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  1. Mazoue May 18, 2021

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    I thought this might be of interest as we don't see too many this early and it has some interesting features.

    The dial design is similar to those used for UG watches retailed by Hermes during this period.
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    Serial dates it to 1936 I believe.
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    The salmon dial has survived remarkably intact including the minute track.
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    Stern Freres dial.
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    Cal 249 movement with an interesting "M" stamp. My understanding is that this was used to denote a steel case (or at least one not made of gold) in the French market i.e. M for "Métal". Is anyone able to confirm this?
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    It's also interesting to note the "3" and "8" numbers stamped on the back of the case between the lugs. On some of these early watches we see the last three numbers of the serial number but that is not the case here as there are only two numbers. Could it simply be a date stamp denoting 1938, perhaps when it was sold?

    I made a half-hearted attempt to sell it yesterday but I'm growing more fond of it by the hour.
     
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  2. Woops May 18, 2021

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    What a beautiful watch. Thank you for sharing it here. Good luck with....keeping it forever!
     
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  3. cineaste May 18, 2021

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    Dibs! :cool:
     
  4. aap May 18, 2021

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    NICE!!!!
     
  5. berrychlossom May 18, 2021

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    Love the dial color!
     
  6. Carlton-Browne May 18, 2021

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    That is lovely. If it was the one on Ebay from about 4-5 months ago I think I had a nibble at it. Wish I'd bid more strongly now.
     
  7. Syrte MWR Tech Support Dept May 18, 2021

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    Very cool. @DirtyDozen12 has a beautiful black Longines with a similar dial design, and I’ve seen another one too (below), on which I now wish I had bid.
    I think we have to conclude watch manufactures of the time, except in rare exceptions, were quite conservative and replicated known dial designs without much innovation.
    That would make sense as watches were very expensive and supposed to last a life time and not be fashion accessories.
     
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  8. bgrisso May 18, 2021

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    Beautiful watch! What is the case size ? I wonder what the single digit 9 is for on the case back, below the four digit reference
     
  9. Mazoue May 18, 2021

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    It's 32mm. My slender wrist just makes it look oversized.

    I had assumed it was a sort of sub-reference, so it was effectively a 5631/9 - just a guess though.
     
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  10. bgrisso May 18, 2021

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    it's a real looker. Interesting that such a simple design, classic, is rarely captured successfully today.
     
  11. DirtyDozen12 Thanks, mystery donor! May 18, 2021

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    I did not know about this example! Interesting that mine is sort of a combination of the UG (same sub-dial) and this one (no outer track).
     
  12. Syrte MWR Tech Support Dept May 19, 2021

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    It’a 28mm - I was being reasonable. ::facepalm2::
     
  13. cineaste May 19, 2021

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    How much was that sold for, if I may ask?
     
  14. Mazoue May 19, 2021

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    I wouldn't usually divulge such secrets but since I am going to keep it, it cost me 440 Euro.

    As a buy now, regret later, sort of person, I was ready to go a lot higher and was over the moon at the price.

    To be fair, one of the hands was not attached, it needed a service and I've added the ladder bracelet.

    I should add that not all my gambles work out so well . . .
     
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  15. CaptainWinsor Jun 17, 2021

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    Almost identical to this Zenith model from 1938

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  16. Syrte MWR Tech Support Dept Jun 17, 2021

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    Very cool advert, this is fast becoming a reference thread on square art deco indexes :thumbsup:
     
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  17. Mazoue Jun 17, 2021

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    But was it salmon? :)

    I'm forever running out of money as photography for the Polerouter book is expensive, so I would let this one go if anyone is interested.
     
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  18. berrychlossom Jun 17, 2021

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    Dibs!