Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's
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    Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's

    Hello,

    I want to introduce myself to this forum with a vintage Nova Ancre Flyer's Watch. I have got a few watches from the 1930's and 1940's, most of them of the German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe, two British Military Watches of this period as well.

    Watches from the early "Luftwaffe" have almost the same design: 41 mm diameter, luminous figures and hands on black dial, 24 mm fixed bars, chromated metal cases, inside rotating bezel. Omega, IWC, Helvetia, Rellum, Lanco, Nova - just to name a few.

    The lack of markings could be, that according to the Versailles Treaty was noch Air Force allowed for Germany in the early 1930's. The pilots were trained in Russia and Italy. All fighter pilots started the career at a civil airline like the Lufthansa.

    This Nova Ancre runs perfect, an overhaul was done and the case was chromated new. The watch is very large comparing to the other watches of this time, which have 30 to 35 mm diameter.

    Many Greetings from Germany

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    Re: Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's

    Very nice early aviators watch, that's an interesting movement with
    the early shock protection.
    Welcome, and thanks for posting these great pics.

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    Re: Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's

    The movement is hard to identify, no markings on the back side. The caliber might show the marking below the dial, but at the moment it will not be dismantled.

    But it is considered as an early Unitas 143 or 146.
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    Re: Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's

    Welcome to the Forum. Neat watch, looking forward to seeing your others.

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    Re: Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's

    Nice watch.I myself own collection of those.Took a quick shot.



    There are "Helvetia","Zenith Special","Breitling","Olma" and some others.
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    What a nice Collection!
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    Re: Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's

    Quote Originally Posted by EDNX View Post
    What a nice Collection!
    Thanks Felix!Hope that you'll show couple more of yours.There is one "Rellum" on that photo too.

    I'd like to acquire one of those aviators made by "Omega" for Romanian air force in 1920's and 1930's,but they are extremly rare and very expensive.Also,there is a nice "Longines" aviator of this kind that I never saw on the market,but it can be seen in their Museum.
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    Re: Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's

    Great aviators! I have got one just like yours, same movement, mine say AS 153. Mine got Sita on the dial, but I can see there are quite a few different brands on these.

    Do you know anything more about these? Is there any proof that this kind of watches were used in the miltary? Could anyone buy these? Any idea of origin? And at last, anyone know the market value of these? I have seen some at online dealers priced very high, but never seen what the going price is. Sorry for all the questions...
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    Re: Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's

    Missed this thread.

    Just posted with regards to a new purchase which should arrive tomorrow.

    Just how rare are these watches?

    Like the post above I've seen them listed into four figures !!!

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    Re: Nova Ancre - an Aviator Watch of the early 1930's

    I have this scruffy old Technos. I presume a little later 1930s due to the difference in the lugs, pointer has fallen off, and I need to source a nice thick crystal as the current one is too loose in the rotating bezel.



    I would not be surprised if the bund it is on is original.


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