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Date/Report Number …..051506.T7RR Item: WWII 1944-45 CROWS FOOT HELBROS FONTAIN VINTAGE WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1944-45 HELBROS FONTAIN OFF WHITE DIAL BLACK OUTLINED LUME NUMERALS SIGNED FONTAIN BRITISH CROWS FOOT OUTER SECONDS CHAPTER RING SUB-SECONDS REGISTER BLACK STEEL HANDS HOUR & MINUTE LUMED ORIGINAL   BRUSHED CHROME FINISHED CASE IN OVERALL  EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH SOME WEAR Ca. 1940:  Fab. Suisse MODIFIED AS 1009 17 JEWELS Features manual wind sub second Data 10.5''', Dm= 23.3mm H= 3.8mm 15/17 jewels f = 18000 A/h power reserve 40h WITH G-18 NATO STYLE MILITARY GREEN NYLON STRAP WITH KEEPERS  IN CONDITION EXCELLENT. 

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $659.00


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HELSBRO WWII HISTORY

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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
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.

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This is an extract from   a book about Helbros and money channeling in WW2:

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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.

 

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