Movement : Manually Wound Helvetia Cal. 82A-24
Age : 1941/1950
Specific Age : Circa. 1940s
Case Size : 34mm
Case Thickness : 10mm
Lug to Lug : 40.5mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Chrome Case
Warranty : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Helvetia box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with an 18mm leather strap over fixed spring bars. The watch is from Circa. 1940s and is sold in worn, vintage condition, wear and age can be seen throughout the watch, but overall as good as you could get for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Here we have a 1940s Helvetia Likely German Military WW2 Watch, during the second world war Germany had outstripped its ability to produce watches for its military, and it was decided to approach the Swiss watch manufacturers to produce this shortfall. Starting in 1942 these watches had a D, DU and DIH in their serial number to signify military property. The 34mm chrome-plated case has a subtle curve towards the tapered lugs with a lug-to-lug length of 40.5mm and a case thickness of 10mm ensuring a comfortable fit on your wrist. A smooth bezel holds a domed crystal above a black dial, an outer minute track has Arabic numeral indexes marking the hours coated in luminance, at 6 o’clock a sub-second register clearly marked, elegant sword hands infilled with luminance complete this military wristwatch. At 12 o’clock we have the Helvetia motif. On the reverse, a screw-down case back, inside a manually wound Helvetia Cal. 82A-24 beating at a leisurely 18,000 beats per hour, this movement was produced from the 1930s until the 1960s. The watch comes fitted with an 18mm leather strap.
It's not every day a German military watch comes up in this condition, the chrome is fantastic and the watch even has its original crown which has definitely seen some use over the years, we can swap this out for a more usable crown but have chosen to keep it on for authenticity. This is a piece of history and holds a story we will never hear, that is the fascinating thing about most vintage watches and definitely what draws me to them.
Helvetia was registered in 1892 by Louis Brandt & Frere who in 1894 registered the brand name OMEGA. In 1895 the new company ‘Société d’Horlogerie La Générale’ was formed in La Chaux-de-Fonds; this was a joint venture between Louis Paul Brandt, Edouard Boillat of the ébauche company. In 1897 the company was registered under its English name “General Watch Co”. After the deaths of Louis Paul and then César Brandt in 1903. Helvetia watches were built alongside OMEGA at their Bienne factory in Switzerland. Until Omega left the General Watch Co in 1911. During WW1 they produced a Hunter and half Hunter pocket watch with waterproof properties and a hinged lid to protect the dial from damage. By 1924 they started to produce watches with shock protection developed for miners at first. In 1929 Helvetia introduced their first waterproof and shockproof wristwatch. A new logo was designed at the same time and was seen on their dials from that time. Helvetia made waterproof watches during the 1940s for many brands including Aero, Aeroplane, Huber and Abercrombie & Fitch; their big date watches were used by brands like Ditis, Mimo, Girard Perregaux and Angora; innovations in their pilots’ watches were used by brands such as Aero, Helbros, Huber and Savoy. They supplied watches to the British and German armed forces during WW2. During the 1960s we saw an influx of Japanese imports to counter this Helvetia changed their logo and added model names to their dials. In 1968 Helvetia became one of the founding members of the Société des Garde-Temps S.A. or SGT alongside Avia, Degoumois & Co., Silvana, Eugene Vuilleumier, William Mathez and Fleurier. In 1973 Helvetia S.A was dissolved but on the same day, Silvana S.A. held its meeting and changed its name to Helvetia S.A. Through the 1980s and 90s, we saw many factory closures but the Helvetia logo and trademarks survived and today they are sold on a much smaller scale through a jeweller in Vienna Austria.