Here on Dial + Bezel the history sections for almost all of the watches that we post start in a similar fashion. Somebody in Switzerland in the late 1800’s began making watches in a small factory and over time the company grew and innovated to become the iconic brand that it is today. Tressa is not one of those brands. In fact, the brand only existed for 20 years, and for the last few years did not produce that many watches. Tressa’s business model was to produce visually interesting cases and power the watches with high quality but affordable movements. There were three model lines that Tressa is most well known for and those are the Lux, the Laser Beam, and the Spaceman. If you have never seen a Tressa Spaceman go google it right now. We’ll wait.
Sometime around 2014, a few new old stock Tressa watches started to come to market and a story floated around watch forums that a crate of new old stock watches had been found in Lebanon and purchased by a Swiss gentleman who was now slowly bringing them to market. Fact or fiction we don’t know but it makes for a cool story.
This particular watch comes from Tressa’s lesser-known Alarm series of watches. In our research, we have seen 3 or 4 other case variations with the same movement and similar dials but we have not come across this exact watch. The caseback is stamped 213 which is more than likely a reference number. Alarm watches do exactly what the name applies. They allow the user to set a time with a second hand in which the watch will ring to indicate the time. A handy and useful complication. This particular model has two crowns with the bottom crown being used to set the time and date and the top crown is used to set the time in which you would like the alarm to go off.
The Case and Bracelet
The 39mm stainless steel case and bracelet of this watch are excellent and show almost no signs of wear. The edges are extremely crisp and the watch shows the original bruised and polish finishes. We can confidently say that this watch has never been polished. Additionally, the bracelet condition is equally as excellent and is very tight. We believe this to be the original bracelet and it wears a Tressa signed deployant clasp. The most obvious signs of wear are on the underside of the endlinks which is most likely from the bracelet clasp rubbing up against them.
The Dial and Hands
The amber/rootbeer colored dial is equally in condition to the case and bracelet which is to say excellent. Aside from the totally 70’s color, the dial is set off by large gold colored doorstop applied hour markers and red alarm log and arrow alarm hand. The lume plots are full and clean.
This watch is powered by an automatic, A Schild AS 1568 movement. The watch is currently running. The service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, A Schild AS 1568|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|