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Date/Report Number …..040612.FN698HY.04 Item:  1930 ALPINA WITH HALLMARKED .800 SILVER WIRE LUG HINGED CASE WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1930 ALPINA WITH HALLMARKED .800 SILVER WIRE LUG HINGED CASE 26.5 X 29 MM W/O CROWN WITH ALPINA GRUEN GILDE 15J 761 WITH QUAD SQUARE STERLING SILVER & LEATHER WIRE LUG BRACELET TOTAL W/WATCH 8 INCHES FITS UP TO 7.8 INCHES

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $793.00


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READY TO WEAR
Restored & Serviced
NEAR MINT CONDITION
1930
ALPINA
WITH
HALLMARKED
.800
SILVER
WIRE LUG
HINGED CASE


26.5 X 29 MM
W/O CROWN

WITH

ALPINA
GRUEN GILDE
15J 761

WITH
QUAD SQUARE
STERLING SILVER
&
LEATHER
WIRE LUG BRACELET

TOTAL W/WATCH 8 INCHES

FITS UP TO 7.8 INCHES


 

PROVIDENCE

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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ALPINA
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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

 

 

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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
1930
761

{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").

CASE DESIGN
&
DESIGNER
WITH
HALLMARK INFO
FURTHER ON DOWN

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HINGED FLUTED CASE
IS
SOLID .800 SILVER
80% SILVER/20% COPPER

WHICH IS STRONGER
THEN
PURE OR STERLING
SILVER

26.5 X 29 MM
W/O CROWN

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WIRE LUGS
ARE

NOT JUST SOLDERED
BUT
DRILL THROUGH S
THAT
EXTEND INTO THE CASE
AND THEN ARE
SILVER SOLDERED
AT THE FACTORY

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WHITE DIAL
GOLD CENTER
BLACK AWESOME NUMERALS
BLACK OUTER SECONDS CHAPTER
GOLD SUB-SECONDS DIAL


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BRACELET
ALL STERLING SILVER
WITH
GOLD PLATED DRESSING

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BLACK ORIGINAL HANDS

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ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova



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THIS
AWESOME ALPINA
LOOKS GREAT WITH
THIS BRACELET

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UNDER HALOGEN WE LOSE
MUCH OF THE GOLD DEPTH


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UNDER HALOGEN WE LOSE
MUCH OF THE GOLD DEPTH

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A GREAT SHOT
SHOWING HINGED
SILVER
BRACELET

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NEW RIVETED LEATHER & BUCKLE

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CASE IS SIMPLY STUNNING


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PERFECT HINGES

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THERE ARE ONLY TWO PARTS

TOP OF CASE WITH CARVED BEZEL
AND
HINGED BOTTOM


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HALLMARKED
GERMAN CASE BACK

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B IN DOUBLE CIRCLE

 

Otto Bortenreuter
Dresden, Germany
active c.1900 - c.1940

0.800
80% SILVER


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GERMAN SILVER HALLMARK


BREVET
PATENT

DRGM
German - Registered Design

The acronym DRGM means Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster [and/or Deutsches Reich Gebrauchsmuster -Third Reich],  and stands for the design/function of an item being officially registered inside all of the Germany states and not just a single/local registration. DRGM registration was introduced in 1891 and continued to be utilized up until 1949 [during Allied occupation]. The registration was valid for three years. The DRGM registration offered a copyright protection for the duration of three years and included the right to indicate the item status by marking the registered items with the DRGM acronym. It was left to the registration owner to include the registration number as the DRGM marking alone was the element with legal character. The actual result of such a registration was called Gebrauchsmusterschutz. DRGM registered products were protected either for their way of intended use or design only without patent protection. Patent rights were secured by applying for a Deutsches Reichspatent.

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SERVICED
OVERHAULED
82 YEAR OLD
760/61
MOVEMENT

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INSTALLED
WITH RING AND SCREWS

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PERFECT RETORATION

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Alpina Gruen Guild 1929-1937

ALPINA
761
CA:1930

Features
manual wind
sub second
Monometalic Screw Balance

Data
8.75''', Dm= 19.4mm
H= 3.35mm
15 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 33h

[note on vintage watches actual reserve may vary]

 

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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT 
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