Art Deco Roamer revisited
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    Art Deco Roamer revisited

    I just got back from the watchmaker my art deco Roamer, which was serviced and had a little cleanup on the dial and crystal. I found some more information as well. It has a MTS 253 six-jewel, 2 adjust., movement at 18000 beats and manufactured from 1925 to 1933. It was replaced by the MTS 277. It features a La Salle case and the design is similar to the Bulova Conqueror and the Roamer cut-corner case. The case dimensions are about 26mm wide excluding crown and 37.5mm lug to lug. I'm guessing this watch is from around 1930 given the dial design. So, demonfinder, you were right on the money (Thanks to the Vintage Roamer Watch Site).

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    Re: Art Deco Roamer revisited

    Well done RobW.
    Always nice to see another early Roamer up and running again and back on a wrist .
    I hope it gives you years of good service.

    The MST 253 is a calibre I don`t have in my collection yet.
    I have one early MST 175 away being serviced at the moment -with another in the queue for servicing.Amazingly some of the parts such as mainsprings and balance staffs etc are still available if needed for these now 90 year old fella`s
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    Re: Art Deco Roamer revisited

    A real beauty you have there. I think Roamer has found a new fan in me.

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    Re: Art Deco Roamer revisited

    Only two Roamer in my collection, but I love them

    A military Anfibio (Rhodesian Army)






    And this new entry still on the way


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    Re: Art Deco Roamer revisited

    What a fab dial on your second watch bubba.. and with the lovely original "paddle " hands too - I`m envious :0)
    I`ve yet to bag a military Roamer either.

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    Re: Art Deco Roamer revisited

    This is an absolutely lovely piece OP.

    Being a fan of Art Deco in general, I'm interested - where do you find these? I've seen more than a few examples of that era, but usually with a plain dial, even plainer case and in terrible condition, and/or extremely small (unlike the one above). This is the only one I've seen so far where I would press the Buy button.
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    Re: Art Deco Roamer revisited

    Hi MisterV.
    This style of decorated case was widely used for the U.S. market in the 1920`s/`30`s by many different companies..Bulova,Gruen ,Waltham to mention just a few plus many other Swiss companies that often sent just movements for them to be fitted with cases made in the U.S. which I believe meant lower import duties were paid.
    Many of the European marketsat the time had much plainer cases.
    They can often be picked up relatively cheaply on eBay etc but if you can find models with higher jewelled movements they are possibly more likely to be better timekeepers after all these years if looked after service wise I think

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