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C R O T O N (Nivada SA/Wüllimann, Schneider & Cie./Regalis Watch Co., Grenchen, SUISSE - A Q U A M A T I C (PROBABLY AAFES/FACTORY PROTOTYPE) - AQS 12.4056 - Men - CIRCA 1950 THE KOREAN OR 'FORGOTTEN WAR'

Lot reference 30838473
C R O T O N (Nivada SA/Wüllimann, Schneider & Cie./Regalis Watch Co., Grenchen, SUISSE - A Q U A M A T I C (PROBABLY AAFES/FACTORY PROTOTYPE)  - AQS 12.4056 - Men - CIRCA 1950 THE KOREAN OR 'FORGOTTEN WAR'

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ETA landmark calibre 1256, the EtaRotor; ETA's first automatic rotor movement - Schmitz Frères Patent All Stainless Steel 'Clam-Shell' Case

Brand: C R O T O N (Nivada SA/Wüllimann, Schneider & Cie./Regalis Watch Co., Grenchen, SUISSE
Model: A Q U A M A T I C (PROBABLY AAFES/FACTORY PROTOTYPE)
Reference Number: AQS 12.4056
Gender: Men
Period: CIRCA 1950 THE KOREAN OR 'FORGOTTEN WAR'
Movement: ETA landmark calibre 1256, the EtaRotor; ETA's first automatic rotor movement
Case material: Schmitz Frères Patent All Stainless Steel 'Clam-Shell' Case
Type: Analogue wristwatch (More lots)
Shipped Insured: Yes
Condition: Worn with little to no signs of use

◄N.B. Daylight photos can vary; workshop photos are taken under special light. Macro lens used; in enlarged photos you'll see things you wouldn't normally! I don't use enhancement software.►

ONE TIME ONLY RESERVE AUCTION. IF NOT SOLD, NOT RE-OFFERED

Case diameter: 33.54mms inc. crown 30.58mms without
Strap type/material: NOS NATO/G10 military webbing
Strap size: Wrist>>>25.00cms
Dial: Classic Croton Chalk White; 3, 6, 9 & 12 Breguet numerals, interspersed Arrowheads. Time-earned patina
Movement: ETA based 17 jewel sweep second automatic + Incabloc. Cleaned, oiled and regulated (100€). Keeps time (standard workshop photo)
Calibre: Renowned EtaRotor 1256; Google 'ETA 1256 ranfft' for more information

HISTORY & NOTES

An ultra rare virtually NOS Aquamatic with 'gold finished' movement. Almost Collectors' Quality. One of the best from my collection and not to be missed.

Examine the photos carefully; they form the majority of this rarely found Swiss vintage watch's description.

Your watch will be well wrapped (see my Feedback; bid with confidence!) and shipped via Colissimo Insured & Signed For.

Nota Bene: Watches are never guaranteed waterproof

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All Copyrights Acknowledged

© AntMat's Auto Matters & Watches 2019

ANTMAT IS AN ABBREVIATION OF ANTERIOR MATTERS (PAST TIMES)

I have been collecting watches for more than 50 years, starting with Tavannes/Cymas and later Crotons. When I retired to France some 12 years ago, I started collecting French watches; LIP, Yema and various interesting Divers' watches from the Jacques Cousteau era.

My first watch was a Tavannes/Cyma issued to my mother during the London 'Blitz' in WW2. Like many of my watches, this one has an interesting history. My mother joined the ATS (The Auxiliary Territorial Service) early in 1941 and became one of a fleet of drivers who chauffeured the likes of Winston Churchill and later General Eisenhower.

One day one of her friends was a couple of minutes late picking up Mr. Churchill and was given a 'rollicking' by the great man:

“Why are you late?”, he roared. “Time is precious and we do not have enough of it. Time is running out – we must not, indeed we cannot waste it!”

In tears my mother's friend replied, “I am sorry Sir but I do not have a watch and the clock in the car must be a bit slow.”

Tearing a page off his notebook he scribbled something on it and said, “Take this to the Ministry of Supply the very minute you drop me off and demand to see the Minister personally by my order. My mother's friend gave the Minister Churchill's note who said to her, “Tell Mr. Churchill that his order will be placed immediately and you girls will all receive watches as soon as possible.”

The watches arrived two weeks later! How they came is another story!

So that was watch number one which my mother gave me when I went away to school about 13 years later. I still have it and it still keeps time.

Once I started work, I bought a watch a month for about 20 years and then on average 1.5 a month for the next 20 years. This formed the basis of my collection though I still buy the odd watch for parts or sometimes because I feel like it!

I have always cared about my watches and when I sell one it is like losing an old friend. Accordingly I try and make sure that they are in good order and/or serviced before being well packed. Furthermore I am proud to say that I have now sold well over 1,000 good vintage watches on Catawiki.

Finally I strongly recommend that you read my Feedback; it tells its own story!

Well I must go - time flies when you're my age,

AntMat

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Catawiki member since March 31, 2015, received 551 reviews in total (132 in last 12 months)

Feedback score: 100% (132 reviews)
(last 12 months)
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    Beautiful watch, exactly as described. Thanks!
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    vinyl1st December 10, 2019

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    Article conforme à la description, très bonne communication. Envoi rapide et soigné.
    C'est parfait ! À recommander sans hésitation.

    TOP VENDEUR
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    user-f0bb2db November 28, 2019

    Response by seller
    Je suis ravi que tout se passe bien et j'espère que vous avez aimée la boîte dans laquelle la montre est arrivée!

