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MEDANA pocket watches, powered by the unusually shaped MST Cal. 369.
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These watches have been sold.

Photo courtesy Der SpiegelBrand: Marvin
Model:
Chronometer Victory
Ref.: unknown
Issued: 1963
Case: Stainless steel with screw back
Crystal: Acrylic
Bracelet: n/a
Movement: Cal. 620A, 17 jewels, Geneva stripes, chronometer numbered & certified

Description:
Pictured herein is a 1963 MARVIN Chronometer Victory with original box, made by the famous MARVIN S.A. watch company, at the peak of their independent production. This features a steel screw-back case (with waterproof sea-star logo) and the in-house movement Caliber 620A, with 4-digit chronometer certification number. Unfortunately, the chronometer certificate is not present, but the original box is. It is worth noting that, as with Rado and many other makers of that era, non-chronometer movements were not marked chronometer on the dial, nor did they have numbered movements. This also has the correct Marvin crown, signed with their crown logo. The entire package is in very good original condition--it has not been polished nor tampered with. Per the timing machine info below, you can see that the watch is running very accurately (most recent service date unknown).

The dimensions are: 34 mm diameter, 9 mm thick with domed crystal, 17mm lug width

Original price in 1963: 196 Deutschmarks

To see some excellent photos of a very well preserved Marvin 620A wristwatch (and dozens of other significant timepieces), visit the site of my friend SteveG.

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Favre-Leuba Chronometer 36000 - Ref. 36503

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Brand: Favre-Leuba
Model:
 Chronometer 36000 
Ref.: 36503
Issued: Ca. 1970
Case: Stainless steel with screw back
Crystal: Acrylic
Bracelet: NSA 3-row with F-L logo on clasp
Movement: FL 1162, 21 jewels, gilt, with precision regulator and chronometer number

Description: This is a rare F-L chronometer-certified wristwatch with hi-beat movement running at 36,000 vibrations per hour (ticking at 1/10th second).

The present example has a steel case with signed screw back (marked with reference number). The original bracelet by Novavit (NSA) has a signed clasp (F-L hourglass logo) and fitted end-pieces. At the time of writing (Aug 2020), the watch has just received complete movement service and the finish of the case has been restored nearly to like-new condition.

The original Favre-Leuba display box, equally rare (if not more so), is present with this watch. Made by Cartolux S.A., this is a multi-piece sliding box that has lots of FL imagery and can be propped up to display the watch or closed to lay flat. It includes the tagline “ça c’est Favre-Leuba”.

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This watch is available for purchase, with all pictured accessories, for $1500 US.
Please use the e-mail link below for enquiries. 



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Grieb & Benzinger Platinum Watches

by C. Bradley Jacobs
Originally published in International Watch, August 2010

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In the world of horology, myriad buzzwords and fleeting trends circulate, but there are few concepts that true watch connoisseurs respect so much as ‘quality’ and ‘exclusivity.’ A novel venture in Germany, featuring some of the most respected names in the business, is providing these to a small and privileged clientele through the Grieb & Benzinger Platinum line. In recent years, Hermann Grieb and Jochen Benzinger have been producing one-of-a-kind timepieces that combine fine vintage movements with world-class decorative artistry. Photo courtesy G&BTheir aim to create the industry’s most interesting and exclusive products has led them to join forces with their friend Georg Bartkowiak, an experienced design and technical consultant to the watch industry. This trio is presently offering watches unlike anything available elsewhere: truly unique bespoke watches based upon historic high-grade complicated movements that are expertly modified, decorated, and housed in solid platinum cases.

An example of their work—the brand plans to offer no more than 10 watches annually—contains a 19th-century minute repeater caliber provided by Patek Philippe for Tiffany. The movement was restored for 4 months by Hermann Grieb, who modified it to a regulator display. For this watch and all others in the Platinum line, components needed for the modification are produced in-house by Herman Grieb. Grieb & Benzinger Platinum watches do not reply upon outside parts sources, nor do they depend upon modern manufacturing techniques. According to Mr. Bartkowiak, Hermann Grieb “uses the same techniques & tools to restore the watch that were available the days when the historic movements were built originally. This is pure watch-making in the spirit of Abraham-Louis Breguet.” To the modern mind, this singular concept may sound potentially limiting, but Grieb & Benzinger prefer to view it as opening up the possibilities envisioned by the masters of previous ages.

