Old Military Vintage 40

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

40.5 mm wristwatches in vintage pocket-watch design

48 mm lug to lug

22 mm strap wide

8.75 mm thickness (without crystal)

10.6 mm thickness total (incl. crystal)

watch case in stainless steel

Old Radium luminous dial and hands

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

Properly refined according to highest watchmaking standards
heat blued steel hands

galvano-black dial
Domed and anti-reflected sapphire glass on front

Sapphire display case back

Stainless steel buckle

Watch straps made of genuine buffalo leather or Russian leather

Shipped in an attractive travel Leather case

anti-shock proof (DIN standard 8308)
antimagnetic 4,800 A (DIN standard 8309)

 

 

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Delivery time within 4 weeks

 

Price (NET excluded VAT):

Old Military Vintage 40 Premium with buffalo or calf Leather strap * 2,100.00 Euro

Old Military Vintage 40 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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Choose between sapphire 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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