|Date/Report Number ..05U614.LWW Item: RADIUM ILLUMINATED INVICTA WIRE LUGGED MILITARY WATCH|
|Description of item:
VINTAGE 1940 *RADIUM ILLUMINATED INVICTA WIRE LUGGED MILITARY
WATCH *RE-ILLUMINATED WITH LUMINOVA
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $795.00
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*RE-ILLUMINATED WITH LUMINOVA
31 X 38
WIRE LUG STRAP
BLACK LIZARD TURNED EDGES
WITH HISTORY AND ASSOCIATED
Founded in 1837 by Raphael Picard in La Chaux-de-fonds, Switzerland. The Picard family owned and operated the company until 1991, when the company was purchased by a United States-based investment company
[WRITTEN ABOUT 1960 INVICTA DIVE AUTOMATIC]
I often labor for hours of time fixing time ... many times I must take time just to fix time. Sometimes I must stop time. Or speed it up --and even slow it down. But most of all, I must balance time. I am, after all, a master of time whose profession it is to save & restore time.
Speaking of the restoration of time, when I glance at my bench I observe a revelation of a time of past, a graceful and elegant time when man and woman observed time from the wrist; when time was something to invest in, to give unto others, to keep and to cherish. The hair spring balanced heart of the 1960 41 Jewel Vintage Invicta, with its shimmering light golden dial and rich deep golden hands, its masterful Invicta logo in Red and Gold and the powerful words Automatic streamlined above the six oclock marker, beats strongly. It sings with ticks of glee to be valuable, to be wanted, to be cherished, and to be cared for.
It works with endless toil for its master and will never deny time as long as it is cared for and worn on its masters wrist. And when it occasionally sleeps, it can be awakened with a simple twist of its silver crown or a few twists of that same masters wrist. It needs not a degrading and polluting battery that will die unannounced --nor does it require sunlight, for it toils just as well in the dark as in the light.
It is strong and well balanced, its stunning, hand machined, gold plated and jeweled movement protected by an armored, glimmering, durable solid stainless steel casement; a casement that bears the hereditary and well bred line of its time keepers masters master, Raphael Picard, who toiled in vision and design in a history of time keeping in 1837, from a place in time of time, La Chaux-de-fonds, Switzerland.
In its very name, INVICTA, roar the Nobility of the Caesar's and the Battle Cry of the Legions of the INVINCIBLE of Rome who founded a time of the keeping of time that bred our very Civilization.
As long as master time keepers keep time telling time, and lovers of time embrace and cherish and adore and continue to collect and trade and share the times of past and present, the season of time will never end...
THIS INVICTA SHOWS SIGNS OF ACTIVE SERVICE
THE FINISH IS AS CLOSE TO ORIGINAL CONDITION
CHROME PLATED CASE
WITH STEEL SCREW DOWN CASE BACK
NOTE THE AWESOME STRAP
IF YOU REQUIRE LARGER
THIS IS WIRE LUG CASE
STRAP COLORS ARE LIMITED
THIS IS THE LOOK
A GREAT LOOK!
CASE WAS ELECTRO CLEANED
THEN LEFT AS SHE WAS
SIZE IS NICE
THE 1940 ERA WATCH AVERAGE
THE AVERAGE SIZES
28 TO 31MM
[INCLUDING GOV ISSUED]
31 X 38
THIS STUNNING INVICTA
IS AN AWESOME COLLECTIBLE
THAT YOU CA WEAR
CROWN IS ORIGINAL
THE STRAP IS A PROFESSIONAL FIXED LUG STRAP
THE FIX HAS BOTH METAL LOCK
PRE-GLUED OVER PIECES
ONLY THE BEST
NEED A LARGER SIZE?
WRITE US OR USE THE GOLDSMITHWORKS TICKET SYSTEM
THE STRAP IS FANTASTIC
BUT OTHER WIRE LUG STRAPS ARE AVAILABLE
THOUGH YOU SHOULD NOT INVEST IN THIS INVICTA
WITH THIS STRAP IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO USE IT.
