WWII FREE FRENCH SWISS MADE SIGNED NURSE DOCTOR MEDIC BUCHERER SWEEPS CHAPTER

WWII FREE FRENCH SWISS MADE SIGNED NURSE DOCTOR MEDIC BUCHERER SWEEPS CHAPTER
WWII FREE FRENCH SWISS MADE SIGNED NURSE DOCTOR MEDIC BUCHERER SWEEPS CHAPTER WWII FREE FRENCH SWISS MADE SIGNED NURSE DOCTOR MEDIC BUCHERER SWEEPS CHAPTER WWII FREE FRENCH SWISS MADE SIGNED NURSE DOCTOR MEDIC BUCHERER SWEEPS CHAPTER
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WWII FREE FRENCH SWISS MADE SIGNED NURSE DOCTOR MEDIC BUCHERER SWEEPS CHAPTER

 

 

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READY TO WEAR
OVERHAULED
RESTORED
VINTAGE
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WWII
FREE FRENCH
SWISS MADE
SIGNED
NURSE DOCTOR MEDIC
BUCHERER
SWEEPS CHAPTER
[POCKET/PENDANT  WATCHES DID NOT HAVE SEEPS SECONDS
UNTIL AFTER WWII ONLY THOSE FOE SPECIAL SERVICES]
RAISED ILLUMINATED NUMERALS
ILLUMINATED HANDS
FREE FRENCH CROSS

28 X 34
W/O CROWN

20/30/40 INCH GOLD DURACLAD CHAIN

AWESOME 14K GOLD
CONVERTER THAT CONVERTS
PENDANT & POCKET WATCHES
INTO WRIST WATCH WRISTLETS

 

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 CENTER STRAP AND WATCH

IF YOU ARE EVEN SLIGHTLY INTERESTED, PLEASE GOOGLE THE LINES BELOW TO VIEW THE FULL PICS AND HISTORY. PRICE WISE THIS IS THE LOWEST ROCK HAS EVER OFFERED ON OF THESE ANTIQUE/VINTAGE NURSE SWEEPS. THE APPRAISAL COMPLETE INSURANCE APOP IS CLOSE TO 870+.

"GOLDSMITHWORKS NURSE MILITARY WATCH BOX" IN A US MUSEUM

"GOLDSMITHWORKS NURSE WWII DOCTOR MILITARY FREE FRENCH " ABOUT 100 OF ROCKS MEN/WOMAN COMPLETED WRIST PIECES

THIS PIECE IS READY TO WEAR EVERY DAY TIME PIECE.

OVERHAULED, RESTORED, VINTAGE WWII FREE FRENCH SIGNED

NURSE DOCTOR MEDIC BRAND IS BUCHERER

WRIST, BROACH, PENDANT
SWEEPS SECOND [RARE FOR TIME USUALLY HAD SMALL SECONDS AT BOTTOM]
CHAPTER TIMING PIECE --[FEW POCKET/PENDANT WATCHES HAD SWEEPS SECONDS UNTIL AFTER WWII]

AMAZING AND WONDERFUL FOR THE FEMALE DOCTOR, NURSE, OR CLINICAL WORKERS.

NOTE THERE ARE 4 PAGES OF HISTORY THAT I CAN NOT PLACE HERE AND 15 MORE IMAGES, THESE WILL BE IN YOUR APPRAISAL!!!!!

THE TWO BADGES ARE REPRESENTATIONS OF 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 THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH DOCTORS, SO THE NURSE WAS 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 FREE FRENCH WOMAN NURSE WAS EVEN TWICE THAT OF ANY OTHER. OFTEN PERFORMED HER WORKS RIGHT UNDER THE NOSE OF THE GESTAPO, WORKING ALONG SIDE OF THE RESISTANCE AND EVEN CARRYING ARMS AND FIGHTING WHILE BEING THE ONLY "DOCTOR" IN THE PARTY OF FIGHTERS.

FROM ITALY TO GREECE TO NORTH AFRICA TO FRANCE TO GERMANY TO EASTERN EUROPE TO TURKEY AND EVERY OTHER PLACE IN BETWEEN WEEN.

SO SHOUT IT OUT FOR THE NURSE THAT GAVE HER [THERE WERE ALSO SOME HIMS ALSO] ALL.

WEAR IT WITH THE PRIDE OF WHOM YOU ARE AND WHOM YOU REPRESENT,

THIS BEAUTY WAS RE-BUILT AND IMPROVED BY THE ROCK. IT WILL NOT BE LONG BEFORE ROCK AND THE HANDFUL OF OTHERS WHOM RESTORE TO THE VERY BEST THAT CAN BE ATTAINED WITHOUT CHANGING THE TIME PIECE WILL NO LONGER BE AROUND. GRAB A BIT OF LIVING HISTORY....

