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Date/Report Number …..05U614.LWW Item : WWII VINTAGE 1942 MINERVA MILITARY MANUAL WIND
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Description of item: WWII VINTAGE 1942 MINERVA MILITARY MANUAL WIND

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $679.00


Reports are supplied at the request of the customer and it is for the customer's exclusive use. Reports express an opinion of the time of the examination of the jewelry. This report is for customers use only for the following two purposes, indicating estimated retail replacement value to obtain insurance coverage, or for the purpose of providing geological information. goldsmith Works does not guarantee that the appraisal valuation will result in a sale at the price. Estimated retail replacement value is arrived after analyses of what the approximate high retail cash asking price is for labor, materials, and design. These prices may be substantially higher than actual transaction or warranty with regards to any item described in the report, since jewelry grading is not an exact science, this  report represent the best opinion of the company. GoldSmith Works is in no case responsible for differences that occur by repeated grading by other experts in the field and/or use of other standards, norms, methods or criteria other than those used by GoldSmith Works. GoldSmith Works is expressly held harmless by customers including, but with out limitation for any claims or actions that may arise out of negligence in connection with the preparation of this laboratory report, or actions based upon the customer's use of the report. The information on the carat weight, clarity grade, color grade on the report is approximate due to the limitations in jewelry grading. The item was tested, graded, and examined under 10x magnification using the techniques and equipment available to GoldSmith Works, including fully corrected triplet loupe, binocular microscope, master color comparison guides, diamond color comparison tools, electronic carat balance, non-contact optical measuring device, and ancillary instruments necessary at the time of Exam


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ORIGINAL DIAL BEFORE


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ORIGINAL DIAL AFTER
SILICONE WASH + ILLUMINATING DOTS HANDS
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READY TO WEAR
RESTORED & OVERHAULED
ALL FEATURES WORKING
ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION
*EXCEPT ILLUMINATION
VINTAGE
1942
MINERVA
MILITARY
MANUAL WIND

31x39
mm
W/O CROWN

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

WITH

ALL STAINLESS STEEL CASE

AND

AS
1187 1194
MILITARY USE
DESIGNED MOVEMENT
CREATED
1940-1945
FOR MANY
WWII WATCHES
BOTH
CIVILIAN
AND
BRITISH
[INC ATP]
MILITARY ORDER
[MOST THE 15J MODEL]

AND

SIZE 18MM
HD
DOUBLE
CONTRAST & OVER STITCHED
DUAL HIDE
CHRONO STRAP
IN
1940'S STYLE
LIGHT BROWN


ALL
STAINLESS STEEL
DEPLOYMENT
SHOWING
DURACLAD GOLD
AND
STAINLESS  

OTHER STRAPS BANDS BRACELETS
IN OTHER COLORS STYLES TYPES
AVAILABLE
PLEASE CONTACT FIRST
BEFORE INVESTING

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MINERVA watch company was founded in 1858 by Charles-Yvan Robert and Hyppolite Robert of Villeret, who built the company that would eventually become the MINERVA Watch brand in 1887. In 1902, under the leadership of C. Robert's sons, Charles-Auguste and Georges-Louis, MINERVA became a manufacturer of watches in their own engineering workshops.

In 1901, The earliest MINERVA wristwatch was manufactured, but the watch company's greatest success came in 1923 with the introduction the No. 20, a caliber timepiece that perfectly illustrates the classic and refined architecture of wrist chronographs of that era, with a column-wheel mechanism, a Breguet balance-spring and 17 jewels. With the launch of this prestigious watch, the company earned its reputation as a manufacturer of complicated movements of exceptional quality, and the rest is history.

MINERVA was responsible In 1936 for time-keeping in the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and in the years after WWII, the MINERVA watch company developed a full range of mechanical movements, notably the movements made by Ebauches S.A.

DURING WWII, MINERVA SUPPLIED WATCHES TO MANY GOVERNMENTS. THE GERMAN WAR DEPARTMENT INVESTED IN THOUSANDS OF MINERVA WATCHES AND TIMERS.

 

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DIALS
TO RESTORE OR NOT

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1917


ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN MY CONVICTIONS AND DEMONSTRATE THAT  IT IS ABSOLUTE STUPIDITY TO CLAIM A DIAL IS ORIGINAL WHEN IT IS NOT.