CONTACT US FIRST IF YOU DESIRE A DIFFERENT STRAP
FITS UP TO 71/4
WE ADDED THIS LIZARD WIRE LUG STRAP
IT WAS THE LAST IN THE SHOP
FITS MY WRIST 7 1/4
IF YOU REQUIRE LONGER STRAP
WE WILL ORDER IT FOR YOU
TWO DAYS EXTRA TIME BEFORE WE SHIP
A FEE MAY BE APPLIED SO WRITE ME
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING
USE THE GOLDSMITHWORKS TICKET SYSTEM
FOR FAST SERVICE
RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF LUMINOVA
ANOTHER SHOT OF THE DIAL
STAINLESS STEEL BACK
NOTE THE INVICTA SA?
DURING WWII STEEL WAS RATIONED
EVEN TO SWISS COMPANIES
THUS ONLY CERTAIN WATCH CASE CONCERNS
WERE ABLE TO PRODUCE CASES. WE SEE LOTS OF
TOP NAME BRANDS THAT SWITCHED TO CHROME CASES
BUT THEY HAD TO HAVE STEEL SCREW DOWNS.
RATHER THAN PRODUCE CASE BACKS WITH EACH BRAND BRANDED INTO CASE BACK
THEY WERE SOLD WITH NO BRAND NAME
INVICTA TOOK TIME TO HAND GRAVE THEIR BRAND
CASE FINISH IS SUPER
THIS IS A WWII WATCH
OVER 70 YEARS OF AGE
ONE OF THE BRANDS THAT
WOULD HAVE BEEN CONTINUALLY
WORN NEARLY THAT ENTIRE PERIOD!
THIS IS A HIGH RESOLUTION CLOSE UP
INCREDIBLE AND CLEAN IT IS
SOME SIGNS OF CASE REPAIR
SOME SIGNS OF USAGE
FROM THE DIAL TO THE CASE
IT IS SIMPLY A CONVERSATION PIECE
WE UTILIZED AN ORIGINAL SYNTHETIC SEAL THAT
WAS STILL PLIABLE AND READY TO USE
THIS SEAL IS FROM THE AG FARBEN CO IN GERMANY.
THEY CREATED THE FIRST SYNTHETIC RUBBER, OIL AND OTHER COSTLY
PRODUCTS BEFORE WWII, IN THE MID 1930'S, US COMPANY STANDARD
OIL, CONTRACTED WITH FARBEN. AT THE OUT BREAK OF WAR, THE US
GOV SEIEZED AG FARBEN COMPAIES AND FRONTS IN THE USA. FROM
THESE SIEZURES, SOMEPRODUCTS WERE PRODUCED, SUCH AS SYNTHETIC SEALS
WALLAH! HERE IS ONE THAT IS STILL IN PROPER FORM. GENUINE
RUBBER WOULD HAVE LONG AGO MELTED......
CASE HAS THE 1/4 MOON INDENTS TO REMOVE
PRETTY DIFFICULT W/O ORIGINAL WRENCH
WE FIND THIS EXACT CASE BACK ON MULTIPLE BRANDS.
THE EXACT EXCEPTING THE MEANS TO REMOVE CASE BACKS
EXPENSIVE BRANDS-MEANING QUALITY- HAD THESE TYPE INDENTS
RARE RARE RARE
WHO WOULD KNOW THESE FACTS WITHOUT OPENING THE WATCH!
INVICTA HAD TO FIGHT FOR THEIR TOP GRADE SWISS MOVEMENTS FROM 1938 TO 1947 DUE TO THE BRITISH AND EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS INVESTING IN MILLIONS OF WATCHES AS WELL AS MATERIALS GOING TO TANKS, AIRCRAFT, SHIPS AND...
