I was looking for another Roamer LimeLight watch from the 1960 in top condition. My other one (practically unused before) was recently serviced and is showing superior readings on the timegrapher – a straight single line, +1 sec/day, 251 degrees amplitude, 0.0 m/s beat error. What’s fascinating me is the effectiveness of the automatic winding (movement MST – Roamer cal. 479 = ETA 2622), that’s why the crown can be so far in, making it almost impossible to make some pre-winding. But you don’t need that, just take it out of the box and wear it.
And now, I found another one, absolutely pristine, never worn and still in the original jeweler’s box, recently discovered in storage, with original band and original Lanco buckle.
Spritzer & Fuhrmann are famous jewelers and you can find some of their items at leading auction houses. Founded in 1929, they later had their base at Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, to where they immigrated, and then they spread out to the other islands.
They began with a watch repair and -sales business and later opened another shop for jewelry. During WWII, there business was growing due to US servicemen stationed there. Later, another boost came from the cruise industry in the 1950s and 1960s. When the great ocean liners began flocking in, passengers were lured to the island for good bargains on perfumes, liquor, textiles and watches and jewelry. People were standing in long lines before the prestigious shops like Spritzer & Fuhrmann, renowned for quality, top service and exceptional guarantees. Only the very best was sold.
So, its up to speculation why this watch never went onto someone’s wrist, perhaps well hidden from customs and forgotten, whatever…
It arrived today after a trip of thousands of miles and, of course, it’s running after a lot of shaking during that time (+2 secs/day on the timegrapher), beat error 0.1 m/s, but presently with a relatively low amplitude (dried in oils of course).
I might leave it as it is and not wear it. It will stay pristine or NOS and will not get worse and someone at a later stage can have the service done, or I give it to my watchmaker for a service, but I already have too many serviced watches which I hardly wear.
Last image: Opening party of the first Spritzer & Fuhrmann store at Saba island in 1962.