Tourby Watches inspired by the centuries old tradition of Ottoman clocks has created their own design using the Ottoman numerals. This custom design with the use of Ottoman numerals has been entered by Tourby Watches as design with the Patent Office in Munich and is monitored by lawyers. The Tourby Ottoman Enamel models come with a 40 mm stainless steel case. The top ring is provided with a very durable sapphire crystal, which is the second hardest of all transparent materials after diamond with a hardness of 9. The crystal is available curved with an underside anti-reflective coating. The dial is covered in genuine 925/000 sterling silver with an enamel paint layer. The dial is made from a reputable German company for Tourby Watches. There are other big Swiss brands that have their enamel dials finished there too but the costs of these brands dials alone more than Tourby the whole wristwatch. The hands come from Switzerland and are made of heat-blued steel. Only two Swiss factories are still producing such high-quality steel-hands today. The blued hands are available in Marine-style. To match the sleek watches are the bands of genuine Louisiana alligator skin. The straps are held by a stainless steel buckle.
All movements are shock-proof according to DIN 8308 standard and anti-magnetic according to DIN standard 8309th
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Ottoman 40 Decorated SCDG with Cordovan strap* 1,325.00 Euro
Ottoman 40 Decorated SCDG with Alligator strap * 1,400.00 Euro
Folding clasp + 50,- Euro
Partial hand engravings on movement + 600,- Euro
Complete hand engravings on movement + 1800,- Euro
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40.5 mm wristwatches in vintage pocket-watch design
48 mm lug to lug
22 mm strap wide
8.75 mm thickness (without glas)
10.6 mm thickness total (incl. glas)
5 ATM water resistant
watch case in stainless steel
ETA Unitas 6498.1 Decorated SCDG
Swiss Made pocket-watch movement (17 Jewels, 18.000 A/h, 48 h power reserve)
Properly refined according to highest watchmaking standards
genuine 925/000 Sterling silver face
enamel coated with old turkish "Ottoman" numbers
Domed and anti-reflected sapphire glass on front
Sapphire display case back
Stainless steel clasp
Watch straps made of genuine Louisiana alligator skin
Shipped in an attractive travel Leather case
anti-shock proof (DIN standard 8308)
antimagnetic 4,800 A (DIN standard 8309)
The tradition to manufacture watches for the Turkish market, dates back to the 17th century. Often precious copies were presented to statesman. Today you can see a comprehensive collection in the Topkapi Sarayi Museum in Istanbul. In order to be successful in Turkey, the former Ottoman Empire, the watches had to match the Turkish style. The French watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet and Julien LeRoy had built in the 17th century their famous mechanical marvels with Ottoman figures. The French used a lot of gold for these Ottoman pocket watches as well as precious stones, elaborate guilloche patterns and colorful enamel paintings. The Turks at this time had a weakness for pomp and colorful watches, mostly in traditional turquoise.
In the 18th century, watches from England were imported into the Ottoman Empire. The brothers Edward and George Prior had specialized in the development of Ottoman pocket watches were usually very elaborately decorated spindle pocket watches that are still running to this day 200 years later. Among collectors they are coveted objects. These watches were often very large and were driven by a chain. There were not only technical masterpieces but also possessed a very robust construction.Visually, especially the movements inside the watches were an absolute feast for the eyes with abundant decorations and hand engravings.
At the beginning of the 20th century after the fragmentation of the Ottoman Empire the demand fell sharply for lavish Ottoman pocket watches. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the so called "modern Turk" wanted tie his country closer to Europe and replaced the old Ottoman figures with arabic text and numbers used in Europe. The Turkish nobility fell victim to Atatürks democratic system and this changed the design of the watches in Turkey. Instead of pomp and expensive pocket watches for the Turkish nobility they now needed watches for simple people. The company Cortebert then a Swiss watch giant, rose to the Turkish market and becamethe biggest exporter of watches. Cortebert was one of the largest Movement Manufacturers at the time and was comparable today to ETA. Cortebert not only produced movements in large numbers but also sold watches under its own name. Their own pocket watches were mainly built for railway workers throughout Europe and were usually simple in design and affordable. The quality of these railwaymen pocket watches but is still appreciated and the demand for old Cortebert movements has exploded through the revival of the brand Panerai. Many watch collectors know that Cortebert sold these movements on to Rolex and then Rolex sold them to Panerai, who built watches for the Italian and German Navy. Many Turkish railway watches come with the name "Demiryolari" today collectors can pay almost 10 times the value of the actual value of such a watch. But that's another story.
In the new Turkey the expensive noble Ottoman pocket watches quickly disappeared from the market. Atatürk did not like to see people with expensive watches that were diamond-adorned when the common people could hardly afford a cheap pocket watch. He himself was not quite so modest, he had among other things a chronograph by Patek Philippe, which was a gift from the King of England. Watches with Ottoman figures were no longer in the new Turkey.
Only the company Serkishoff whose the watches were sold mainly for the Russian market, produced watches with Ottoman figures up to the 1970's. These were usually very poor quality the movements were from the Swiss company Zenith but were marketed under the pseudonym Billodes due to their inferior quality. Today, no more watches are built with Ottoman figures, even many Turks now vaguely know these numbers.