Grieb & Benzinger Platinum watches are also distinguished by the use of a stunning blue movement plate. This is a proprietary technique of blue platinum coating which was developed in homage of Charles Oudin, the student of A-L Breguet known for producing blue plates in the early 1800s. Photo courtesy G&BThe decoration of G&B Platinum watches is provided by Jochen Benzinger utilizing a variety of techniques such as hand engraving, skeletonization and guilloché, the latter produced via a veritable museum of antique rose engines restored and maintained by Mr. Benzinger.

As is obvious from the dedication and focus of their makers, Grieb & Benzinger Platinum watches represent the execution of a complete vision for producing the finest wristwatches available. The client who commissions such a machine is integral in the conception and delivery of a tailor-made unique item, even to the extent of choosing the movement which will be transformed to the heart of the remarkable timepiece, of assisting with decorative design or perhaps mechanical layout. For such offerings, Mr. Grieb has been very selective in procuring an assortment of very fine and historic movements of the highest quality from such makers as Patek, LeCoultre, and Lange, many of which are repeaters or rattrapante chronographs. His preservation and reinterpretation of the original movement is merely the beginning of a painstaking process of remarkable transformation in which each contributor’s efforts are significant.

As the name suggests, the Grieb & Benzinger Platinum line features cases of that noble material as well as the high level of execution; only solid platinum cases are used. The cases are fashioned from solid platinum with no soldering of lugs or other elements. The minute repeater shown here has a case containing over 130 grams of platinum. According to Mr. Bartowiak, “this watch features the most solid platinum case on the market.”

Connoisseurs wishing to explore their options may contact Grieb & Benzinger directly or visit the brand’s representatives, of whom five will be named worldwide. Les Ambassadeurs in Switzerland is the first. Home service is available for consultation on the project and pricing of G&B Platinum pieces depends on the level of execution but generally start in the range of six figures (Euros). New pieces are continually being developed, such as a modified minute repeater with additional functions and a modified split second chronograph, expected to be available this summer. Before the end of 2010 the brand plans in to introduce a proprietary tourbillon movement—developed entirely in-house. The most current information is available by contacting Grieb & Benzinger via www.grieb-benzinger.de.

 


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To read about watches by Jochen Benzinger, including having a custom watch bulit, please csee my article here.


