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Date/Report Number …..032613.FN2144HY.04 Item:  WWII FREE FRENCH HELBROS DOCTOR/NURSE SWEEP SECONDS WRIST WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1935 - 1941 WWII FREE FRENCH HELBROS DOCTOR/NURSE SWEEP SECONDS WRIST WATCH 27 x 34 mm W/O CROWN WITH HAND MADE HAVANA TURNED EDGES LIZARD STRAP WITH 1935/1941 FHF 150 [SWEEPS MODIFIED] MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $595.00


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1935 - 1941
WWII
FREE FRENCH
HELBROS
DOCTOR/NURSE
SWEEP SECONDS
WRIST WATCH

27 x 34 mm

W/O CROWN

WITH

HAND MADE
HAVANA
TURNED EDGES
LIZARD STRAP
[49.95]

WITH

1935/1941
FHF
150
[SWEEPS MODIFIED]
MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT

 

HELBROS
WWII HISTORY

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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.

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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WWII WOMAN IN ACTION [1917 WWI RED CROSS MILITARY WATCH]


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THE FRENCH MILITARY & FREE FRENCH FORCE
1939-1945

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Flag of France

Standard Kingdom of France

Free French Cross of Lorraine,

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Free French  "RF" emblem. Free French Naval Ensign French flag w/Cross of Lorraine,

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FREE FRENCH WWII

France, along with the United Kingdom, was one of the first participants in World War II after declaring war on Germany following its invasion of Poland in 1939. After the Phony War from 1939 to 1940, the Germans conducted a brilliant campaign in the Low Countries and, in the Battle of France, managed to inflict defeat on the Allied forces. France formally surrendered to Germany and Italyƒ¢â€š¬â‚�who invaded in late campaignƒ¢â€š¬â‚�on 25 June 1940, and a collaborationist government, the French State, was established. On 18 June 1940, as an answer to Pƒ’‚©tain's own June 17 appeal to "cease the fight" and to obey him on the French national radio, Charles de Gaulle gave a memorable speech to the French people on the English speaking London emitting BBC Radio, telling them that "France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war" (the battle of France and World War II respectively). De Gaulle did not recognize the legitimacy of the Vichy government and went on to found the Free France (La France Libre) as the true government of France.

France and the United Kingdom were the first to declare war after Germany invaded Poland in 1939. In a lightening, successful campaign from the Low Countries to the  Battle of France, Germany inflicted defeat on the Allied forces [FRANCE-BRITIAN-BELGIUM].  France surrendered in June of 1940 and formed a collaborating government -- headed by  Pƒ’‚©tain -- titled "The French State" and known as the Vichy government. Right after the French Government surrender,Pƒ’‚©tain went on French National Radio to appeal to units still battling the Germans to obey him and "cease the fight". Within days of Pƒ’‚©tain's speech, Charles de Gaulle, a French officer who would become a Free French Brigadier General and then French President after the war, with the backing of Winston Churchill, gave what would become a historical speech to the French people on BBC Radio. De Gaulle focused on bolstering French pride by informing his fellow citizens that "France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war".

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DE GAUL

Once again, with backing of Winston Churchill, he formed both the Free France Government (La France Libre) and the Free French Forces [NOTE: PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND STALIN DID NOT HAVE ANY CONFIDENCE IN NOR DID THEY BACK DE GAUL- YET DE GAULE WOULD TRIUMPH.]

The Free French forces included soldiers rescued from Dunkirk as well as units of the Foreign Legion. Free French Generals recruited additional Free French forces from the French Colonial Empire. They chose French Nationals & Natives from tropical African colonies. French Algeria and Morocco supplied men from their native populations. Senegal in French West Africa provided conscripts. Even Tahitians were recruited and served with distinction. With Allied success in the French Colonial strong-hold of North Africa, the Free French troop strength grew. De Gaulle rallied of the Army of Africa and pursued the fight against the Axis in multiple campaigns until the Free French Forces would have the opportunity to participate in the invasion of Italy and assist in the occupation of France and Germany. In fact, the battles fought during WWII in Italy included *120,000 French Colonial Forces that made history and were, in many cases, the major difference in the defeat of the Germans in Italy. 1/4 of the forces died or were injured, 2000 went missing in action.  . 

Capitaine de corvette Thierry d'Argenlieu

Georges Thierry d'Argenlieu was a priest, diplomat and French Navy officer and important co-founder and leader in the Free French Government & Forces. Eventually he became an  admiral in charge of French Colonial Administration in Indochina. It was  Georges Thierry d'Argenlieu who suggested the adoption of the Cross of Lorraine as a symbol of the Free French, both to recall the perseverance of Joan of Arc, whose symbol it had been, and as an answer to the Na-zi swas-tika. In July 1940, Vice Admiral ƒ’â‚°mile Muselier, chief of the naval and air forces of the Free French, created the bow flag displaying the French colors with a red cross of Lorraine, and a cockade, which also featured the cross of Lorraine On 23 October 1944, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union officially recognized De Gaulle's Free French as the provisional government of France; which would become the Fourth Republic in 1946.   The French, both free and collaborating, had 1,250,000 troops in 10 divisions when the war ended in May of 1945. During the course of the war, French military losses totaled 212,000 dead, of which 92,000 were killed through the end of the EUROPEAN campaign of 1940, 58,000 from 1940 to 1945 in other campaigns, 24,000 lost while serving in the French resistance, and a further *38,000 lost while serving with the German Army.

