Helva -Does anyone know about this brand?

Thread: Helva -Does anyone know about this brand?

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Member Erik_H's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Norwegian, Singapore
    Posts
    2,259

    Helva -Does anyone know about this brand?

    I got this new old stock Helva mechanical manual winding watch for my wife recently, it is of course in new condition and is really beautiful on a feminine wrist.The steel band and watch case is made in the same attractive design. I have not been able to find much information of the Helva brand on the net and I am hoping someone can shed some light on the brand history, and maybe on this model in particular.
    Attached Images Attached Images



    Erik_H
    Member NAWCC Chapter 149

  2. #2
    Member JohnF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Oberstedten, Germany
    Posts
    9,650

    Re: Helva -Does anyone know about this brand?

    Hi -

    I, too, took a gander at finding more and have come across absolutely nothing.

    The only thing that *might* help would be to get a picture of the movement to place the date of manufacture into a ball-park sized slot.

    My take is that it is one of the innumerable - by that I mean that nobody *really* knows how many there were - Swiss companies that failed to manage to survive the quartz invasion. I've got a number of orphans from that time period, some of which were very nice, but I haven't been able to find out anything about them, despite my best efforts (I spent almost 4 hours online trying to find out who made my "Nomad" watch, even getting into the Swiss registry for trademarks, etc.).

    It *looks* like something from the 1970s, what with those beautifually machined psychedelic swirls. Knowing the calibre inside will let us help you identify whether the watch can be properly maintained: if it is a mainstream calibre, then there will be spare parts around. If not, then you may be out of luck and any sort of repairs and maintenance will be an increasing nightmare...

    JohnF
    コスト下げ やる気も一緒に 下げられる


  3. #3
    stuffler,mike
    Guest

    Re: Helva -Does anyone know about this brand?

    There´s not much to add to John´s post.

    For sure Helva was a swiss brand, most watches I found on ebay are originating from the 60ties to 70ties. Maybe Helva is kinda acronym for Helvetia which in the past stood for Switzerland.
    Didn´t find Helva in my "library".

  4. Remove Advertisements
    WatchUSeek.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Member Erik_H's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Norwegian, Singapore
    Posts
    2,259

    Re: Helva -Does anyone know about this brand?

    Thanks John and Mike. I will try to get a picture of the movement, although it must be tiny in that 16x17 mm case. The current (mechanical) range from ETA does not have anything that would be small enough, I believe.

    There really is nothing much on the net, have tried both 'uhren' and 'montres'. The only remotely interesting was to an outdated ebay ad (no pics anymore) for a Helva chronograph apparently with Venus 210 movement.
    I did think of that acronym as well :)

    Regards
    Erik

  6. #5
    Member Erik_H's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Norwegian, Singapore
    Posts
    2,259

    Re: Helva -Does anyone know about this brand?

    It took a while but here is a picture of the movement. It seems to be an AS 1977 (Durowe 1977) at 5.75 x 6.75''', that's the nearest match I could find. The production date beween 1965-1972 seems to match the case and band design as well. I am sure someone out there would be able to debate this :thanks

    Erik_H


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Similar Threads

    1. More obscure brand watches
      By soviet in forum Chinese Mechanical watches
      Replies: 1
      Last Post: July 1st, 2006, 09:03
    2. Is it the Brand or is it the Movement? By Watchking
      By Ernie Romers in forum Links & Articles
      Replies: 2
      Last Post: May 3rd, 2005, 12:50

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •