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MARKHITCOM | 01-12-14, 23:38 | 22 - WATCH • MILITARY | (1989 Reads)
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WWII BÜREN Grand Prix German Issue Deutche Heer Army watch WWII Army-pattern breast eagle

Used condition

DESCRIPTION :

This is an one (1) Pc Authentic WWII GERMANY ARMY BÜren Grand Prix German Issue Army watch Deutche Heer. chrome plated top, stainless steel screw back case (33mm), with Full military markings on WWII German property . 

VERY , VERY Hard to find Buren WWII German Army watch with "Deutche Heer" property , and the Army-pattern breast eagle . circa 1941. 

Buren was named after the location of is initial start up at a little village in Switzerland called Buren, located on the banks of the Aare. The firm started in 1842 making watch parts. In 1873, Buren started making complete watches and called themselves F Suter & Co. F Suter & Co. continued with varying success to make watches with the trade name of 'Buren' for several years until it was taken over by the British firm of H Williamson Ltd in 1898.

H Williamson Ltd, specifically bought the Buren factory to supply Swiss parts for the watches he was making in the UK. This later lead to a court case where he was found guilty of selling 'English Made' watches with Swiss parts in them. While H Williamson Ltd owned the Buren brand,they generally allowed the company to continue on its own with them just being the Parent company and receiving parts from them. By 1905, Buren were making 500 watches a day. Many of them for the parent company, but some were sold in Germany and the USA under the Buren name. By 1949, Buren were back producing 22 different calibers for watches. In 1954, they patented the mini-rotor for automatic watches. 

This was a major achievement as the smaller rotor meant that it could be sink flush with the watch movement, so making automatic watches a lot slimmer. Buren sold many watches and movements with other companies names on them such as Elgin and were often used in Railroad Watches because of their accuracy and reliability. Probably because of this, and the fact that Hamilton Watch Co. of America were known suppliers of Railroad Watches, Hamilton bought Buren from the Swiss in 1966. Under Hamilton's control, the first self winding Chronograph using the minirotor was introduced. Hamilton, who was well known in the US for their 'Railroad Watches', 

marketed Buren watches under their own name, one example is the Hamilton 971 which was a Buren watch. Hamilton also continued to market Buren watches under the Buren name until they again went back into Swiss hands in 1971. In this year SIHH, who owned Omega and Tissot, bought the Hamilton watch Co. However, ironically, it was this Swiss company who finally closed down the Buren factory in 1972.

 

this time is opportunity to collect the true luxury !  

this is very collectable gear item nowaday. 

DETAILS : 

--- Used

--- Crown bar need fix  , but still can winding and change hour time

--- the case is 41 mm x 37 mm (incl. crown) had some scratched and rusty and oxided

---  Arabic numerals

--- Subsidiary seconds 

--- luminous arabic numerals markers & hands not good 

--- However water resist is not guaranteed in 100% due to aged .

--- Buren caliber 12, 15 jewel signed manual wind movement

--- signed "BÜREN - GRAND PRIX"

--- circa 1941.

--- Mechanisms all in working order

--- The back of the case has the markings D25665H

--- The back case has the Army-pattern breast eagle

--- Fixed strap bars.

--- Plastic acrylic had some scratched

--- Approx. market Value more than ASK for ref 

please do not hesitate to ask all questions We will contact you by email , thanks


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