Cortebert Braille 1968c

 

 Here I have a less glamorous specialty timepiece; a braille watch.

The braille watch is unique in that the wearer tells the time by feeling the position of the hands.  This means that the hands must be very sturdy and anti corrosive, the dial must be able to resist constant touching and have raised braille markers instead of index batons. Aso the movement must be tough enough as to not be effected by pressure being put on the hands. 

Pressing the crown further than the rest position lets the bezel and glass spring open, accesses the dial. 

All of these special requirements need to of good quality; imagine how many times a wearer would flip the lid to feel the time in the course of a day.

This watch is hard to date because with these watches styles did not change for decades but a few little things indicate to me that it’s from the late 60’s.

This watch uses a Unitas 6325, so called Wehrmachtswerk (army movement), remember I said it needed to be rugged. 

Cortebert is a typical Swiss brand that started in the 1800’s (1855 as Cortebert but was founded in1790), has a good pedigree in producing high-grade, mostly pocket watches, went to Ebauche movements in the 1960’s before disappearing in the late 1970’s. 

Most famous for developing the first jump hour (digital) watch in the 1920’s and being the official supplier of railroad watches to the Turkish and Italian railways in the first half of the 20th century. 

I needed a Cortebert and a braille watch in my collection; here I have both! But I can still use a nice railway pocket watch from the 30’s, preferably a Turkish one.

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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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