|Date/Report Number ..011313.FN21HY.04 Item: RE-ILLUMINATED TRENCH WATCH WITH LEATHER MILITARY STRAP|
|Description of item: VINTAGE WWII HELBROS CHRONOGRAPH RECTANGULAR PUSHERS TRIPLE CASED LANDERON 48 CAM
SWITCHED 17 JEWEL 60/30 WITH
BROWN LEATHER STRAP AND STAINLESS DEPLOYMENT & ORIGINAL HELBROS WWII FIGHT FOR VICTORY WOOD WATCH BOX
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1264.00
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BROWN LEATHER STRAP
FIGHT FOR VICTORY
WOOD WATCH BOX
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.
ORIGINAL Helbros Wood Chrono Case w/War Bonds Samps Insert.
A box insert was placed in wood watch boxes for what was then an amazing Pilots Chronograph. Helbros created the FIRST Landeron based Pilots Chronograph using the same movement as a host of other major high end watch brands [Baume et Mercier, Breitling, Movado, Leonidas and Titus] all competing for a share of the growing US Army Air Corps business--eventually setting up shops outside many of the hundreds of new Army Air Corps bases as well as the Army Air Force bases that began appearing in 1941.
THUS, AS STATED, THE SUCCESSFUL HELBROS EFFORTS FORMED THE FOUNDATION FOR TREMENDOUS SALES THAT INCLUDED A WIDE VARIETY OF THE USA WATCH NEEDY PROFESSIONS: FROM NURSES, MEDICS, DOCTORS, OFFICE WORKERS AND BOMBER PILOTS, TO THOSE COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE US LEND-LEASE PROGRAM.
THESE EFFORTS WOULD NEARLY CAUSE A SCANDAL INVOLVING HELBROS, THE GERMANS AND THE SOVIET UNION. MONEY WOULD DEVELOP DEVELOPED FOR A WHILE, AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE BELOW SCREEN SHOT
extract from a book about Helbros and money "channeling" in WW2:
HELBROS, WITH THE INDUSTRIES LARGEST RADIO AND PRINT ADVERTISING DEPARTMENTS, THEIR WASHINGTON AND CAPITOL CONTACTS AND INDUSTRY POWER, WOULD BECOME ONE OF THE LOUDEST PROMOTERS OF WAR BONDS AND STAMPS AND..
EVEN AS THE WAR WOUND DOWN, HELBROS KEPT THEIR EYES ON THE PRISE BY CONVERTING THEIR MARKING PROGRAM BACK TO THE POPULOUS WITH THE FIRST EVER RADIO QUIZ PROGRAM!
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
HELBROS PILOTS CHRONOGRAPH
THIS HELBROS IS ONE OF THE FIRST OF THE FIRST SERIES OF HELBROS ASSEMBLED WWII PILOTS CHRONOGRAPHS. ROCK PURCHASED IT NOT RUNNING FOR $250.00 ON ETSY FOUR YEARS AGO. IT HAD SIMPLY RESTED IN IT'S WWII WOOD BOX IN A HUNDRED PIECES UNTIL THIS WEEK. NORMALLY ROCK PLACES 4 + NEW PIECES ONLINE EVERY FRIDAY., BUT IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE WWII ESTATE WATCHES HE IS OVERHAULING AND RESTORING, THEN YOU KNOW TIME HAS BEEN TIGHT. IN ANY CASE, HE DECIDED TO RESTORE THIS HELBROS TO AT LEAST ADD ONE NEW PIECE.. BUT IT WAS A VIRTUAL WAR WITH TIME AND THE PARTS THAT WERE REQUIRED!.
ABOVE PIC WITHOUT THE 30 M COUNTER HAND
WE HAVE 35000 PICS OF OUR WORKS ONLINE. INCLUDED ARE
POSSIBLY 18 WWII HELBROS CHRONOS -MOST SIGNED "MEPA" BECAUSE THEY WERE
NOTE RECTANGULAR PUSHERS
UNLIKE THIS ORIGINAL FIRST RUN HELBROS BUILT WWII PILOTS CHRONO, , THE CONTRACTED "MEPA" CHRONOGRAPHS THAT WERE ORDERED BY HELBROS WHEN THE US WAS CREATING THE "ARMY AIR FORCE" FROM THE ARMY AIR CORPS AND INCREASING ITS PLANES, BASES AND PERSONAL TO THE INCREDIBLE SIZE IT WOULD BECOME, WERE ACCOMPLISHED WITH COLORED DIALS AND TWO PIECE CASES
NOTE: ALL OF ROCKS ILLUMINATION AND RESTORATIONS ARE MINTY. BUT WHEN HE DISCOVERS A TIME PIECE WITH HISTORY, HE WILL LEAVE OR RE-CREATE
MANY OF THE FLAWS, SUCH AS THE BLEED ON THE HOUR & MINUTE HAND.
I DOUBT HE WILL CHANGE IT. HE SAYS SMALL IMPERFECTIONS PROVIDE AUTHENTICITY
BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE ARMY AIR FORCE AND THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INCREASES IN MEN MACHINES AND BASES, HELBROS BUILT THEIR OWN CHRONOGRAPH TO SELL TO AVIATORS WITH THEY HAD A "HELBROS" SIGNED LANDERON CHRONOGRAPH MOVEMENT [ LIKE JERREL , BREITLING, CAPRI AND SOLAR].
WITH THE RAPIDLY INCREASING WWII ESTATE RESTORATIONS ROCK HAS BEEN SLOWED DOWN TO THIS OFFER AND ONLY ONE NEW OFFER LAST WEEK!
CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE A RARE ESTATE PIECE
THE ILLUMINATED NUMERALS AND HANDS WERE RESTORED WITH SOME AREAS LIKE HANDS WITH A TASTE OF AGE. THE RED MINUTE COUNTER HAND IS ORIGINAL, BUT THE TIP WAS CORRODED AND HAD TO BE SHORTENED BEFORE PAINTING,
WOOD BOX IS BRANDED "USAAC" "B-17" AND "1944
THIS WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SERIOUS MODELS THAT WERE PROMOTED TO AVIATORS WITH TRIPLE CASE --BEZEL, CASE, CASE BACK--, MATT WHITE DIAL, AND SIMPLE BLACK AND GREY CHAPTERS, SWEEPS, COUNTERS AND REGISTERS.
BOX IN IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
THE BOX IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
WHILE THE WATCH HAS RECTANGULAR PUSHERS AND A LANDERON MOVEMENT, LIKE THE MEPA BUILT MODELS, THE ORIGINAL HELBROS BUILT VERSIONS DID NOT HAVE A TRIPLE COLOR DIAL OR TWO PIECE CASE: STANDARD IN THE MEPA CONTRACTED VERSIONS.
STRAP IS A STRAP
ROCK HAS FURTHER IDEAS BUT
PLACED THIS NICE 22MM STRAP
ON THE WATCH
WITH STEEL DEPLOYMENT IT LOOKS GREAT
BUT ROCK IS LOOKING FOR A WWII STRAP. NOT REMADE, BUT GENUINE
PRICE OF COURSE WILL BE MORE
CASE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
STEEL SIGNED CASE BACK
CASE LOW CARBON WWII STEEL
NOTE HOW ROCK CUT THE STRAP
22MM TO FIT 20MM
SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS
13.75''', Dm= 31mm
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 42h
SETS & WINDS
FLY BACK OPERATES
MINUTE REGISTER OPERATES