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Date/Report Number …..010613.FN21HY.04 Item:  HELVETIA 1944 WWII RIGHT HAND
[MADE FOR THE LEFT HANDED] MILITARY WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE RADIUM DIALED HELVETIA 1944 WWII RIGHT HAND
[MADE FOR THE LEFT HANDED] MILITARY WATCH

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $675.00


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RADIUM DIALED
HELVETIA
1944
WWII
RIGHT HAND
[MADE FOR THE LEFT HANDED]
MILITARY WATCH

**
RADIUM PROFESSIONALLY REMOVED
AND
RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

30 X 37
W/O CROWN

WITH

1944
Helvetia
AS 1194
GENERAL WATCH CO
MOD AS 1194
17 JEWELS
CENTER SWEEPS SECONDS

WITH

RARE
SPEIDEL
WHITE GOLD FILLED
AND
STAINLESS STEEL
VINTAGE WATCH BAND

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Helvetia, General Watch Co, Bienne, Reconvilier, Tramelan, Vienna

1880: Foundation of La Generale Watch Co / General Watch Co by the company Louis Brandt & Fils (Omega) for manufacturing cylinder watches and genuine Helvetia calibres with enhanced quality lever movements.

1885: Transfer of the trade mark Helvetia from Louis Brandt & Fils to the new La Generale Watch Co.

1968: Acquisition of the movement factory Helvetia SA in Reconvilier by the SGT. (Societe des Garde-Temps SA). The watch factory Montres Helvetia SA in Bienne remained independent.

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MILITARY WATCH OR NOT
THERE WERE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF SOLDIERS DURING WWI AND WWII. ONLY A FRACTION WERE PROVIDED WITH MILITARY ISSUE WATCHES. THE WATCH INDUSTRY TOOK NOTICE OF THIS FACT AND PRODUCED AND MARKETED MILITARY DESIGNED WATCHES DIRECTLY TO TROOPS.

MILITARY DESIGN
THE TEN YEAR PERIOD BETWEEN 1938 AND 1948 SAW THE UNIQUE STYLE OF MILITARY WATCHES SWEEP THE GLOBE. THE DEIGNS INCLUDED 29 TO 34 MM CASES, SCREW ON BACKS THAT AFFORDED SOME WATER PROTECTION, SHOCK ABSORBERS IN 15 AND 17 JEWELED MOVEMENTS. THE DIALS WERE ALSO REVAMPED TO WHITE OR BLACK WITH, IN SOME CASES, TWO TONE COLORS. THEY HAD OUTLINED RAISED RADIUM NUMBERS AND MOST HAD SWEEP SECONDS WITH OUTER CHAPTER RINGS AND LUMED HANDS AND IN MANY MODELS A RED OR CONTRASTING COLOR SWEEP SECOND HAND.

 

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THE ABOVE 1942 ADVERT FOR GRUEN SHOWS EIGHT
SPECIFIC MODELS FOR EIGHT SPECIFIC BRANCHES OF
THE US ARMED/DEFENSE FORCES .

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THE ABOVE PICTURE IS FROM 1914. IT SHOWS THE SALE OF ARMY TRENCH WRIST WATCHES AND KICHENER LEATHER MILITARY STRAPS. IT IS PHOTOS LIKE THIS ONE THAT DEMONSTRATE THAT MORE MILITARY DESIGNED WATCHES WERE MADE AND SOLD DIRECTLY TO CIVILIAN AND MILITARY PERSONAL THAN THOSE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT.


 

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:NOTE:
THIS WATCH IS WORN ON RIGHT HAND WRIST
MADE FOR A LEFT HANDED PERSON

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PERFECTION

THIS RESTORED CASE WITH
ORIGINAL CROWN CLEAN LUGS
NEW CRYSTAL ILLUMINATED DIAL
ILLUMINATED HANDS RED SWEEPS
DI CASE BACK IS AWESOME

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WHITE GOLD FILLED & STAINLESS
WATCH BAND

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SILVER DIAL
BLACK SECONDS MARKED SWEEPS CHAPTER
BLACK OUTLINED RAISED **RADIUM NUMERALS
RED 24HR MILITARY TIME

NEW CRYSTAL SEALED WITH UV CEMENT

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**RADIUM PROFESSIONALLY REMOVED
AND

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

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FACTORY LIKE REFINISHING

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CASE IS IN GREAT CONDITION

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HAND STRIPPED TO BASE
HAND  DETAILED
COPPER PLATED
THEN
NICKEL FINISH

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LARGE CROWN IS ORIGINAL WITH DEEP COUNTER SINK
TO MATCH THE ORIGINAL CROWN TUBE
WHITE GOLD FILLED BAND


LABELED ROLLED GOLD PLATE OR GOLD FILLED

THE BAND ON THIS WONDERFUL HEVETIA IS WHITE GOLD FILLED. WHICH MEANS A SHEET OF WHITE GOLD IS BONDED TO A BASE METAL AND ROLLED THROUGH A MIL WHERE IT COMPRESSES AND REDUCES THE THICKNESS. THEN CASES AND PARTS ARE EITHER HAND MADE OR MACHINE STAMPED OUT OF THESE SHEETS.

THIS IS WHY POCKET WATCHES OVER 100 YEARS OF AGE EXIST WITH THE GOLD STILL COVERING THE BASE; EVEN WHEN THE CASES ARE GUARANTEED FOR, SAY, 20 YEARS.

THESE VINTAGE GOLD FILLED WATCH BANDS RETAIL AT 79.00 TO 139.00 DEPENDING ON RARITY SUCH AS THIS BANDS CURVED LUG ENDS..


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WHITE GOLD FILLED

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WHITE GOLD FILLED

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HAND COMPOSITION

HANDS INCLUDE
ORIGINAL
STEEL **RADIUM INSERT
HOUR HAND AND MINUTE HAND

EACH RE-ILLUMINATED

SECONDS IS ORIGINAL RED SWEEPS
W/BLACK TIP

**RADIUM PROFESSIONALLY REMOVED
AND
RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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NEARLY 70 EAR OLD CASE IS AWESOME

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THE COPPER WWI INFANTRY HQ CASE BACK

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1ST ID GEN PERSHING
IS EVEN GREATER

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AN EXCELLENT WEARABLE INVESTMENT


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INCLUDES A RARE
$80.00
VINTAGE

WHITE GOLD FILLED
AND
STAINLESS STEEL
CURVED ENDS FLEX BAND

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A STYLED VINTAGE LOOK

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AWESOME DIAL

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RE-ILLUMINATED HANDS DRYING IN THE 85 WATT UV OVEN

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

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WWI
SOLID COPPER INFANTRY
HEAD QUARTERS
DI
MOUNTED ON
STEEL CASE BACK

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MOVEMENT PARTS DISASSEMBLED

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AS 1194
CA. 1944: MOG,
General Watch Company
HELBROS-HELVETIA
Swiss, 17 Jewels -
Incabloc
manual wind
center sweep second
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 43h