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    Dila 15 rubis

    Today this little watch arrived. Its by Dila, which was a brand of Frey & Co.



    I can't see any markings under the balance, so if anyone knows the movement I'd be grateful.

    Its possible that it is a Frey movement. If so, I can't find anything online.

    It's approximately 7''' x 11.5'''.

    It has a Swiss patent number 220529. Its running well.



    The plating's a little worn at the front; a lot worn at the back. The crystal's in very good order.

    Early 30's?



    It cost me £3.20.
    Last edited by Marrick; July 8th, 2010 at 12:50. Reason: ligne dimensions
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    Re: Dila 15 rubis

    First Dila I have seen. Not bad for a running watch!
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    Re: Dila 15 rubis

    My first Dila too.

    The secret to getting bargains is to not really want the item concerned. That way, you never bid too much. I get a lot of my watches like that.
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    Re: Dila 15 rubis

    Sorry, I can't ID that one.

    Might require a photo with the dial removed

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    Re: Dila 15 rubis

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    The secret to getting bargains is to not really want the item concerned. That way, you never bid too much. I get a lot of my watches like that.
    A man after my own heart from Gods own county as well, is it the water do you think?

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    Re: Dila 15 rubis

    Dial off. Its a Frey F20. The F20 mark is in a trapezoid shape the same as Freco (Frey) is shown in Bestfit.
    The 20 is listed as 7.5''' x 12'''.

    Not many about methinks.

    The central disc is to support the curved dial. Frey later invented the Curvex movement used by Gruen. See:

    http://www.pixelp.com/gruen/1929.html

    Dila is a girl's name meaning 'Small winged one':

    http://www.babynology.com/meaning-dila-f39.html

    Its also an anagram of dial - which doesn't help when googling watch related things. Also of laid.
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    Re: Dila 15 rubis

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevg View Post
    A man after my own heart from Gods own county as well, is it the water do you think?

    Kev
    Possibly - but I'm a Mancunian originally.
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    Re: Dila 15 rubis

    That's the first Frey movement I've seen.

    I have a Frey watch but it has a Helvetia 820b movement

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    The patent

    Thought you might be interested in knowing that the patent was held by Frey and was for the design of the balance wheel.
    Specifically, it was for the teeth to retain the oil on their surfaces and to keep the oil moving via a groove beneath the teeth, if I understand the document correctly (it's in french).

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    Re: Dila 15 rubis

    Quote Originally Posted by bjohnson View Post
    That's the first Frey movement I've seen.

    I have a Frey watch but it has a Helvetia 820b movement
    My first Frey as well. I would think the Helvetia is pretty uncommon in itself.
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