VINTAGE 1940’s TAVANNES WATERSPORT CLAMSHELL STAINLESS STEEL WATERPROOF LARGE RECTANGULAR TANK WATCH

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VINTAGE 1940’s TAVANNES WATERSPORT CLAMSHELL STAINLESS STEEL WATERPROOF LARGE RECTANGULAR TANK WATCH

This fabulous gentlemen’s wristwatch is a rare beast. Manufactured during the 1940’s by the Swiss maker ‘Tavannes’ and it is of an unusual waterproof ‘clamshell’ construction.

Rectangular watches were still very popular during this period and the manufacturers were at odds to think of ways to make these water-resistant, as they obviously could not just fit them with round screw-backs.

This ingenious example uses a two piece case design. The main bottom case houses the movement and dial etc. and it is of single piece construction, there is no removable back and the movement uses a split-stem arrangement.

The specially formed glass is then placed in between, then the top outer case sandwiching the glass between. The four screws in the back tighten the two cases together, in effect sealing the case water-tight. in theory………!

A large size, measuring almost 39mm tip to tip and 23mm across (not including the crown) and of all stainless-steel construction. Un-polished, with nice crisp edges to the corners etc and with individual serial number to the back.

This will have been a complicated watch to manufacture and probably not a cheap one either.

The original two-tone silvered dial is in excellent condition, with contrasting gold figures and hands. The large rectangular subsidiary seconds dial placed perfectly below the centre. Signed by the maker ’Tavannes – Watersport’.

The exceptional quality cyma 364k tonneau form movement is in wonderful condition. Running very well, winding and setting correctly. The original split-stem winding crown is still present and in good order.

A rare watch in beautiful totally original condition.