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<BR><h1><font color=brown>A Large, Soviet-Made Split Timer</h1>
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<B>Today’s featured timer is a Russian-made “Slava” split-timer.</b> Slava is the anglicized spelling of something that looks more like Craba on the dial. You can see by the photos that this is quite a beast. I’ve photographed it with a dress-size generic Swiss pocket watch to give some idea of how this thing compares to other pocket and hand-held timepieces. Some of the photos below show the actual measurements on a set of calipers.
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<P><P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>I bought this timer around 1999 on e-Bay and at the time it was the only one like it I had seen. Now, they are more readily available and seem to be offered for anywhere between $50. and $115. For the higher price, you generally get a wooden storage box. This is by far the largest timer in my current collection (it was rivaled by some Omegas I recently sold—see image at bottom). It’s about 20mm thick and 65mm in diameter.
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<BR>The case is either steel or nicely chromed base metal, it’s not marked but has held a nice shine during my ownership of it. The case has a screw-ring that holds down a large back plate…not unlike some 1960s Bulova automatics I’ve seen. The crystal appears to be plastic, and is domed slightly.
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<BR>The dial is really quite nicely made. It’s brushed silver from the center out and has painted-on markings that are even and rather thick. In the photo above you can see the hands, which are on such a tall set of pinions that they can only be referred to as a “stack.” The folks making the hands were generous with the paint…to the point that I wonder if the hands are contributing to the total amount of friction the movement must overcome. I jest, but these things are thick.
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<BR>The movement is a 20-jewel monster. Made by the 2nd Moscow Watch Factory. From what I’ve heard of Russian movement designs, this is probably derived from a design that was "appropriated" from the Swiss or Germans after WWII, although some Swiss companies such as Venus did sell, apparently to Russian and Chinese companies, the tooling and rights to produce their older movements. However, I would not be surprised if this is mostly a Soviet design…there is a lot of wasted space.
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<BR>It runs at 36,000 vph and so is a 1/10-second timer. The crown is for winding and start/stop (it is harder to click than any timer I’ve ever used); the left-hand button stops and re-sets the split hand; the right-hand button resets the main second hand and the minute counter. There is nothing unusual about its operation, once you realize you need your full weight to push the buttons.
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<BR>Aside from the difficulty of operation (how accurately can you time an event when stopping the timer takes such effort?), it’s a remarkable piece if only for its size. Throw in the fact that it has a column-wheel 20-jewel movement from Russia, and it easily occupies a unique slot in any timer collection.
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<BR><h1><font color=brown>Ulysse Nardin San Marco Chronometers</h1>
<P><h2>With Blue Enamel over Guilloché</h2></font>
<BR><b>by <a href="mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;>C. Bradley Jacobs</A></b><br></center>
<P><h2>Introduction</h2>
<BR><b>Various examples of the San Marco line from Ulysse Nardin</b> have been on the market for years now, including alarm watches, chronographs, calendar and GMT watches, yet the most recognizable of the line continues to be the enamel dial Chronometer series. This series was originally offered with dials of deep blue (the subject of this review), light blue, white, red, and green in cases of steel or yellow gold. Other variations with limited-edition cloisonné dials were available and a series of ladies San Marco models with intricate gem-set and cloisonné dials came later. This review will focus on two sizes of the San Marco models with deep blue dial.
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<P>The dial of these watches is a wonder. When I first acquired my watch I found myself staring at it at every opportunity and had to discipline myself to keep my eyes on the road while driving, so great was the temptation to gaze into its enamel depths. If you have not seen one of these watches in person, be advised that no photograph or description can prepare you for the remarkable presence they have.
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<P>The San Marco enamel dials have something of a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality conflict. In moderate light the watch presents a face to the world that is rich and luxurious and hints of a good life. It is suggestive of quiet havens paneled in rich wood, furnished with stately leather chairs and smelling of fine pipe tobacco. No one would mistake this watch for anything other than a fine timepiece—one with a pedigree and a sense of style albeit perhaps not one that is outrageous.
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<P><I>Until it is exposed to sunlight:</I>
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<P>When viewed in crisp, direct light, the rich blue façade is as a fine fur coat on an otherwise nude seductress—one could not previously have anticipated the surprises contained within. Direct light reveals that beneath the smooth, rich enamel layer there is a finely engine-turned sunburst pattern engraved into the metal surface of the dial. This guilloché pattern at once explodes and draws you in. Layer by layer the San Marco draws you in…and you are captured. From the sapphire crystal that covers the top of the thin, elegant case to the subtle, slightly luminous hands to the elegant applied white metal markers to the rich blue enamel to the sunburst guilloché and beyond…
<P>With so many layers visible just from the front of this watch you may find it remarkable that there is still room for a chronometer-certified automatic movement with date and a screw-on caseback with a design in relief. All this in a dress watch measuring but 8 mm in thickness.
<P>Read on and discover the wonders of each version of this fantastic timepiece…
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<BR><center><h1>Men’s Model</h1>
