Mens Art Deco Classic 1910's Hy Moser Schaffhausen Vintage Tonneau Watch For Sale
BRIEF MAIN INFORMATION
This is a MARRIAGE watch. A marriage watch is the term used for a new, modern case that has been used to house a vintage pocket watch movement. Please read the sizes of this watch in the description.
The authentic Hy MOSER movement is 100% ORIGINAL.
The movement is running superbly and keeping good time, recently serviced.
NEW steel enameled dial (non Hy MOSER) was made in 2013.
NEW gold plated TANKe model case (non Hy MOSER) was made in 2013.
The gently domed ACRYLIC CRYSTAL is in excellent condition.
SHIPPING: Worldwide – FREE.
PAYMENT: PAYPAL within 7 days.
RETURNS: I provide 100% refunds within 60 days from date of sale ending, no questions asked and without opening the case in Resolution Center and negative or neutral response from your side.
Johann Heinrich Moser
UNIQUE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF TIMEPIECE
VERY BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE WATCH CA 1910’s
VERY BEAUTIFUL MECHANICAL WORK
I am very pleased to offer for sale an extra fine men’s GOLD PLATED curved Rectangular Art DeCo marriage watch, made by the Henry Moser & Company ("Hy Moser & Co"), a larger size GOLD PLATED Tanke model - Curved and Long that dates to ca 1910’s.
It is triple-signed model features BLACK & GOLD enamel finished dial with Exploding Numerals.
THE WATCHMAKER JOHANN HEINRICH MOSER
Johann Heinrich Moser was born and grew up in Schaffhausen in the traditions and experience of a watchmaking dynasty that had become established over the generations. Son and grandson of watchmakers he learned the traditional watchmaker’s craft from his father, Erhard Moser and from his grandfather Johannes Moser.
In 1824, he left Schaffhouse to set up in Locle where he perfected his knowledge in the presence of the greatest watchmakers of the time. Two years later, he tried to return and set up business in his home town, but the Municipal Council rejected his request to be given the honorary post of watchmaker to the town in favour of someone else.
Heinrich Moser & Co. came into being in 1828 and in 1829, Johann Heinrich Moser founded his watchmaking business in Locle to manufacture pocket watches.
As an ambitious and visionary watchmaker, Johann Heinrich Moser decided to set up in business in Russia. Tsarist Russia at the time was regarded as an excellent labour and sales market and as a sound trading base for watches.
After several employed positions as a watchmaker, he founded his own company in St. Petersburg at the end of 1828. This marked the hour of inception of the greatly successful brand, Hy Moser & Cie. Alongside precision watches and watches designed as pieces of jewellery, Johann Heinrich Moser also offered a range of simple watches.
As he built up his trading network, he came to realize that a successful wholesaler should also be a manufacturer. Johann Heinrich Moser accordingly established a watch factory in Le Locle in 1829, which produced watches exclusively for his businesses. This allowed him to guarantee the high quality of his products. Eventually, he was made an honorary citizen of Le Locle in acknowledgement of his services to the town in the Swiss Jura.
Johann Heinrich Moser’s constant quest for quality was crowned by success. In 1831, he opened a subsidiary in Moscow, and became supplier to the Tsars, the Royal Families, the Imperial Court and the Russian Army.
Within just a few years, he was selling watches to Persia, China, Japan and Turkestan. Johann Heinrich Moser also developed sales of his watches in Siberia and Kamchatka as well as New York and Paris, where his brother Georg Moser was working as a watchmaker. Only 15 years after starting his company, Johann Heinrich Moser was the undisputed market leader in the Russian watch trade. In 1845, the Johann Heinrich Moser companies in Russia employed around fifty people.
Having become a prosperous watchmaker, Johann Heinrich Moser decided to return and settle definitively in his home town of Schaffhouse at the end of 1848 where he had the Charlottenfels castle built. He became one of the key figures in the town, participating actively in its development.
