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• Late 1940s men's watch by Hafis, Switzerland
• Round brass case with metallic/glitter purple dial
• Red "sweeping" (Rolex-style) second hand
• Gold-plated hands and hour markers with date
• Automatic (self-winding) 30 jewels Bidynator 692 by Felsa, Switzerland
• 42mm tall, including the lugs (33mm without lugs)
• 36mm wide, including the crown (33mm without crown)
• ALL ORIGINAL mechanical workings fully restored to function "as new" by master watchmaker
• Used Hirsch 18mm blue leather band—fits wrists up to 7.5"
• Six month warranty for the mechanical workings
•• HAFIS WATCH HISTORY ••
The F. Suter & Cie watch company founded in 1916 by Fritz Suter-Raetz. In 1920 the company was officially launched as F. Suter & Co,. Hafis Watch was a trademarked brand sold by Parnassos. R. Gsell & Co. of New York. Parnassos started importing Hafis watches to the USA in 1924.
The Felsa 692 automatic movement in this timepiece was the first calibre family (series Felsa 690...699) with bidirectional rotor winding—in production from 1942 through circa 1950.
The striking design attracts a lot of attention. Someone comes up and asks me about it every time I wear it.
The brass-colored round case manages is both classic and out-of-the-ordinary. The original dial has been refinished in bold, sparkling, glittery purple. (GLITTER!! That's why I bought it!) It has a date aperture at 3 o'clock and a red sweeping (Rolex-style) second hand. I upgraded it with a Hirsch 18mm blue leather band—bought from the my absolute favorite source of watchbands (Urhandel Bernhard Huke in Malmö, Sweden.)
This watch was technologically revolutionary at the time. It featured all the most cutting-edge (and expensive) technologies: Incabloc mechanical shock resistance (to protect against impacts or dropping it), bi-directional rotor winding, water resistance (a brand new feature in the 1940s), and a Felsa "Bidynator" 692 self-winding movement. Almost all of the Felsa 692 were built around 25 jewels—red rubies serving as bearings and bushings. This example was part of an extremely limited edition—RARE—featuring a far-more-expensive 30 jewel 692 movement.
It runs fantastically. I wore it every day for years. I still wear it frequently...BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME. It's been mechanically serviced to operate as well as it did when it was new (circa 1946-1949.) My master watchmaker completely disassembled the watch (hundreds of tiny pieces), cleaned and inspected every piece, reassembled it, calibrated it, and polished it—costing over $200.
The cosmetic condition is good. It appears it was gold plated at some point a very long time ago, but the gold plating has worn through to reveal the brass base metal. I wore it for years before I even noticed—the brass case looks like it was a deliberate decision. (And I love it. I wouldn't want it plated in gold.) The case, crown, and caseback show signs of wear commensurate with age. The purple glitter dial is in excellent condition with no visible signs of wear. A previous owner heavily polished the original stainless steel caseback in a radial, sunburst-design. The acrylic crystal has been recently polished and appears as new—without any scratches or signs of wear.
The caseback reads: Made and timed in Switzerland | Unbreakable mainspring | Antimagnetic | Waterproof | Automatic | Incabloc | 8368 | 86
It was advertised as waterproof when new, but I wouldn't press my luck. Keep it away from water.
It's not about telling time, or any of that stuff. It's about how it makes you feel. For creative individualists, a watch is a powerful tool that amplifies the expression of your individuality.
•• WARRANTY AND SERVICE ••
This watch has a six-month warranty on the inner mechanical movements. Contact me if anything goes awry and I'll help set it straight. You can also upgrade to an extended warranty, which covers the mechanicals for a total of 18 months. (Note: the band and crystal are not covered, nor is damage from impact or water.) All shipping costs will be covered by the warranty. Repairing or servicing a watch like this generally costs $150-250, so the warranty is a great way to avoid those sort of service costs!
•• PLATINUM EXTENDED SERVICE PLAN ••
Our two year (24 month) PLATINUM warranty offers the highest level of personal attention, taking all the worry out of owning a vintage watch. The benefits include:
- mechanical repairs (inner movement mechanism) (worth $150-300)
- one free crystal replacement if you break it (worth $60)
- one free servicing—deep cleaning, adjustment/calibration, and polishing of the case and crystal (worth $250)
- water and impact damage at 50% off list price (a savings of at least $150)
- insured USPS Priority Mail shipping costs both ways for any service or cleanings (worth at least $50)
- display box (worth $25)
- bedside/dresser-top presentation watch podium (worth $25)
- microfiber cleaning cloth (worth $5).
You can choose this option in the Variations at checkout.
•• SHIPPING ••
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Items with free shipping are sent by USPS First Class with insurance and signature required. Upgraded shipping is USPS Priority Express mail with insurance and signature required.
Yes! Upgraded shipping is via USPS Priority Express Mail with insurance and signature required. It usually takes 1-2 days within the continental USA.
I have watchbands in many different styles, colors and materials. If you love the watch but want a different color band, send me a message. I'll see if I have the color you want in my inventory. If I don't, you can swap out the band for any strap you'd like by buying one online or taking it to your local jeweler or watch repair store.
It depends on the watch.
1) Mechanical (hand-winding): These watches use a spring and gears to run. There is no battery. You must wind the watch once daily for it to keep running. Most of my watches are this kind.
2) Mechanical (automatic/kinetic): These use a spring and gears as well as a swinging pendulum that rotates as you move throughout the day. It winds itself. You don't need a battery and you don't need to wind it.
3) Quartz: These use batteries. Your watch will include a brand new battery. They can last anywhere from six months to a few years, depending on the watch.
We don't accept cancellations for a refund. Instead, we offer you store credit which you can use on any of our other items. This store credit is good for one year.