<BR><h2>San Marco Chronometer
<BR>Reference 131-77-9-7/E3</center><br>
<BR>Case</h2>
<P>As indicated above the case of the San Marco Chronometer is thin, but it is not small. Today’s average watch buyer demands a larger case size than has been the norm for decades and the SMC, although not overly large, should be appealing even to those who prefer oversize timepieces. The case is just over 36 mm wide (it is listed in the catalogue at 37 mm) which, with the ridged bezel and relatively narrow (but long) crown, appears to be larger than it is. The lug span is a respectable 19 mm and the entire case measures 43 mm from lug to lug. The design is conservative, with a hint of classic elements such as the stepped lugs which complement the ridged bezel.
<P>Set nearly flush into the bezel is a sapphire crystal that does not have an anti-reflective coating on the outside. This is sensible, as an AR coating might only serve to reduce the striking effects of the dial under various degrees of lighting. As is de rigeur these days on pricey watches one might expect a domed crystal but this ca. 1999 San Marco has a flat one. However, this is hardly noticeable; one’s eye is drawn right through the crystal to the dial, as it should be. One other item under the crystal is worth noticing—a brushed steel crystal ring at once forms a subtle border to the dial and reflects diffused light onto it. This is a subtlety, to be sure, but one this reviewer appreciates.
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<P>The sides of the case (the part often referred to as the “band” of the case) are curved top-to-bottom. This is a design element that is often used to make very wide watches seem smaller but in this instance it gives the San Marco something of a wider, thinner look. The stepped lugs and bezel and the screwed-down case back help to form a balanced, tripartite enclosure.
<P>The case back is secured with four crews (not blued) and is rated to water resistance of 30 meters. Nicely represented in relief are the Ulysse Nardin logo and the winged beast known as the Lion of San Marco. This image is common to many of the watches (that employ similar cases) in the San Marco line. The caseback and, indeed, every external surface of the watch and bracelet are nicely polished.
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<P>The final decorative element of the case is also the only functional one: its crown. As mentioned before, the crown is thin but somewhat elongated. This is due in part to the cabochon of enamel at its tip and in part to the narrow grooves etched into its sides. This scalloped effect makes the crown seem narrower than it is but also aids in the gripping and turning of the crown. For a small crown it is quite easy to turn once you master getting a fingernail under it to pull it out to its setting positions. The minimal width of the crown and the slight overlap of the case back serve to make the crown’s extension difficult. Luckily, the chronometer certification of the movement means you should not have to set it often. As a final touch, the Nardin anchor logo is visible beneath the blue enamel cabochon.
<P><h2>Bracelet</h2>
<P>The San Marco Chronometer is available with a choice of a leather strap or the San Marco bracelet. The bracelet is, as indicated above, an elegant, highly-polished affair. Fitted, solid metal end pieces match nicely to the curvature of the lugs and case. The bracelet is of a 5-row design with each link, when viewed from the side, reflecting the stepped design of the San Marco case. This pattern follows the full length of the bracelet, which employs a push-button butterfly deployant clasp. Nardin’s anchor logo is inset at the center of the first full link on either side of the case and on the clasp.
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<P>The bracelet is well-made and comfortable and does not pull on one’s arm hair. The underside of the bracelet is brushed steel, which helps keep the watch from sliding around on one’s wrist. All parts of the clasp that are in contact with skin are polished and free of burrs and harsh edges. Spare links are attached with pins that are screwed in rather than friction fit.
<P><h2>Movement</h2>
<P><img src="/http://www.ulysse-nardin.ch/uploadfiles/10003R.jpg" align=left alt="Photo courtesy Ulysse Nardin">Much has been made of the term “manufacture” in recent years. Debates have raged as to whether houses such as Nardin have the right to call themselves a “manufacture” and personalities as significant as UN President Rolf W. Schnyder have chimed in. Regardless of the outcome, or lack thereof, of such discussions, the movements in Nardin watches should be considered among the best available. In the San Marco Chronometer, Nardin chose to utilize a variation of the ETA 2892. To the best of my knowledge, Nardin buys high-grade ETA ebauches and finishes them in-house. The movement in the San Marco Chronometer--designated Caliber 13--is gold-plated and inscribed on the rotor is the UN logo. The movement in each watch has been submitted for chronometer testing and issued a COSC certificate before being cased by UN technicians. This attention is good enough for me and I have not submitted either of the timepieces described in this review to any further timing tests.
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<P>I’ll note for the record that the date wheel on the San Marco’s movement is white with black type. The white background of the wheel is in contrast to the rich color of the dial but UN has chosen to frame the date window in silver, thereby visually setting the window apart from the dial surface. Many purists would prefer a date wheel colored to match the dial but it would be nigh on impossible to get an exact color match considering the complexity of the processes used to create the enamel dials. I’m just grateful that the date window was given the consideration it has.
<P><h2>Price</h2>
<P>The MSRP of the San Marco Chronometer is $4400 on bracelet. It may have increased recently—the number I quote is not from the 2003 catalog. (<I>Author's note, March 2006:</i> The San Marco Chronometer is no longer offered by Ulysse Nardin in this configuration. Informal communication with UN dealers has indicated that all original stock has been sold.) Regardless, it is a lot of money for a time-and-date watch in steel. This relatively high price brings with it no small amount of exclusivity, however. Nardin watchmakers produce no more than several thousand watches annually (whereas the behemoth Rolex churns out hundreds of thousands in the same time span). Along with exclusivity of brand you also get the satisfaction of owning a watch with a genuine enamel-and-guilloché dial—something not frequently found in the annals of horological history.
