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Report Number …..022612.FN7Y.04 Item:  INTAGE RADIUM DIAL HELVETIA MILITARY WATCH
 

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Description of item: VINTAGE RADIUM DIAL HELVETIA MILITARY WATCH

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $699.00


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VINTAGE
RADIUM DIAL
HELVETIA
MILITARY WATCH


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Helvetia, General Watch Co, Bienne, Reconvilier, Tramelan, Vienna

1880: Foundation of La Generale Watch Co / General Watch Co by the company Louis Brandt & Fils (Omega) for manufacturing cylinder watches and genuine Helvertia calibres with enhanced quality lever movements.

1885: Transfer of the trade mark Helvertia from Louis Brandt & Fils to the new La Generale Watch Co.

1968: Aquisition of the movement factory Helvetia SA in Reconvilier by the SGT (Societe des Garde-Temps SA). The watch factory Montres Helvetia SA in Bienne remained independent.

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MILITARY DESIGN
THE TEN YEAR PERIOD BETWEEN 1938 AND 1948 SAW THE UNIQUE STYLE OF MILITARY WATCHES SWEEP THE GLOBE. THE DEIGNS INCLUDED 29 TO 34 MM CASES, SCREW ON BACKS THAT AFFORDED SOME WATER PROTECTION, SHOCK ABSORBERS IN 15 AND 17 JEWELED MOVEMENTS. THE DIALS WERE ALSO REVAMPED TO WHITE OR BLACK WITH, IN SOME CASES, TWO TONE COLORS. THEY HAD OUTLINED RAISED RADIUM NUMBERS AND MOST HAD SWEEP SECONDS WITH OUTER CHAPTER RINGS AND LUMED HANDS AND IN MANY MODELS A RED OR CONTRASTING COLOR SWEEP SECOND HAND.

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THIS
HELVETIA
IS AWESOME
WITH
MATT WHITE DIAL
OUTER SWEEPS SECONDS CHAPTER RING
NUMERAL MARKED EVERY FIVE SECONDS
[5 THROUGH 60]
BLACK OUTLINED
RAISED RADIUM NUMBERS
SILVER METALLIC RING

BLACK STEEL RADIUM HANDS
BLACK STEEL SWEEPS SECONDS HAND

SIGNED
HELVETIA
SWISS

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


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THE SERIAL NUMBER 1535 IN THE CASE ABOVE
MATCHES THE ONE INSCRIBED IN THE CASE BACK

THE CASE WAS
CHROME PLATED
OVER BASE METAL
WITH
WIRE LUGS
[FIXED LUGS]
AND
STAINLESS STEEL
SCREW DOWN
CASE BACK

 

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ROCK
STARTED
WITH A
WORN & TIRED
HELVETIA CASE
MISSING
75%
OF THE
CHROME

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USING A FLEX SHAFT
1600 GRIT DISCS
DIAMOND BURS
FILES
&
TORCH

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ROCK WORKED THE CASE
BACK TO IT'S BASE
THE FINAL DETAIL
WAS BETTER THAN RETAIL
A KILLER SMOOTH LUSTER
WHAT A BLUSTER

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NOTE THE  CROWN TUBE
AWESOME!
THIS WAS THE REAL DEAL
IT HAS A REPLACEABLE
INTERNAL SEAL
AND
WITH THE ORIGINAL CROWN
ROCK WAS ABLE TO RESEAL IT

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THE CASE HAS A NEW
COPPER BASE PLATE
AND THEN
NICKEL FINISHED
COVERAGE IS GREAT

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MATCH THIS PICTURE
WITH
THE TAKE DOWN SHOTS
FIRST CLASS
THIS IS WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
RESTORING WATCHES
NO MATTER THE BRAND
WE SPEND HOURS
AND THEN
WE WARRANTY
AND
APPRAISE THEM

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WOW...

SAY WHAT?

