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Aeschbach 1950s Pattern 25 Jewel Automatic Watch with Retro Luminous Paint, Sapphire Crystal and Calf Leather Strap - Brand New Ex Photographic and Promotion Watch Reduced

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 his watch is brand new but was used for promotion and images to be used by our dealers and on one of our websites. The watch is in perfect condition but reduced. It has a full 24 month guarantee.


This particular watch is based on a 1957 pattern watch. The watch has a box sapphire crystal which looks outwardly identical to the original plexiglass crystal, the movement is a Ronda R 150 or equivalent, which is a sophisticated 25 jewel automatic movement with an impressive frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). This precision-crafted powerhouse boasts a substantial 38-hour power reserve, ensuring enduring performance. Notably equipped with hacking and hand-winding capabilities, it exemplifies both efficiency and convenience. 

The watch also uses Luminova as opposed to Tritium which was used in the 1950s. The main advantage with Luminova is that unlike Tritium it does not deteriorate with age and is non radioactive. On this particular variant the luminous paint colour is identical to the original 1950s models.

This watch measures 39mm in diameter and is supplied with a high quality calf leather strap and a presentation box.

Dimensions and Specification: 

  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Width Exc Crown: 36 mm
  • Width Inc Crown: 39.5 mm
  • Thickness with crystal 13.3 mm
  • Lug to Lug 43.5mm
  • 200m / 660ft Water Resistant
  • Movement 25 Jewel Ronda R 150 or equivalent 
  • Power Reserve 38 hours
  • Screwdown locking crown
  • Screw Caseback
  • Sapphire Crystal *
  • Luminova Paint
  • 20mm Calf Leather Strap

The History of  Aeschbach Watches

The original WW2 watches made for the Wehrmacht, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe were produced by a large number of Swiss and German manufacturers some of which including Aeschbach originally founded in 1923 continue to exist to this day. 

Aeschbach watches was a leading WWII manufacturer but faced significant misfortune during War because they were located in Pforzheim, a town in southwestern Germany that was heavily bombed. The largest and most devastating raid was conducted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) on the evening of February 23, 1945. This attack resulted in the deaths of approximately 17,600 people, or 31.4% of the town's population, and destroyed about 83% of Pforzheim's buildings. The raid devastated two-thirds of the town and between 80% and 100% of the inner city. The Aeschbach workshops were completely destroyed meaning that the watches could no longer be manufactured.

However, the company saw a revival some years back when a family member, while sorting through an elderly deceased relative's belongings, discovered that many of the original technical drawings and a quantity of watches had survived. This find enabled him to devise a plan to restart the company, marking the return of Aeschbach watches.

* A lot of people ask us what are the benefits of sapphire crystal over the original plexiglass? The answer is that synthetic sapphire is by far the best material for watch crystals because it is very strong and also shatter and scratch resistant, these characteristics make it very appealing to military and security personnel, police officers and people who lead active outdoor lifestyles, these groups account for over 70% of our customers. The original plexiglass crystals which are made of a plastic/acrylic type material which were used in the 1960s suffered the drawback that firstly they were very easily scratched and secondly, it wasn't overly difficult to crack them if they were impacted the other drawback is they greatly limited the water resistance of the watch. To get things into perspective we find that when clients have accidents with watches resulting in a cracked crystal over 90% are usually watches with mineral glass crystals or plexiglass, even factoring in that we use hardened mineral crystals in many watches they still do not come close to sapphire for durability under adverse conditions. The reason that sapphire crystals are so strong is that after the sapphire glass is manufactured it is also heat-treated to remove its internal stresses—which can cause weakness—it is then made into the watch crystals and two layers of anti-reflective coating are applied, interestingly sapphire crystal is now used on the latest iPhone. Of course sapphire crystal comes at a price hence you find that it's normally only fitted to higher end watches.

MWC are official distributors for AESCHBACH watches. 


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