1930s Art Deco Rotary stainless steel tank watch, Maximus movement, serviced A recently serviced, Rotary Maximus cal. 54 movement with 17 jewels is inside. It is keeping time to within +80 seconds a day.
The dial has a silvered finish with black baton hour markers, as well as Arabic 9,12,3. This is a pleasant design feature which is similar to the Jaeger Lecoulte Uniplan watches of the 30s. The modern style hands are also common place in 1930s Art Deco watches. The original curved glass is of a wonderful design, with its complex curved nature. This frames the dial well and means that the original, intended design remains un-compromised. This blends effortlessly into the neat and faceted edges of the case.
The case is incredibly reminiscent of the classic tank watches introduced by Cartier in the 1910s. For the case to be formed of Stainless Steel is relatively un-common in the 1930s and was reserved for more expensive watches, as it was more costly to use and more durable than chromium plating.
Overall, this is a very pleasantly designed watch from a reliable maker, who enjoyed large success in the UK market. It is in good condition and would make a great addition to a vintage watch collection.
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The dial has a silvered finish with black baton hour markers, as well as Arabic 9,12,3. This is a pleasant design feature which is similar to the Jaeger Lecoulte Uniplan watches of the 30s. It is in good overall condition for the age, with clear tracks for the minutes, hours and sub-seconds. There is some lighter patina and a couple of surface scratches to the finish of the dial. These are noticeable in certain lights but do not distract from the beauty of this simple and clean dial.
The hour and minute hand are both original "Modern" style hands, which are thermally blued. These are in good condition, with some tarnishing due to age. The sub second hand is a replacement but is also thermally blued and era correct.
The original curved glass is in very good condition for the age, with only some light surface scratching.
The crown appears to be a replacement but is in excellent condition.
The case is Stainless Steel and is in excellent condition, with only light surface scratches.
The case back is in very good condition, with no large scratches or dents, only light surface scratches. Signed with the serial number: 2909990.
A NOS vintage 16mm genuine leather strap for fixed lugs (open ended).
A recently serviced, Rotary Maximus cal. 54 movement with 17 jewels. Keeping time to +80 seconds a day with an amplitude of 285 and a beat error of 0.4m/s.
Case width: 22mm
Case width with crown: 24mm
Case length: 31.5mm
Case length lug to lug: 39mm
Case Depth: 9mm
Lug width: 16mm