1954 Vintage Record Calatrava Jumbo 37mm Oversized + Hirsch Genuine Lizard Strap

19 days ago
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New Jersey

Up for sale is a Record watch from 1954. It is an "oversize" or "jumbo" model with a case size of 37mm.
The style is very indicative of the 1950s with a Patek Phillip Calatrava like feel to it. The dial features sub seconds, and a guilloche pattern around the outer part of the dial housing the rose gold colored indices. It is a silver dial that has a little patina to it, the photos should speak volumes to its condition.The hands are the most interesting part of the watch! I am not sure what the style is called but they seem to be a cross between leaf and alpha hands with an extra little flare at the base. A very unique feature.The case is in great shape, free from large dings and deep gouges.
There are some light scratches from use over the years but the case has retained its original lines and still has a great polished look to it.
The straight lugs are slightly angled downward coming from this thin case that measures in just above 9mm thick, making this dressy watch comfortable to wear and versatile for many wrist sizes.
The larger lug to lug measurement of 45mm makes this watch very wearable for people with both small and larger wrists.
My wrist in the photos is 7.25" to give you perspective. The lug spacing is 19mm and the watch will come fitted with a new Hirsch Brown Lizard strap with Hirsch buckle.Thanks for looking!A little history about Record Watch Company from an article on WatchTime...Record was founded in 1903 in the Swiss town of Tramelan in the Bernese Jura. The company was formed by a conglomerate who wanted to acquire and realize the patent of the Sector Watch, a triangular pocket watch with retrograde display
a highly unusual design at the time. Record once enjoyed a reputation for high precision and was therefore chosen to provide various armed forces around the world with service watches. Record is one of the twelve brands that supplied watches for the British Army "The Dirty Dozen".Many of their timepieces were provided with an official chronometer certificate, while the company was also known for its moonphase calendar watches (look out for the beautiful Datofix models at auction) and chronographs. The company produced its own movements (its first automatic was released in 1944), but used Venus hand-wound calibres for its chronographs.US vintage watch dealer Robert Maron, writing on his website about a Record rattrapante chronograph from the 1930s that passed through his hands, described its Calibre 179 movement as on a par with some of the finest chronograph movements we have ever seen, regardless of manufacture or price built to the same quality as a comparable Patek Philippe movement.In 1961 Record lost its independence when it was acquired by Longines (based in the neighbouring municipality of Saint Imier) through a purchase of shares. Subsequently, watches were produced with the double signature Record Longines, and were made with ETA calibres. Record limped along until 1991 when production finally ceased.However new Record watches live on, in a manner of speaking, through the Zeno watch company of Basel, which uses old Record pocket watch movements in its limited edition models. General Record service watches from the 1940s and 1950s with a typical military aesthetic (black dial, broad arrow, lume-filled hands etc) can be picked up fairly easily from vintage shops and eBay for $500-1000 alongside similar models from the likes of Cyma, Buren and Timor.

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