For sale we have a very clean, simple and considered Bauhaus designed open face pocket watch, dating to 1940 from Buren watch company. It has a neat chrome plated case which shines brightly, with a neat silver tone dial with simple Arabic numerals in a Bauhaus font. The in-set sub-second dial is beautiful with textured concentric circles and simple markers. The signing is simple and clear, with beautiful thermally blued spade and whip style hands signalling the time. Inside is an excellent Buren calibre 30 movement which has been serviced and is keeping great time. Overall, this is a simple and clean pocket watch with a dependable, quality and serviced movement. Looking to add a pocket watch to your collection? In such condition, this is the ideal candidate.
Buren watch Company was founded in 1898 in Buren an der Aare, Bern, Switzerland. The company has turbulent ownership, with H.Williamson LTD owning them from 1916 and by 1929 the company was closed and bought by English and Swiss management. The brand was always popular within the US market and had military links with the WW2 issued WWW Buren Grand Prix watch. By 1966 the brand was sold to the Hamilton Watch Company, a likely saviour due to the above factors. The Hamilton moved production to Switzerland during the Quartz crisis, using the Buren factory for production. They were then part of the SSIH Group from 1971, but rapidly collapsed with Buren being sold with all assets in 1972.
A good quality Swiss brand who produced their own movements for over 70 years. They were good enough for Britain during WW2 as they provided a dependable WWW dirty dozen watch.
The case is classic, of an open face design with a double hinged case back. It is formed of nickel with chrome plating adding the shine. It is neatly proportioned, measuring 48mm x 48mm, with a relatively slim depth of 11.5mm. With the loop extended, the max dimension sits at 61mm in diameter.
The dial follows the clean and considered aesthetic of the piece. It has a silver satin base tone with simple minute dashes and Bauhaus style Arabic numerals. The dial is simply signed Buren Grand Prix. The sub-second dial adds so texture to the dial, being in-set with grained concentric circles inside. The spade and whip hands are thermally blued and catch the light perfectly. The sub-second hand is also thermally blued and has a great lollipop counterweight.
Inside is a movement of good quality. It is a Buren calibre 30 dating from 1940. It has a jewel count of 15 and a frequency of 18,000 BPH. The separate bridge design is particularly enjoyable, whilst the jewels are set in gold chatons, an indicator of high horology. The movement is in very good condition for its age, both cosmetically and functionally. It has been recently serviced by ourselves. It keeps time to within -20 seconds a day.
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A further condition report is below.
The dial has a silver satin base tone which is in very good original condition. The minute markers and Arabic hour markers are all clear, with in-set sub-second dial with concentric circles.
The hands are original, of Spade and whip style. They are thermally blued, in good original condition.
The crystal is an acrylic replacement and is in very good condition.
The loop, stem and crown are original. There is some wear to the chrome plate of the crown and loop.
The case is nickel base with chrome plating, in good overall condition. It has light surface scratching associated with ageing. The front hinge is good and the front of the case seals tightly.
The case back is of decent condition for the age. It is nickel base with chrome plating. It has lots of light surface scratching associated with ageing. It closes tightly.
Inner case back:
The inner case back is in good condition and closes tightly. It has some surface scratching.
The movement is of good quality. It is a Buren calibre 30 dating from 1940. It has a jewel count of 15 and a frequency of 18,000 BPH. The jewels are set in gold chatons.
The movement is in very good condition for its age, both cosmetically and functionally. It has been recently serviced by ourselves. It keeps time to within -22 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 280 and a beat error of 0.7 m/s.
Case width: 48mm
Case length: 48mm
Case length with crown: 56mm
Case length with crown loop: 61mm
Case Depth: 11.5mm
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