank you. 聽I will keep doing some digging. 聽Suppose I can actually take a trip into the sellers store as well..

Really nice find. One of my favorite brands because of their history 聽 Enjoy.聽

Congrats on the find! It appears to have aged beautifully. And what a bonus to also find a watchmaker to keep it serviced. Lucky day!!聽

This is a beautiful watch. I would have jumped at it to!

Pop the back. Only automatic they made around mid-50s was the 4650/4651.

Here you go. inside case back has 聽910B K0 1 engraved. Maybe the ref #?? 聽Movement has 鈥098117鈥 聽or "898117"(I believe) and 鈥淟emania Swiss 21 Jewels鈥

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Yep. Lemania 4650 or 4651. Mid-50s.

Porthole

Yep. Lemania 4650 or 4651. Mid-50s.

Awesome! 聽Thank you so much!!

ckim4watches

Congrats on the find! It appears to have aged beautifully. And what a bonus to also find a watchmaker to keep it serviced. Lucky day!!聽

Thank you. 聽Ya, the dial has a very cool aged patina.