An elderly retired watchmaker friend from Brittany stopped off for coffee this morning on his way to see his daughter and brought me a small shoebox with 3 timepieces he thought might interest me, so here they are as he handed them over, and still needing to be cleaned and polished:
First up was a Bulova Caravelle from the mid 1960's, with a very hard to photograph textured silver dial with a few age spots but nice hands, although the sweep second is very thin . The crystal needs a good polish up to remove some scratches, and there's a few nicks on the case, but otherwise it's in pretty reasonable condition. It uses a Citizen 17 jewel 0201, signed as "Caravelle Watch" which confirms Bulova's long standing association with Citizen before Citizen finally bought them up. I don't know much about Bulova/Caravelle, but I would guess this watch dates from the time that Caravelle was being used to compete for the same market as the like of Timex, although the 17 jewel Citizen would seem to be a cut above the Timex movements of the time.
Next up was a French Chrisfer, a brand about which a quick search though my archives reveals absolutely nothing. Even the movement is unusual, a 17 jewel variation on the Lorsa 651/652 series of no jewel pin pallets that, yet again, I've found no reference to. So, it's likely to be no earlier than the mid 1970's, and the face is probably plastic I reckon, but with decent looking hands and a screw back. Nevertheless it's an attractive example from the death throws at the end of the time of French small independent makers of mechanical watches.
Finally I got a Jaz, not a watch, but an example of what Jaz was really all about then, clocks, as watches were only a small part of their output, until their involvement with Framelec and ultimately Matra. If you want a little more information on this just go to my thread on LOV. So, out of context with watches, but in the context of the French watch industry, is a little late 1960's/early 70's travel alarm, still with the Jaz version French Cockerel logo.
Doubtless some far more knowledgeable person than me can add some meat to the bare bones of my Bulova/Caravelle, and if some poor lost soul has come across Chrisfer before I'd love to know.Thanks for looking if you did