.....IT WAS ALWAYS A BATTLE.
WHAT FACTORIES REMAINED IN WATCH CASE AND MOVEMENT PRODUCTION WERE OVERLOADED WITH ORDERS FROM NEARLY EVERY COUNTRY WITH A MILITARY.
THE GROWING LACK OF MATERIALS IMMEDIATELY MEANT A LIMITED ABILITY TO HAVE CUSTOM TAGGED WATCH MOVEMENTS AND CASES CREATED. THUS, THIS PARTICULAR 1940 - 1942 AS 1123 MOVEMENT IS A RARE CLASSIC.
CONSTRUCTED ALONG THE VERY SAME LINES- AS WELL AS ASSEMBLY LINES- AS THE SWISS AS 1130, UTILIZED EXTENSIVELY IN WATCHES THAT WENT ON TO FAME IN THE GERMAN ARMY, IT WAS FORTIFIED WITH EXTENSIVE ASPECTS OF QUALITY.
THIS AS 1123 MOVEMENT MIRRORED THE AS 1130 YET CONTAINED THE SIGNS OF LUXURY FOR BOTH EYE AND BREATH OF RUNNING TIME. JUST LOOK AT IT! GOOGLE SWISS MOVEMENTS AND LOOK AT THEM.
NOTE THIS MOVEMENT HAS THE 3 LETTER US IMPORT CODE ON THE COCK BRIDGE. A MUST TO IMPORT THE MOVEMENT OR COMPLETE TIMEPIECE INTO THE USA.
NOTE THE FAMILIAR PATENTED IN ITS TIME BRASS HOUR GLASS AND RED JEWEL INCABLOC SHOCK DEVICE OVER THE BALANCE? THE SAME SETUP IS ON THE OPPOSITE END TO PROTECT BOTH BALANCE STAFF PIVOTS FROM SHOCK AND BREAKAGE.
NOTE THE BIMETALLIC BALANCE WITH RIVETS? IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT UTILIZING TWO METALS, SUCH AS BRASS ALLOY AND WHITE METAL ALLOY, CONTROLLED THE PROBLEM OF TEMPERATURE CHANGES EFFECTING AN ALL BRASS ALLOY BALANCE.THE TWO METALS COMPENSATED..
NOTE THE 15 JEWELS, THE EXACT NUMBER THAT WAS CONTRACTED FOR BY THE BRITISH MILITARY. NOTE BRASS "RING" AROUND THE CENTER WHEEL PINION/ AND BRASS RINGS FOR JEWELS?
WE HAVE 9 SITES FOR OUR PATRONS. EDUCATION IS OUR TOP CONCERN. VISIT GOLDSMITHWORKS AND LEARN!
BACK WHEN, AN INDIVIDUAL DISCOVERED THAT USING BRASS AGAINST WHITE METALS, AND VICE VERSA, EXTENDED THE LIFE OF THE PARTS. IF YOU UTILIZED A BRASS ALLOY AGAINST A BRASS ALLOY, SAY TWO WHEELS, EACH MADE OF THE SAME BRASS ALLOY, THEY WOULD WEAR OUT TWICE OR MORE BEFORE A WHEEL OF BRASS ALLOY AGAINST A WHEEL OF WHITE METAL ALLOY,, THUS, WATCH WHEELS AND GEARS THAT COMPOSED THE DERIVE TRAINS WERE MADE OF OPPOSING METALS.
NOW, MOVEMENTS UTILIZE SYNTHETIC SAPPHIRE "JEWELS". WHY THESE JEWELS? METAL AGAINST METAL = FRICTION = WEAR. METAL AGAINST JEWEL REDUCES FRICTION THUS = LESS WEAR. OIL ON JEWEL LASTS LONGER THAN OIL ON METALS ALONE.
