|Date/Report Number ..01-29-015-982 RK Item: WWII FREE FRENCH DOCTOR MEDIC NURSE SWISS MADE SIGNED BUCHERER WATCH 1935/45 PATENT PENDANT/WRIST CONVERTER|
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28 X 34
20/30/40 INCH GOLD DURACLAD CHAIN
ANOTHER SWEEPS WW1 RARE MODEL
THE TWO BADGES ON THE STRAP INDICATE THE FREE FRENCH AND NURSING AS WELL AS AN ERA OF HOPE THAT THESE WOMAN PROVIDED. THE NURSE WAS A HARBINGER OF HOPE TO MANY, FROM 1900 TO 1950 WHEN THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH DOCTORS, SO THE NURSE WERE ALSO THE ONLY REPRESENTATIVE OF MEDICAL HOPE.
BECOMING A NURSE WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF ATTAINMENT FOR
WOMAN. DURING THIS ERA. NURSES OF THE WORLD WERE OFTEN CALLED UPON TO DO THE WORKS OF A
DOCTOR! SO, NOT ONLY IS THIS PIECE A WORK FUNCTIONAL ART, IT IS A SHOUT OF THE AGES OF
WOMAN, OF HOPE, OF SOME FREEDOM AND PRIDE.
THE UNFOLDING OF EVENTS HAVE IMPORTANT LEADERS OF THE NEWLY FORMED FREE
FRENCH RESISTANCE FORGING EXIT VISA DOCUMENTS TO ASSIST IMPORTANT FRENCH CITIZENS
ESCAPE TO THE WEST VIA FRIENDLY COUNTRIES..
THIS PICTURE SHOWS A SCENE WHERE A MAJOR AGENT AND
FORGER WAS INFORMED ON AND THE FRENCH FORCES WHOM HAVE TEAMED WITH THE SS WERE
WAITING FOR HIM TO PASS OFF DOCUMENTS. HE IS ALERTED AND ATTEMPTS TO FLEE BUT AS HE RUNS
HE IS SHOT, WE WITNESS HIM AS HE HITS THE GROUND. THE CAMERA PANS TO THE DOCUMENTS IN HIS
HAND. THEY ARE EXPOSED REVEALING REVEALING THE FREE FRENCH EMBLEMS AND CHARTER IN ALL
SOON THE STORY MOVES INTO THE JOINT THAT RICK
[HUMPHREY BOGART] RUNS.AND WHAT IS THE SECRET SIGN THAT WE ARE SHOWN S THE RECOGNITION OF
THE NEXT FREE FRENCH AGENT? WHY IT IS A RING! LOOKS LIKE A CLASS RING WITH A BOLD THE
CROSS OF LORRAINE MOUNTED WITH GOLD OVER A LARGE ROUND GEMSTONE!
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THE PLOTS AS IN PLURAL AND OF COURSE THE LOVE STORY AND THE PIANO AND THE THEME....
A LOVE STORY AND THE PAIN OR WAR AND HISTORY. A
FANTASTIC STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE THAT WILL ALWAYS BE HELD TO THE HIGHEST ACCLAIM. AND
WILL ALWAYS BE VIEWED AS IF IT WERE MADE YESTERDAY.
THE FACT IS, THE FREE FRENCH DURING WWII WERE THE FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY FRENCH.
WOMAN HAD LONG UTILIZED THE CROSS OF LORRAINE FOR MEDICAL NURSES.
AFTER HITLER AND HIS GERMAN ARMY ENTERED FRANCE THE WOMAN WHOM HAD TRAINING
JOINED THE FREE FRENCH FROM AFRICA TO EASTERN EUROPE TO ITALY AND BEYOND.
THEY WERE AN INTEGRAL PORTION OF THE ENTIRE RESISTANCE. THEY BROUGHT POSITIVE
REACTION AND POSITIVE SUPPORT. BUCHERER WAS A LUXURY WATCH CO. THEIR
MANUFACTURE OF THIS TIME PIECE WAS NOT A CHEAP ACHIEVEMENT. NOTE THE
SWEEP SECONDS, ABSOLUTELY SPECIAL TO THIS TIME PIECE, FOR MOST PENDANTS AND POCKETS HAD
SUB SECOND HANDS. YOU MAY USE THIS AS WELL AS WEAR IT. WEAR IN ON A SUPPLIED CHAIN AS A PENDANT OR
POCKET WATCH, OR USE THE SUPPLIED 1912 ADAPTER TO TRANSFER TO THE CUSTOM STRAP
THIS BUCHERER IS IN MINTY RESTORATION THE CHAIN
COMES WITH IT
A POCKET AND PENDANT A WRIST WATCH
VINTAGE RESTORED LADIES LEATHER CUFF STRAP WITH
SILVER SPOON DEMONSTRATE
In 1888, his name rapidly became a synonym for
quality and originality after Carl Friedrich Bucherer opened a jewelry and watch shop in
Lucerne. His two sons would follow Carl into the business. one as a watchmaker the
other a goldsmith. That combination of artistic skills would soon be reflected in
the form of fine watches. In 1919, Art-Deco-inspired ladies watches from were a
revolution in design. Carl Friedrich Bucherer one of the first to focus on the
wristwatch, insured an innovation at the time. Bucherer watches set with jewels and
presented in wonderful octagonal case pushed the term Art Deco watches into the public
domain. Bucherer conquered the world of ladies wristwatches. Their Dazzling
ladies watches were a dominant feature of the 1920s.With masterpieces, like
the platinum watch with a case and bracelet set with 170 diamonds, further exploited
During the 1930s, unusual case shapes became
fashionable. Such as the Bucherer silver brooch watch in the form of a horse-drawn
carriage set with marcasite. The 1950s and 1960s combined elegance with
functionality and sophisticated design. Bucherer chronographs with a dial that was
perfected with practical indications such as a tachymeter scale were innovative. The
1950's may have been the greatest decade due to the fact Bucherer watches did more than
simply show the time; they became a reflection of the personality of the wearer. For
ladies, watches were created astems of jewelry, with dials hidden behind covers in the
shape of blooming flowers. In the 1970's the technological highlight was the
Archimedes: combined with a world time mechanism, this divers watch was
ahead of its time. Bucherer invested in the development of the legendary Beta 21 quartz
In 1970, the first ever Swiss quartz watch bore the Bucherer name on its dial. Made of stainless steel, its glowing orange index marks were the of time.Gold watches formed part of the Bucherer collections. For the ladies watches, the dials were set into white gold bracelets and decorated with diamonds. For the 100-year jubilee in 1988, the watchmakers at Bucherer designed a pocket-watch, very much in the style of the year in which the company was founded. And in doing so they demonstrated that mechanical skills still play a dominant role in the manufacture of watches, right up to the present day.
