There seems to be a point in the collecting journey of most watch lovers where, after having experienced both simple time-only watches and highly complicated watches, their preferences get set. For the team at Dial + Bezel, simple is the answer, and this time only Mathey-Tissot fits the mold quite well. Most likely produced in the 1950s with a design that gives a nod to an earlier generation of military-issued watches, the overall layout is simple and effective. The concentric Arabic numerals, minute track, and second track both frame the dial and are also key to its legibility, with each respective hand being the proper length to meet each track. Topping off this specific example is a wonderful patina that makes this watch unique unto itself.
The 33mm stainless steel case is in very good condition. The case design is simple and to the point, and, as mentioned above, is done in the style of the previous era’s military watches. The lugs are drilled, the crown unsigned, and the caseback of the screw-down variety with a dodecagon tool pattern.
The Dial and Hands
The dial is in great condition and displays a deep patina that has developed incredibly evenly across the dial. As with most radium lumed dials from this era, the lume itself has degraded but luckily the hands retain most of their lume. Speaking of the hands, they are of the blued steel variety and the various shapes are a nice addition to the overall design.
This watch features a Mathey-Tissot signed 17 jewel automatic bumper movement. The watch is running and the service history is not known.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Mathey-Tissot Bumper|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather NATO|