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IHC Member 1016
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This maybe should have gone to the Military Forum but just to get it going. A Swiss WW that has some Radium? Burn in the old crystal. It is in a Swiss Sterling Silver case. It does run but I have no idea if it is unusual, rare, or junk.

 
Posts: 3056 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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Back of case

 
Posts: 3056 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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Movement and markings

 
Posts: 3056 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
Picture of Peter Kaszubski
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I would not call this one junk in silver case
looks good Mike.
 
Posts: 4395 | Location: Arizona in the USA | Registered: July 23, 2011
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Mike

A nice early wristwatch from the late 20's. Made by Avia Watch Co (Chaux de Fonds, since 1910) intented to the anglo-american customer. The swiss silver export mark (standing bear) was used pre 33.
As Peter said monometallic cases of all kind are fine to refinish. Cleaning, relume and a new strap would make a fine watch.

Please tell the diameter of the movement.

Regards
Gerald
 
Posts: 742 | Location: Wertheim in Germany | Registered: February 21, 2009
IHC Member 1016
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Gerald, thanks for the info. It is 29 mm in diameter and it does run but of course it needs oiling at the minimum.
 
Posts: 3056 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
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I think the initials are for the Central Labor Council, Helena Montana...an affiliate of the AFL/CIO
 
Posts: 1499 | Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California USA | Registered: December 20, 2006
IHC Member 1016
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Thanks Ray, that does make sense.
 
Posts: 3056 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
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Be careful of the radium paint. The zinc sulfide is fully burned, but the radium in it is still almost as powerful as the day it was made. The half-life of radium is 1,600 years.
 
Posts: 858 | Location: Baltimore, Maryland USA | Registered: September 20, 2004
IHC Member 1016
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Thanks Jim. That's even older than Phil Sanchez! Warning heeded.
 
Posts: 3056 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
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Picture of Phillip Sanchez
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Mike, For your information Radium and I are closely related. Smile
 
Posts: 4977 | Location: North Georgia Mountains in the U.S.A. | Registered: March 31, 2006
IHC Member 1016
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Sorry Phil, I had NO IDEA you read this WW Forum Cool
 
Posts: 3056 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
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Picture of Phillip Sanchez
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Mike it's a hard job but some one has to do it. Big Grin
 
Posts: 4977 | Location: North Georgia Mountains in the U.S.A. | Registered: March 31, 2006
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Since I try to write english it's even harder Wink

Gerald
 
Posts: 742 | Location: Wertheim in Germany | Registered: February 21, 2009
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