<P><h2>Overall impressions</h2>
<P>In conclusion, I’ll just say that the watch is a joy to wear. It is comfortable and stays put on the wrist if properly fitted. Once one grows accustomed to the large amount of polished surface area and the striking dial, it seems natural to wear such an elegant watch. Put differently, this timepiece is a real eye-catcher and can make the wearer self-conscious at first, but this is easily overcome (and surpassed by the pleasure of seeing such a fine instrument on one’s wrist).
<P><I>You may just like it so much that you buy one for your wife…</I>
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<BR><center><h1>Women’s Model</h1>
<BR><h2>Reference 123-77-9-7/E3
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<P>The San Marco line for women is, as expected, a smaller watch, but many of the elements that make the larger model endearing are also endearing in miniature. In short, the rounded case band, the stepped lugs and bezel, the distinctive crown, the brushed steel crystal ring and the decorated case back are all equally wonderful in each size. There are subtle differences in scale, and some major differences in function and presence, but the smaller San Marco is every bit as worthy of attention as the larger. In fact, its size and subtlety make it more elegant than its larger brother.
<P>The case measures 27 mm in diameter, 32 mm lug-to-lug and is, interestingly, the same thickness as the larger watch: 8 mm. The result of this is to give the watch a certain (again I use the word) presence on the wrist that is independent of the visual impact of the dial. So many watches made for women (primarily quartz-powered) are dainty and thin and…well, immaterial. When was the last time you saw a woman wear a watch that caught your eye (and was not a watch originally marketed for men)? This watch fits the bill.
<P><h2>Dial</h2>
<P><A HREF="http://www.fototime.com/CB4A759D59E108F/orig.jpg" target=_new><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/CB4A759D59E108F/orig.jpg" align=right WIDTH=250 HEIGHT=188 hspace=5 VSPACE=5 border=0 alt="Women’s San Marco enamel dial"></A>
<P>Aside from the sizes of the watches, the obvious difference between the two models is on the dial. The women's’ model does without the date window and is not labeled as a Chronometer. This raises a question or two (it is called San Marco Chronometer in the catalog but not labeled as such on the dial, however neither of these watches came with COSC certificates…hmmm) but they are not germane to this review. Further comparison of the two dials shows that everything else is replicated exactly, albeit reduced, from the large model to the small, even down to the luminous dots outside the hour indices and the luminous fill on the hands. Rarely have I seen a watch meant for a lady stay so true to the design of the man’s model.
<P><h2>Strap and Buckle</h2>
<P>A bracelet is offered for the watch described here but this example was sold with color-matched signed crocodile straps and a steel UN buckle. The straps are fine and padded (though not too much) with the hide and stitching dyed to match the dial. The buckle is the small version (12 mm inside) of the typical Nardin square-with-cut-corners steel tang buckle with applied UN anchor logo. One element that subtly reminds one of the larger watch is the similarity of this applied logo to the inset logo found thrice on that watch’s bracelet.
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<P><h2>Movement</h2>
<P>Nardin chose another Swatch Group ébauche to power the women’s San Marco. Images are provided, but not taken by me and I cannot confirm the specs of the movement in the watch in question. Regardless, it is gold-plated and decorated in a similar fashion to the larger watch’s ETA 2892. Again, my purpose in this review is not to provide technical information but, rather, to impart to the reader a sense of each watch’s presence and impact on the wearer.
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<BR><h2>Price</h2>
<P>Pricing of the women’s model on bracelet is the same as the men’s model. My price list (again, from 1999) did not include the same watch on straps only. One can perhaps assume that the price difference would be no more than $600 (the difference in price between the men’s model on bracelet and the same watch on straps).
<P><h2>Overall impressions</h2>
<P>Considering that I am unable to comfortably wear this watch (nor do so in good conscience) I will refrain from describing what I think of it in the usual terms. As an observer, however, I find the watch to be stunning. Where the large model sometimes is overpowering in its…well…BLUE-ness, the smaller dial of this watch makes a much more subtle statement. It’s no less beautiful, however, due to its smaller dial. In a perverse way it gives me great pleasure to see my wife wear her UN San Marco. Even when--nay, especially when--I am not wearing my own San Marco, I can have the same mesmeric experience as I described above. Also, as many watch collectors can understand, there is something indescribably swell about knowing that your wife is wearing a nicer watch than almost every man she meets.
<P><h1>Conclusion</h1>
<P>In conclusion, I’ll refrain from giving more of my opinions of the watch and recommendations to procure one for yourself and your significant other. Choosing a watch is such a matter of personal style that I do not have delusions that my histrionics here would have any impact on your decision to purchase (or not) a particular timepiece. So let my conclusion be a final tally of some of the tangible goodies that accompany such a purchase. The house of Ulysse Nardin ranks among one of the best in providing the little extras that make a pleasurable acquisition even more satisfying. Wooden and/or leather boxes accompany most models. The instruction booklets and warranty cards are of top-notch materials and printing. COSC certificates are presented in embossed leather folios and are even replicated in miniature. The usual complement of hang tags, leather pillows and outer boxes are included as well. In short, all the accessories are included and well presented. For more information visit the <a href=“http://www.ulysse-nardin.com" border=0>Ulysse Nardin website </a>.
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