Now that is extraordinary! Beautiful black dial!
I don't think that I've ever seen a cal. 454 with both 18 jewels and geneva seal. Is that from the 60's? I have a 454/5c that I think dates to 1943, just what was the difference in the /5b versus the /5c?
Now that is the type of case I'd like to see as a revival.
Thank you, LSmith.
I was quite amazed when I saw it. The movement was in excellent condition.
If you look closely you can see the perlage under the balance wheel. There are also the movement reference numbers there K454/5B W
You can also see the escapement wheel. I tried to include one of the anchor arms with its jewel but I don't think I succeeded.
I was able to freeze the balance spring with the flash.
Perhaps sometime in the future I might send the watch in to have the case refinished but that's not a priority. It looks good as is and the movement is in excellent shape too. I believe the watch is from the '50's but I'm not certain. It can probably be traced by the serial number:552024. That number does indicate 1956-1961 (approx.)
The movement comes from cal. 453 originally,
Both of them have Chronometetr quality.
20.80 mm (121/2 Linens)
The hight of the movement is 5 mm (!)
Basic movement has only 17 jewels,
you have a Geneva Seal on yours, congratulations,
means it follow the special quality for watches made in Geneva and that
is filling a lot of specifications.
This is as top movement you can get !
Here is a younger sibling from 1959, that I'm happy owner of
20.80 mm and 2.94 mm high
You see the same Geneva Seal market!
movement is in excellent condition
Thanks for sharing.
Indded, this little maltese cross is beautiful. Hummm.
This is a fantastic vintage VC, it contains one of the most beautiful movements I have ever seen! Enjoy it!
Thank you for sharing more pics of your beauty.
It is in very good condition. Congrats again.
Thanks for all the kind words! you guys are amazing.
Let me know when you're in town. The drinks are on me
Opening the back and finding this superb movement was a real bonus.
I knew it was a 454 but not this one. Finding was a very pleasant surprise.
But here's a question:
In the photo below you can see the Geneva Seal (Poincon de Geneve) and also how worn the inside of this lug is.
But notice on the inside of the case is a little stamp of a woman's profile.
Does anyone know the significance of this?
It may not be a women's face. But it does look a bit like someone wearing a hat with a fish dangling from it
There is also the letter "C" below it.
Maybe its the "Poisson de Geneve"...just kidding Alex and Deniz!!
for some pieces but your watch looks too modern to date from that epoch
Could it ne the casemaker's mark?
It does look like the same hallmark.
"You da man"!!