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Date/Report Number …..111911.FN61Y0.04 Item:  1945 WWII GARLAND BY BALL WATCH COMPANY WITH AVIA 17 JEWEL MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT
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Description of item: 1945 WWII GARLAND BY BALL WATCH COMPANY WITH AVIA 17 JEWEL MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT 31 x 38 MM   CONDITION IS EXCELLENT.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $ 799.00


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READY TO WEAR
SERVICED
RESTORED
OVERHAULED

1945
WWII
GARLAND
BY
BALL WATCH COMPANY
WITH
AVIA
17 JEWEL
MANUAL WIND
MOVEMENT

31 x 38 MM
W/O CROWN

 

After the Ball Watch Co. moved from Cleveland, OH to Chicago, IL, their headquarters were located in the Garland Building in downtown Chicago. "Garland" soon became a name used on wrist watches imported by Ball Co from Switzerland for sale by the Ball Watch Company.

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AVIA


AVIA WAS THE SWISS COMPANY THAT MADE THE WATCH AND BALL WATCH WAS THE COMPANY GARLAND WAS THE BRAND WITH BOULEVARD THE MODEL.

MANUFACTURER
The manufacturer Avia was Degoumois & Cie in Neuchatel, La Chaux de Fonds and the date of registration is 1910. Up until 1910 timekeeping was primarily based around pocket or fob watches. AVIA became an innovator in the development of the wristwatch

DISTRIBUTOR
The US distributor of AVIA was M.A. Mead & Co in Chicago, Illinois. Ball Watch Co distributed watches made by AVIA for Ball Watch Co and sold them branded as GARLAND.

WWII
During the war years AVIA manufactured and Mead marketed many WWII watches, including a military timer that was utilized by air crews searching for submarines. It employed a highly accurate Timer and Stop Watch. A famous add for a Hamilton version read "He's looking for a U- boat.. in the sky!

 

BALL WATCH COMPANY

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Though Webb C. Ball had been involved in the American watch business by the beginning of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the first Ball watch company appeared in the early-1890s.

A succession of Ball firms marketed Railroad Grade Watches (the last being Wrist Watches), and other, non-railroad, watches over a period of about seventy to eighty years.

The Ball Watch Co. never actually made watches. Movements and cases were made under contract to Ball's specifications by various watch manufacturers, with final adjusting by Ball Company; and, besides a few advertisements in the beginning, Ball never  identified who the original manufacturer of his watches were. The public believed that the Ball Watch Co was the maker.

 

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OVERHAULED SERVICED RESTORED

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STEEL CASED

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LUMED HANDS

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RAISED LUME NUMERALS
GOLD SWEEP SECONDS HAND

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CASE BACK SIGNED

STAINLESS STEEL
SWISS MADE
WATERPROOF
ANTIMAGNETIC
SHOCKABSORBER

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BLACK
NUMBERED
OUTER CHAPTER RING

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The Ball Company was a wholesale jewelry business set up in Chicago by Webb C. Ball c.1915. He bought the existing Chicago wholesale jewelry firm, Norris, Alister Co.. He then moved his Cleveland wholesaling operations to Chicago and combined them with Norris, Alister to form the Norris, Alister-Ball Company, and sent his son, Sidney, to Chicago to run the combined operations. Other firms were acquired, but around 1930 the firm became simply the Ball Company. They were also distributors of the famous Ball railroad watches.


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ORIGINAL GOLD COLORED
SWEEP SECONDS

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LUMED BLACK STEEL HANDS


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CASE IS ALL STEEL

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HANDS LUMED

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HANDS AND NUMERALS LUMED

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AWESOME VINTAGE STYLE
OIL SKIN
STRAP

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RESPLENDENT WITH NEW BROWN
OILSKIN STITCHED AND PADDED
WATCH STRAP

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CASE BACK

SWISS
AVIA WATCH FACTORY
BALL COMPANY



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SIGNED
THE BALL COMPANY
AVIA


Avia,
Swiss
1945
17 Jewels
AS, 1187/1194
Brevet + Dep
Incabloc

AS 1194

Features
manual wind
sweep second

Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm
H= 4.9mm
15/17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 43h