Columbus 16s Hunter

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Columbus 16s Hunter

New postby cannon pinion » Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:38 am

I ran across a Columbus 16s, in a Keystone GF full hunter case, movement serial number is 3255797. The movement is very clean, the balance swings OK, but it doesnt run, tho it sets. The case is mint and fairly ornate. The dial is perfect. They want 275 for it.
Am I correct that these watches have weird gear ratios and are hard to find parts for? What do people think of the price? Will post pics if I can get them from the owner.
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Re: Columbus 16s Hunter

New postby brownsrplm » Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:08 pm

Andy,
Watch was made around 1898. Depending on how many jewels it has, it should run around $75-$150 in the condition it's in. Because you are not sure if anything is broke inside, I wouldn't pay more than low book. There is one exception to this and that is a 24J model that is very rare and brings $500 low book, however that is the only example I know of for a "high end" 16s Columbus. These should all be marked New Columbus Watch Company by the way.
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Re: Columbus 16s Hunter

New postby Neilywatch » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:33 pm

Andy - 16s YGF hunter cases are bringing in $200 - $250 in good condition on eBay. The movement to me is a $35- $50 movement. I think the asking price is in the ballpark. But if you get it for $200 you got a good deal.
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Re: Columbus 16s Hunter

New postby brownsrplm » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:42 pm

Neil,
Are they really bringing that much? I don't pay that for them, then again I haven't bought but one in the past year for $135.
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Re: Columbus 16s Hunter

New postby Neilywatch » Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:36 am

if they are in good lightly used shape - I can't seem to get them for less than $200. Fortunately I only need 2 right now. They are still plentiful.
Raymund I try to buy them when they have Walthams in them already. This way I am not adding more screwmarks to the existing ones.
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Re: Columbus 16s Hunter

New postby brownsrplm » Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:46 pm

Smart move, the one I bought was an unusual maker and had 33 bids on it with me being the last bid. Case has a lion and warranty inside a scroll. I'd like to see the case on this Columbus, maybe it's a bit different and as you say, would be worth the effort!

Well, Andy it's up to you! Hope you can get some from the seller!!
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Re: Columbus 16s Hunter

New postby MartyW » Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:29 pm

Neilywatch wrote:if they are in good lightly used shape - I can't seem to get them for less than $200. Fortunately I only need 2 right now. They are still plentiful.
Raymund I try to buy them when they have Walthams in them already. This way I am not adding more screwmarks to the existing ones.


Not to steal the thunder of gold filled cases but just thought to show this 16 size coin silver case that houses a 7 jewel Hampden Champion that I felt real lucky to be able to snatch for just about $200.00. It appears that 16 size hunter cases that hardly show any wear or abuse, regardless of the metal, have become scarce & expensive.

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Re: Columbus 16s Hunter

New postby Tom Huber » Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:16 am

Andy, Columbus watches are a little different. Gear ratios are different. They come apart differently and go together a little differently. Tough to explain, but when you tear your first one down for a cleaning, you will see what I mean.

When you work on your first 18S fullplate Columbus, message me and I will give you a bunch of tips.

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Re: Columbus 16s Hunter

New postby cannon pinion » Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:35 am

Yes, I read in Shugart about the gear ratios. And this is a full plate model. I'm going to be dickering for it over the weekend.
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