For sale we have a very pleasing 1950s Accurist Automatique Salmon dial dress watch with sweep central second hand. It has a Felsa 690 Bidynator movement inside which is a rose gold tone.
Apart from the beating heart of the movement, the bidynator, the highlights of this watch are the dial and handset. The dial is a beautiful salmon tone with a satin finish. The Arabic hour numerals are a gold satin tone with black outline and classic font. The outside of the dial has a white chapter ring for the minute/seconds with accurate 1/5 second graduations. This is a very neatly laid out and aesthetically pleasing dial with a salmon dial tone which is increasingly used in modern watches. The hands are of a diamond shape and are thermally blued which has evenly aged to a dark tone. The central second hand is painted red with an arrow pointer to the tip. This pairs well with the detailed 1/5 second graduations and highlights the necessity of accuracy.
The case measures 32.75mm x 32.75mm with a lug-to-lug measurement of 42.5mm. It is well proportioned and neat on the wrist, with the lugs adding to its presence. The front is chrome plated and has some signs of wear on the tips of the lugs as expected.
The case back is Stainless Steel and is signed with the Accurist name. It has a linear brushed finish. Inside it has a Felsa 690 Bidynator automatic movement. This is a well-constructed and aesthetically pleasing movement. It is famous as being the first mass patented bi-directional automatic calibre, hence the special patented name Bidynator. The movement has been recently serviced by us.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The dial is in excellent original condition. It is a salmon tone with satin finish to the centre, with a white chapter ring around the exterior. It has gold satin tone Arabic numerals as the hour markers. The minute/second markers around the exterior have Arabic markers for the 5 second graduations, with second graduations and 1/5 second graduations. The dial is clearly signed and all of the above is in excellent condition.
The hands are original and are in good condition. The hour and minute hand are thermally blued and have a good deep tone. The lume in-fill is a well-matched replacement. The second hand has an arrow pointer to the tip and is painted red.
The acrylic crystal is a replacement which is in good condition with only light surface scratching.
The crown is Stainless Steel and would appear to be original with only light surface scratching.
The case is chrome plated over brass. The chrome is in average condition. It has wear to the tips of the lugs, with brass show through. There are scratches associated with ageing.
The case back is Stainless Steel and is in good original condition. It has the original brushed linear finish, which is in good condition. The Accurist engraving is clear and clean. It has some light corrosion across the middle, likely from a single piece strap passing over the case back.
The watch is on an 16mm brown leather strap. It is in good condition and will fit up to an 7.5” wrist.
The movement is a Felsa 690 Bidynator. It is an automatic movement with sweep second hand and a jewel count of 21. It has incabloc shock proofing, a beat rate of 18,000 BPH and a power reserve of 44 hours.
The movement has been recently serviced by ourselves. It has a daily gain of +10 seconds, with an amplitude of 245 degrees and a beat error of 0.7 m/s.
Case width: 32.75mm
Case width with crown: 34mm
Case length: 32.75mm
Case length lug to lug: 42.5mm
Case Depth: 11.5mm
Lug width: 16mm
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