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    Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    My first purchase of 1915 just arrived from France:



    A nameless dial, but very clean - as is the back.




    Inside the case:



    The old FB and London import marks for 1915.

    The movement - which sets nicely runs and (albeit somewhat fast) - looks to me to be from the FEF 70 series bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements : FEF 70

    Edit. This was wrong - seems its a FHF 2. See Sparcster's post following.



    The listing did not contain the usual words of 'Borgel' or trench, but rather "Très ancienne montre bracelet mécanique anglaise - Argent massif". Argent massif translates as 'solid silver' btw.

    Nonetheless it cost me £123.

    A strap is now on order, but I might send it for service first anyways. One of my earliest wristwatches.
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    Re: Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    That is a good watch, very highly jewelled for its time with the capped escape wheel
    and centerstone.
    Nice one.
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    Re: Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    Very nice Marrick.

    Think it is likely to be a FHF...

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/mov...me-840571.html

    Looks to be in very good condition... And at a good price.
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    Re: Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    Forgot to ask... What's the diameter?

    Mine like this is on the smaller end of the borgel scale at 30mm
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    Re: Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    Hi Marc

    Yes - I'm very pleased with the condition. Its been serviced a few times and doesn't seem to have had a hard life.

    OK - I'll alter the heading to FHF - thanks for that. The diameter is the same as yours - 30mm.
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    Re: Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post

    Yes - I'm very pleased with the condition. Its been serviced a few times and doesn't seem to have had a hard life..
    Well, that's doing a lot better than my version! It's in the repair pile (stored somewhere).

    It's certainly a good quality, early wristwatch. Look forward to seeing the wrist shots.
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    Re: Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparcster View Post
    Well, that's doing a lot better than my version! It's in the repair pile (stored somewhere).

    It's certainly a good quality, early wristwatch. Look forward to seeing the wrist shots.
    And back from service now - and on its new strap.





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    Re: Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    Nice buy.
    Looks good.
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    Re: Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    Looking great. Nice strap too.

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    Re: Yet another Borgel; FHF; 1915

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    And back from service now - and on its new strap.
    And well worth the wait...

    for its age, the bezel looks in very crisp condition... the hands have obviously been replaced... but the dial looks to be in mint condition... Very nice indeed!!

    I had a Borgel turn up to work last week... it had obvious signs of mis-use from the listing... crown was all wrong, chipped dial (where I guess someone has attacked it head on to get to the movement), etc.... Its currently still sat in my work drawer... The bodged crown appeared to still be sprung loaded, so pulled out and started to unwind... was a little stiff... had not completed a full rotation before it has ground to a halt... and now it wont budge in either direction and the bezel is not engaging with the carry ring all that well.... only time will tell if I can every get into it!

    Congrats again.

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