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Date/Report Number …..032612R5BY.04 Item:  VIETNAM ERA PX 1965 HELBROS DIVE
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Description of item: VINTAGE VIETNAM ERA PX 1965 HELBROS INVINCIBLE STAINLESS STEEL DIVE WATCH SUPER SIZE 38 X 46 W/O CROWN WITH STAINLESS BRACELET FOLD OVER CLASP WITH U.S. NAVY EMBLEM WITH 1955-1965 17 JEWEL FHF 665 MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT  . CONDITION FINE.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $792.00


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VIETNAM ERA PX
1965
HELBROS
INVINCIBLE
STAINLESS STEEL
DIVE WATCH

SUPER SIZE
38 X 46
W/O CROWN

WITH

STAINLESS BRACELET
FOLD OVER CLASP
WITH U.S. NAVY EMBLEM

WITH

1955-1965
17 JEWEL
FHF 665
MANUAL WIND
MOVEMENT

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HELBROS WWII WATCH BOX INSERT

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. HELBROS 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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WHAT A FANTASTIC FIND

THE ILLUMINATED DIAL IS ALL ORIGINAL
INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL TRITIUM

THIS MODEL HAS THE VIETNAM ERA
ZODIAC SEA WOLF STYLE MARKERS

 

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SIGNED
HELBROS LOGO
HELBROS
INVINCIBLE

 

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I CANNOT STRESS HOW WONDERFUL
THIS WATCH IS

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THE DIAL HAS
ZODIAC STYLE ILLUMINATED MARKERS
6 9 & 12
DOUBLE SILVER MARKERS
WITH CENTERED
ILLUMINATION

OUTER WHITE SECONDS/MINUTES HASH

SILVER FRAMED
WHITE DATE WHEEL
WITH RED AND BLACK NUMERALS


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THE
HANDS
ARE
STUNNINGLY FANTASTIC

SILVER
WITH TRITIUM

AWESOME ILLUMINATED ARROW SECONDS
LARGE ARROW HOUR
SHARP FLOWING MINUTE HAND

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THE ONLY AREA OF WEAR IS THE BEZEL
WHICH IS A GENUINE DIVERS
BI-DIRECTIONAL BEZEL WITH
WIRE LOCK SPRING
SOME OF THE EDGE  HAS WEAR BUT IN REAL LIFE
IT IS MUCH LESS AT 38MM

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NOTE THE WIRE SPRING ABOVE

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THE TRITIUM ILLUMINATION IS ORIGINAL
IT DOES NOT GLOW AS LONG AS
BRAND NEW AF LUMINOVA
BUT WHEN YOU GET YOUR HANDS ON
A FULLY ORIGINAL TIME PIECE
IN SUPER OUTSTANDING FINE CONDITION
YOU GO WITH THE FLOW
AND WEAR THE WATCH KNOWING
ITS VALUE WILL CONTINUE TO GROWN

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THIS NAVY-MARINES EMBLEM BRACELET
IS RARE AND AWESOME

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THIS BRACELET IS LIKE THE TIMEPIECE
CLEAN SMOOTH LOOKING FANTASTIC
ESPECIALLY FOR A
VIETNAM ERA PX HELBROS DIVERS WATCH

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THIS FITS UP TO 7.5 AND I HAVE
AN EXTENSION IF YOU REQUIRE ONE

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THIS IS A 100% SOLID
STAINLESS STEEL TIME PIECE
CASE IS NEAR PERFECT
BRACELET IS NEAR PERFECT
IT HAS WEIGHT
AND IS A NICE
38MMM X 46 MM

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THE ORIGINAL LARGE DOUBLE SEALED CROWN
WITH MATCHING STEM TUBE
HAS BEEN RESEALED AND SILICONE 7
ADDED FOR BETTER PROTECTION

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AFTER NEW SEALS WERE PLACED IN CROWN
I PLACED ENOUGH SILICONE 7 VACUUM PROTECTION
YOU SEE IT OOZING OUT BEFORE I CLEAN THE EXCESS

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THIS IS NOT REFINISHED
IT IS ORIGINAL
NOTICE THE CROWN DOUBLE FLANGE
NOTICE THE T SWISS T DENOTING TRITIUM
IT IS A 1965 AND THEY WERE SOLD IN THE US PX SYSTEM
THE ZODIAC STYLED MARKERS WITH LUME AND NUMERALS
WAS NOT COINCIDENTAL
HELBROS MADE A SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO CAPTURE
SOME OF THE ZODIAC FAME
AND THEY DID WITH THIS STUNNING
SKIN  DIVERS WATER PROOF STAINLESS TIME PIECE

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THIS HELBROS WOULD BE NEAR MINT IF NOT FOR THE BEZEL INSERT
THE WEAR FROM 20 TO 30 DOES NOT SHOW AS IT DOES HERE WITH
MAGNIFICATION. IN FACT, I TRULY GAVE LOTS OF THOUGHT
TO KEEPING HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NOTE THE LARGE STEM TUBE ON LEFT
CASE WAS SUPER DETAILED WHILE KEEPING
THE CORNERS AND BEVELS SHARP AND FRESH
A NEW CRYSTAL WAS INSTALLED

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I HATE CRYSTAL INSTALLATION
I UTILIZE UV CEMENT IN ADDITION TO THE NATURAL
PRESSURE FIT. IT INSURES S GREAT SEAL
BUT A NIGHTMARE ENSUES DUE TO SMALL AMOUNTS
WINDING UP ON THE CRYSTAL

THERE IS A NEW BLACK CASE BACK SEAL ALSO 

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LIKE I SAID. THE CASE IS SUPER

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DOES THIS NOT LOOK LIKE
THE WATCH CASE NEEDS HELP?

ALL THAT "STUFF" IS VACUUM
SILICONE 7. IT IS GENEROUSLY PLACED
ON CASE BACK SEAL AND STEEL
THEN CASE BACK IS SCREWED TIGHTLY

THEN EXCESS WIPED OFF


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A LOT OF WORK WENT INTO THE CASE BACK
IT WAS SCRATCHED AND MARRED
FROM PEOPLE TRYING TO OPEN THE CASE
THIS PARTICULAR CASE, WHEN TIGHTENED DOWN
ACTUALLY DOUBLE SEALS

ANTI MAGNETIC
SKIN DIVER ALL STAINLESS STEEL
100%
WATERPROOF TESTED
20 ATMOSPHERES

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FHF 665
1955-1965

WE LUCKED OUT
ONLY A NEW
MAINSPRING
WAS REQUIRED

Features
manual wind
sweep second
date: set by changing 21-24h
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h

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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT 
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