Old Military Vintage Enamel 45

Available in three sizes - 40 mm, 43 mm or 45 mm

The epoch of the old military pocket watch emerged around the turn of the century and reached its peak between the two world wars. After the Second World War, these pocket watches were hardly ever made. Only the then mass manufacturer Cortebert had produced a few pocket watches in military design after the war, otherwise demand had fallen sharply. The pocket watch had been almost entirely replaced by the wristwatch, and wristwatches became a bit simpler in design, with smaller numerals. The design of the old military pocket watches, on the other hand, was characterized by these oversized Arabic numerals, which were lined with luminous material on the inside. A special distinguishing feature of these watches is that the border of the digits is still clearly visible. Normally, luminous material is applied completely to the printed numbers. In the case of military watches, however, the printed numbers are hollow on the inside and illuminants are only applied to the inside of the numbers. Therefore, the digits had to be so large, otherwise it would not have been technically feasible. There were even some dials that completely dispensed with luminous material for cost reasons, or where only some of the digits were covered with Luminova. The "chemin de fer" railway line, which has a rhombus in some places, is also characteristic of military pocket watches. In addition, all had the seconds field at 6 o'clock. Many military pocket watches look confusingly alike. If you believe the dial manufacturers, the brands did not place such high value on independence at the time. At that time, the dial manufacturers still designed the dials themselves for the customer, and therefore there were many similarities between the watch brands. Today everyone attaches importance to an individual design. In the past, however, some watches could only be distinguished by the brand name, otherwise they were almost identical. Military pocket watches from luxury Swiss brands are still very popular with collectors today. In addition, there were also a large number of relatively unknown manufacturers who no longer exist today.

Specifications:

manufactured watch case

45 mm diameter

52 mm lug to lug

22 mm strap wide

11.30 mm thickness without crystal

13.35 mm height incl. domed crystal
Stainless steel watch case (Made in Germany)

Watch case completely brushed by hand

Polished bezel or polished lugs on request

Domed and anti-reflective sapphire glass (arched)

Sapphire glass case back

Enamel coated dial with luminous material (Made in Germany)
Heat-blued steel hands with luminous material (Swiss Made)
TRITEC "old radium" luminous material (Swiss Made)

PREMIUM manual wind movement (based on Swiss Made ETA Unitas 6498-1), 17 Jewels, 18.000 A/h beats per hour, power reserve 52 h

or TOP GRADE manual wind movement (based on Swiss Made ETA Unitas 6498-2), 17 Jewels, 21.600 A/h beats per hour, power reserve 60 h

fine adjusted in 5 positions

Precision -2/+8 sec/day, after casing

Shock-resistant according to DIN 8308 Standards
Anti-magnetic according to DIN 8309 Standards
hand-stitched leather bands (Made in Germany)
Stainless steel buckle

Shipped in an attractive trvael Leather case

 

 

 

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Delivery time within 4 weeks

 

Price (NET excluded VAT):

Old Military Enamel 45 Premium with buffalo or calf Leather strap * 2,100.00 Euro

Old Military Enamel 45 Top Grade with buffalo or calf Leather strap * 2,750.00 Euro

 

Upgrades: (Please click on the text for more informations):

genuine Cordovan leather strap + 25.00 Euro

genuine alligator skin strap + 100.00 Euro

Change to straight crown * free of charge

Folding clasp + 50.00 Euro

Partial hand engravings on movement  + 750.00 Euro

Completely hand engravings on movement + 1,500.00 Euro

Artificially aged + 250.00 Euro

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This model is available in two different colors. One comes with brownish luminous material, other one is a little bit lighter and more brownish-yellow. Choose your favorite:

You can choose between display (sapphire) case back, or solid case back

The movement is available in two levels of refinement (please click on the following links for more informations about these movements):

 

Premium from 2,100.00 Euro

Top Grade from 2,750.00 Euro

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