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    Hello! I have recently inherited Lemania 105. I do not really know anything about watches, so I wanted to ask there. Could you help me identify it further?

    I would like to have it repaired (the glass is scratched, and they look quite dirty). I donīt know if they work, it looks like they need to be manually winded, but I canīt figure out how.
    I am probably not willing to sell them, since they are my only reminder of a certain person, however a price estimate would be nice.

    Here is a picture:
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    No idea about a price. Testing the manual wind is really very easy: simply try to turn the crown clockwise. The lower pusher at 4 should reset the big seconds counter to 12/0 (as well as the counter at the left, which is at 0 anyway). The pusher at 2 should start it and stop it.

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    Hello and welcome
    Nice watch, and a nice thing to inherit.
    From the case it is probably 1950s, the first half of them.
    Maybe later.
    The 105 is Lemania's base level chronograph range, but it is still a nice thing, and Lemania made them well anyway.
    Is there anything engraved on the back?
    We could tell further from the movement, but I do not recommend you take that apart unless you know what you are about.
    Our host, Al, can arrange for a service for you, I think, and I can recommend others if he thinks not.
    A new crystal is very easy to find, luckily it looks like the dial and hands are fine.
    And for the cost of a service and new crystal (think around couple of hundred pounds plus parts) you'll have a lovely watch worth three or four times that amount.
    Movement parts can be found, but are relatively pricey, so if something is more comprehensively broken (or water has got in and corroded parts) then the cost could escalate quite a lot.
    These watches hate water, and the age of this watch shows pretty basic rectangular pushers and a simple crown, so there is very little inherent waterproofing on this watch.
    Let us know how you get on, and post some more photos if you feel like it.
    BTW, where are you based?
    Dave
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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    Hello! Thanks for reply.

    I managed to get them working. It looks like they wind up when i shake them which looks pretty strange to me. Turning the crown didnīt help, but shaking them get them working. The stopwatch works as well, however when I reset it, it doesnīt go to zero, but to around 4 seconds.
    It doesnīt have anything engraved on the back. And I really donīt want to open it, however if there is some really detailed tutorial on how to do it, I might attempt to do it if you want to see the insides.
    I am thinking of getting it serviced in some local clockworks, but I am scared if they can do it properly. I am located in Slovakia.

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    Hi there
    Shaking it will get the balance moving (start it), but will no wind the watch, so it will only wind for a few seconds.
    So clearly there is an issue with the crown or stem. I suspect the crown is not original, it looks too small. So perhaps it is an old (and not very good) replacement.
    Also, the reset moving off zero is not unusual, it happens when theings need a service.
    This tells you how to remove a caseback, be sure to insert the knife into the small indent intended for it.
    I am sure there are local guys, but you will need to make sure they know what they are doing.
    Call them up and ask about servicing a Lemania manual chronograph, movement 1270 series or CH27. these are the most likely movements in your watch.
    If they know watches they will know these movements.
    Good Luck
    Dave
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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