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17 jewel cal. 795 rotor type automatic movement is running well and keeping good time. All original with Silver dial with raised gold/black markers, gold hands with black/luminous centers and day/date at "3". Yellow gold plated case with stainless steel back. New black leather band. This watch comes in a red plastic box with red velvet inner lining that is marked "Gruen Established 1874". It measures 41 mm. across and 38 mm. lug end to lug end.
Here is a collectable Roamer Military watch. This was issued to the forces of the Rhodesian Army during the conflict in the 1960's/70's. It has a 17 jewel manual wind Swiss Hack movement that has just been serviced so is running strong and keeping good time. The stainless case is unique as the whole middle part including the crystal comes out from the back to help with water resistance. Back of this one is marked RA2304. I think this was the way to keep track of who they issued these watches to. Original black dial with luminous numbers, white hands with luminous centers and red sweep second hand . New brown leather band. These were made in 1960's70's. and are not new old stock but serviced and repaired from watches that were actually used in the conflict. A horde of these has been discovered so they are becoming very collectable so here is your opportunity to have a nice one before they are all gone. Size is 35 mm from side to side not counting the winding crown and 40 mm from lug end. Please remember these were used watch and many were worn in combat so they are not perfect condition and may lose a minute or two each day. They are what they are. This one happens to be very nice.
The Roamer Military Watch Story
Years ago I purchased a large lot of Roamer watch parts from England where a Roamer Repair Company that repaired the Roamer watches that had problems and these were the watches issued to the army fighting in Rhodesia during the uprising of the 1960's/70's. I would guess that after the fighting ended there was no need for this company to continue so I was able to purchase all their stock. For some years now I have taken the best dials, best cases and movements and had my watchmaker service them. I have run into problems getting more original crystals, hands and some other parts but I still have hundreds of parts to continue making fine mostly original watches that were actually used in the conflict. Each one has the stamp number on the case back like RA for Rhodesia, ZA, SFA for South Africa and so on. This was a way to keep track of who the watch was issued to and some have more than one number so guess they were issued more than once. At one time someone was going to try to determine just how many of these were made and I furnished all the hundreds of numbers I had at that time but I have not seen the exact number as of yet. Anyway this is a piece of history and this watch has the number RA2304 on the back. I sure do not mean to be rude but this is what they are and they are used but still very nice. Maybe the sweep second hand is not original and same with the crystal and band but remember these were made from parts actually used in the war so they are what they are. Here is a chance to own one at a good price that has a story to tell.
10 kt. solid yellow gold case with yellow gold back that has a inscription that reads "RC 12-25-38". 21 jewel cal. AC14 manual wind movement has been serviced and is running well and keeping good time. Original Black dial with gold numbers and gold hands. New black leather band. It measures 21 mm. across and 39 mm. lug end to lug end.
17 jewel manual wind Swiss As 970 movement is marked "Elbon Watch Co." it has just been serviced it is running well and keeping good time. Black dial with diamond like stone markers and silver hands. White gold filled case with 5 rhinestone type diamonds between the top and bottom lugs. Case has stainless steel back. New black leather band. Size 23 mm. across x 33 mm. lug end to lug end. Cir. 1940's/50's.
17 jewel manual wind Swiss cal. AS970 movement is marked "Prexa Watch Ltd." it has just been serviced it is running well and keeping good time. Silver dial with gold numbers and gold hands. Yellow gold filled case with stainless steel back. New black leather band. It measures 22 mm. across and 37 mm. lug end to lug end. Cir. 1940's/50's.
Here is a never worn Omega that is all original even the band. 24 jewel cal. 562 rotor type automatic movement is running well and keeping good time. 2-tone silver dial with raised silver markers that have black centers, silver hands with black centers and quick set date at "3". Stainless steel rare cushion case with stainless steel back and Omega marked winding crown. Black leather band with Omega marked buckle. It measures 39 mm. across and 39 mm. end to end. I searched the net and do not find this type cushion case so I know it is rare and to find it in never use, never worn condition is something for the true collector.
Pantrop Zole examined his never worn, like new Omega Dynamic timepiece laying on his bed as he stepped into the shower. He smiled as he was now in an "RV" zooming down a 2 lane highway at over 60 mph. In the front were 10 attorneys just like him and this was their annual "blow-out" from the stress of a year of chasing ambulances for lawsuits. The other 10 attorneys were drunk and having great fun sticking their naked rear ends out at passing cars driven by the local yokels. Tim Max at the wheel of the RV suddenly lost control of it as they were crossing a long bridge & struck the bridge causing the RV to stop with a real jerk and with its rear end in the other lane. All the attorneys including Mr. Pantrop Zole piled out of the RV to look at the damage. Pantrop had left his unworn Omega Dynamic wristwatch on the bed. He was however nude as he was in such a hurry to see what had happened. All 11 attorneys could not see much damage as it was pitch black outside but they could see they were blocking all lanes of the road. In the distance they saw oncoming headlights & fearing for their lives they leapt off the bridge not knowing 10 feet below was a fast moving stream that ran into the ocean. The oncoming headlights stopped but the attorneys hit the water of the stream and were "stunned" as the stream carried them towards the nearby ocean. As they entered the ocean a very aggressive rip-tide at once carried the 10 fully dressed men & the naked Pantrop Zole towards a very hungry school of man eating sharks. In less than a half hour nothing remained of the 11 attorneys as the sharks, bellies full, swam further out to sea. County Police were baffled by the damaged RV with no signs of life in it or around it. It was concluded to be a gang hit on the lawyers for all their questionable lawsuits. The unworn Omega Dynamic watch was sold, after a time, to Girard's Watches and now Girard offers this great looking/running Omega for sale. When purchasing ask about Girard's lay away plan & his great booklet on RV safety ( a real concern to Girard).
Here is a very unusual wrist watch, if you look at it the case looks like a automobile. It is 2-tone stainless steel/yellow gold plated case that is in the shape of a car and stainless steel back that is marked "Ford". Battery operated quartz movement is running well and keeping good time. Yellow dial with luminous markers, gold hands with luminous centers is marked "Ford" under the "12". 2-tone stainless steel/yellow gold plated band with Ford marked clasp. It measures 33 mm. across and 45 mm. end to end. Not sure when this was made but I would guess maybe 15-20 years ago. You will love showing this one off and wearing it to work.
Most collectors are not familiar with the maker but they made thousands and thousands of watches. Here is a very nice one. 17 jewel manual wind Swiss movement is marked "Henry Sandoz & Fils" it has just been serviced it is running well and keeping good time. Silver dial with gold markers and gold hands. Yellow gold filled case with stainless steel screw on back. New black leather band. It measures 33 mm. across not counting the crown and 43 mm. lug end to lug end. Cir. 1940's/50's.
Here is a brief history of the Sandoz Watch Co.
Henri Frédéric Sandoz (sometimes Frédéric Henri Sandoz), born in 1851, was a self-made man of Le Locle who in the 1870s founded Henri Sandoz & Cie., later producing complicated watches under the name of Cyma. In 1890, in partnership with two families named Schwob, Sandoz established a watch-making firm at Malleray, near Tavannes, in the French-speaking Bernese Jura of Switzerland. Their new business was known as Tavannes Watch Co. By the time of the death of Sandoz on 18 March 1913, many watches were made under the name of Henri Sandoz & Fils. The enterprise occupied a 'model factory' employing one thousand workers and producing 2,500 watches a day. Other names used by the Tavannes company at various times include Tavannes-Cyma, Bijou Watch Co., Tacy Watch Co., and Lisca. After the death of Sandoz, the company he founded went on growing. By 1938, it was manufacturing four thousand items a day.