Resources on Arctos Elite

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    Resources on Arctos Elite

    Hi.

    Hope I have found the right forum as I am a new poster. I am not a collector nor do I know much about watches, but the history behind it is intriguing

    I was given this watch, but was never given any history or background on it. I have tried to find some information regarding the make and the specific watch, but it has been difficult to find much about it. As far as I understand it is a German make. As you can see from the picture it has seen better days.

    Hope someone can help me regarding resources on the watch, where it comes from and if it is any history behind this specific model.
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    Re: Resources on Arctos Elite

    The "Arctos Uhrenfabrik" was founded in Pforzheim in 1923 by Philipp Weber (1890 - 1962) and Jakob Aeschbach and first was named Weber & Aeschbach. In 1928 already 260 movements (pocket and wrist watches) have been produced per day. After WW II the brand´s name changed into Arctos Uhrenfabrik Philipp Weber.

    Later Arctos was known as an official supplier to the "Bundeswehr", do a google search for Arctos military chronographs (Lemania 5100).
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    Re: Resources on Arctos Elite

    The movement looks like bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Dugena 606 (ETA 1100) or similar (Dugena 609; Eta 1100).
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    Re: Resources on Arctos Elite

    Thank you, Mike. I will google my way through the pages. Do you have any idea about the age about this specific watch?

    I appreciate your help :) Thank you.

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    Re: Resources on Arctos Elite

    With Incabloc shock proofing and that particular movement, my guess is 1950s and probably more like late 1950s. I have an Arctos Elite in a squarish case with Cal. ETA 810 and mine is distinctly earlier (probably 1940s).

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    Re: Resources on Arctos Elite

    Quote Originally Posted by espenizer View Post
    Thank you, Mike. I will google my way through the pages. Do you have any idea about the age about this specific watch?

    I appreciate your help :) Thank you.
    Shock protection; sweep second; style; movement; All indicate 50's.
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