DENISE


I COULD NOT HELP IT. THE VA HAS PRESCRIBED LIKE15 MEDS FOR JUST THE MORNINGS. I BEGAN TO DOWNLOAD MOVIES TO SORT OF RELIEVE STRESS. SOME OF THAT CADMIUM I BREATHED IN FOR 20 YEARS, FROM PASTE GOLD SOLDER HAS HAD LOTS TO DO WITH IT BESIDES OTHER ISSUES. ANY HOW. MOVIES SORT OF SLOW ME DOWN CAUSE I WORK 209 MINIMUM. MORE LIKE 22 HOURS X 7. NO TIME OFF.

SO, I AM WATCHING BOGART IN CASA BLANCA.. WHAT A MOVIE. I HAD SEEN IT MAYBE TWENTY TIMES AS A KID.. BUT MAN WAS I BLOWN AWAY., I NEVER EVER REALLY GOT IT.



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ITS SET DURING THE OPENING DAYS AFTER FRANCE'S DEFEAT AND CAPITULATION. YOU HAVE A SITUATION WHERE THE FREE FRENCH FORCES ARE JUST GETTING STARTED, YOU HAVE THE FRENCH FORCES WORKING WITH THE GERMANS; THE SS IN PARTICULAR.

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THE UNFOLDING OF EVENTS BLEW ME AWAY. WE HAVE IMPORTANT LEADERS OF THE RESISTANCE AND FREE FRENCH TRYING TO FORGE DOCUMENTS TO HELP THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE ESCAPE.


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IN THIS PIC WE HAVE AT THE BEGINNING A FORGER AND AGENT GET DISCOVERED. I MEAN AT THE OPENING. HE RUNS, GETS SHOT AND AS HE HITS THE GROUND DOCUMENTS HE IS HOLDING FALL FROM HIS HAND REVEALING THE FREE FRENCH IN ITS GLORY.



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WELL, SOON THE STORY MOVES INTO THE JOINT THAT RICK [HUMPHREY BOGART] RUNS.AND WHAT IS THE SECRET CARD, SIGN, WAY THAT IS UTILIZED TO MAKE CONTACT? A RING... A RING WITH THE CROSS OF LORAINE!

 

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THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO THE PLOTS AS IN PLURAL. THE LOVE STORY THE PAIN. THE HISTORY. A FANTASTIC STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE THAT WILL ALWAYS BE HELD TO THE HIGHEST A CLAIM. AND WILL ALWAYS BE VIEWED AS IF IT WERE MADE TODAY. BUT, THE FREE FRENCH CATCHWAS TRULY ASTONISHING AND I HAD TO ADD IT HERE..

LATER ROCK  

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THIS STRAP IS COMFORTABLE

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THIS BUCHERER IS IN MINTY RESTORATION THE CHAIN COMES WITH IT

NOTE THE CROSS OF LORRAINE
SIGNIFYING THE FREE FRENCH IN WWII


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CONVERTER
PATENTED JUNE 1912


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VINTAGE RESTORED LADIES LEATHER CUFF STRAP WITH BADGES
FITS UP TO 7.5
 

 

 

19.00 USA SHIPPING SUBSIDIZED FOR 2 DAY AIR INSURED SIG DELIVERY

26.00 SUBSIDIZED INTERNATIONAL REGISTERED INSURED SIGNATURE

WE SPEND 20% MORE ON SHIPPING
USA AVERAGES 26 TO 39 BUCKS WITH INSURANCE AND 2 DAY AIR
INT REGISTERED IS AVERAGE 36,00 TO MOST EASY SHIP
CHINA AND EASTERN EUROPE ISLANDS 42.OO
ALSO EBAY TAKES 10% OFF THE TOP

FREE ONE YEAR ALL INCLUSIVE WARRANTY

YOU ALWAYS FORGET THESE ARE VINTAGE WATCHES THAT ARE NOT RESTORED WITH ALL BRAND NEW PARTS WHEN OVERHAULED. EVER. AND THEN 9 MONTHS OWN THE ROAD A MINOR PROBLEMS CAN OCCUR. IT S A 3 BUCK PART BUT THE WATCH GUY WILL BIL YOU 130.00 DOLLARS... I OFFER FREE REPAIRS 12 MONTHS, RENEWAL 50 BUCKS. SO IF YOU WANT TO  TRY TO OFFER ME DOWN, PLEASE  REQUEST THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO FORGO THE WARRANTY AND APPRAISAL OK? THANKS ROCK.. LOV MY PATRONS