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THIS
FREE FRENCH
HELBROS
WRIST WATCH
WAS DESIGNED WITH A RARE
AT THIS TIME
SWEEPS SECOND HAND

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HELBROS MADE 15 NURSE DOCTOR MODELS
THAT WE HAVE RESTORED
THIS IS ONE OF THE FANCY MODELS
NOTE THAT NO ILLUMINATION IS PRESENT


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IN ADDITION
GOLD NUMERALS & HANDS
RED SWEEP SECONDS
AND
A REALLY AWESOME
SWEEP SECONDS CHAPTER RING
IN METALLIC FINISH

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WITHOUT A DOUBT
IT FITS BOTH MEN AND WOMAN
ITS SMALL SIZE COMPARES WITH HAMILTON ELGIN LONGINES WALTHAM
AND MANY MANY OTHER DRESS & PROFESSIONAL WRIST WATCHES
THAT WERE SOLD FROM 1929 TO 1949

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THE CASE AND CASE BACK ARE
STAINLESS STEEL
VERY RARE

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MOST SIMILAR WRIST WATCHES WERE
EITHER
GOLD FILLED
OR
ROLLED GOLD PLATE

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STAINLESS STEEL BOTH WAS RARE AND EXPENSIVE
IN FACT T WAS  USED ON ONLY THE FINEST
PROFESSIONAL WRIST WATCHES
GALLET LONGINES ROLEX
AND THE OCCASIONAL FEW TOP MODELS IN A PARTICULAR BRAND
LIKE BUMPER AUTOMATICS WHICH COST PLENTY IN THOSE TIMES ;

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ANOTHER FACT
IN THE OLDEN DAYS
GOLD FILLED AND ROLLED GOLD
WERE OVERALL CHEAPER TO PRODUCE
THAN STAINLESS STEEL
ALMOST 50% OF OLD POCKETS WERE GOLD FILLED!

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CONDITION IS FINE TO NEAR MINT

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THIS IS WHAT WE OFFER THIS STRAP AT
IF YOU DESIRE A LESS COSTLY
LET US KNOW

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NOW
OF ALL THE STRAPS
THIS ONE IS SUPER NICE
THE LIZARD IS NOT CHEAP
HAND MADE
TURNED EDGES
IT HAS THE MOST FANTASTIC GRAINING!
AND IT MATCHES THE PERIOD
ESPECIALLY THE COLOR
HAVANA
[AS IN CUBA]

AT THE TIME
THE SECOND [ AFTER PARIS ] MOST POPULAR CITY IN THE WORLD.
IT WAS THE SECOND STOP BEFORE ANY OTHER CITY
FOR THE WEALTHY AND PROMINENT

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STEEL CASE BACK IS SUPER
NOTE THE CROSS CASE DESIGN!

YES, THAT WAS INTENTIONAL!

 

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DID I NOT SAY BEAUTIFUL
HAND PICKED
HAND MADE
TURNED EDGES
HAVANA?

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REMEMBER THE OLD
ALLIGATOR BAGS?
THE BAGS WITH THE ALLIGATOR HEAD?
MANY OF THOSE EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE
BAGS WERE MADE IN CUBA!

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THE QUALITY OF THIS STRAP HAS NO BETTER
LOOK AT IT!
WHEN YOU WEAR THIS BEAUTY PEOPLE WILL STOP YOU AND ASK
WHERE DID YOU GET THAT WATCH FROM!

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PERFECT FOR THIS AWESOME
EXTREMELY RARE
HELBROS
DOCTOR - NURSE
WRIST WATCH

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ROCK WAS SAVING THIS BEAUTY
DENISE GRABBED IT WHEN HE WAS NOT LOOKING!
TOMORROW HE WILL GET T THE STUDIO
LOOK AT MY PLACING THIS
AND HAVE A FIT!

LOL
TOO LATE!

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NOTE CRYSTAL IS WET IN PIC

TWO ITEMS BEFORE WE CONTINUE

1- ROCK DECIDED TO KEEP THE ORIGINAL GLASS CRYSTAL
DUE TO THE FACT IT ONLY HAS A FEW BLEMISHES
DESIGNED IN A COMPLICATED WAY,
ONLY A PLASTIC CRYSTAL IS AVAILABLE
THE GLASS IS SO MUCH BETTER!

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THERE ARE A FEW MARS,
LIKE THE A SLIGHT MAR ABOVE THE "6" ?

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NOTE A NEW CLUTCH

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WHEN ROCK OVERHAULED THE MOVEMENT HE
REPLACED THE CLUTCH WHEEL, IT MAY FEEL ODD BUT IT IS
JUST A NEW CLUTCH WINDING OLD WHEELS THAT HAVE WORN
IN OVER THE YEARS A MINUTE AMOUNT OF GREASE WAS
PLACED ON THE SETTING SIDE TO ABSORB ANY MINUTE WEAR
THAT WILL OCCUR AS IT WEARS IN. IT WILL NOT EFFECT
NOR HARM THE WATCH

 

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HELBROS WATCH CO
7 SEVEN JEWELS
82
SWISS

FHF 150-1
ca. 1935/1941
Used In  Gallet & Co, Watches 1935

Features
manual wind
sweep second

Data
7 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 43h

 

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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