Buren 9ct Gold 1948c

 

This is a 9ct gold Buren from the late forties. It’s in very good original condition with a heavily aged dial. If it was produced anytime after about 1960, it would be categorised as a dress watch but in the forties it was an ordinary, high-grade watch. The only advanced feature here is a sub second hand. It uses an in-house 410, well finished movement.

Buren is a little known brand that has a huge pedigree dating back to it’s establishemnet in the tiny town of Buren, Switzerland in 1873. Buren made their own movements up until the 60’s and have been very innovative along the way with several patents. In the 1962 they collaborated with Hamilton, Breitling, and Heuer in developing an automatic chronograph. It was launched in 1969 and they claimed to be the first but this is disputed by Zenith/Movado who released one at about the same time. To complicate the question further, Seiko where the first to hit the market with own auto chrono. 

Buren was purchased by Hamilton, an American company, in 1966 and Hamilton moved their operation from Lancaster to Buren in Switzerland but they soon fell victim the quartz onslaught and was liquidated in 1972. 

This is a worthy addition to my collection.

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About robswatches

I’m a horoligical “petrol head”! I love classical mechanical watches, not because they tell me the time, I can get the time from cheap quartz watches, my computer, phone, microwave or just about anywhere. I’m interested in the movements of watches, the aesthetics of case design and their construction, the history and the simple thrill of watching tiny, beautifully finished wheels, pinions and other parts turning and oscillating and marvelling at the craftsmanship that created it.
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