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    Louis Rossel

    Hi!

    This Louis Rossel arrived yesterday from UK. It´s a SS-cased ref. 1624-A with AS 1988.
    Not much known about Louis Rossel except that he was a Swiss designer and the watch company was in Neuchatel, Switzerland. They made very funky watches in a high quality, a part of them with tungsten carbide cases like Rado. Surely not everyone´s taste - you love them or you hate them.
    Here are the seller´spics:







    It was a bit more scratched than to see on those pics, but after some polishing it looks nice again. The dial is amazing, it changes the brightness of it´s blue dependant from the light and the angle of view. The range goes from a midnight-blue to a very light blue in the sun.
    The original massive cuff bracelet looks fantastic, but it was a little bit too short so I had to mount an extension link.
    The red gold plated(except rotor) AS 1988 runs fine and exactly. It´s neither listed at Ranfft nor at Heinz Hampel´s book about Swiss Automatics, probably a follow-up of the 1986 for a short period. The date quickset by pressing down the crown unfortunately gave up after a few clicks.
    Here some pics:

















    Thanx for looking!

    BTW, any other Louis Rossels here in the forum?
    Last edited by mike184; September 10th, 2012 at 00:58.
    Best regards, Mike

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    Re: Louis Rossel

    It is amazingly like a Rado! I assume that is what attracted you to it... Nice find.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Louis Rossel

    Superb Mike, it has quality in every aspect, but I expected no less!!!!!
    John
    Watch Website: www.chambresdebelair.com/watches.html last update 07/11/2012

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    Re: Louis Rossel

    Definitely a seventies watch! Hmmmmmm - a little odd to see the movement gold plated and the rotor left untouched. Plus a near spotless movement but slight staining on the rotor fitting. Some parts swapping here?!

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Louis Rossel

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    It is amazingly like a Rado! I assume that is what attracted you to it... Nice find.
    Thanx, Eeeb!

    Yes, a similarity to Rado is not to overview though the LR-designs are self-contained except some style elements like the TC-cases or faceted sapphire crystals on some later models. And surely that´s what I like about them.

    Quote Originally Posted by john87300 View Post
    Superb Mike, it has quality in every aspect, but I expected no less!!!!!
    Thanx, John!

    From the late 1970s on, the LRs have very massive cases and use always movements with a high level - high jewel accounts and finish. And always very special designs, some of them pure funk!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Definitely a seventies watch! Hmmmmmm - a little odd to see the movement gold plated and the rotor left untouched. Plus a near spotless movement but slight staining on the rotor fitting. Some parts swapping here?!
    Hi Hartmut!

    Hard to say if the rotor is replaced, I don´t believe so. If you see the movement, you can´t see differences in aging or staining on the rotor fitting - maybe a reflection on the pic.
    I know two other LR 1624 references, a 1624 and a 1624-2, both contain ETA 2836-1 movements, which came 1979. The same year, A.Schild was integrated into the ETA. So probably this LR was made with the last stock parts of AS and the A in 1624-A stands for AS-movement, before LR had to switch to ETA-movements. That would explain the unusual combination.
    Older LRs contain AS-movements without any GP.


    Nobody else here with a Louis Rossel?
    Here some pics of the other two ones I own:

    LR diver, ref. 1627-AP, with AS 1963, original NSA-bracelet











    LR ref. 7724 with black PVD-coated SS-case with TC-shield, GP ETA 2836-1, original NSA bracelet











    Last edited by mike184; September 11th, 2012 at 02:17.
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    Best regards, Mike

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