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MINERVA Antique Men's Steel Wristwatch See original listing
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Apr 14, 2012 18:00:01 PDT
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Antique WWII Era Wrist Watch.


      Offered here is a rare WWII period wristwatch Military Watch.  

MODEL NAME: WRISTWATCH re-cased from pocket watch. UNIQUE VERY RARE!!!   
This gorgeous, men’s watch is a very handsome specimen and features repaired black color metal dial with white color arabic numerals, is in an EXCELLENT-very good condition.
Signed "Minerva". The dial featured original antique Brequet-style hands.
The lugs are in great condition while the winding crown is in very good shape and operates properly.
This is a “NAIL SET” watch so you don’t pull the crown out to set the time. Instead, you press the little button below the crown IN and then move the crown to set the hands, releasing the button once you’re finished. It’s easy, so don’t worry about getting the hang of it!

CASE:   The three-piece, new stainless steel case is in excellent condition (this watch re-cased from antique pocket watch).  Have exibition snap back with original mineral glass.  
           This beautiful wristwatch has the Original 15 ruby jewels movement in an excellent status which was very well saved, considering age of this watch. Signed "Minerva".  Mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping great, accurate time. It has been recently cleaned, oiled and tested . It keeps time perfectly.

The mechanism is also original and is in great condition.  

     This watch is near 
38mm       - diameter is dial,
48mm                 - case wide,
52mm     - wide with crown, 
54mm - long from lug to lug,
12mm                  - thickness;
is in perfect working order and in excellent-very good cosmetical condition. 

Comes with hight quality leather strap with chromoplated buckle. 24mm.

The watch is running well and keeps correct time.

All mechanisms are serviceable new oiled and adjusted. Very rare and a pride for every collector!
ABOUT WATCH: EXCELLENT working, rare, antique and collectible.
Getting such thing you do good capital investment. Every year the price for them will increase only!
This thing also can be a good gift or a personal worthy subject for you.
 A nice addition to your antique Wrist Watch Collection.
Thank you for bidding and good luck! See my other auctions.This beautiful military wristwatch has the original movement in an excellent status which was very well saved, considering age of this watch. Mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping great, accurate time.

Brief Brand History for Minerva:

"Founded in 1858 by Charles-Yvan Robert and Hyppolite Robert of Villeret, what would eventually become the Minerva Watch brand in 1887 was initially a "tablisseurs" of watches, an assembler of watches from parts manufactured elsewhere. It wasn't until 1902, under the leadership of C. Robert's sons, Charles-Auguste and Georges-Louis, that Minerva became a "manufacture" of watches a watchmaker that designed and manufactured the most critical parts, such as the movement blank, in their own engineering workshops.

The earliest Minerva wristwatch was manufactured in 1909, but the watch company's greatest success came in 1923 with the introduction the No. 20, a calibre that perfectly illustrates the classic and refined architecture of wrist chronographs of that era, with a column-wheel mechanism, a Breguet balance-spring and 17 jewels. With the launch of this watch, the company earned its reputation as a manufacturer of complicated movements of exceptional quality.

In 1936, Minerva was responsible for time-keeping in the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and in the years after WWII, developed a full range of mechanical movements, complemented by automatic movements made by Ebauches S.A. In 1983, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary with the introduction of an electronic master clock, the MCT 125, which sustained and commemorated the spirit and tradition of the master watchmakers of bygone eras.

In 1988, the company produced the "Tablier" watch, one of the most aesthetically subtle creations in the history of watch making, followed by the most complex watch ever made by Minerva. Based upon the classic No. 20 chronograph movement, the company added a full analogue calendar and a "negative" type moon phase indicator. A laurel wreath (symbol of the Roman Goddess of Wisdom, Minerva) was engraved upon its gold bezel and it was produced in a limited series of 50. The "Palladio" was introduced in 1991, an original mechanism for rapid-setting of a second time zone, fitted on an automatic chronograph with a chronometer certificate." wikipedia.org

Thank You For Bidding and Good Luck!

         Recommendations for the owner of antiquarian watches:

All Antique watches are mechanical. Many repairs will not be cheap, as most likely they will require replacement of non-standard parts (unlike most late model watches).
          - Antique watches should not be beaten or dropped - because repairs may be expensive.
          - Antique watches are generally NOT waterproof. This is because waterproofing was not in general production until the middle of the 20th century for most watches. Therefore you should protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
          - If your watch becomes wet it should be dried off quickly. Carefully open all covers and use a hair drier to blow dry the movement, dial, covers, crown. This will reduce the amount of rust.
          - If your watch becomes wet with any kind of salt water you should immediately immerse or spray your watch with fresh (no-salt) water to remove all the salt from the works before drying the watch completely. Any salt left in the watch will combine with moisture in the air to rust metal components of the movement, case etc.
         - Winding any mechanical watch tight may break the mainspring. If you can avoid it do not wind the watch hard.
         - When adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. Counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement.
        - If you must adjust counter-clockwise make it for small adjustments only (i.e. for minutes, NOT hours).
        - Be careful and gentle when adjusting the movement speed (faster or slower). Don't make sharp movements, and don't touch other components in the movement especially the pendulum mechanism.
       - Every 2-3 years it is necessary to service and oil vintage watches.
       - IF the watch is dirty - allow the watch to run down, don't wind it again until you have it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove important lubricants and cause the movement pieces to wear down.
      - To clean the case, dial and crystal you should use a cloth that does NOT leave fibers as these may get caught up in the movement. Check with your Watch repair expert to get an appropriate cloth.
      - Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made with iron based components in the movement.
      - Most Cases and Covers are fine components and will not handle abuse well. The watch should not be shaken, beaten, or stressed.
     - Antique watches generally experience an error of up to 5-7 minutes a day. Any accuracy of +- 5 minutes is very good.


      Vintage watches are very delicate and I package to the highest degree to prevent damage.

      High altitude flights can be hard on watches due to extreme temperature changes. This can cause the oil viscosity to decrease (gum up) and prevent a watch from ticking (the balance moving freely etc.). It may need to be oiled when it arrives regardless of its recent servicing (if applicable). Although this is only a very slight possibility it can occasionally happen.

    Please bear in mind that you are buying a used watch and it will require service at some point in time.

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Return Policy:

1. We always honor a 7-day return on our items, and guarantee them to be as described.
2. Money back, so ask questions if necessary. We're easy to deal with. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch I will refund the purchase price. If you recieved watch damage or you have any othe problems with my watch plase contact us via e-mail before leaving feedback. We are gladly assist you.




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