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    Default Columbus Ruby Question

    I was all set to go for broke on a sleazeBay auction for a Columbus Ruby HC. My OF version needed a fraternal twin. However, the more I looked at it, the more my enthusiasm waned.

    Does it look like some crude repairs have been made to the watch in this auction (item No. 230471636947)?


    Note the 3 jewels I have marked on my OF Ruby below. Is there any chance the ones on the auction watch are original?

    Also, while it has a pretty dial, I wondered if it was original since mine says: "New Columbus Ruby" and "21 Jewels" on it. I suppose the buyer could have picked any dial for it. I am having some "not buyer's regret".

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    Default Re: Columbus Ruby Question (By: StanJS)

    When S/N 501017 was sold at auction in April, 2005, it was listed as being in a coin silver engine turned hunting case and had a single sunk roman numeral dial with a black 5 minute track. The dial was signed "Columbus Watch Co.". AFAIK, all Ruby's came from the factory with dials signed "New Columbus Ruby - 21 Jewels".
    Also, the barrel arbor on these 21 jewel Ruby's were never jeweled. I suspect that someone just put a loose cap jewel under the metal setting just to make it look better. The sapphire center wheel jewel and the pallet cap jewel appear to me to also be a replacement.
    Ed Ueberall
    Antique and Vintage Watch Restoration www.antiquewatchmaker.com

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    Default Re: Columbus Ruby Question (By: StanJS)


    Never mind, Ed answered all the questions...

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    Default Re: Columbus Ruby Question (By: John Pavlik)

    The Columbus Ruby is a watch I like a lot ... when they have the Ruby signed dial and the movement's 2-tone color is nice.

    Unfortunately many out there don't meet this standard.


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    Default Re: Columbus Ruby Question (By: Fred Hansen)

    Thanks for confirming my suspicions guys. I'm glad to see my BS radar works - if only intermittently. I'm also glad I didn't pay $1025 for it.


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