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    Just though I'd let people know that I have finished a huge update after a lot of research to the page on my site on the history of the Société d’Horlogerie La Générale and Helvetia and you can find...
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    Hi everyone, I have finally got the crown I...

    Hi everyone,

    I have finally got the crown I need for the restoration.

    https://i.imgur.com/5p1961wl.jpg

    And with it's 13 away serial number brother.

    https://i.imgur.com/wmtQKkIl.jpg
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    I think this is as far as I can go until I get a...

    I think this is as far as I can go until I get a Borgel crown. This one works but is not really the 'look' I'm after!

    It's not come up too bad considering what I had to start with. I even...
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    Making good progress. Hands are a little short as...

    Making good progress. Hands are a little short as I thought but 130/80 hands are not easy to find. I have a crown on the way that might fit, not exactly the correct type but might do the job.
    ...
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    Thanks Simon I've made some progress already,...

    Thanks Simon

    I've made some progress already, dial and case have cleaned up nicely.

    https://i.imgur.com/cfL209Ol.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/jb1X1Pfl.jpg

    I've put the movement, screw ring and...
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    Helvetia/Borgel Project

    Hello all,

    Thought I'd post some pictures of my latest project. A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a post from a year ago on another forum where someone was asking for information on a Borgel...
  7. Sorry Simon don't want you to think I was nit...

    Sorry Simon don't want you to think I was nit picking! That wasn't my intention. It's not clear at all and but they are in the list of founding members of SGT and I've seen the odd ad. It does seem...
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    Thanks Ian. Great condition. I would say late...

    Thanks Ian. Great condition.

    I would say late 50s, if you can get the back off you can use the serial number to date it more accurately at my site here:...
  9. It's a shame there is not more around about this...

    It's a shame there is not more around about this time. There are a lot of movement references, catalogues, adverts, patents etc. around for the earlier years but hardly anything from when Helvetia...
  10. Don't know how I missed this one Simon it really...

    Don't know how I missed this one Simon it really looks great now it's cleaned up! You've done a brilliant job with it. (Thanks for the link to the site too! Her is the serial number lookup for those...
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    Hello Ian, Here is a pic of some of my...

    Hello Ian,

    Here is a pic of some of my watches. Can you guess which one of your Grandfather's watches I would like to see? Thanks. Carl.

    https://i.imgur.com/EgELzGt.jpg
  12. Thanks. Helvetia made it through to the 1980s...

    Thanks.

    Helvetia made it through to the 1980s but when SGT dissolved, which they were a member of from 1968, then they disappeared. There is a company selling Helvetia watches in Austria now but...
  13. Helvetia Shock & Waterproof Watches Site Update

    Hello all,

    I've just finished a major update to the page on my site ref Helvetia's Shock and Water protected 'Sports' watches.

    The update starts from the first shockproof Helvetias in the mid...
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    I'm wearing one of my Helvetia (surprising I...

    I'm wearing one of my Helvetia (surprising I know) versions today.

    https://i.imgur.com/ct3sUwTl.jpg

    Here it is with my earlier model.

    https://i.imgur.com/1KtncQsl.jpg

    And for all you...
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    I think somehow I'm up to about 40 Helvetias now,...

    I think somehow I'm up to about 40 Helvetias now, not quite sure how! From about 1905 to 1975. I think these are oldest and newest.

    Transitional about 1905:

    https://i.imgur.com/urDDXctl.jpg
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    I'm sure I'll get one of the standard 'Stop'...

    I'm sure I'll get one of the standard 'Stop' models sooner or later, they come up every now and again. Just need to be patient.
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    The one in Ziggy's book is an Optima. Konrad...

    The one in Ziggy's book is an Optima. Konrad Knirim has this exact model Helvetia in his.

    I think it may be possible to convert it back into a standard chronostop. I have plenty of other Helvetias...
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    Helvetia Admiralty Pattern 3169 wrist Chrono

    Hello all just thought I'd show some pictures of my new acquisition.

    The Pattern 3169 is designated as a 1/5th second stopwatch, believed to be for use in naval gunnery, and Helvetia supplied an...
  19. Yes. I think as well as marking it in case of...

    Yes. I think as well as marking it in case of loss or theft he was using it as an ID tag in case of death or injury. Soldiers often used to wear ID bracelets etc as well as their issue dog tags.

    I...
  20. 1929 Helvetia waterproof watches are like buses...

    ...nothing for ages then two come along at once.

    This is the first model Helvetia made, they only seem to have been produced from Sept 1929, when they patented their shock protection, through to...
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    I really like that!

    I really like that!
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    That's a serious bit of design! I really like...

    That's a serious bit of design!

    I really like some of the funky 70s designs. Nearest I have is this chrono.

    https://i.imgur.com/Ca8oLD9l.jpg

    Talking of Dugena they have a link with Helvetia,...
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    Yes, the H-Link bracelet is on is period correct...

    Yes, the H-Link bracelet is on is period correct but I think the width at the watch is too wide and should be more like the Sandoz one. Ordered a cheap one from Ebay same as the Sandoz and see what...
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    Just found this identical Sandoz, another SGT...

    Just found this identical Sandoz, another SGT brand, bracelet seems to fit better, maybe has fitted end links.

    https://i.imgur.com/X9fipfvl.jpg

    And also this Royce, NATO looks OK!
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    Hi Simon, Thought I'd resurrect this thread...

    Hi Simon,

    Thought I'd resurrect this thread with this one I've just acquired. Bit battered but it was only £25 and the ESA 9154 movement is so interesting.

    Advertised as not running correctly...
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