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Record Watch: Please Share Any Thoughts or Lore About the Brand

  1. noelekal

    noelekal Sep 17, 2017

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    Please allow this thread to serve as a Record watch "show and tell" as well.


    Online research leaves one feeling unsatisfied. The Record brand seems to command little respect in the vintage watch world. Longines apparently absorbed it and then it faded away. Were the Record wristwatches more popular in Europe than here in the U. S.? Where did Record appear in the pecking order of watch brands of its day? I have the impression that it was a lower tier brand, on the order of Cortébert or Glycine.

    I've long been drawn to certain vintage logos that strike my fancy. I find myself attracted to the vintage Record models which feature their swan logo. None of these are going to be large watches, so the poor thing would likely be lost on my wrist if one was acquired. If I did acquire one I'd wear it despite its size. Record dials of the 1940s-1950s(?) are quite appealing.


    Here are a couple of images of Record watches that appeals to me.
    Gleaned from Google Images.

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    This one looks suspiciously like a redo because it is so crisp.



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    The applied swan logo has somewhat less appeal to me.



    Have you owned a Record watch?
     
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  2. Oku

    Oku Sep 17, 2017

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    Record was a manufacturer of really good watches and I don't think that they are not valued. For calendar watches usually more than 3000 Euros are asked. Unfortunately, I do not own a Record watch although I am searching for a good one. But it seems very difficult to find an original example in good condition and with acceptable size.
     
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  3. rbob99

    rbob99 Sep 17, 2017

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    Record was one of the "dirty dozen" manufacturers that made military watches for the British during World War II. I had one of these Record WWWs but passed it on. The image is from the internet. I can't seem to find a shot of my former watch.

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  4. LouS

    LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Sep 17, 2017

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  5. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Sep 18, 2017

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    Record is a somewhat under-appreciated brand in the vintage market. Their Datofix models are popular, and priced accordingly, as are their chronographs.

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    Nice time-only models, however, can still be found occasionally at very reasonable prices. Don't bother seeking one of these out, though, as I've never seen another! :D

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  6. Syrte

    Syrte Sep 18, 2017

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    Hi B., no specific knowledge about Record other than what's been said. However and while I may be wrong this dial looks original to me... I think it's important to remember that "pristine" does not necessarily mean a dial is refinished.
    Otherwise we'd be inappropriately calling into question many prime watches with original pristine dials.
     
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  7. Vitezi

    Vitezi Sep 18, 2017

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    Mikrolisk lists the swan logo as a registered Record Watch Co. SA wordmark, but no mention of the registration date. An early version appears with serif text, like this:
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    A later logo, registered in 1943, uses san serif text:
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  8. bubba48

    bubba48 Sep 18, 2017

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    Record is a great undervalued brand with really interesting calibers. Here below some of mine


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  9. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Sep 18, 2017

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    Not so loud!
     
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  10. bubba48

    bubba48 Sep 18, 2017

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    Ok...ok ...got it :D:D:D

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  11. valjoux72

    valjoux72 Sep 20, 2017

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    Just want to share some pics. Great watches from 1930-1960, both design and movements... One of my favorite brands...

    Venus 175 chronograph
    Record Wrist 2 klein.jpg
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    pocketwatch with beautiful movement

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    Record Datofix

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    Record with Cal. 174 inhouse movement

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    Late Valjoux 72 chronograph

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  12. rahilb

    rahilb Sep 20, 2017

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  13. WatchVaultNYC

    WatchVaultNYC Sep 20, 2017

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  14. TexOmega

    TexOmega Sep 21, 2017

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    Record made these RR grade pocket watches for Ball in the mid 1950's.

    Webb C. Ball was turning in his grave, he developed the standards and specifically excluded non-USA made watches in the standards.

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    Nice last gasp for RR grade pocket watches.
     
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  15. Fost

    Fost Sep 21, 2017

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  16. PHPHD

    PHPHD Sep 21, 2017

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    They made a few nice chronographs
     
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  17. Vitezi

    Vitezi Sep 21, 2017

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  18. raincitysteve

    raincitysteve Sep 29, 2019

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    I have several record watches, starting with my Grandfather's gold circa 1950s automatic, which got me interested in vintage watches in the first place. I just bought a circa 1930 Record manual-wind watch as a non-runner, which my watchmaker serviced and regulated. It's very unusual in that it's huge for the period, 40mm. It uses a Cal. 26 movement which apparently was also used in Record's hunter pocket watch. Why it exists is a complete mystery.. It is not a pocket-watch conversion. I wonder if it was intended as an early pilot watch. Any thoughts would be welcome. Record1930caseback.JPG Record1930mvmt.jpg 1930Recordsmallfile.jpeg
     
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  19. raincitysteve

    raincitysteve Sep 29, 2019

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    This is my favourite, a German military-issue watch circa 1940. Record, like other Swiss makers, happily supplied both sides. Recordmvmt.jpg
     
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  20. Ville_W

    Ville_W Sep 29, 2019

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    Had this until a few months ago... lot of patina:D 39D09F57-332D-494D-9F59-1620F7E26790.jpeg 1989808D-074A-4083-9B90-F87F20E1EC69.jpeg 2EA36B35-D982-40A1-ABFB-BA9101EA62B5.jpeg
     
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