This is one of those sentimental journeys. This is the very watch that got me into watches. I remember playing with the chronograph frequently when I was a little kid (fortunately, my grandfather was very patient).
My grandfather left me this Aristo, and after having read a little about the brand, I'm curious to learn how it ended up in his hands. He was a basketball coach and referee in the 40s, 50s and 60s in Ohio and Indiana. I know this watch was his "officiating watch" - he used it to time games and practices.
What is interesting to me is how this Swiss, or German(?), brand ended up on the wrist of a small town coach in the midwest. I wonder if there were Aristo products in sporting goods catalogs in those days? I imagine it was affordable - he was frugal.
A random coincidence I noticed once: The stopwatch on the opening of the television program "60 Minutes" happens to be an Aristo.
The case is 34mm w/o crown. It is a manual wind watch. The lugs are 17mm. The face reads, "Aristo" and "Incabloc 17 Jewels". The watch works properly and I wear it occasionally.
Specifically I'd like to know the following:
1. What happened? How'd watches like this one morph into big-faced pilot-inspired watches I see today from Aristo? Is it a Swiss or German company?
2. I don't see a year marked anywhere. Can anyone hazard a guess?
3. Any guess as to movement?
4. Is this watch likely to have any hazardous lume? You can see small dots at each number, such as 11, in the photograph. They appear to glow only when "charged". Oddly, the hands have no lume at all.
Thanks, I really appreciate anything I can learn!