FREE ONLINE PRO APPRAISAL
ALLOW 6 WEEKS FOR LINK

FREE 14 DAY MONEY  BACK FOR ANY REASON NO QUESTIONS ASKED


WE SHIP WITHIN TWO DAYS DEPENDING ON HOW LONG THE WATCH HAS BEEN WAITING FOR A HOME. THE LONGER THE TIME THE LONGER WE TEST BEFORE SHIPPING AND MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENT NEEDED. THIS CAN BE 12 TO 24 HOURS. THAT IS WHY ONE DAY  IS NOT PLACED. RATHER 2 DAYS, YET OUR PACKAGES ARE DELIVERED IN HALF OR EVEN LESS TIME THAN THOSE SHIPPING IN 24 HOURS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT USE 2 DAY AIR. WE USE IT  ALL THE TIME. IN FACT OUR PACKAGES SOMETIMES ARRIVE EVEN FASTER WHEN A TIME PIECE IS SHIPPED THAT SAME DAY.....

 

FREE 14 DAY MONEY  BACK FOR ANY REASON NO QUESTIONS ASKED

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BOTH ARE WEARING THE CROSS OF LORRAINE

A FEW BUCHERER ROCK RESTORED. THE DIVE WAS PERHAPS ONE OF THE
RAREST BUCHERER WATCHES EVER MADE,. NOT THE ROLEX SPOON WITH
BUCHERER ON THE HANDLE. BUCHERER WAS ALWAYS A TOP GRADE
WATCH COMPANY CATERING TO THE WEALTHY. NOTRE THE 1969 NURSE
PULSATION WATCH WITH DATE.

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THE SILVER SPOON DEMONSTRATE
ROLEX AND BUCHERER
ADVERTISED TOGETHER

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 their market.


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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 diver’s watch was ahead of its time. Bucherer invested in the development of the legendary Beta 21 quartz movement.

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.

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FRENCH MILITARY & FREE FRENCH FORCE


CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN
ROCK RESTORED
ONE YEAR WARRANTY


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SWISS SEVENTEEN JEWELS INCABLOC SHOCK PROTECTED
(ca. 1940/45 AS 984/1187)
Features manual wind Incabloc sweep second  power reserve 43h
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Standard of the Kingdom of France

Cross of Lorraine,symbol of Free French Forces.

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Free French Cross Lorraine Adrian
Helmet   replacing the 1939-1940 Republic "RF" emblem.
Free French Naval ensign and
French Naval Honour Jack.

French flag with the Cross of Lorraine, emblem of the Free French.

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FREE FRENCH WWII

France, along with the United Kingdom, was one of the first participants in World War II after declaring war on Germany following its invasion of Poland in 1939. After the Phoney War from 1939 to 1940, the Germans conducted a brilliant campaign in the Low Countries and, in the Battle of France, managed to inflict defeat on the Allied forces. France formally surrendered to Germany and Italy—who invaded in late campaign—on 25 June 1940, and a collaborationist government, the French State, was established. On 18 June 1940, as an answer to Pétain's own June 17 appeal to "cease the fight" and to obey him on the French national radio, Charles de Gaulle gave a memorable speech to the French people on the English speaking London emitting BBC Radio, telling them that "France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war" (the battle of France and World War II respectively). De Gaulle did not recognize the legitimacy of the Vichy government and went on to found the Free France (La France Libre) as the true government of France.


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USE: DOCTOR - NURSE.

THE FACT IS 99% OF ALL POCKET WATCHES HAD A SUB-REGISTERS FOR SECOND HAND TIME READING ABOVE THE "6" OR NOR NONE AT ALL. THIS IS A RARE POCKET THAT IN REALITY IS LIKE A WRIST WATCH WITH A CORD. THEY WERE USED BY NURSES AND DOCTORS. IN FACT, EVEN THE SMALLER DESIGNS WERE USED BY MEN. AVERAGE WRISTWATCH SIZE WAS 30... . WHO ACTUALLY WANTED A LARGE 60 TO 80 GRAM POCKET WATCH DANGLING ON THEIR NECK AS THEY MADE THEIR ROUNDS. AND THOUGH WRIST WATCHES WERE AVAILABLE, THOSE WITH EASY TO READ SWEEPS SECONDS WERE NOT AS COMMON EITHER. 

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 CENTER AWESOME!!

