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A Brief Life: A.E.C. Watch


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As members will surely know, the number of watch brands that have come and gone (or been resurrected) over the years of wristwatch production has been considerable to say the least, and as a researcher into the history of watches I encounter brands and companies that have almost no traceable history, sometimes because their lives were cut short. In this topic, I shall look at a brand that seems to have had a brief life and has not left much in terms of documentary evidence for its history. Fortunately though, we do have some extant watches, and they indicate that A.E.C. Watch as a brand name may have only lasted little more than a decade from the early 1940s until, and including, the early 1950s.

 A.E.C. Watch - was a brand mark registered on 18 April 1944 for Hans E. Meier Ltd., trading as Praesent Watch Co. Ltd. This firm also used "Praesent" as a brand name on watches and I do wonder if A.E.C. originated as an abbreviation of a company name (or partners names) where the 'C' stood for "Company" (perhaps a firm or partnership taken over by Hans Meier). The earliest date I have seen attributed to an A.E.C. watch is 1938, for a chronograph being sold online through Chrono 24, although this dating does not appear to be based on hard evidence such as an inscription, and the design of that watch could place it into the early 1940s.

As mentioned above, we really only have firm evidence for the history of this brand in the surviving watches. For myself, I have a rolled gold Art Deco A.E.C. Watch ladies' watch with a square case and hand-wind movement dating to the early or mid 1940s. Anyway, here are some A.E.C. Watch wristwatches for your perusal, and may I end this text with an appeal for any information on this little-known watch brand...

 

STOP PRESS: just before finishing this topic, I discovered an entry in the Swiss Federal Archives referring to "Meier HE, Praesent Watch Co. Ltd., Zurich," and giving the date of 1954 for the creation of this company. This reference may indicate something happening to, or within, the Meier concern rather than the actual inception of Praesent watch company, but whatever the case, the date of 1954 coincides neatly with my proposed date for when the A.E.C. Watch branding was dropped.

 

 

 

An A.E.C. Watch gents chronograph dating to the late 1940s in 18 carat pink gold with a 36mm case and powered by a Landeron #148 hand-wind movement (pics from assets.catawiki.nl):

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A rare A.E.C. Watch 1940s regulator dual dial wristwatch probably for use by a doctor powered by a 15J movement (pics from timelyclassics.com):

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An A.E.C. Watch gents wristwatch dating to about the early 1950s and powered by a hand-wind AS1187-1194 movement (pic from i.pinimg.com/originals):

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A 1940s A.E.C. Watch wristwatch with 34.5mm (not incl. crown) plated base metal case. Subsidiary seconds register, and powered by a 15K hand-wind movement (pic from uhrforum.de):

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A 1940s 18 carat gold A.E.C. Watch chronograph with a 35mm X 11mm case, powered by a hand-wind Landeron caliber 50 movement (pics from assets.catawiki.nl):

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hi my grandmother left me same watch as first writer gold coloured square face approx 15mm . AEC  above central hand spindle and swiss under the 6 bracelet is oval baubles solid in middle with one bauble either side halved .if any of that makes sense. be nice to know year of manufacture etc

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On 09/10/2021 at 11:09, SUSAN MOWLES said:

hi my grandmother left me same watch as first writer gold coloured square face approx 15mm . AEC  above central hand spindle and swiss under the 6 bracelet is oval baubles solid in middle with one bauble either side halved .if any of that makes sense. be nice to know year of manufacture etc

Welcome, Ms. Mowles, to this crazy but lovable forum.

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