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  1. The movement is a Peseux 110 (or similar) as seen here: http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?00&ranfft&a&2uswk&Peseux_110 Regards.
  2. Morning, From the recesses of the hat today, it’ll be this mid-70s Roamer Auto in a 9ct gold case. Runs on a 17j hacking MST 522, the final flourish of their in-house movements. Bought at auction and comprehensively ignoring my absolutely-not-to-be-exceeded limit but, hey, it does have a signed buckle and crown, so that was my conscience salved. Kind of. Regards.
  3. Morning, Today, it’ll be the turn of this 1960s Bentima Star with its 21j AS 1525/1526. I’d been about to offer a brief synopsis of what is known about Bentima, until I discovered that it had already been done - in 2014 by Honour, and far more eloquently than I could have hoped to do. Please see here: https://thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?/topic/89851-bentima-bentima/, a post which I see has been referenced to other members who have asked about this brand. Regards.
  4. Morning, Today’s effort will be this 1950s Accurist DivermatiC with its reasonably smart-looking 21j ETA 2452. I get the “matic” bit, but “diver”? Well, you just kinda wouldn’t. The few similar examples I’ve seen over the years have all had this same textured dial which I haven’t found on other Accurist models, but that may just be coincidence. The company was established 1946 in London, still lives on today and some of their “Classic” range with minimalist dials do have a certain degree of style. Regards.
  5. Morning, ……and no sniggering at the back - you know who you are! Made by Muller & Vaucher, this 35mm job probably dates from around 1950 and runs on their own 17j Recta G2 movement with a Breguet overcoil balance spring, since untangled from when it first came to me as a non-runner. Unusually, the case back is also gold plated, I guess on the premise that if you didn’t move quickly enough, you got plated! The addition of “Majex” on the dial suggests that this watch may have been introduced to UK by Marchand & Jobin, importers not only of Recta and Minerva models, but principally of Majex-branded watches with an identical style of wordmark to that on today’s effort. An example can be seen on their promotional material such as this 7’’ glass ashtray which, exhibiting my usual iron-willed self-control, I had been unable to resist. Mrs B was not pleased. The Recta brand goes back to 1898 and, according to Ranfft, became silent in 1984. Regards.
  6. Morning, Swiss-made Bero, first registered by Bero SA in 1946 and who were still producing new brand names up until the mid-1970s. This one from the 1960s and driven by a 17j version of the good ol’ Baumgartner 34. Regards.
  7. Morning, Today this ThusyT from probably around 1950, with its fair share of age-associated patina and, at 37mm, a big boy for its time. Like this one, the few I’ve seen of this brand seem to have mainly been sold from Italy and whilst the name is recorded in Mikrolisk, the maker is shown as “unknown” but speculated to have been Swiss. Today’s effort is another example of mismatched jewel counts between dial and movement and despite the “206” on the bridge, is running on a 13’’’ Unitas cal. 176, unfortunately not represented in either R.R. or Lorenz. An alternative version of the 176 is shown in a German archive but with “207” on a substantially different bridge configuration from mine. Concluding today’s little mystery, a Thusyt watch driven by an AS 1203 movement is featured in a short YouTube video (why??) without dialogue but captioned in Portuguese. Regards.
  8. Morning, 1950s Audax with its 17j ETA 1080. When trying to research this brand, I found to my relief (and no little gratitude) that much of the heavy lifting had been previously been done by our very own Honour, the fruits of his labour being seen here: https://thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?/topic/109937-audax-watches-hunting-down-the-history/ and I would heartily commend it to all with an interest in the less well-travelled paths of our hobby. Regards.
  9. Morning, Today it’ll be this 1950s Mithras Hunter with a seldom-seen 25j Brac 118 auto calibre, just one of various movements, both pallet- and pin-lever, found in Mithras watches. The brand is not exactly unknown but, rather surprisingly, there seems to be no record of who actually made them, despite the continuing mystery of its origins cropping up in discussions in several watch forums over the years. Two different styles of wordmark were used, one in cursive script and one in block letters like today’s effort. Some were branded as French-made and others, like mine, as Swiss - albeit with its rotor inscribed in French. Some show no country of origin at all and are thought to have been made in France for the home market, leading to speculation that either there were two separate Mithras brands or that the original French company re-located over the border to Switzerland, changing the style of its wordmark at the same time. Yet more unfinished business, I’m afraid. Regards.
  10. Morning, This one looks like clambering out of the hat today. Dates from the 1960s and runs on what Benrus called their DR-2F1 movement which, in reality, is a barely modified 17j ETA 2372. Apologies for the rather “sudden” movement pic. Regards.
  11. Morning, The only watch I can ever remember my dear, and long deceased, father ever owning. 36mm and dating from the 1950s, it runs on a simple, if uncommon, 17j Brac cal.2002 pin lever. It was treated to an overhaul and new strap when I rediscovered it, but Fero was never an expensive brand and they suffered from poor quality plating. However, it was his pride and joy and he had it serviced every year, bless ‘im. Regards.
  12. Morning, Today, it’s going to be this Vidar dating from the 1950s and whose maker has caused some debate. For various reasons, I’ve always felt that it’s probably not related to the vintage Swiss-made Roamer sub-brand nor, clearly, the modern-day Roamer model range, both of which bear the Vidar name. However, an authority on all things Roamer feels that it kinda, maybe, could be by the original MST (Roamer) company - although he does have some reservations. Also, for ages the movement had me well and truly stumped and was seemingly uncommon enough never to have been recorded in any of the three main calibre archives. Finally it was identified from a 1957 issue of Flume as a Guba 1100SC from German maker Gustav Bauer by the curator of one of these archives who was then able to add this movement image to his database. Hopefully, that’ll save anyone else tearing their hair out and if you’ve had the fortitude to read this far, it could just be you. Regards.
  13. Thank you, but where would we be without the female side of things? And no, there's no need to answer that.
  14. Thank you. And that's a jolly useful resource for Helvetia owners. Using your look-up, my watch dates to 1964, with another one dating to 1962. Cheers.
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