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  1. Morning, One of a bunch of miscellaneous non-runners he’d recently acquired, my watchmaker’s offer to resurrect and service this Helvetia for the price of a pint was too good to pass up, especially when it included a new crystal and strap. Running on a 17j Helvetia H64, it subsequently came to me for slightly more than his original proposition, but not by much, given beer prices these days. Regards.
  2. Or, in my day, "............... we're going to advance"
  3. Yup, just like me, thoroughly modern and bang up to date with the fashions of 90 years ago. Incidentally, used to know these as wheel "spats".
  4. Morning, Still just about discernible on the dial, today’s effort had been retailed by Mackay & Chisholm, founding date unknown but listed in a Post Office directory of 1872 as “jewellers, gold and silver smiths, watchmakers and dealers in curiosities” located at 49 North Bridge, Edinburgh. A notice in the Edinburgh Gazette of 19th August 1932 shows the status of the company, by then at 56-57 Princes Street and sole partner Wm G Chisholm, being changed to Mackay & Chisholm Limited. I haven’t yet found any references after that date and, of course, that address has long since been redeveloped. The movement is a Stauffer “Peercee” which is recorded as being first registered in 1936 and although the 1932 addition of “Limited” to the retailer’s company name doesn’t appear on the dial, the added presence of what looks like an early form of Incabloc suggests that the watch dates from around the mid-1930s. David Boettcher tends to associate the Peercee name as firstly appearing in the 1920s and with movements provided by Eterna but with sufficiently different bridge shapes from their base calibres to disguise the fact. This one’s keyless works indicate that it is a modified 10.5’’’ Eterna 600, probably an early version with its bimetallic balance wheel. The “Rustless Steel” case is 27 x 33mm and with 16mm wire lugs which have had some, er, precision repairs over the years. “Shock Proof” is faintly visible above the oddly-compressed sub dial, whilst blued hands and a deco look complete this old fellow’s faded charms. Regards.
  5. There’ll be an outing for this Swiss-made Miramar with its 17j AS 1287 today. Never came across much about the brand, other than it being registered in 1950 and an old post on the UF suggesting that the recorded makers, Miramar SA, existed into the 1990s. As an aside, I seem to recall over the years occasionally seeing the identical Miramar wordmark as belonging to the original Arsa Watch Co. However, the modern-day Auguste Reymond Swiss Watch Co, when outlining the history of the Arsa brand since the 1920s, makes no mention of a Miramar sub-brand so perhaps any such connection is unlikely. Regards.
  6. Morning, Today will be this Ingersoll from around 1930, with a silvered dial and 34mm polished nickel plated carré- shaped case. This effort is a product of the long ago association with Junghans of Germany, being driven by the Junghans Cal. J53, previously identified as simply the Cal.13’’’ which came from the Junghans factory in Schwenningen whilst their better, jewelled movements were produced at the Schramberg plant. Prior to being repurposed as a gent’s wristwatch, this calibre had also been known in the 1920s as “Miss” having been installed in pocket watch models for ladies, and also as “NOBRK” to promote the notion of its staff pivot being “so constructed that it is shock-proof and practically NONBREAKABLE”, not a claim which I intend to put to the test. Although DOA with much of its hairspring wrapped around the top of the centre wheel, a loose balance bridge and a grubby movement as black as the Earl o’ Hell’s waistcoat, it’s now back to fully functioning, leaving only a replacement movement screw to find sometime. Regards.
  7. 16''' Molnia 3608, probably designed mainly as a pocket watch movement but in some instances crammed into a wrist watch, like my 40mm Ural. Regards.
  8. Morning, I'm plenty square, if that counts. It’ll be this Nivrel with freckles today, running on a variant of the 17j AS 1188 and originally a 1936-registered sub-brand of Swiss makers Marvin, established in 1850 but who closed their doors in the 1970s. The “Nivrel” name then lay dormant until 1993 when it was resurrected by Gerd Hofer GmbH of Germany who still produce their version of Nivrel watches, now bearing the legend “since 1936” (well, they would, wouldn’t they?) and one of whose models you can buy today for the thick end of £25k if you’re stuck for an idea for that last-minute prezzie. Regards.
