BRAVINGTONS ‘Wetrista’ London


Unusual 1940 wristwatch in military style case.

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Patent stainless-steel screw back case with fixed wire lugs and stylish large (and so very easy to use) winding button, casemaker F.B (Borgel). Swiss made CYMA calibre 1050 16-jewel movement with shock-resistant balance jeweling. Two-tone signed dial with raised gilt numerals and luminous hour dots, blued-steel hands. 28.5 mm diameter. Together with its original Bravingtons brown velvet lined box and Warranty

Bravingtons, King Cross and other stores across London, famous interwar goldsmiths and jewellers, who promoted their own brands of Swiss supplied watches, the ‘wetrista’ being their water-resistant model. NB: Although this case style was sold as waterproof, it has not been fitted with a new seal or pressure tested and is best kept well away from damp conditions.

The Cyma watch Company, Tavannes, Switzerland, one of the largest Swiss manufacturers, supplying much of its good quality output for the English market - both J W Benson and Bravingtons retailed a variety of their wrist and pocket watches.

Francois Borgel (1856-1912), Geneva. The most important manufacturer of early water- and dirt-resistant wristwatch cases. See the article on Borgel by Dennis Harris in the November 1997 issue of the Horological Journal and the later work by David Boettcher available via his website.

The dial and case showing some wear, the movement and its box in good clean condition showing few signs of use, and retaining what may be the original wartime brown leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.