THAT THE RESTORED DIALED VINTAGE WATCH IN 90% OF ALL CIRCUMSTANCES IS WORTH MORE THAN A WORN ORIGINAL. EXCEPTING IN CERTAIN MAKES MODELS AND BRANDS.

AND KEEPING  ORIGINAL DIALS ORIGINAL, YET REILLUMINATING THEM, IS THE ABSOLUTE GREATEST WAY TO FINISH A TIME PIECE-- UNLESS, MY READER, THE COLOR PALATE OF PALE TO VIVID ORANGE IS DISPLAYED WITHIN THE DEAD RADIUM ON THE DIAL AND THIS COLORED DEAD RADIUM LOOKS GREAT  AS SHOWN ABOVE-YOU MAY CLICK THE LINKS TO VIEW SAFE PAGES -YOUR PAGE HERE WILL REMAIN.


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MINERVA

1942
AS 1194/1187
STUNNINGLY ORIGINAL CONDITION

A  CLASSIC KEEP THE DIAL RELUME
THE HANDS AND DIAL DOTS

YET THIS TIME PIECE WAS FULLY
RESTORED
UTILIZING
ROCK'S ORIGINAL
ORIGINAL RESTORATION
PROCESS
WHICH CAN BE MORE DIFFICULT TO ACCOMPLISH!

CASE & CASE BACK

REMOVING SCRATCHES AND SUCH FROM STEEL CASE
NOT AS SIMPLE AS IT SOUNDS IF
YOU DESIRE TO KEEP EDGES AND
OTHER FINE AREAS PERFECT

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ALREADY SOLD ON THE BAY

THIS MINERVA IS THE ILLUMINATED NUMERALS VERSION. IT IS EXACT IN EVERY WAY TO THE ONE BEING OFFERED HEREIN EXCEPT IT HAS RED SWEEPS AND BLACK OUTLINED RAISED RADIUM NUMERALS. WHICH IS BETTER TO COLLECT? BOTH. THIS VERSION WAS MORE FOR ARMY RATHER THAN AIR CORPS. OPTIONS WERE DIFFERENT. FILL LUME, PARTIAL LUME, NO LUME/....

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA

HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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NON-SIGNED
ALL STEEL CROWN
IS
ORIGINAL

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THE ORIGINAL
RADIUM
HAND INSERTS
WERE REMOVED LONG AGO

*RE-ILLUMINATED
INSERTS
SWEEPS TIP
4 DIAL DOTS

NUMBERED SWEEPS
SECONDS CHAPTER
IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
WITH LIGHT AGING

NUMERALS
STANDARD MINERVA FONT
SLIGHT RAISE BLACK

SIGNED
ALL ORIGINAL 1940 FONT

MINERVA
[ SCRIPT W/TAIL ]

ANTIMAGNETIC
WATER-RESIST
SHOCK-RESIST
[OLDER SHOCK SYSTEM]
SWISS


*RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH
AF-LUMINOVA

HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

 


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NOTE
THE HANDS
ARE
ORIGINAL

 

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA

HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH
AF-LUMINOVA

HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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WHAT A KILLER LOOK

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THIS IS THE BEST MINERVA ORIGINAL
DIAL WE HAVE HAD THE HONOR OR
OWNING...

THERE WERE SIX STYLES WE ARE AWARE OF

MATT BLACK W/RADIUM NUMERALS
MATT BLACK WITH NO RADIUM
MATT BLACK WITH DOTS

MATT WHITE W/RADIUM NUMERALS
MATT WHITE WITH NO RADIUM
MATT WHITE WITH DOTS

NOTE THE DOTS WILL AGE IN
ABOUT 6 TO 9 MONTHS

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HERE IS THE MATT WHITE
W/OUTLINED RADIUM NUMERALS
I COMPLETED RECENTLY


FACT 1
MANY WATCHES MADE FOR
US PILOTS, ENGINEERS AND NAVIGATORS
WERE SPECIFICALLY NON-ILLUMINATED

FACT 2
BLACK DIALED WATCHES WERE HOT IN GERMANY
WHITE DIALED WATCHES WERE HOT US/GB


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THE STITCHING IS AWESOME
THE COLOR & STYLE 1940'S

MAKES THIS BEAUTY STAND OUT
WHETHER WEARING
TO DINNER
OR
FOR A DAY AT WORK

WE HAVE ALL TYPES
COLORS STYLES HIDES SKINS STEEL PLATED
MATERIALS VINTAGE NEW USED

LET US KNOW BEFORE YOU INVEST

[THE ABOVE STRAP INFO WILL GET BORING 8 TIMES!]


