State Of The Borgel Collection.
I thought it time to have a look at my sub collection of Borgel cased watches...
Firstly, I have to thank David Boettcher for his help and advice over the past (+) year. It certainly has been a sharp learning curve... with still lots to learn! I must also thank him for supplying me with the straps you see below...
This collection spun from my interest in ww2+ Military watches, which have a clean, basic and functional design.... having bought later military issue watches, it was only time before I started looking for earlier ww1 issued watches... which for those of you who know, is not that easy. But in this search, I was lucky enough to discover a interesting and robust screw case design watch....
David has all the information on this, so Im not going to replicate it! If you want to read the history and development of Borgel cases... please follow the link - its very interesting!! François Borgel and Louisa Borgel - inventor and makers of the Borgel watch case
So after some months... the collection currently stand at 15 screw case Borgels, made to Francois Borgels 1891 Patent CH4001...
From left to right....
1. An unknown make and date 30.25mm diameter.
I have put this first, as it could well be my earliest Borgel... But it could also be my latest! It only carries Swiss silver marks. Meaning it was never imported... or (which is unlikely) was imported before the 1907 act, which properly implemented the laws regarding the importation of foreign silver. The below thread has more info on the watch... still no confirmed movement ID!
2. my earliest confirmed watch and Borgel! 1909/10 FHF movement. 35mm diameter. London Import marks and G.S. Sponsor (George Stockwell).
3. 1913/14 possibly FHF movement (not confirmed). 30mm diameter, London import marks and G.S. sponsor
4. 1914/15 Gallet. Birmingham import marks and probably sponsor as A.G.R. - Arthur George Rendell, 35mm diameter.
5. 1914/15 IWC 64 Cal, London import marks and C.N. sponsor - Charles Nicolet. 34mm diameter and just returned from its service... will get a new 'service' thread in time...
6. 1914/15 FHF movement and inscribed case. London, C.N. 32.5mm diameter. Again, since the thread below, I have done a lot of research into the owner and had it restored... I will probably do an appropriate thread for my 3000s post...
7. 1914/15 Gallet Demi Hunter... possibly my rarest Borgel... London, A.G.R., 35mm diamter
8. 1915/16 Tavannes/Cyma. London, GS. 34.5mm diameter.
9. 1915/16 Gallet (lower grade movement), London, A.G.R. 35mm diameter.
10. 1916/17 AS movement, London, G.S. 33mm diameter - was the one that started it all!!!
11. 1917/18 Higher grade Tavannes/Cyma, Import marks for Glasgow, J.W. John Weir, 34.5mm diamter
12. 1917/18 Marvin, Glasgow, J.W. 35mm diameter
13. 1918/19 Gallet Pocket watch. London, A.G.R. 46.5mm diameter.
14. 1919 IWC 64 Cal, London, C.N. 18k Solid Gold Case. 34mm diameter.
Since my original thread (below), IWC have been great and provided the additonal information:
Movement number 695909 and the case number 750701 everything is all right in the records; matching numbers. The watch was shipped to Stauffer in la Chaux-de-Fonds in November 1919.
From discussions with IWC, it was nice to hear the watch was sold made and sold complete by IWC.
15. 1927 Longines 13.34 Cal, London, A.B. Arthur Baume. 35.5mm diameter.
Well there we go.... a little insight into part of my collection!