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This Swiss made watch is all original and has a white dial with gold Roman numerals, gold hands and date at "3". Battery operated quartz movement is running well and keeping good time. Yellow gold plated case with stainless steel back that is marked "Water Resistant 3ATM". Yellow gold plated attached band with Raymond Weil marked clasp. Overall length is 7 1/4 inches.
Size 33 x 37 mm
Ken Cooper our best and only sales manager on the west coast has long been known to dip into the deep beer bats of aging Budweiser and if you could see him know with the foam dripping from his chin you would know that he has been drinking while writing this account of the life of Walter Young.
An immense, joyful crowd of watch lovers, collectors, plus just folks that were lost in the inner bowels of Cat City, and just plain fanatics that had gathered in the large convention room of the Inter-Planet Timepiece Association of the Universe (IPTAU) to honor one of their most loyal and wealthy members. Mr. Walter (Gottcha You Covered You Know) Young who stood there proudly at attention, with his immense, whale like, gut hanging over his large and very expensive European woolen pants, as the association president, Mr. Carl Readsowell, recounted his outstanding deeds with deep bass tones to the loud and ever increasing roar of the friendly crowd and then with style and grace only Mr. Readsowell could do, presented Mr. Young a lovely used Golden Raymond Weil wristwatch. It was just one of the many crowning moments of Mr. Young's life and he beamed with pure and genuine pleasure with a huge smile as he accepted the very striking timepiece and at the same time, silently, with glee, released a tremendous amount of odor filled methane gas from his inner body cavity with no sound emitting from his huge torso. The president of the association suddenly was hit full force by the aroma, staggered and pale of face, told the jolly members of the association to call 911 as he felt he had just underwent a large cardiac event and that the jolly meeting was now over. Others in the large and very spirited crowd assumed there was something wrong with the ancient heating & air system to cause such a very pungent smell that just lingered and lingered. Older patrons of the show fainted while ancient ladies shouted, "It's the vapors I tell you it's the vapors" while falling to the thick carpeted floor with strange repeating thuds. Departing the building with speed, which by now was covered with a light, hazy odor filled smoke, but feeling overwhelmed with pure joy Mr. Young suddenly remembered he had left his wonderful but used gleaming Raymond Weil timepiece on the speaker's platform in the odor filled hall. Darting back into the street, Mr. Walter Young was struck, with full-force, by a large tour bus full of senior citizens and cats from the local animal shelter driven by a Mr. Shigeta Aota, and then thrown about 100 feet. Arriving almost at once upon the frantic scene, a large police prowl car driven by Officer Shigeta Aota Sr (The tour bus driver's father) , parked on top of Mr. Walter Young's prone body crushing the remaining life out of Mr. Young. Months later, Mrs. Heatherbutt Young, his trim but very ugly wife, was given the sparkling well kept Raymond Weil timepiece in a somber meeting in a well ventilated building by the president ( a thin, pale-faced and very shaken Mr. Readsowell), who was really happy to discover he had not had a heart attack that tragic day. Mrs. Young left the building and went straight home, driving her 1950 Nash a great speed and flipping off hapless people in her way, arrived home and placed this fine work of timekeeping in her safe at home, forgetting it almost at once, as she wanted to watch the latest "soaps" on TV. The world turned over many times and Mrs. Young finally departed this mortal coil, while glued to the TV, to her final reward and Young's only child ( a real knave, despised by all), Thorpe (Heathering) Young, discovered the Raymond Weil, and needing funds, headed to a large timepiece show in town called "The Toothpick Kid's Traveling Watch & Ice Cream Show". Entering Thorpe spotted a friendly, red faced gentleman with a huge smile sitting behind a counter that displayed a sign that proclaimed loudly, "Best Prices For Good Used Watches Here and Advice on Eating Only Quality Ice Cream". The large, red-faced friendly man, known as Girard (aka The Toothpick Kid) gave Thorpe a reasonable price for the hardly worn, gleaming Raymond Weil and resumed eating more of his rich, creamy fat-laden ice cream with wrists pumping like a piston in an over-worked steam engine with ice cream dripping down his red face. Thorpe went home happy with plans to sell his Mom's 1950 Nash at a great profit and possibly her 1951 Kaiser auto to an antique collector. Girard proudly offers this watch with quite a story and at a great price. When talking with Girard ask him about his lay-away plan as he's so proud of it and please note the deep, rich tones to his charming voice. As for Mr. Shigeta Aota he has accepted a job as the Captain of a very large oil tanker bringing oil to Cat City from the Middle East, his father was just promoted to Chief of Police Investigations in Cat City. When "peppered" with questions about your immaculate timepiece be sure to inform all those who ask that you bought it from Girard’s at such a reasonable price and when ordering a timepiece from Girard be sure to ask him for his personal and well written "10 Tips to Care for Your Watch" that is printed on very fine quality paper.