THE TWO BADGES ARE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE ERA OF SO MUCH WAR AND SICKNESS
WORSE THAN THE FALL OF ROME FOR ROME NEW IT TO BE
FR5OM WWI THROUGH WWII THE NURSE DEALT WITH SO MUCH
SUFFERING. POLIO, INFLUENZA, WAR WOUNDS
THAT WERE SO MANY AND SO BRUTAL
THE FACT THAT FOR 40 YEARS PEOPLE WERE UPROOTED AND
LOST THEIR HOMES VILLAGES CITIES

THE NURSE WAS THE HARBINGER OF HOPE TO SO MANY
FROM 1900 TO 1950 THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH DOCTORS
ONE OF THE HIGHEST  LEVELS OF ATTAINMENT FOR WOMAN WAS THE NURSING FIELD
THEY, THE NURSES OF THE WORLD, WERE CALLED UPON TO DO THE WORKS OF A DOCTOR!

 

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SO, NOT ONLY IS THIS PIECE A WORK OF FUNCTIONAL ART
IT IS A SHOUT FOR THE AGES OF WOMAN AND NURSING
THE FREE FRENCH WOMAN NURSE OFTEN PERFORMED HER WORKS
RIGHT UNDER THE NOSE OF THE GESTAPO
THEY WORKED PLACES FROM NORTH AFRICA TO ITALY
SO SHOUT IT OUT FOR THEM THAT GAVE THEIR ALL
WEAR IT WITH THE PRIDE OF WHOM YOU REPRESENT
AND
WHOM YOU ARE

ROCK


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THE TWO BADGES ARE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE ERA OF RECOVERY FROM
WAR AND SICKNESS, WORSE THAN THE FALL OF ROME


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THE NURSE WAS THE HARBINGER OF HOPE TO SO MANY
FROM 1900 TO 1950 THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH DOCTORS
ONE OF THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF ATTAINMENT FOR WOMAN WAS THE NURSING FIELD
THEY, THE NURSES OF THE WORLD, WERE CALLED UPON TO DO THE WORKS OF A DOCTOR!
 
SO, NOT ONLY IS THIS PIECE A WORK OF FUNCTIONAL ART
IT IS A SHOUT FOR THE AGES OF WOMAN AND NURSING
THE FREE FRENCH WOMAN NURSE OFTEN PERFORMED HER WORKS
RIGHT UNDER THE NOSE OF THE GESTAPO
THEY WORKED PLACES FROM NORTH AFRICA TO ITALY
SO SHOUT IT OUT FOR THEM THAT GAVE THEIR ALL

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THIS SADDLE IS SECURE, THE TIME PIECE IS SECURE
TO WIND THE WATCH WHEN ON YOUR WRIST
DO NOT WIND BACK AND FORTH
JUST TURN CROWN WITH ONE FINGER!
TO SET HANDS REMOVE WATCH AND PULL CROWN SET AS NORMAL
[YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIFT WATCH OUT OF CARRIAGE/SADDLE
[LADIES MEN]


WEAR ON CHAIN
PIN TO CLOTHING
  WEAR AS A WRIST WATCH!

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THAT IS A RUSSIAN PRE-SOVIET IMPERIAL BELT BUCKLE TO THE LEFT
IT WAS WORN BY THE CHIEF OF THE ARTILLERY
NOTE THE CANON. THIS PIC WAS FOR ROCK
THE BUCKLE IS STILL DETAILED BUT IS BRITTLE
IT IS BEING ATTACHED TO THE LEATHER FIRST
THEN ROCK WILL DRILL AND USE TINY SCREWS AND NUTS
ONCE COMPLETE IT IS GOING INTO A NEW IMPERIAL RUSSIA
MILITARY WATCH BOX

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THIS CROSS CLASS EPC WAS ADDED DUE TO THE FACT
IT IS FRENCH WAS WORN ON NURSE UNIFORM AND SPORTS THE FLEUR DE LIS

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NOTE THE HEAVY DUTY YET COMFORTABLE AND PLIABLE LEATHER STRAP
I CHOSE BROWN AND ADDED THE TWO PINS
REMEMBER THE CONVERSION CARRIAGE/SADDLE IS APP100 YEARS OF AGE
IT WAS DEVELOPED TO CONVERT LADIES POCKET WATCHES TO
PENDANT OR WRIST WATCH.
VERY EXTREMELY RARE
SIMPLY LIFT THE TIME PIECE AND IT CAN BE REMOVED
PLACE OF THE CHAIN THAT CAME WITH THE BUCHERER
IT SNAPS BACK INTO THE SADDLE IN MOMENTS
IT IS SECURE AND SAFE

