For sale we have an excellent original example of a late 1950s, early 1960s Favre-Leuba Sea Bird Alarm watch Reference 1034.
It has a beautiful and clean silver sun-burst dial, paired with silver tone mirror polished baton hour markers with cut out centres. The dial is excellently balanced with these clean numerals, with a larger marker at 12 O’clock. The markers have perfectly aged lume plots to the base. The Favre-Leuba logo is applied below 12 O’clock, with simple black Favre-Leuba Geneve signing below. Above 6 O’clock the dial is signed Sea Bird with Swiss Made below 6. The long dash minute/second markers are clear and simple. There is a mirror polished chapter ring surrounding the dial, further enhancing its bright and clean approach.
The hands are of a luminous pencil design, with perfectly aged original lume. The second hand is simple and thin with a silver alarm hand which is thicker with an arrow pointer to the tip.
The Stainless-Steel case is in excellent original condition and measures 35mm x 35mm, with a 37.75mm wide with crowns. It has a 43mm lug width adding to its presence. This is an ideal case size, perfectly proportioned. The case is circular with a flat polished bezel. This gives way to slightly curved and well-proportioned lugs. The sides of the case have a slight facet which adds an angular element to a very smooth case.
The two crowns are matching and have signed hourglass logo with a sharp finish. The case back has a fixed central section with an outer screw ring. It is a great case back with brushed concentric circles to the centre and engraved hourglass logo. It is signed with the reference 1034 and the serial number 53023.
The movement is a AS 1475 manual wind calibre with Favre-Leuba markings. It has a sweep second hand and alarm function. The alarm crown is at 2 O’clock with the handset at 4 O’clock. It has a daily loss of -12 seconds.
This is an excellent example and is such a clean watch from a well-respected brand. This would be a classic in any collection.
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 has a silver sunburst finish radiating from the centre. It has some light speckled patina as expected, but this is very nice on the watch. The minute/second markers are clear with the signing. The applied hour markers are in excellent condition with no corrosion, as is the applied Logo. The lume plots to the base of the markers is original and has aged to a lovely yellow tone.
The hands are original. They are in excellent condition. The lume fill to the centre is original, stable and nicely aged in a yellow tone.
The acrylic crystal is original and has some light surface scratches, but is in very good condition for the age.
The alarm crown at 2 O’clock is in excellent original condition with Favre-Leuba logo. The winding crown at 4 O’clock is matching in excellent original condition.
The case is formed of Stainless Steel. It is in very good original condition, with polished finish. It has only light surface scratching.
The case back is Stainless Steel and is in very good original condition. It has the original brushed concentric circles to the centre, which is in excellent condition. All engraving is clear and clean. It is a screw ring whilst the central section stays in place due to the alarm pin on the reverse.
The watch is on an 18mm brown leather strap. It is in good condition and will fit up to an 8” wrist.
The movement is a AS 1475 manual wind calibre with Favre-Leuba markings. It has a jewel count of 17, a power reserve of 46 hours and a frequency of 18,000 BPH. It has a sweep second hand and alarm function. The watch is wound via the crown at 4 O’clock and the hands set. The alarm is wound at 2 O’clock. This crown is also used to set the alarm backwards. To disable the alarm, pull the crown out.
The service history is unknown, however the movement is in good condition keeping good time. It has a daily loss of -12 seconds, with an amplitude of 245 degrees and a beat error of 0.6 m/s.
Case width: 35mm
Case width with crown: 37.75mm
Case length: 35mm
Case length lug to lug: 43mm
Case Depth: 10mm
Lug width: 18.5mm
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