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Date/Report Number …..022612.FNW3Y.04 Item:  1950-RADIUM-DIAL-STEEL-CASED-MILITARY-ALPINA
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1950 RADIUM DIAL STEEL CASED ALPINA WITH MILITARY  DOUBLE CASE 32 X 39 W/O CROWN AND ORIGINAL BLACK LEATHER STRAP. OVERHAULED, SERVICED AND RESTORED. NEAR MINT CONDITION.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $899.00


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COMMENTS ON MY HANDS
IT TAKES A LOT OF BUFFING AT HIGH HEAT TO RESTORE CASES
.ONE HAS TO "FEEL" THE PIECE TO GET IT RIGHT.
DURING THAT PROCESS THE ROUGE IS ACTUALLY BUFFED
INTO THE SKIN MY HANDS ARE USED TO CASE TEMPERATURES
THAT ARE SO HOT THEY CAN BURN PAPER
AS A RESULT OF THIS FACT, IT TAKES DAYS TO GET THE ROUGE OUT OF
MY HANDS. SO IF YOU SEE PICS OF MY HANDS, KNOW IT IS SEMI-PERMANENT.
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Alpina
1883

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1883 and German Watchmaker Gottlieb Hauser

The Union Horlogère (UH) or Vereinigte Uhrmacher Alpina (VUA) was founded by Gottlieb Hauser1883 as an association of leading manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to unify the purchase and distribution of watch and clock parts. Soon genuine calibres were designed, and manufactured by the Alpina *Ebauche Factory of Duret & Colonnaz in Geneva.

* Ébauche:  an incomplete watch movement which sold sets of loose parts, comprising the main plate, bridges, train, regulator, winding and setting mechanism without the timing system, escapement and the mainspring.

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1888

 

 

Alpina Glashütte 1909-1922

In order also to participate in the German watch-manufacturing base, Alpina Union Horlogère founded the "Präcisions-Uhrenfabrik Alpina" in Glashütte in 1909. The Union's factories were now located in Geneva, Bienne, Besançon and Glashütte and by 1913 the Alpina Chronometer Glashütte equipped with an Alpina chronometer ebauche with Glashütte escapement instead of the typical Swiss anchor escapement dialed the 21'' marine watch was purchased by the German navy at the time.    

The First World War

During the First World War,  major capital flow restrictions and import/export restrictions restricted cused problems for Alpina. Finally in 1917, towards the end of the war, the Association "Union Horlogère" was dissolved. Two separate anonymous societies were incorporated: the Union Horlogère SA in Bienne, Switzerland and the Alpina Deutsche Uhrmacher-Genossenschaft G.m.b.H. in Berlin, Germany.

 

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After WWI

The representatives of Union Horlogère sold high quality watches primarily under the Alpina brand. Each watchmaker, manufacturer or specialized shop that wanted to become a member had to apply. Membership allowed each representative to benefit from the purchase of Alpina watches. Each member was guaranteed to be the only Alpina representative in his or her town with the exception if the town was large enough to support more than one representative.The Association fixed retail prices. Advertising was entirely paid the Association from its common funds coming from subscriptions, entry fees and subsidies calculated on suppliers' turnover.

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The Alpina Gruen Gilde 1929-1937

In 1929 the American brand Gruen merged with Alpina forming "Alpina Gruen Gilde SA", the largest community of interests that ever existed in the horological field. The quality of Alpina and Gruen watches improved. Models such as the "Doctor's Watch" produced by the Aegler factory -- Rolex later bought the Aegler factory-- and was distributed under the names of Alpina, Gruen, Alpina-Gruen and Rolex ("Prince"). But the merger was of short duration.  Gruen restricted Alpina access to its USA members and attempted to sell watches higher priced than Alpina,    the two brands separated in 1937 and Alpina Union Horlogère SA continued alone.

 

 Alpina's best sellers

 

In 1933, Alpina presented its first "sports-watch", the "Blockuhr" in steel- patented   a new type of crown (Brevet 1464).-   the "Alpina 4" in 1938 1) anti magnetic, 2) waterproof  3) Incabloc anti-shock system,  4) stainless steel.

 

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 The Second World War

 

While the Union Horlogère had separated in three legally independent companies during the First World War, relationships were again under intense scrutiny during World War II. Import and capital flow restrictions as well as travel problems suppressed many of its activities. Eventually, the Allied Forces pressed the Swiss Alpina Union Horlogère to drop usage of the Alpina name in Germany. The German association then adopted the name Dugena (Deutsche Uhremacher-Genossenschaft Alpina), which became their new trademark

 

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ALPINA
VUA
(Vereinigte Uhrmacher Alpina)|

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1950

IN 1938, ALPINA INTRODUCED THE "ALPINA 4" LINE. 

THE ALPINA "4" STOOD FOR THE FOUR HIGHEST STANDARDS OF QUALITY EVER OFFERED AS STANDARD FEATURES:   ANTI-SHOCK, ANTIMAGNITISM, WATER RESISTANT AND A STAINLESS STEEL CASE. 

TO MODERNIZE THE MOVEMENTS OFFERED. ALPINA INTRODUCED A LINE OF STURDY, WELL DETAILED, ALPINA ENGINEERED CALIBER.

