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Date/Report Number …..070113.LWWBPW ItemHELBROS OFFICERS WWII MILITARY ILLUMINATED WATCH

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Description of item:  VINTAGE HELBROS OFFICERS WWII MILITARY ILLUMINATED WATCH WITH ORIGINAL WOOD INNER AND CARDBOARD OUTER BOX WITH ETA 17 JEWEL HELBROS MODIFIED  MOVEMENT

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $895.00


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28.7 X 34 MM
W/O CROWN

HELBROS OFFICERS WWII MILITARY
ILLUMINATED WATYCH
WITH ORIGINAL
WOOD INNER
AND
CARDBOARD OUTER BOX
WITH ETA
17 JEWEL
HELBROS MODIFIED 
MOVEMENT


Equivalent In Size To A-11 Hacking Pilots Watch
THE LEFT IS AN ARMY-AIR CORPS ISSUED WWII A-11
WATCH ON RIGHT IS OFFICERS WWII HELBROS
NOTE SIZE!
HISTORIC WWII WATCH

WITH

Hand Made
LUXURY
Italian Turned Edges Padded
Hand Stitched
Genuine Lizard Black Strap

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[1917 HELBROS WWI RED CROSS MILITARY WATCH]

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[1940 HELBROS WWII RED CROSS MILITARY WATCH]

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HELBROS WWII WATCH BOX INSERT
WHEN THIS WATCH WAS ORIGINALLY OFFERED A BOX WITH WAR BOND COVER
LIKE THAT ABOVE WAS MISPLACED AND COULD NOT BE LOCATED.
WHAT A BUMMER - BUT IT WAS FOUND AND IS NOW INCLUDED

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. Helbros 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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FROM NON-COM TO OFFICER

FROM NON-COM TO OFFICER WAS THE REASON AND CAUSE FOR THIS WATCH TO FIND IT'S WAY TO GEORGIA. DURING WORLD WAR TWO, CHARLES E LOWE, SERVICE NUMBER 0-1531245,  WAS PROMOTED FROM SERGEANT TO SECOND LIEUTENANT IN [APRIL TO JUNE] 1943.

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THE ORIGINAL CASE BACK IS SIGNED

Charles E Lowe
O-1531245
[YOU CAN SEE IT IS AN "O" AND NOT A "D" FROM THE "O" ON LOWE]
N TO C - 1943
[NON-COM TO COMMISSIONED]

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THE LEFT IS AN ARMY-AIR CORPS ISSUED WWII A-11
WATCH ON RIGHT IS OFFICERS WWII HELBROS

THE STYLE & DETAILS OF THE DIAL, THE SOLID STEEL CASE WITH RECESSED CROWN, AND THE HELBROS MOD ETA SUB-REGISTER MOVEMENT AND OTHER FINE DETAILS DEMONSTRATE THAT THIS HELBROS IS ABOVE THE HELBROS STANDARD MILITARY ISSUE [SOLD DIRECTLY TO SOLDIERS THOUGH WWII ADVERTISEMENTS] . 

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WE LOVE THESE HELBROS WATCHES
ESPECIALLY WWII
THIS RARE WONDER HAS ONE OF THE BEST
RADIUM 24 HR DIALS

**RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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AND IT COME WITH A WWII SAVINGS BOND WOOD WATCH BOX
WITH 101ST - 5O6TH   A/B 1943 - 1944 MARKINGS ON BACK

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AND A HELBROS OUTER BOX ALL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

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WE HAVE  A **RADIUM DIAL

OUTLINED IN WHITE
WITH RAISED ILLUMINATED NUMBERS
INNER SILVER WHITE LINE
WITH
24 HOUR TIME


**RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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A DOUBLE OUTER LINE
WITH
MINUTE CHAPTER SLASHES
WITH
NUMERAL STYLE SUB-SECONDS REGISTER

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THE ALL STEEL CASE MEANT QUALITY
ESPECIALLY WHEN WWII RATIONING WAS THE LAW

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WHITE ILLUMINATE HANDS
REFINISHED JUST LIKE THE RADIUM HAD BEEN

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NOTE THE PUSH THROUGH IN LUGS

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THIS ENGRAVING IS DATED 1943
THE INFO IS DEFINITELY MILITARY
IT IS DEFINITELY A HIGH GRADE EXPENSIVE TIME PIECE
AND IT REPRESENTS AN AWESOME AND RARE TIME PIECE

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ATTACHED IS AN AWESOME
ITALIAN
HAND MADE
AND
STITCHED
TURNED EDGES
BLACK
GENUINE LIZARD
WRIST STRAP

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WHAT A LOOK

BROWN OR HABANA IS AVAILABLE
PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU REQUEST A DIFFERENT COLOR
SHIPPING MAY BE DELAYED FOR A DAY IF COLOR IS NOT IN STOCK

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EVEN KEEPERS ARE STITCHED

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BLACK FITS THIS STAINLESS CASE WELL

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SIGNED

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ALL RADIUM REMOVED PROFESSIONALLY
AND RE-ILLUMINATION WITH SAFE AF-LUMINOVA

**RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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HERE SHE IS JUST RE-ILLUMINATED

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CASE REFINISHED
MOST
DENTS SCRATCHES AND MARS
REMOVED

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WAITING FOR FINAL CLEANING

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CASE BACK DETAILED LIKE ORIGINAL
SIGNED HELBROS

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HELBROS WATCH CO
SWISS
STAINLESS
SERIAL

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CLEANED AND ASSEMBLED

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MOVEMENT WITH DIAL INSTALLED

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STEM CROWN INSTALLED

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READY FOR STRAP, TOP BEZEL AND CRYSTAL

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STAMPED ETA

NOTE:
WE JUST [1/15/13] REPLACED THE CANON PINION.
IT FITS OVER THE CENTER PINION THAT YOU SEE IN CENTER

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IT WAS CAUSING HARD TIME SETTING. SO EXPECT
A NICE TIGHT NEW FEEL WHEN SETTING TIME, BUT NOT
SO TIGHT THAT IT LEAVES MARKS ON YOUR THUMB! LOL

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 ETA 935
1943
Features
manual wind
sub second

Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm, Do= 26.0mm
H= 3.5mm
F= 1.3mm
T= 1.7mm
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 43h

 

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NOTE THAT THIS ETA 935 VERSION IS NOT MODIFIED

 

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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THE APRIL 14 1943 WAS ORIGINALLY PLACED IN THE BOX 1943
THERE IS A HEAVY IMPRESSION LEFT BY THE PEN USED.
IT LOOKS LIKE

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ALL INTERNAL FABRIC IS ORIGINAL

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HARD WOOD BOX IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION SO ARE HINGES

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THERE IS A SMALL CRACK TOP COVER FRONT ON FAR RIGHT

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1681245 [SERVICE # W/O "O"] 1943
DATE MARKS
506TH WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE A DICE
JUNE 6 1944
JUNE 7/11 1944
CHARLES
101 AB

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