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    Default Alsta Chronograph

    Hello everyone!

    I have had this watch and I was wondering if it is worth restoring...

    Alstar on dial... Alstater Watch Co. movement

    17 jewels unadjusted

    The only markings are AOX, no serial number...

    Does anyone know anything about this watch?

    Thanks, Reagan
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    Default Re: Alsta Chronograph (RE: regrothenberger)

    Alstater Watch Co was a New York company that imported and cased watch movements. Not sure when they started business. It looks like a Landeron 48 movement: http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...wk&Landeron_48

    The lack of shockproofing suggests 30's or 40's. Decent chronographs are almost always worth restoring, unless something major is broken.
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    Default Re: Alsta Chronograph (RE: regrothenberger)

    As an aside to the topic. I came across and interesting article in WatchTime's Feb 2010 issure. It seems that Alsta was the dive watch that Richard Dreyfus" character wore in the 1970 movie Jaws. That particular watch has an ETA movement and was sort of mid teir between the Omega and Rolex and the lower tier Seiko and Tissot of the time.

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    Default Re: Alsta Chronograph (RE: MikeRph)

    The determining factor on these is always the case. If the watch has a quality steel or gold case then the value of the watch merits spending the money getting it serviced. If it has a poor quality chrome case that is in poor condition (like this example) then the value of the watch is much lower and usually not worth the money to fix. Alstater made some very nice watches but also some not so hot. If you really love the watch and don't care about the case flaws then by all means get it repaired. As a future tip; when a case back says "stainless steel back" that means that the bezel and top part are just brass plated with chrome. If a watch says "stainless steel" or "all stainless steel" it has a quality case.

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    Default Re: Alsta Chronograph (RE: Dave Haynes)

    MIKERph----where does one find the "WatchTimes" magazine?

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    Default Re: Alsta Chronograph (RE: burnz)

    Quote Originally Posted by burnz View Post
    MIKERph----where does one find the "WatchTimes" magazine?
    I got a copy at a Lexingtion Ky bookseller, Joseph-Beth. I would imagine that most any large bookstore will carry it,Barnes and Noble,WaldenBooks, you can find then on the net at www.watchtime.com.

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    Default Re: Alsta Chronograph (RE: MikeRph)

    Thanks for the info.

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