THEN, WE HAVE BRIDGES AND PLATES MADE OF ALLOYS. WHETHER THE BRIDGE/PLATE IS COMPOSED OF WHITE METALS SUCH AS NICKEL ALLOY, OR BRASS ALLOY, MOST BRIDGES AND PLATES ARE PLATED OR GILDED. DEPENDING ON THE QUALITY, THESE FINISHES VARY. ON A PATEK/TIFFANY 18K POCKET WATCH I JUST COMPLETED, THE MOVEMENT IS NOT ONLY DETAILED BY HAND, BUT BOTH THE MOVEMENT AND WHEELS, INCLUDING THE HOUNDS TEETH WHEELS, ARE GILDED WITH PLATINUM.
THIS MOVEMENT HAS BRASS ALLOYED BRIDGES WITH GILDING. I CANNOT TEST THE COMPOSURE OF THE GILDING TO DETERMINE ITS CONTENT,BUT JUDGING FROM ITS FINISH, AFTER OVER 70 YEARS OF USE, I WOULD SAY IT IS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY.
YET MOVEMENT DETAILING SIMPLY DOES NOT END THERE.
NOTE THE BRASS COLOR AROUND THE JEWELS AND CENTER WHEEL PINION, TO TAKE THE TIME TO GILD MOVEMENT WHILE EXPOSING THE ALLOY OF THE PLATES AND BRIDGES MEANS TIME. AND TIME IS MONEY. YET IN THE FACE OF WAR, SOMEONE TOOK THE TIME TO TO DETAIL EACH MOVEMENT FOR A FULL RUN. A LOT OF MOVEMENTS.
THIS MEANS THIS MOVEMENT FITS INTO THE HIGHEST QUALITY END OF ALL MOVEMENTS EVER MADE--LET ALONE WWII WHEN MATERIALS WERE SCARCE!
AND FINALLY, IF WE LOOK AT THE MOVEMENT AND THE ONE BELOW, WE SEE SIMILARITIES. WHAT ARE THEY? THE ABOVE MOVEMENT IS SIMILAR TO THE EARLY AS 1130 MADE FAMOUS BY THE GERMAN WEHRMACHT. THEY WERE MADE BY THE SWISS IN 1936 UNTIL AFTER THE WAR AND USED IN THE WAR WITH SUCH SPECTACULAR RESULTS--- IT ACTUALLY WAS FOREVER TITLED
THE "German Wehrmacht Movement"
MOVEMENT BASED ON THE
SWISS AS 1130 German Wehrmacht Movement
INVICTA INVESTED IN MOVEMENTS THAT WERE HIGH END CALIBER, BOT BEFORE AND FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES AFTER WWII. THEIR EARLY MOVEMENTS WERE " MILITARY DESIGNED " -AS IN THE AS 1123" AND SPECIALLY ASSEMBLED WITH INCABLOC SHOCK SYSTEM, SPECIAL MOUNTS, BI-METALLIC SCREW BALANCES AND MORE..
SO, WHEN YOU NOTE THE RATHER ARCHAIC HAND INSCRIBED "INVICTA" AND THREE LETTER "USA IMPORT CODE" ON BALANCE COCK AND THE "FIFTEEN JEWELS" UNDER THE ORIGINAL "15 RUBIS" YOU REALIZE INVICTA WAS PROUD TO OFFER WATCHES WITH THE HIGHEST QUALITY EVEN IF IT MEANT HAND INSCRIBING EVERY MOVEMENT IN A TIME THAT MANY COMPANIES SIMPLY PLACED MOVEMENTS WITH ANY BRAND ON THEM.
THUS QUALITY DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN GOLD CASES OR 25 JEWELS.
INVICTA IMPORTED THE MOVEMENTS INTO THE USA WHERE THEY WERE THEN ASSEMBLED INTO THE WATCHES BEING CREATED BY TO SELL TO PROFESSIONALS, LIKE DOCTORS AND NURSES, AND FOR SALE TO SOLDIERS.
A TRULY FANTASTIC FIND!
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h
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