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Date/Report Number …..022612R5BY.04 Item:  1933 GERMAN ALPINA SILVER  MILITARY CONVERSION
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1933 GERMAN ALPINA .800 SILVER NEAR MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION POCKET WATCH CONVERSION SIGNED CASE MOVEMENT DIAL WITH GILDED 15 JEWEL ALPINA 277A MOVEMENT CASE IS 49 MM ACROSS 63 MM LUG TO LUG 58 MM W/CROWN WITH VINTAGE ROCK TREATED AND CONDITIONED LEATHER STRAP FITS 6 TO 8.5    CONDITION  MINT.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $975.00


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1933
GERMAN
ALPINA
.800 SILVER
NEAR MINT
ORIGINAL CONDITION
POCKET WATCH CONVERSION
SIGNED CASE MOVEMENT DIAL

WITH

GILDED
15 JEWEL
ALPINA
277A
MOVEMENT

CASE IS
49 MM ACROSS
63 MM LUG TO LUG
58 MM W/CROWN

WITH

VINTAGE
ROCK
TREATED AND CONDITIONED
LEATHER STRAP
FITS
6 TO 8.5


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.    

 WWI

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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THIS OFFER IS FOR ONE
GERMAN ALPINA
POCKET WATCH CONVERSION
WITH
ORIGINAL AWESOME
NEAR MINT
ALPINA LOGO
DIAL

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DIAL HAS
LIGHT YELLOW
DOUBLE SUNK DIAL

THE BASE RAISED RING
IS SMOOTH & EVEN COLORED
WITHOUT FADING
RAISED BLACK FANCY NUMERALS RUN THE RAISED RING
AN OUTER BLACK SECONDS DOT
PUNCTUATED BY
24 HOUR
MILITARY TIME
13 THRU 24
COMPLETES THE RING

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THE FIRST STRIPED SUNKEN CIRCLE IS LAID IN CENTER
IT FEATURES THIN TRIPLE LINE COLUMNS
AND
SMALL ROUND DOTS OUTLINING THE CIRCLE
BELOW NUMERAL 12 IS THE
OFFICIAL ALPINA LOGO
IN
BLACK

A SECOND DEEPER SMOOTH CLEAR CIRCLE
WHERE THE NUMERAL 6 WOULD BE
COMPLETES THE DIAL

IN THIS CLEAR CIRCLE RESIDES THE SUB-SECONDS REGISTER
NEAT CLEAR "109" SECONDS NUMERALS ARE PLACED IN
A BLACK BOXED OUTER RING
10 THROUGH 60
A CHECKERED INNER RING COMPLETES THE REGISTER
WITH
BLACK STEEL SECOND HAND

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THE ORIGINAL
GERMAN ALPINA
INSTALLED
BLACK STEEL
HOUR & MINUTE
HANDS

WERE UPDATED WITH
AF LUMINOVA ILLUMINATION

ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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THE AMAZING FACT IS THAT
THIS NEAR MINT
1933 ALPINA
MILITARY CONVERSION
DID NOT REMAIN IN A
GERMAN HOUSEHOLD
CHERISHED & CARED FOR
FOR  MANY YEARS
WHY?
IT ARRIVED IN THE USA AS WAR BOOTY
BUT THEN WAS SO WELL CARED FOR
THE ORIGINAL
DOMED WITH FLAT CENTER
CRYSTAL
IS STILL ON THIS BEAUTY!


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ORIGINAL
AND
AN EXCELLENT INVESTMENT

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THIS 1933 ALPINIA
SPORTS A RARE UNSIGNED
SILVER HINGED CASE BACK
IN AN ART NOUVEAU STYLE
OR IT WOULD BE PLASTIC
OR NONE AT ALL

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THOUGH A WIRE LUG STRAP WILL
FIT THIS ALPINA, ROCK CHOSE A
VINTAGE LEATHER CUFF STYLE
STRAP THAT IS AWESOME

ANY 16 TO 18 MM WIRE LUG STRAP
WILL FIT THIS BEAUTY


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THIS STRAP DELIVERS THE LOOK OF WWII

A GERMAN SOLDIER WAS ACTUALLY
WEARING THIS DURING WWII.

IT ORIGINATED IN GERMANY
WAS PURCHASED IN GERMANY
WAS TAKEN AS WAR BOOTY  1945/46

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DOUBLE TONGUE WITH ROLLER BUCKLE

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THIS STRAP WAS COMPLETELY OVERHAULED
JUST LIKE THE ALPINA IT CARRIES
PLEASE WEAR IT SOME BEFORE
WEARING WITH A WHITE SHIRT...
THE FINISH IS SOLID BUT SOME
COLOR MAY BLEED FOR THE FIRST
5 TO 10 WEARS..

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HERE YOU CAN SEE THE DIAL
SEE HOW THE OUTER RING LIFTS TOWARDS CENTER?
SEE HOW THE CENTER THEN SINKS DOWN?

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WELL

THE CRYSTAL FOLLOWS THESE DETAILS!
IT DOMES FROM THE SILVER BEZEL
THEN FLATTENS IN THE MIDDLE

ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE THE DIAL

SEE.. WE TRY AND DELIVER DETAILS
WE TRY AND DELIVER AWESOME

VINTAGE WATCHES 
RESTORED IN AMERICA

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WE HAD TO UTILIZE THIS BEAUTY
!

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NEW RIVETS WERE UTILIZED

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STRAP HAS NO BREAKS OR ALMOST BREAKS
TEARS OR WEAR THAT CAN BREAK
OUTSIDE OF NATURAL POSITIVE WEAR


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THIS PIC TAKEN BEFORE CLEAN UP
THE CASE HAS A
TWO PIECE HINGED CASE BACK

THE OUTER CASE BACK
HAS THE SAME LOGO AS DIAL

ALPINIA LOGO
0.800
[80% SILVER]
108677

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THE CASE BACK EDGE IS SUPER
  MATCHING THE CASE BACK DESIGN

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THE
THICK DOMED WITH FLAT CENTER
GLASS CRYSTAL

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THE
THICK DOMED WITH FLAT CENTER
GLASS CRYSTAL

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USING ULTRA VIOLET CRYSTAL CEMENT

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1933
Alpina
277A
Stem Wind & Set
Sub Second
18.5''', Dm= 41.0mm
H= 4.15mm
15 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
PowerReserve 33h
Bimetallic ScrewBalance
Breguet Hairspring,

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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