|Date/Report Number ..061111.LC-U4GR2 Item: 1944-1945-HELBROS-MEPA-17-JEWEL-CHRONOGRAPH|
|Description of item: VINTAGE
1944-45 HELBROS MEPA SQUARE PUSHER CAM SWITCHED 60/30 17 JEWEL
CHRONOGRAPH WITH TOP QUALITY NEW VINTAGE STYLE DOUBLE CONTRAST STITCHED & PADDED
BLACK LEATHER CHRONOGRAPH STRAP & WITH STAINLESS STEEL PUSH-BUTTON BUTTERFLY DEPLOYMENT AND ORIGINAL 1942/45 HELBROS WAR VICTORY WOOD WATCH BOX AND OUTER BOX. BLUE OUTER BASE CHAPTER RED OUTER CENTER CHAPTER BLACK INNER SECONDS CHAPTER OUTLINED RAISED LUME NUMBERS LEFT 60 SECONDS REGISTER RIGHT 30 MINUTE SUB REGISTER BASE STEEL CASE WITH STAINLESS STEEL BACK & STEEL CROWN & SQUARE PUSHERS SIGNED HELBROS WATCH CO SWISS STAINLESS STEEL BACK LANDERON 48 SIGNED MEPA WATCH CO SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS SWISS UNADJUSTED LANDERON 48 Features Manual-Wind Chronograph 60 Second 30 Minute Cam Switched Sub Second Data 13.75''', Dm= 31mm H= 6.2mm 17 jewels f = 18000 A/h power reserve 42h. APPRAISALWITH INNER WOOD BOX AND OUTER CARDBOARD BOX
CONDITION IS EXCELLENT.
Estimated Retail Replacement Value $799.00
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HELBROS WWII HISTORY
THE HELBROS STORY
In 1913, when only the relatively well-to-do could afford a timepiece,
Helbros was created by the Helbein Brothers. The middle class Swiss German watchmakers
goal was to manufacture quality timepieces affordable to the working public. Throughout
the 20's and 30's, Helbros became a household name and by the 40's and WWII, Helbros
was supplying watches to American Forces and a major promoter of the War Bond efforts of
the United States.
THE PILOTS CHRONOGRAPH
The above box insert was placed in wood boxes for what was then an amazing Pilots Chronograph. Helbros created the Landeron based Pilots Chronograph using the same movement as a host of Major High End watch brands all competing for share of the War related watch business. Baume et Mercier, Breitling, Movado, Leonidas and Titus were but a handful of brands manufacturing chronographs, but Helbros was the winner when it came to marketing- as the above box insert demonstrates.
In 1944 and 45, Helbros began contracting MEPA Watch Co to assemble the Helbros Chronograph, and, once again, other watch Brands began following suite. The MEPA name and Landeron Chronograph movement can be found in many watch brands including Jerrel, Breitling, Capri, Hamilton, Boluva and Solar.
This wonderful restored Helbros is cased in it's ORIGINAL Helbros case and
we are also including an ORIGINAL case with the famous War Bonds insert. There were THREE
different boxes. they look and are the same in every aspect excepting the interior cushion
and cloth. One can identify the Helbros WWII Chronograph production company by the
interior finish of the case. We are restoring an earlier production with a box that is
identical excepting the interior finish. As far as collecting and value, there is no
difference when we figure the selling price that we are offering these for. The RETAIL
value is well into the several thousand dollars.
This is an extract from a book about Helbros and money channeling in WW2:
Quick as a Flash was a 30-minute radio quiz program which featured drama segments with guest actors from radio detective shows.
Created by director Richard Lewis and emcee Ken Roberts, the
program debuted over the Mutual Network on Sunday, July 16, 1944. Sponsored by the Helbros
Watch Company, the show was produced by Lewis and Bernard J. Prockter with scripts by Gene
Wang. Music was by Ray Bloch and the Helbros Orchestra.Six contestants from the studio
audience competed for cash and other prizes. Clues were presented in the form of dramatic
sketches covering such subjects as current events, movies, books and historical
situations. With a buzzer, a contestant could interrupt at any time to submit an answer.