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Date/Report Number …..022612.FN698HY.04 Item:  1942-17-JEWEL-WALTHAM-ORD- DEPT-MILITARY-WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE WWII FREE FRENCH FORCES HELBROS W ORIGINAL CROSSED RIFLES BOX

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $879.00


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1940 - 1941
WWII
FREE FRENCH FORCES
HELBROS
WRIST WATCH

32 x 39
mm
W/O CROWN

WITH

DARK BROWN HAND MADE
CROC GRAIN LEATHER STRAP
18MM
9.4 INCH
7 3/4 INCH WEAR

WITH

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

OVERHAULED ORIGINAL
15 JEWEL
MANUAL WIND
SEIKOSHA MOVEMENT

WITH

RARE
RESTORED ORIGINAL
JAPANESE
LEATHER STRAP

 

WITH

ORIGINAL RARE NAVAL BADGE

AND

SUPER RARE
WWII HELBROS
RIFLE WATCH BOX

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Cross of Lorraine

The Cross of Lorraine was the 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 Nazi swastika
. THe naval and air forces of the Free French had a bow flag displaying the French colors with a red cross of Lorraine, and a cockade, which also featured the cross of Lorraine

 


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HELBROS
WWII HISTORY

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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.

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

THUS, AS STATED, THE SUCCESSFUL HELBROS EFFORTS FORMED THE FOUNDATION FOR TREMENDOUS SALE
S 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


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AWESOME DIAL
RE-ILLUMINATED RAISED NUMBERS
SIGNED
HELBROS
INCABLOC
NON-MAGNETIC
WATERPROOF

NOTE THE BLACK ON GOLD SWEEPS SECOND HAND CHAPTER
RED DIAMOND TAIL ARROW SWEEP SECOND HAND


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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

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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..

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NOTE THE CROSS OF LORRAINE.
THIS IS FIRST HELBROS WITH BLACK CROSS
MOST WERE RED

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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

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CASE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION


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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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WE CHOSE BROWN GATOR/CROC GRAIN LEATHER  YOU MAY REQUEST DIFFERENT COLOR OR STRAP
BE SURE YOU DO BEFORE YOU INVEST

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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 Italy—who invaded in late campaign—on 25 June 1940, and a collaborationist government, the
French State, was established. On 18 June 1940, as an answer to P?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.

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A GREAT SIZE AT 32.7 MM ACROSS W/O CROWN

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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 Countrie
s 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  P?tain -- titled "The French State" and known as the Vichy government. Right after the French Government surrender,
P?tain went on French National Radio to appeal to units still battling the Germans to obey him and "cease the fight". Within days of P?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 citizen
s that "France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war".

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NEW CRYSTAL FULL RESTORATION
WHILE KEEPING EXACT  AS WAS


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CASE BACK SHOWS MADE IN FRANCE
RARE HELBROS
MADE IN FRANCE
LANDAU CASE WHICH WAS ONE OF LARGEST CASES
[OF THE PERIOD]

1944/45 AVIA AS 1194 MOVEMENT
W/REAL SWEEPS & INCABLOC

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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.  . 

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GREAT PIECE FOR CONVERSATIONS
COVERS THE GREATEST FRENCH FREE FORCES BATTLES & OPERATIONS


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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 adoptio
n 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 ?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 Fourt
h 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
f 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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WINDS SETS KEEPS TIME
1 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
FREE ONLINE APPRAISAL

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AGAIN LET US KNOW ABOUT STRAP


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Recruitment in liberated France led to notable enlargements of the French armies. By the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, France had 1,250,000 troops,
10 divisions of which were fighting in Germany. An expeditionary corps was created to liberate French Indochina then occupied by the Japanese. During the
course of the war, French military losses totaled 212,000 dead, of which 92,000 were killed through the end of the 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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CASE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
A GREAT  EVERY DAY WATCH
OR DRESS DINNER WATCH

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LOVE THE ORIGINAL SECONDS HAND
AND
THE CROSS OF LORRAINE

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Free French forces were drawn mostly from the French colonial empire, rather than from metropolitan France. French nationals from the tropical
African colonies formed a large part of the forces at the beginning, as were nationals from French Algeria. Later, many combatants were drawn from
the native populations of French colonies. Sixty-five percent were conscripts from French West Africa, primarily Senegal. Other contingents were natives
of Morocco, Algeria, and Tahiti (the Tahitians served with particular distinction in the western Sahara). The Free French forces also included units of the Foreign Legion

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STRAP LOOKS LIKE $85 TO $159 STRAP

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STRAP LOOKS LIKE $85 TO $159 STRAP

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STRAP LOOKS LIKE $85 TO $159 STRAP

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STRAP LOOKS LIKE $85 TO $159 STRAP

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HERE SHE IS AFTER 9 HOURS
MOVEMENT OVERHAULED
DIAL RESTORED
CASE WORKED
NEW CRYSTAL
HANDS RE ILUMINATED

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HANDS RE ILUMINATED

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HERE SHE IS
1194 AS

ONE OF THE FINEST HEAVY DUTY
WWII ERA MOVEMENTS

Features
manual wind
sweep second

Data
11.5'
15/17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 43h

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THE VALUE ON THIS WATCH INCREASES
WITH RESTORATION OF DIAL. PERIOD.
AND 30 YEARS FROM NOW SHE WILL BE WORTH TEN TIMES
THE CURRENT APPRAISAL

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THE RED HAND IS AS IT WAS NO NEW PAINT

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CLEAN EVEN FINISH

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SMOOTH SWEEP

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SMOOTH SWEEP

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SMOOTH SWEEP

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SMOOTH SWEEP

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EXCELLENT CONDITION
OPERATES SETS WINDS RUNS

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