‘ASTIN’ EARLY 1940’s WATER-PROOF ‘CASE WITHIN A CASE’

£450.00

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‘ASTIN’ EARLY 1940’s WATER-PROOF ‘CASE WITHIN A CASE’

Early 1940’s satin ‘case-within-a case’ waterproof wrist-watch.

This beautiful gentlemen’s watch is really quite special. In an early attempt to manufacture a moisture-proof rectangular watch, this example uses the ‘case-within-a-case’ system.

The stainless steel outer case opens as a standard rectangular watch would, but this is only a shell.

Inside we find that the movement is enclosed in a second clear Bakelite case.

The winding crown and stem are attached via a type of bearing also it seems, which looks to be another part of the water-proofing system. Very unusual and ingenious.

This is a large watch, measuring 44mm tip-to-tip and 22.5mm across, not including the crown.

The wonderful original two-tone silvered dial with luminous Arabic figures and hands is just stunning.

The snap on back marked ‘stainless-steel’ and with individual serial number of just 336, indicating that this was produced in very limited quantity, i have certainly never seen another like it.

The watch is in close to ‘as-new’ original condition throughout, which is remarkable considering it’s age and running very well indeed.

A rare and highly collectable time-piece, i doubt that you will find another like it. £450.