I know it's something of a departure from the usual way I hunt for watches (flea markets), but when the opportunity to have these two has presented itself, I couldn't really resist. Both purchased through my friend and watchmaker in the Netherlands, from his friend, who had them serviced by him.
That said, both come fully serviced, both running at between 0 and +5 seconds per day.
Let's get to the watches, though. Not sure which one of them is the star of the show, so perhaps I'll leave it to the alphabetical order.
The first one is a 1960s Buren. Steel case with screw-in back, original signed crown. The only real flaw are the marks on the back - sadly, some ape must have worn it on a coarse nylon strap for a long time.
The case design is one of the things that really got me - a very thin bezel, and lugs that don't taper, yet all of it combined results in incredibly sleek and elegant looks.
Inside, calibre 1420 - if you'd mistake it for an ETA 1080 at first glance, I wouldn't blame you. Nevertheless, the 1420 is Buren's own design.
The next watch... I'm not quite sure if it's from the 1940s or early 1950s. Mikrolisk lists the DuBois 1785 trademark as registered in 1952, although the company has actually existed since 1785. Besides, it could be a date of re-registering the trademark. Anyway, the design screams 1940s. That dial... Guess it's the reason for which I have decided to forgive this piece the fact that it's chrome-plated (the plating does appear to be of decent quality, though). The pale silver ring with perfectly aged radium lume hour markers and numerals, against that golden background... Guess some would describe the design of it as a "sector dial" (markers dividing the ring formed by two circles into sectors), but I'm not sure if it can be called this way - and frankly, little do I care about if it can or can't.
I have known little to nothing of DuBois before. I did mention it as "obscure" to a fellow collector, a Zenith fan (the word "fan" is really an understatement here). Only then I've learned, that DuBois is obscure...but not to Zenith collectors. Save for making watches of their own, DuBois appears to have been a big-time Zenith retailer, cooperating with them quite closely. So, it's obscure, but not obscure. Or not obscure, but obscure. Got lost in that. Nevertheless, the name might be forgotten by most, but a fair bit of others would recognize it anywhere.
The case back's a screw-down one, which is a good thing, especially now, in the summer heat.
And here's what powers this one - a FEF 190. Nothing too special, but then again, not bad, nicely finished, and since it can be tuned to run between 0 and +5 - quite damn accurate.
And, to wrap things up, just one more shot of the DuBois, catching some late afternoon sun:
Guess that in terms of expanding the collection, for quite a while now I'll feel complete