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Very RARE '30s German Aviator's Helvetia Wrist Watch w/ Correct Strap - SERVICED

When Louis Brandt and his brother founded Louis Brandt & Fils in 1880, their firm would go on to produce watches under, among other names, "Omega" and "Helvetia." They founded a second watch firm, "La Generale" in Bienne and in 1895 transferred quite a few of their "Brandt & Fils" marks to the new company - Helvetia being chief among them. As late as 1900, Omega advertisements also heralded the quality of their "Helvetia" watches.

"La Generale" - or "General Watch Company," produced timepieces for more recognizable brand names than any other major watch firm. Makers for such names as Eterna, Mido, Longines, Oris and Helvetia, they became known for their attention to detail and ability to manufacture good timepieces in reliable quantities - just the qualities needed by a burgeoning military. It was because of this standard that the German military approached General Watch Company to make wrist and pocket watches for the "Deutsches Heer" - the German Army.

During the mid to late '30s, Helvetia produced aviator's wristwatches that were retailed in Germany, featuring high-grade 15 jewel "shock protected" mechanisms. Such models were designed to be worn over the sleeve of a flying suit and were fitted with a thick leather strap. These timepieces also were used by administration because, like the Army, the Luftwaffe had timepieces that were distributed to ground based personnel.

Apparently, examples of this model were used in 1937 in the Reich Luftwaffe's flying school in Oldenburg, similar to the Zeniths used in the flight school in Brandenburg-Briest during the same period. Today, such models are quite sought after by both horological collectors and military historians.

We're delighted to offer an example of the rare German aviator's watch by Helvetia, ca. late '30s. This piece is completely accurate, featuring a glass crystal fitted into a rotating bezel with tab for flight calculations. An un-restored dial features illuminated numerals, sub-seconds bit and stained-glass hands.

Its case, measuring a full 50mm lug-to-lug by 40mm in diameter, is in excellent condition. Open the hinged double back and you'll find a professionally cleaned, oiled and calibrated Helvetia movement with 15 ruby jewels and shock-protected balance.

Whether you're looking for a timepiece for your next Hollywood production or simply want a work of horological history for your wrist, this Helvetia flight watch is just the ticket.

The watch is 100% FUNCTIONAL...

Price: 900 USD (via bank transfer or paypal)

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