|Date/Report Number ..1F423-9-17-16 Item: WWII GERMAN MILITARY MIMO MONITOR GIRARD-PERREGAUX|
|Description of item: WWII
GERMAN MILITARY MIMO MONITOR GIRARD-PERREGAUX
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $799.00
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ABOVE ARE THREE OF THE 5 PROUD MIMO/ GP
MOVEMENTS USED DURING AND IN PRE AND POST WWII MIMO MONITOR MILITARY AND PRIVATE PURCHASED
WATCHES FROM 1930 THROUGH 1955. NOTE THERE WERE THE 7 TO 17 JEWEL MODELS. A 15 JEWEL MODEL
WAS ADDED IN 1941 FOR THE BRITISH MILITARY TO MEET NEW 1938/1940 REQUIREMENTS. IN 1943/45
A 17 JEWEL WAS ADDED FOR US REQUESTS. THE HIGHEST COUNT WAS AN 1130 WITH 17 + WAS IN 1955.
ALL WERE TECHNICALLY GIRARD PERREGAUX BRANDS.
THIS IS WHAT A GREAT PATINA LOOKS LIKE
. Otto Graef, a watchmaker of German origin and owner of the brand MIMO (Manufacture Internationale de Montres Or, the international manufacture of gold watches) took over the shareholding in Girard-Perregaux. By 1928 the brand of Girard-Perregaux was owned by the Graef Group, under German born Otto Graef, who produced and distributed watches under the brand of MIMO. For Graef, the US became an important market and according to documents by US suppliers, the three sons of Otto Graef were busy distributing the then rather unknown MIMO watches
31 X 37
ORIGINAL NO RUST
THIS MIMO MONITOR WAS ASSEMBLED WITH A MIMO STAMPED 1941 AS-1130 [Wehrmachtswerk] MOVEMENT FOR THE GERMAN ARMY COMMAND AT THE SAME TIME GP WAS RELEASING THE NEW SEA HAWK FROM IT'S USA HEADQUARTERS.
NOTE IT ALSO WAS A SUB SECONDS WRIST WATCH BOASTING SIMILAR FEATURES OF THE MIMO MONITOR, YET, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, THE MIMO WAS BEING SOLD TO THE GERMANS IN SILENCE AS IT HAD BEEN SINCE 1938.
1943/1945 9 JEWEL AS-1130 MIMO
THIS IS NOT, AND NEVER WAS, A GOLD DIAL. IT WAS A BLACK OUTLINED, RADIUM FILLED NUMERATED DIAL WITH MILITARY LEAF HANDS ALSO FILLED TO CAPACITY WITH THE MOST DENSE RADIUM THAT WAS AVAILABLE FOR USE IN WATCHES.
THIS RADIUM WOULD, OVER 25 YEARS, LONG THE 24 HOUR GLOW CEASED ITS VISUAL ACTION, TURN A PRISTINE THREE PART WHITE PAINT DIAL IN TO THIS BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN PATINA COLOR.
NOW, I SEE MANY NEWBIES RANT ABOUT THE NICE PATINA OF THEIR FIND ONLY TO DISCOVER IT IS WEAR. OR WATER OR LIGHT DAMAGE. GOOGLE, "GOLDSMITHWORKS RESTORE DIAL" , WHEN THE RETURNS POP, SELECT "IMAGES " TOP LEFT. AND YOU WILL SEE THAT I RESTORE 80% OF ALL DIALS. FACT IS MOST NEED IT. BUT NOT THIS ONE...
THERE IS A SMALL NICK BY THE NUMBER 9. BUT THAT IS IT AND THE HANDS? ON MANY I THAT DO NOT RESTORE THE DIALS I USUALLY RESTORE THE HANDS ...BUT YA GOTTA SEE THIS ONE LIVE AT 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24.... MAN LOOKS KILLER. ON THE HANDS THE DEPLETED RADIUM ONCE CAUSED THE WHITE COLOR TO TURN TO A PERFECT LIGHT ORANGE TONE. I HAD TO BE CAREFUL WHEN OVERHAULING THAT I DID NICK THE HANDS OR DIAL WHEN TAKING APART WITH TOOLS WHEN I REMOVED THEM...
THIS CASE HAD WIRE LUGS BUT IN THIS "CASE" I HAD TO USE LATHE AND A $16,0000 LASER TO REPAIR
THE LASER WELDER/SOLDER MACHINE I UTILIZED TO FIX THE DAMAGE AND A LATHE TO DRILL A SET OF PRO SHOULDER HOLES THAT HAD MILITARY GO-THROUGHS FOR SPRING BARS .
THESE CAME WITH BOTH. SOME SHIPMENTS
HAD WIRE OTHERS THE SPRING BARS. THE FACT IS I HAD THE DAMAGE FILLED AT A GREAT TRADE SHOP
A FRIEND OF MINE WHOSE BEEN IN THE BIZ TWICE AS LONG AS I HAVE - I GOT LIKE 30 YEARS,,,,
CASE BACK HAS A GERMAN COIN AND TRENCH ART. AN ANCIENT GERMAN NAME SOME DATING
THE"TRENCH ART IS MIXED WITH PRO SERVICE ENTRIES DATING TO 1945. THERE IS A GERMAN NAME AND OTHER INFO
SO YOU CAN USE A PIN TO REMOVE OR TO PLACE IN IF A SPRING BAR GOES BAD IN THE FIELD
I GOT RID OF THE WORN OUT WIRE LUG LEATHER STRAP. GRABBED MY CUSTOM ALTERED DIAMOND AND GEMSTONE SETTING PLIERS AND USED IT T SET A WORLD WAR TWO GERMAN RUST LESS SPRING BAND
I USED THE TOLL TO GENTLY CLOSE THE ATTACHING PIECE TO THE NEW SPRING BAR AND THE SPRING
THIS PAIR WAS 185.00 I SET MANY A PRONG THEN RETOOLED TH TOOL TO WORK WITH WATCH PROJECTS SUCH AS THESE AWESOME SPRING BANDS. NON PULLING, COMFORTABLE. AWESOME., STRONG, SOLID SHARP RARE, INVITING
MIMO MONITOR AS-1130 RADIUM DIAL ALL ORIGINAL EXCEPTING CONVERSION FROM WIRE LUG TO SPRING BAR YET SPRING BARS WERE ALSO AVAILABLE SO WE CONSIDER IT ORIGINAL
THE ONLY NON ORIGINAL ITEM IS THE LIGHT NICK UNDER THE 9 MARK BLOWN UP IN THIS PIC FOR YOUR VISION
NOTE THE COOL FEEL OF THE BAND/BRACELET. STILL IN FANTASTIC CONDITION. WILL FIT MANY SIZES FROM 7 TO 9.5 OR MORE COMFORTABLY NO TAGGING, BITING, PULLING, SMOOTH AND HAS RATHER LARGE WINDING'S YET DELICATE. OPERATES WITH PERFECTION: WINDING, SETTING, OPERAT