This 'Sincado' watch is Swiss-made, 'jewelled,' but not a precision timepiece. The caseback says 'Jewel Movement.' Again, this usually means they put in one lonely jewel in order to back up the claim. This ticks so loud you can hear it at night even when it's in the nightstand drawer. While most Swiss movements were fully jeweled (15 or 17), this Sindaco illustrates that it was not universally so. Still, I love this watch. It keeps pretty good time, and has a gorgeous dial with pink center and outer track, clean green radium luminous, and a bright red second hand. The case is plated, but is in excellent shape. This watch was auctioned online, but I lost the auction to a bidder from Los Angeles. Months later, we struck a deal, where I sent him a fine Elgin bumper auto with a stainless case, in exchange for the Sindaco. It's really a lovely watch. Click here for another picture!
This is a no-name watch. I really like this one. Occasionally, makers didn't even give a watch a name. Very ordinary looking, no-frills dial, they just tell you it's shock protected. The outer seconds indicator track in red is about the only excitement. Luminous paint on the numbers is very clean, and the dial overall is pleasing to look at. Pigskin strap somehow matches the color of the hands luminous. Click here to see another picture.
Very nice dial luminous paint on this watch. The black border framing the numbers, seemingly a trivial feature, really defines the numbers and enhances the look and beauty of this dial. For a no-name watch, you've got to give it some high marks.
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This is a Gruen "military style" watch. Gruen, to my knowledge, never made a military contract / issued watch, but they actively advertised watches for military personell. I've seen ads for Gruen watches during the 1940s, with heavy military overtones. I believe they would have been happy for any enlisted person to buy their watches, but the main goal was to encourage ordinary patriotic civilians to buy these watches. Gruen was not alone. In fact, in wartime and postwar years, the military-styled or 'milstyle' watch was a very poplular design. Click here for another picture of this watch.