Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171
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    Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    Got this today.



    It features an AS 1171 bumper movement - working fine - which Dr Ranfft gives as a redesign of the Harwood automatic.

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...&2uswk&AS_1171

    So dating to about 1940.



    And with the rotor moved over.



    If you look carefully you can see the little ratchet that winds the movement in one direction only.

    The watchmakers will also note that the set lever screw has been attacked by a gorilla (not me). I can't undo it yet, and so can't take the movement out so that I can clean the top of the case properly and replace the crystal.

    The case was filthy. No, really!



    Anyway, I've no idea how rare or not these are. BTW, a gold Harwood sold on ebay recently for £258 - which didn't seem bad to me, but was beyond my budget. The movements look very different to my untrained eye.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-GENTS-9CT-GOLD-HARWOOD-AUTOMATIC-WRISTWATCH-/320525883802?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Jewelery_Watches_W atches_MensWatches_GL&hash=item4aa0d4d99a

    Borel history:


    http://www.cruisersnh.com/Watch/Bore...%20History.htm
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    Re: Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    Beautiful little gem you have there!

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    Re: Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    AS movements are harder to come by these days~Congrats!

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    Re: Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    a beauty! nice catch

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    Re: Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    Nice one:)
    Congratulations
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    Re: Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    Thank you all for the nice words.

    I've worn this all day and its keeping very good time.

    Kinda like it.
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    Re: Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    Though this is a rather old thread, I'd like to share a few pictures of my E.Borel Super Autosport.
    Nice find you've got there Marrick.


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    The two tone dial is in good shape for its age, I'm not sure if the spots within the inner ring are patina or a sort of texture?

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    Is it possibe to date the watch from the serial No.?

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    The stainless case measures 30mm in dia excluding the crown.

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    Re: Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    Very nice. And it looks like you have it on a Bonklip bracelet.

    I'll dig mine out and give it some wrist time.
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    Re: Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    Through his London company Louis Audemars & Co my father was Ernest Borel's UK agent in the 1950s and (I think) the early '60s (he died in 1968).
    Here is one of their watches (18ct Automatic) which he kept for himself.

    Serviced about eight years ago. Running perfectly. The bracelet is my later addition.
    Is the Borel brand still around???

    Paul

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    Re: Borel Super Autosport early bumper AS 1171

    Sweet watch
    I like the two toned dial. Is the case diameter 32mm?
    Congrats
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