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For sale we have an excellent early 1950s Arsa (Auguste Reymond SA) Bumper Automatic watch. This is a hybrid watch, capable of being worn for sports or dress purposes. A jack of all trades, which is of course more suitable as a dress watch due to its age and dial tone. It has an eye-catching salmon sector dial with lumed Arabic numerals and a neat 33mm full Stainless Steel case with well-designed lugs. The screwback case is good, with an A.Reymond LTD shock protected bumper automatic movement.


It is a good quality Stainless Steel case with a 33mm case width. This seems on the small side, but with the chunky crown it is 35.5mm wide and the lug-to-lug measurement is 40.5mm. The style of the lugs is also very unusual with a facetted shadowed horn lug design. This further adds to the presence of the watch on the wrist. To the rear is a clean screwback, with the serial number 63893, boasting its waterproof, shock proof and anti-magnetic properties.


The salmon dial is exceptional, in very clean condition. It has a Salmon tone with a very subtle brushing within the satin shine. There is a clear minute/second track around the exterior, graduated to 1/5s of a second. Inside is a beautiful cream tone ring with Arabic 10 second graduations. Inside are the Arabic numerals with original radium lume in-fill which has aged to a dark tone. The dial is simply signed ARSA Type Mer Du Nord.


Inside is the in-house A.Reymond movement which is an early bumper automatic. It has a jewel count of 17, with a frequency of 18,000 BPH and Incaboc shock protection. It has been recently serviced by ourselves and is keeping time to within 20 seconds a day.


Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.



The dial is original and is in good condition for the age. The finish is good with only some very slight marks. The signing is good and clear. The lume on the hour markers is original and has aged.



The hands are original and are thermally blued. They have some corrosion associated with age. The lume in-fill to the centre is original and has aged.



It is a replacement acrylic crystal which is in good condition with no noticeable marking.



The crown is original and is made of Stainless Steel. It has scratching associated with age.



The case is made of Stainless Steel and is in good unpolished condition. It has light scratching to the polished finish on the bezel and the top of the lugs. The sides of the case have a brushed finish which also has some light scratching and nicks.



The screw back is in good condition. It has circular brushing to the main face which has worn slightly with age. It has some light surface scratching associated with ageing. The engraving is clear.



The watch is on a new genuine leather strap.



The movement is a A.Reymond marked calibre. It is an early bumper automatic from the 1950s. It has a jewel count of 27, with a frequency of 18,000 BPH. It also has incabloc shock protection.


The watch has been recently serviced by ourselves. It is keeping time to +20 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 270 degrees and a beat error of 1.3m/s.


Case dimensions:

Case width: 33mm

Case width with crown: 35.5mm

Case length: 33mm

Case length lug to lug: 40.5mm

Case Depth: 11.5mm

Lug width: 18mm

1950s Arsa Type Mer Du Nord Salmon dial bumper watch Auto Auguste Reymond

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