33 x 40 MM

WITH OUT THE CROWN

AN AWESOME SIZE FOR THIS
STUNNING RESTORED
HELVETIA

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WE DECIDED TO ATTACH
A G-20
NATO STYLE
BROWN LEATHER

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MILITARY  STRAP

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WITH KEEPERS


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THE G-20 BROWN LEATHER STRAP
SIMPLY COMPLETES THIS HISTORIC

HELVETIA

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NOTE
HOW THE
HELVETIA
DIAL IS

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HOW THE
HELVETIA
CROWN IS

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HOW THE
HELVETIA
CASE IS

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HOW THE
HELVETIA
HANDS ARE

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HOW THE
HELVETIA
ILLUMINATION IS

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AND
LESS I FORGET
HOW PERFECT
THE
NEW NOS
CRYSTAL
IS

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OK
HERE ARE THE TWO FINAL
AND
IMPORTANT DETAILS
OF THIS
HELVETIA

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TRENCH ART
WWII
ARMY INFANTRY REPLACEMENT CENTER
US Army INFANTRY SCHOOL
RTC DI

I CANNOT SUPPLY ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS DI DUE TO THE FACT IT IS PERMENETLY MOUNTED TO THE CASE BACK. PLACING A THINNER CASE BACK SEALCAUSES  THE CASE BACK TO TURN AN ADDITIONAL HALF TURN LINING THE DT UP TO THE    LUGS. BUT I WOULD RECOMMEND NOT CHANGING THE SEAL! I CANNOT SAY WHY THIS EXISTS OR WHO PLACED IT. ALL RESEARCH POINTS TO THIS PIN BEING A COMBINATION OF THE INFANTRY MOTTO "FOLLOW ME" AND THE INFANTRY TRAINING MOTTO "TAKE IT" [PICK UP THE SWORD} AND "FOLLOW ME" . I WAS UNABLE TO NAIL DOWN WHICH BASE WA THE ORRIGINATION OF THE FULL MOTTO. MILLIONS OF RAW RECRUITS WENT THROUGH SEVERAL OR MORE TRAINING BASES IN 1943 DURING WWII.

WWII US Army INFANTRY SCHOOL Distinctive Unit Insignia.  This is a pin-back, shield/crest motto for the US Army's Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Tall blue enamel oval enclosing a hand passing a sword, beneath "TAKE IT AND FOLLOW ME" in bronze tone.

I read that the Fort Benning Officer's Candidate School, is where officers like Omar Bradley, George Patton, and Eisenhower, and even Bob Dole, passed through .

I read that it was the battle cry "Follow me!" of  World War II Army Maj. Gen. Aubrey S. Newman, that was chosen for the motto of an infantry division and an Army recruiting poster.

The Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, defined leadership in the two words of its motto: “Follow Me!” Never ask your team to do something you wouldn’t do yourself..

 

 

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THE
CASE BACK
SERIAL NUMBER
1535
MATCHES
THE NUMBER
INSCRIBED
BETWEEN THE LUGS

 


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WHAT IS GREAT IS THAT WE HAVE
AT LEAST
6 EXCELLENT PARTIAL
820B/C 800 820
GENERAL WATCH COMPANY MOVEMENTS

HELVETIA WATCHES
AND
GENERAL WATCH
ARE LIKE
BREAD AND BUTTER

The CA: 80 800 820 B & C
WERE WELL MADE HD MOVEMENTS
IN BOTH SUB & SWEEP SECODS

SO, IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG.
WE HAVE PARTS FOR WARRANTY WORK.

THIS MOVEMENT
WAS
COMPLETLY OVERHAULED
WITH
NEW MAIN SPRING
NEW BALANCE


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HERE ROCK IS STRIPPING THIS 820B

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NEW MAIN

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SELECTING
THE BEST PARTS
AND
BRIDGES


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SREADY TO REBUILD

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Helvetia
820B

Features
manual wind
sweep second

Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.55mm
H= 4.95mm
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h

A SUPER
EXTRAORDINARY
TIME PIECE

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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT 
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