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I FIT THIS 18MM
MUCH MORE SUBSTANTIAL
AND
I FIT THE 18MM DEPLOYMENT

WE HAVE ALL TYPES
COLORS STYLES HIDES SKINS STEEL PLATED
MATERIALS VINTAGE NEW USED

LET US KNOW BEFORE YOU INVEST


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THE CASE IS IN
EXCELLENT CONDITION
AT 31 x 39 MM
PRETTY FANTASTIC

NOTE THE GO-THROUGHS

THEY ARE THE HOLES IN THE LUGS
FOR REMOVING SPRING BARS
MOST AFTER WAR WATCHES HAD THESE DROPPED
NO LONGER USED
BUT IN WW1I A PERSON IN THE FIELD COULD QUICKLY REPLACE  BROKEN SPRING BAR OR UTILIZE WIRE TO HOLD STRAP ON

MANY US MIL STRAPS
HAD THE ONE PIECE STRAP
SO BROKEN BAR DID NOT MEAN WATCH WAS LOST
THIS HOLE SYSTEM WORKED ON THOSE STRAPS ALSO AND MADE INSTALLED A WATCH EASY



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NOTICE THE FANTASTIC LOOK
BUT EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN OPINION
SO

WE PLACED PICS WITH STEEL STRETCH

AND

WE HAVE ALL TYPES
COLORS
STYLES
HIDES
SKINS

STEEL
PLATED

MATERIALS
VINTAGE
NEW
USED

LET US KNOW BEFORE YOU INVEST


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EXCELLENT CONDITION

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CASE IS IN EXTRA FINE CONDITION

ONLY THE EDGES ON CASE BACK
WHERE WRENCH ATTACHES
SHOWS SOME USE

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STRAP IS 18MM OVER STITCHED

CONTRAST STITCHED
DUAL HIDE LEATHER

WE PLACED PICS WITH STEEL STRETCH
WE HAVE ALL TYPES
COLORS
STYLES

LET US KNOW BEFORE YOU INVEST

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THE LUME DOTS ON DIAL WERE LONG GONE
LIKE THE ERA ROCK DID NOT OUT LINE THEM
THEY ARE MORE SUBSTANTIAL IN HEIGHT
BETTER FOR ILLUMINATION SINCE RADIUM IS NOT THE MATERIAL

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STRAP IS 18MM OVER STITCHED
CONTRAST STITCHED
DUAL HIDE LEATHER

WE PLACED PICS WITH STEEL STRETCH
WE HAVE ALL TYPES
COLORS
STYLES

LET US KNOW BEFORE YOU INVEST

 

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CUSTOM FIT 18MM STRAP
[IT TAKES THE STANDARD WWII 16MM],

THEN CUSTOM FITTED
NEW 18MM GOLD OVER SS DEPLOYMENT
IT WAS ALL GOLD
DURACLAD OVER STAINLESS
TO MAKE IT WORK
ROCK LIGHTLY SANDED THE
GOLD FROM THE TOP PIECES
THEN POLISHED

IT IS FREE


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THE 18 MM DEPLOYMENT IS NEW
IT WAS ALL GOLD
DURACLAD OVER STAINLESS
TO MAKE IT WORK
ROCK LIGHTLY SANDED THE
GOLD FROM THE TOP PIECES
THEN POLISHED

IT IS FREE

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THIS IS ORIGINAL

THE DIAL WAS SILICONE TREADED
TO CLEAN IT AND PROTECT IT
THIS PROCESS DOES NOT ALTER
OR EFFECT THE DIAL OR PAINT


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HERE IS THE
CRYSTAL

WE POLISHED THE ORIGINAL
IT MAY BE THE VERY ORIGINAL
OR
IT MAY HAVE BEEN REPLACED

 


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BEFORE OVERHAUL
NOTE THE PRE-INCABLOC SHOCK DEVICE.
RED JEWEL CENTER OF BALANCE WITH TRIANGULAR
METAL SOCK DEVICE

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BEFORE OVERHAUL
NOTE THE PRE-INCABLOC SHOCK DEVICE.
RED JEWEL CENTER OF BALANCE WITH TRIANGULAR
METAL SOCK DEVICE

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1194

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AFTER OVERHAUL

AS 1194

Features
manual wind
sweep second

Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm, Do= 25.9mm
H= 4.9mm
F= 1.1mm
15/17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 43h

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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