    Merci pour votre évaluation.
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    Oggetto imballato alla perfezione. Un’accuratezza impressionante. Perfettamente rispondente alla descrizione. Ottimo in tutto.
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    user-f8d8ff5 November 20, 2019

  • Perfect packing. Good communication and service. Just a little mistake that will be resolved without problem.

    Many thanks for all.

    user-f1c14d2 November 19, 2019

    Response by seller
    I am very sorry about this. The photos were taken before my watchmaker carried out work on the watch. He was also doing work on another YEMA and has made a mistake. I will send you a message later about the solution.

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    Merci ! Très pro. Rapide et bon emballage. 👍🏼
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    user-e81612b November 16, 2019

    Response by seller
    Je suis très heureux que vous êtes heureux"
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    Thank you very much,
    very nice watch in good condition!
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    user-d993f0b November 6, 2019

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    BUONGIORNO SONO MOLTO CONTENTO DELL'ACQUISTO.ARRIVATO IERI...NON MOLTO CONTENTO DEL SPEDIZIONIERE..UN ODISSEA X RITIRARLO.
    OROLOGIO SEMPLICE MA MOLTO BELLO.PECCATO CHE NON CONOSCO L'INGLESE PERCHÈ C'ÈUNASTIRIADALEGGERERIGUARDOL'OROLOGIO
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    user-1b684d6 November 6, 2019

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    Não consegui resistir ao pequeno Tavannes. Anos 20? Parece que os anos não passaram por ele.
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    nnunopam November 5, 2019

    Response by seller
    Os pequenos Tavannes eram amados há muito tempo. É por isso que alguns relógios ainda são ótimos depois de quase 100 anos!
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    The watch is in very good conditions and keeps time.
    Useful suggestions for maintenance and future care.
    Professional packaging, one of the best I've ever seen.
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    eugeniobaldini October 21, 2019

    Response by seller
    Thank you very much for your overwhelmingly generous Feedback. There will be more like this to come in the future.

    Delivery times to Italy seem to have improved -4 days!!!

    AM
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    OK!!!!OK!!!!!
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    etom1943 October 18, 2019

    Response by seller
    Mille grazia - grazia mille!
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    Very nice watch, even nicer in real than in description :-)
    Quick shipment... Top seller ! Thx
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    Cartellino October 17, 2019

    Response by seller
    Sorry for the delay which was due to an unexpected technical glitch! Thank you for your great patience during the protracted delivery period. At least it was worth it and only demonstrates my conscientiousness in making sure that my customers receive their watches in as good a condition as possible.

    Finally thank you for your continued confidence in buying yet another watch from me.

    Salut & Àb,

    AM
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    Very positive over the way the seller handled the sending of the watch. It was quick and very well protected. Compliments!
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    MarkCompeer October 6, 2019

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    super bien emballée et livraison rapide. je vous remercie et recommande
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    user-92ca430 September 27, 2019

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    Quick and friendly transaction, beautifully running watch.
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    rjmec September 22, 2019

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    Superbe emballage digne de Fort Knox superbe montre
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    thomasdelran September 21, 2019

    Response by seller
    Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire très genereux!

    AntMat
  • He recibido justo el reloj que vi en la subasta y estoy contento. Si vuelvo a ver en subasta algo que me guste lo comprare. La experiencia ha sido buena.

    user-a50b08c September 17, 2019

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    My (small) Cymas collection lacked a Tavannes. No more missing. Thanks
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    nnunopam September 16, 2019

    Response by seller
    Happy that you are happy Nuno. Keep up the CYMA/Tavannes collection!

    AM
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    Okay
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    etom1943 September 10, 2019

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    Very good watch, It works perfect!!!!!! , I'm Happy with It!
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    badsisterwings September 9, 2019

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    veloce invio, orologio come descritto
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    alessandrovella September 6, 2019

  • Watch was professionally wrapped. The watch is in working condition. Delivery was timely.
    I would definitely purchase additional items from this seller.
    N. Stoll

    Nrstoll September 4, 2019

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    Nice product, fast delivery. Thank you
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    BMHK August 25, 2019

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    Everything was perfect: the watch,the description,the shipping.Great dealer,really professional.My best reguards
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    paolovisciani August 23, 2019

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    Watch in excellent condition as described. Perfect delivery with additional instructions for care. Superb!!!
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    lebenslust August 18, 2019

    Response by seller
    Thank you for encouraging me to continue selling on Catawiki! You have acquired a great watch!!

    AM
  • Montre en parfait état. Emballage très soigné. La montre est plus belle que sur les photos, je suis très satisfait.
    Elle fonctionne mais pour la remonter, je n'ai pas bien compris. Un renseignement ?

    user-9702e01 August 14, 2019

    Response by seller

    Je suis très heureux d'entendre que vous êtes très satisfait de la montre. Vous aurez eu un message sur le remontage de la montre.

    AM

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United States $44.31
Austria $28.80
Belgium $32.12
Canada $44.31
China $48.74
Cyprus $32.12
Czech Republic $32.12
Denmark $32.12
Finland $32.12
France $23.26
Germany $32.12
Greece $32.12
Hong Kong, China $44.31
Ireland $32.12
Italy $32.12
Luxembourg $32.12
Netherlands $32.12
Norway $32.12
Poland $32.12
Portugal $32.12
Romania $32.12
Singapore $48.74
Spain $32.12
Sweden $32.12
Switzerland $32.12
Taiwan $48.74
United Kingdom $32.12
Rest of Europe $34.34
Anywhere else $44.31

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