Chronometre Ancre Vintage military wristwatch
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    Chronometre Ancre Vintage military wristwatch

    From the series of vintage watches. A walk through the flea market and found this watch that I found quite interesting, since it has gold-plated casing 20 M and a hallmark . Diametre of this watch is 35 mm . It is a military wristwatch ?
    Can you help me identify this watch?
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    Re: Chronometre Ancre Vintage military wristwatch

    Nice find! RW with an anchor stands for Rodi & Wienenberger, registered in Pforzheim in 1935 (according to Mikrolisk). I can't identify the movement, though. No, it's not military- gold plated military watches? Nope. Looks like a bauhaus-style design- minimalistic dial, simple stick hands. Fixed lug bars, though a standard in military watches, do not constitute just ANY watch as military. Neither does a black dial- just now, any old watch with a black dial is advertised by eBay sellers as "military"- though they're just as military as the "peace symbol".
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    Re: Chronometre Ancre Vintage military wristwatch

    Not an exact match but the Unitas 148 is reasonably close. Some differences in the details, though (shape of balance cock & lever cock, etc.). Maybe this is a Cal. 146 and this calibre differs slightly or perhaps the end user changed some details.....?!

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...swk&Unitas_148

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    Re: Chronometre Ancre Vintage military wristwatch

    It's the best match . About the cal 146 can't find anything .About the year of manufacture may conclude that it was between 1930 -1940 ?
    Thank you Hartmut Richter.
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    Re: Chronometre Ancre Vintage military wristwatch

    I'd say post-40's myself. Unitas model numbers can be confusing, 'cause they seemed to give new model numbers to largely identical movements based on having slightly different parts (presumably to make it easier to determine which replacement parts to ship to dealers for repairs).
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    Re: Chronometre Ancre Vintage military wristwatch

    I'd say it might have been made somewhere between 1935 and mid-1940s. Why? Fixed lug bars. I have seen this solution being used in 1930s watches, but as far as I know, mid- to late-1940s watches would already have spring bars. I guess a gold-plated case and fixed lug bars combo looks more 1930s then. To me, at least.
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    Re: Chronometre Ancre Vintage military wristwatch

    What do you think about this watch. It can be considered one collection? Restoration of housing would be recommended?
    Thanks for all's Information
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    I think it's a really nice Bauhaus-style watch, and a fine addition to a collection. Whether it indeed is a chronometre, I don't know. I suppose it might once have been one. I don't think it needs to be overhauled- dial seems to be in a pretty good shape. I don't know how about the crystal- the first pic doesn't show the condition of it too well... If scratched only- some Polywatch should do. Standard movement maintenance should be done, of course. The crown looks worn, but then again, if it's comfortable to use, it's not a necessity to change it.
    The strap might be a problem- you'll probably need to look for a single-piece non-NATO or an open-ended strap, but whether a gold-plated watch gets along well with a NATO is a matter of personal preferences, really.
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    Re: Chronometre Ancre Vintage military wristwatch

    It's not a "Chronometer" as is understood today. Chronometre is just a word that translates loosely to "Time Measurement", but it has a bit of a "cachet" to it due to the history of the marine chronometer and the "observatory" chronometer certificates.
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