Help with Helvetia Serial Number and Year of Watch- Request

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    Help with Helvetia Serial Number and Year of Watch- Request

    I found a lovely Helvetia watch and want to get it for my husband if I can verify it was made close to 1949. I need advice, after finding very little during my online research. The watch is manual wind. The dial is army green with Arabic numbers, "Helvetia", and "Waterproof" on the face. There is no separate box on the face for a second hand, I believe the second hand is attached centrally with the hour and minute hands on the face of the wristwatch.The arms look as though they would glow in the dark (perhaps coated with radium?) Inside the watch are the numbers: 9253575 (serial number?), 820B (movement?) and 16-14 (jewels or gold karat?) The external back of the case shows the number 3190.
    Would someone be able to advise me, as to when when this watch was manufactured?
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    Re: Help with Helvetia Serial Number and Year of Watch- Request

    The Helvetia 820B movement came out rund about 1950 so the watch is most likely made in the 50's.
    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Helvetia 820B

    I have a watch (not a Helvetia) made in 1946 but the movement is listed from 1950 as well so it's not 100% certain it's not from the 40's.

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    This is the watch fron 1946 and is typical of how they look.
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    Re: Help with Helvetia Serial Number and Year of Watch- Request

    Thank you so much! I hope to post a picture of this watch to send back to you.
    I appreciate your help.

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    Re: Help with Helvetia Serial Number and Year of Watch- Request

    Please do for we love vintage watches here.

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    Re: Help with Helvetia Serial Number and Year of Watch- Request

    Hi there,

    Quote Originally Posted by kateing View Post
    The dial is army green ...
    Attention! This color is a pretty reliable sign that it is junk, glued together and painted green in Mumbai.

    Quote Originally Posted by kateing View Post
    Inside the watch are the numbers: 9253575....
    Unfortunately any numbers in a Helvetia watch don't help further with dating. It is more reliable to estimate the age after visual and technical aspects.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Help with Helvetia Serial Number and Year of Watch- Request

    As a general rule, you don't find a lot of "colored" original dials until you get into the 70's. It's not a hard and fast rule by any stretch, but definitely a sign of warning that if nothing else, the dial may have been "improved" from its original state.
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