40s CROTON Aqua-Matic Bumper Military Style Gents Watch
empressissi™ is pleased to offer this unique early 40s military style all original Croton watch for men. This watch is unique for two reasons; It has an early AS-1171 based bumper automatic wind movement which is a re-design of the famous Harwood; in addition it is an early attempt of waterproof technique with four pressure screws on the back. In excellent overall condition, it is a great addition to any serious vintage collection!
The watch houses a bumper automatic A3ZB caliber, which is a compensating, non-magnetic AS-1171 based caliber, running on 17 jewels with a more rare sub seconds seconds. It is cased in a CROTON unique pressure case with four screws on the back and mint internal framed crystal, an early attempt in waterproofing techniques (please note, this watch was not tested as waterproof). It is all original and relatively small, military style case in stainless steel with original crown.
The dial is an amazing factory original example in near mint condition with very little aging with the original Radium filling on both the numerals and the original set of hands.
This collectible CROTON Aqua-Matic watch measures 29mm side to side (excluding crown) and 36mm from top lug to bottom lug and is modest in size even for a vintage watch.
Attached to this watch is standard length, brand new 16mm wide NATO style genuine leather strap in brown tone, great match for this vintage WW2 style wrist watch.
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