Vidar 17J automatic (self-winding) wrist watch, case #14217, 2-tone black and tan metal dial with a matte black outer ring under the Arabic-style luminous numbers and white minute markers, a white imitation double sunk (DS) line separates the black section from the interior polished finish tan center, black subsidiary seconds register with white markings, dial has some light discoloration and it appears the luminosity is gone from the paint of the numbers, dark grey steel skeletonized whip-style hands with luminous inserts, heavy chrome white base metal (WBM) & stainless steel (SS) round water-resistant case with a slightly raised narrow bezel supporting a high domed thick glass crystal and slender extended lugs, case is showing moderate to heavy wear with multiple small spots of brass showing on the frame and back of the lugs, measures approx. 30mm in diameter x 37mm lug to lug x 12mm thick (crystal included), distinctive WBM & SS mixed-style expansion band with heavy curved WBM solid band segments on each side of the watch finished with matte raised sections and recessed polished accents which are then connected to finish the band by a length of matching expansion band. An eye catching & high quality vintage watch from the 1950s, showing its wear but running strong, in very good overall condition!
- Year Made: 1950s
- Company: Vidar
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Serial #: (case) #14217
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: black
- Dial Details: imitation double sunk (DS) accent line, luminous numbers, 2-tone
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White, Stainless Steel
- Case Details: extra-thick glass crystal, water resistant (WR)
Case Width, without crown:
30mm (1.18 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: metal expansion
- Crystal Material: glass
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of May 17th, 2022, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact glass crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this
wrist watch for you. We offer new plastic crystals for most vintage wrist
watches; as this watch is currently offered at our
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Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; wrist watches will typically also take two days, however we do not carry every model of crystal in stock and there may be a delay of up to seven business days as we order the correct item from our supplier.
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Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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