592: sub second 1938
598: sweep second 1950
586: sub second 1940
588: sweep second 1950

 


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THE
ALPINA
RADIUM DIAL

THIS BEAUTY HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY
RESTORED PAYING GREAT CARE TO DETAIL

WHILE WE CANNOT USE RADIUM
WE UTILIZED AF-LUMINOVA
ON HANDS
AND
RAISED NUMERALS

AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

32 X 39
W/O CROWN


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THE CASE WAS HAND RESTORED
THEN BUFFED THROUGH A QUAD SYSTEM
USING 4 TYPES OF ROUGE AND WHEELS

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AS YOU CAN SEE
THIS ALPINA
588
RADIUM DIAL
[ORIGINAL LUME DIAL]
HAS A BEAUTIFUL CASE
THE 588 WAS A
CONTINUATION
OF THE 1938 ALPINA 4
+ RADIUM
WAS ADDED
FOR NIGHT VIEWING

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THIS ORIGINAL CASE
IS SIMPLY AWESOME
AND

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WITHIN 1 QUARTER OF A MILLIMETER
OF ORIGINAL MIC'ED STANDARDS
AFTER RESTORE

 

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CASE BACK TELLS A STORY

INOXYDABLE
[STAINLESS]
PARE-CHOCS
[PAR SHOCK/INCABLOC]
ANTI-MAGNETIC
IMPERMEABLE
[DUST DIRT AND WATER PROOF]]

NOTICE THAT THE CASE BACK DOES NOT SAY "WATER PROOF OR RESISTANT", IT SAYS IMPERMEABLE. WHICH IS ONE OF THE FIRST WATCHES I EVER WORKED ON THAT SAYS IT IS A LOCKED DOWN SAFE!!! THIS IS WHY THE INTERIOR CASE SEAL. WHICH I WILL SHOW YOU FURTHER DOWN.

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YOU HAVE RAISED ILLUMINATED NUMERALS
YOU HAVE SILVER STEEL HANDS
WHICH HAVE ILLUMINATION INSERTS
YOU HAVE A RED SWEEP SECONDS
WITH AN ILLUMINATED ARROW ND
WITH SECONDS HASHES
&
EVERY 5 SECONDS


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NEW CRYSTAL

AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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THIS IS A FIFTIES LEATHER STRAP

WE STRIVE TO PLACE
ONLY TOP OF THE LINE
STRAPS. SOMETIMES WE USE
VINTAGE IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PARTICULAR STRAP
SEE OUR STRAPS HERE IN OUR STORE 
LET US KNOW.

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THIS IS A FIFTIES LEATHER STRAP

WE STRIVE TO PLACE
ONLY TOP OF THE LINE
STRAPS. SOMETIMES WE USE
VINTAGE IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PARTICULAR STRAP
SEE OUR STRAPS HERE IN OUR STORE 
LET US KNOW.

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THIS IS A FIFTIES LEATHER STRAP

WE STRIVE TO PLACE
ONLY TOP OF THE LINE
STRAPS. SOMETIMES WE USE
VINTAGE IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PARTICULAR STRAP
SEE OUR STRAPS HERE IN OUR STORE 
LET US KNOW.


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CASE BACK IS DETAILED
AND
SIGNED
ALPINA

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HERE SHE IS WITH THE MAIN REASON THAT THIS
BEAUTY HAD
IMPERMEABLE
DETAILED ON THE CASE BACK

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NICE DETAIL ON DIAL SIDE
OF THE

ALPINA 588



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HERE IS THE TOP OF THE INTERNAL CASE
THIS PIECE ACTUALLY LOCKS TO THE SIDE CASE

 

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NOTICE THE RATHER ELABORATE
INTERNAL CASE, IT IS TWO PIECE.
IT COMPLETELY SEALS MOVEMENT
IN THE CASE
THEN SCREW DOWN BACK
PERFORMS THE FIRST BARRIER

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THE CASE BEFORE ROCKS MAGIC


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THE CASE BEFORE ROCKS MAGIC

 

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MOVEMENT BEFORE ROCKS MAGIC

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OVERHAULED SERVICED TIMED

Alpina
588

Features
manual wind
*HACKED
sweep second

Data
10.5''', Dm= 23.6mm
H= 4.85mm
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 50h

 *HACKED

By 1942, the sweep second hand watch had became "the" watch. Two of the major reasons were the Government issued U.S.A. A-11 hacking sweep seconds pilots watch and the sweep seconds watches in demand by Doctors, Medics and Nurses and other professionals.. The sweep second watch simply made the watch more than an instrument to "tell time"....

THE DESIGN

So, what did Pierce and others do?

Did they re-tool and re-design new movements? NO!

They simply placed a hollow canon pinion that allowed a wheeled center shaft to protrude through the dial, mounted a second hand to it, and ran the combo with the very sub-seconds wheel they were eliminating...

 

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Instead of the drive train turning the dial protruding shaft/pinion at 6 position connected to the tiny second hand, they mounted a large brass/alloy wheel on the opposite side of the shaft that now protruded through the bridge. That wheel turned a wheel on top of a NEW center "shaft' held in position be a new this jeweled bridge that went through a new HOLLOW center cannon pinion in the center of the movement that then protruded through the center of the dial where a new long sweep second hand attached;  the idea being that one had a large second hand that went round in tune with the movement and the chapter ring so one could count, time & now even synchronize.

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