  9. Morning, Today will be this 36mm Lecram from the 1940s, a watch which declares itself to have been made in France and runs on the old version of the French-made Cupillard 233, even though Marcel Fath of Neuchâtel, Switzerland seems to be the only recorded maker of this brand. However, with “Lecram” being “Marcel” reversed and Neuchâtel being in the French-speaking area of Switzerland maybe they’re both kind of correct. Regards.
  10. Morning, Today it’s this Majex driven by a 21j variant of the FHF 72. Probably from the 1950s and possibly made by Minerva, purely on the tenuous basis that both Majex and Minerva were imported into UK by Gaumont Watches of Manchester and sold by Marchand & Jobin of London and Glasgow Regards.
  11. FHF/ST 96, details here: https://17jewels.info/movements/f/fhf/fhf-96-st/ Regards, Morning, Today, this fixed-lugs Mentor will be awakened from its peaceful slumbers for its annual wearing. Made by Bader & Hafner of Holderbank, Switzerland and ploughing on with its Baumgartner 800 claiming four jewels, which probably means one. The “Mentor” brand name seems to date back to 1941 but this particular style of wordmark is only recorded as having first appeared in 1962 which, thanks to some excellent research by Honour, we know can’t be correct if the 1947 advert is anything to go by: https://www.thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?/topic/111816-mentor-watches-a-history-uncovered/ Regards.
  12. Well, if “uncanonised saint” is the same thing as “grumpy b*****d”, you’re pretty much spot on. However, to dispel any romanticised image you may have, here he is with a rare (and forced) smile after having made a part to resurrect a 1930s Bulova Jump Hour which a friend of mine in the States had sent to me as a last resort in the hope of a miracle from Mr Grumpy. Another of his attributes is inherent laziness, preferring to sit on his ample bahookie all day doing nothing more than re-sizing watch bracelets or changing batteries, rather than putting his undoubted skills to proper use. That said, we have a great relationship and I love him dearly, being only too aware that I couldn’t indulge my otherwise ruinous passion without him. Regards.
  13. Morning, It’ll be this 1950s Burgana for today. Made by one of the von Burg families of Bettlach, this particular dynasty having their premises at Hofergässli. The company seems to have existed from 1946 until finally liquidated by an Edgar von Burg in 1997. As is often the case, this watch was bought as a non-running wreck and, in this instance, with no case back but it was the movement which had grabbed my attention - the near legendary Ebosa-Matic, aka the 21j Ebosa 27 bumper, with the weight striking on steel pins rather than springs and what looks like a Neutro-Shock system. This pin-lever movement was apparently described in a 1952 edition of the German The Watch magazine as “a new Roskopf automatic” and more recently by Ranfft as “absolutely rare”. And so the sorry shambles became mine, only to languish in a “pending” box for a couple of years until I had the courage to introduce it to my watchmaker. As usual, I took the big tears running down his careworn face as gratitude and unbridled happiness. As usual, I was wrong. However, after some persuasion he set to with his trusty hammer and chisel, the accompanying images charting the journey from scrapper to wearer, which is no more than it deserves. Regards.
  14. Morning, It’ll be this 1960S Oris today. Runs on the 17j Oris 654KIF and nowadays is a rare vintage example of this brand which hasn't been cobbled together in Dharavi with imaginatively coloured dials and hookey movements. Regards.
  15. Morning, This “Rustless Steel” Mido with its Taubert-style decagonal case back doesn’t get the wearing it deserves, so I’ll sort that today. Dates from the 1940s and runs on their own 15j Mido 1200B, derived from the Cal. 394 ebauche produced by either AM or Felsa although exactly by which one seems to be uncertain. Regards.
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