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WHY ROCKS HANDS LOOK DIRTY!!
GOOGLE
"GOLDSMITHWORKS HANDS DIRTY"

TO ADD THE FREE FRENCH NURSE PIN AND THE FRENCH RED CROSS
ROCK HAD TO WELD SILVER ONTO THE BACKS THEN MOUNT THEM
THE ENAMEL IS AS IT WAS. THESE ARE HARD TO DISCOVER
LIKE HUNTING FOR A DINOSAUR

WE GAVE HIM HECK CAUSE AFTER 30 YEARS
HE BURNT HIS RIGHT HAND POINTER FINGER

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STEEL PIN REMOVED A CHANNEL IS CUT IN THE MEDALLION
THEN A SILVER PIECE IS PLACED IN THE CHANEL
IT IS SIZED CUT AND FILED IT IS PLACED IN THE CHANNEL
TWO PIECES OF HARD SOLDER

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ROCK IS NOW HEATING.
THE TEMP HAS TO BE HIGH
BUT THE ENAMEL CAN BE DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR
BUT ROCK ACHIEVES HIS GOAL

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ENAMEL AS IT WAS LATER BUFFING WITH STONE POLISH
WILL LET IT BE FOR  DECADES

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NOTE THE "SWORD"
IT IS DRIVEN INTO THE LEATHER
IT WILL BEND VERY EASY
OVER TIME IT WILL HARDEN EVEN MORE
PERFECT JOB

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NOTE, THE REDDISH BROWN IS A MIX OF NATURAL PRODUCTS
IT WILL BE BUFFED OUT LATER, OR 24HRS  

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AFTER BUFFING FOR THE 10TH TIME AWESOME

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MOVEMENT IS A 1949-1945
AS 984/1187

17 JEWEL
INCABLOC
INTEGRATED SWEEPS
SHOCK PROTECTED
MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT

 

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

I HAVE 200.00 INTO BUYING AND RESTORING THE TIME PIECE [FROM FRANCE] , PLUS 75.00 FOR THE ADAPTER; 35.00 FOR CHAIN, 22.00 FOR BASE STRAP. PLUS A WARRANTY

A POCKET AND PENDANT A WRIST WATCH

WEAR ON LONG CHAIN [PENDANT] 
WEAR ON SHORT CHAIN [POCKET]
WEAR ON WRIST [WRIST WATCH]

YOU DECIDE


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THESE PHOTOS DEMONSTRATE THE POWER OF THE FREE FRENCH IN WWII
NOTE THE MONSTER CROSS OF LORRAINE PLACED TO HONOR De GAULE

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SO POPULAR WERE THE FREE FRENCH -LONG AFTER THE WAR
MGM AND OTHER STUDIOS PRODUCED THE CROSS OF LORRAINE


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FREE FRENCH

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

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A DURACLAD CHAIN CAN BE SHORTENED. IT IS NOW 40 INCHES. OR A 20 INCH LENGTH

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1939-1943
1939-1945

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-BRITIAN-BELGIUM].

France surrendered in June of 1940 and formed a collaborating government -- headed by  PÃtain -- titled "The French State" and known as the Vichy government.

Right after the French Government surrender,Pétain 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"

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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.  . 

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 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 Goverment & 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 ÃMile 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.

 

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 3 PART CASE IN FINE TO MINT CONDITION
THE CASE IS IN SUPERB CONDITION
ELECTRO CLEANED
BUFF FINISHED

Postwar

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 ministÃrielle 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.

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RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF LUMINOVA

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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. WALLAH! AFTER 2 YEARS IT IS COMP;ETED

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BEFORE OVERHAUL

GLASS CRYSTAL INSTALLED & SEALED
WITH UV CEMENT
CURED FOR 24 HOURS UNDER UV LIGHT

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AFTER STRAP REPAIR

WARRANTY

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 REQUIORED MADE IT RIGHT


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FINAL COSTS

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.

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3 PART CASE IN FINE TO MINT CONDITION

THE CASE IS IN SUPERB CONDITION
ELECTRO CLEANED
BUFF FINISHED

AFTER OVERHAUL

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STRAP/CHAIN

THE 40 INCH CHAIN MEANS THIS BUCHERER CAN BE WORN AROUND THE NECK OR AS A POCKET WATCH, "

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HE BALE WAS NOT TESTED

CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT 
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WITH YOUR INVESTMENT YOU RECEIVE

A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY ON WATCH AND TIMER

$825.00 PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE **APPRAISAL
NOTE: RESTORED TIME PIECE & CHAIN AND STRAP AND PATENT HOLDER

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