FRENCH MILITARY & FREE FRENCH FORCE
SWISS SEVENTEEN JEWELS INCABLOC SHOCK PROTECTED
MOVEMENT IS A 1936-1945
MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT
THESE PHOTOS DEMONSTRATE THE POWER
OF THE FREE FRENCH IN WWII
SO POPULAR WERE THE FREE FRENCH
-LONG AFTER THE WAR
THE PERFECT TIME PIECE FOR A DOCTOR, NURSE, CARE GIVER OR COLLECTOR, ESPECIALLY A FRENCH HISTORY/MILITARY COLLECTOR. IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, AND ARE FASCINATED BY HISTORY, THIS BUCHERER IS AWESOME
A DURACLAD CHAIN CAN BE SHORTENED. IT IS NOW 40 INCHES. OR A 20 INCH LENGTH
THE FRENCH MILITARY & FREE FRENCH FORCE
NOTE AFTER WWII "FREE FRENCH"
REMAINED MORE THAN WORDS
ONLY THOSE WHOM HAD BECOME FREE FRENCH
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 Countries to the Battle of France, Germany inflicted defeat on the Allied forces [FRANCE-BRITAIN-BELGIUM].
France surrendered in June of 1940 and formed a collaborating government -- headed by PĂtain -- titled "The French State" and known as the Vichy government.
Right after the French Government surrender,PĂ©tain went on French National Radio to appeal to units still battling the Germans to obey him and "cease the fight".
Within days of Petain's speech, Charles DE Gaul, 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 citizens that "France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war"
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 GAUL 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. .
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 adoption 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 Nazi swastika.
In July 1940, Vice Admiral ĂMile 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 Fourth 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 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.
3 PART CASE IN FINE TO MINT CONDITION
THE CASE IS IN SUPERB CONDITION
To settle disputes over the Free French heritage, the French government issued an official definition of the term. Under this "ministerial instruction of July 1953" (instruction ministĂrielle du 29 juillet 1953), only those who served with the Allies after the Franco-German armistice in 1940 and before 1 August 1943 may correctly be called "Free French".
French forces after July 1943 are therefore correctly designated as the "forces of Liberation". This article also includes the activities of French forces after 1942, in order to maintain continuity.
RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF LUMINOVA
HOW IT BECAME:
I HAD A MINTY RARE FREE FRENCH POCKET WATCH, MOVEMENT AND DIAL WITH THE DURACLAD CHAIN. I NEEDED A STEM, CROWN, AND THE CRYSTAL BEZEL, SO I INVESTED IN A PARTS WATCH. WALLA! AFTER 2 YEARS IT IS COMP;ETED
GLASS CRYSTAL INSTALLED & SEALED
WITH UV CEMENT
CURED FOR 24 HOURS UNDER UV LIGHT
AFTER STRAP REPAIR
I DID OT ARGUE WITH MYSELF WHEN I INVESTED IN TWO WATCHES TO COMPLETE ONE - PLUS SHIPPING FOR A PARTS WATCH -- THE STEM CROWN AND CRYSTAL BEZEL HAD TO BE FOUND.. A TWO YEAR JOURNEY.. BUT KNOWING I HAVE EXTRA PARTS THAT CAB COME IN HANDY IF WARRANTY WORK IS EVER REQUIRED MADE IT RIGHT
SO, IT IS HARD TO ARGUE ABOUT PRICE. COSTS WERE CONSIDERABLE. AND YOU NEVER EVER PAY THE TRUE VALUE. ALL WE USUALLY RECEIVE IS OUR STANDARD FEES AS IF IT WERE YOUR WATCH WE WERE RESTORING.
PIC COPYRIGHT FOR D
3 PART CASE IN FINE TO MINT CONDITION
THE CASE IS IN SUPERB CONDITION
THE 40 INCH CHAIN MEANS THIS BUCHERER CAN BE WORN AROUND THE NECK OR AS A POCKET WATCH, "
EXCELLENT - RUNS EXCELLENT