Attached is a brief history of the Tavannes Watch Co. Little known Tavannes had a big foot print in the watch history and hope you enjoy reading it. This 15 jewel manual wind Swiss movement is marked "Tavannes Watch Co." it is running well and keeping good time. Silver original dial with black numbers and black hands. 10 kt. yellow rolled gold plated case with yellow gold plated back. New brown leather band. It measures 25 mm. across x 33 mm. lug end to lug end. Cir. 1950's.
In 1891 a young, talented master watchmaker, Henri-Frédéric Sandoz, founded the Tavannes Watch Company in a small Swiss village.
It was during this time that watches were becoming popular. Industrialization and the expansion of the railroad system made a standardized time necessary. The United Kingdom, in 1884, set its time to Greenwich Mean Time and it really established the watch business as we know it today.
Thanks to its constant innovation, Tavannes Watch Co won the Gold Medal at the Grand Prix de Bruxelles in 1910.
The company’s 20th-century product range naturally included wristwatches of the most diverse character for example the shock-proof models with a protective cover over the fragile crystal glasses that were issued to soldiers in 1915
Henri-Frédéric Sandoz was a real entrepreneur. His visits to American manufacturers inspired him, and he was the first to create machine tools exclusively for the Swiss watch industry. Tavannes became an important Swiss watch company because of his engineering abilities.
At the end of the twenties and beginning of the thirties, Tavannes Watch Co created new kind of watches like “La Captive” or the Belt-Watch, which consisted of completely new concepts at that time. These were followed by “waterproof” wristwatches, as well as wrist-chronographs equipped with Valjoux movements. 1938
In half a century, Tavannes built five factories in Switzerland, and became the fourth largest watch manufacturer in the world. At that time they employed over 2,000 skilled watchmakers and produced over 4,000 watches a day.
A huge fire destroyed several buildings of the factory as well as most of the archives.
In 1943 the company launched its first automatic movement, the caliber 420, with a swinging arm winding in one direction. This movement was fitted into the square cased « Watersport » model, for example. The Tavannes Watch Co Distributor Network was based out of the whole world.
With over 300 patents obtained for mechanical and automatic timepieces, Tavannes was producing movements for most of the famous Swiss brands. Many of these innovations are still used today.
Around 1957, the “Autorotor” self-winding caliber 485 was launched. It’s now a collector’s item.
In 1966, Tavannes Watch Co continued to sell movements to other watch brands until 1982 and then concentrated in the production of specialized numeric command machines (Tavannes machines) for the watch industry.
Big, Easy to read and a good timekeeper. White dial with silver markers, silver numbers, silver hands with luminous centers and date at "3". Battery operated quartz movement is running well and keeping good time. Stainless steel case with stainless steel back that has the Tommy Hilfiger logo in the center and has a black and red bezel. Stainless steel band with Tommy Hilfiger marked locking clasp. Size 43 x 51 mmBig, Easy to read and a good timekeeper. White dial with silver markers, silver numbers, silver hands with luminous centers and date at "3". Battery operated quartz movement is running well and keeping good time. Stainless steel case with stainless steel back that has the Tommy Hilfiger logo in the center and has a black and red bezel. Stainless steel band with Tommy Hilfiger marked locking clasp.
Size 43 x 51 mm
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