COMPANY AND BRAND NAME “HY MOSER & Co”
The 1st internationally active company founded by Johann Heinrich Moser was the St. Petersburg trading company, Hy Moser & Co. From this name, he developed the company signature in Latin and in Cyrillic script, which was almost always accompanied by a medallion. Until about 1918, these symbols were the standard signature on all watches supplied by Heinrich Moser’s watch company. In 1829, Johann Heinrich Moser opened a watch factory in Locle, which also bore the name “Hy Moser & Co.”.
The Russian operation had to be abandoned in 1917 in the aftermath of the October Revolution.
In about 1920, Moscow founded the “Central watch repair workshop” on the ashes of the Moser watchmaking factories of old Tzarist Russia. For the seventy-year period of the “Soviet Union” Henry Moser watches would remain synonymous with work of a superior quality for the leaders of the Eastern bloc. As proof of this, in 1966, the USSR presented one of its high-ranking military staff a Moser pocket watch in 18-carat gold, dating from before 1917 (this collector’s piece has now been bought back by Moser Schaffhausen AG).
The name of Henry Moser also died out in this branch of the family in 1923 with the death of Heinrich Moser’s only son, who had no male offspring.
In 2002, Dr. Jürgen Lange and the great-grandson of Johann Heinrich Moser, Roger Nicholas Balsiger, jointly with private investors, founded the watch company Moser Schaffhausen AG. Dr. Lange also registered the original brand H. Moser & Cie again internationally.It was a time of renaissance for the Moser Schaffhausen AG and the reintegration of the Henry Moser lineage.
Watches of "Henry Moser" were so popular and demanded that there were their fakes. Therefore, in trading price-lists of these firms, among the list of addresses of shops, types of watches and the prices for them, there were so-called "CAUTIONS". For example, in the Trading price-list of factory of Moser for March, 1906 it is written, that " for elimination of cases of abusing by some dealers by the name of our firm we consider necessary to recommend wishing to get watches of our factory to pay special attention on that - whether it is placed on offered watches per brands available on them and inscriptions in French before a surname "MOSER & Ce" letters "Hy" as only with such brands and inscriptions watches are really products sew factories". These cautions are useful and to modern collectors of watches.
Today, Roger Nicholas Balsiger, great grandson of Johann Heinrich Moser, heads the company’s administrative council as its honorary president.
In the autumn of 2005, for the 200th anniversary of its founder, the company reappeared on the international watchmaking scene.
1730 - Johannes Moser, grandfather of Johann Heinrich Moser, was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. After an apprenticeship as a clockmaker, he assumes the honorary position of town watchmaker. He later becomes a magistrate in the local court.
1760 - Erhard Moser, father of Johann Heinrich Moser, was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. He succeeds his father in the position of town clockmaker, and he is a member of the Cantonal Council and Town Commissioner.
1805 - Heinrich Moser was born on 12 December. He learns the traditional watchmaker’s craft from his father between 1820 and 1824.
1824 - Johann Heinrich Moser continues his training in Le Locle, Switzerland in the master watchmakers’ workshops in Le Locle. He rapidly gains respect as a skilled watchmaker, and he starts a small business to supply spare parts. After about eighteen months, Johann Heinrich Moser receives offers of work from Italy and Paris.
1826 - Johann Heinrich Moser works on his own account for the first time by building clocks into cases and pieces of furniture.
1827 - The prospects of good business draw Johann Heinrich Moser to St. Petersburg. After an adventurous journey, he starts work as a watchmaker in the local workshops.
1828 - Johann Heinrich Moser opens the trading company H. Moser & Co. in St. Petersburg, Russia. His watches are characterized by their high quality. Not a single watch is allowed to pass over the shop counter until it has been inspected personally by him or by one of his representatives. The business is very successful.
1829 - In order to maintain this claim to superior quality, Moser establishes a watch factory in Switzerland, Le Locle to produce watches exclusively for his businesses.
1848 - Johann Heinrich Moser returns to Switzerland in Schaffhausen as a prosperous merchant and watch manufacturer. He sees his new challenge as the transformation of the quiet town of Schaffhausen into a lively and attractive industrial location. At the same time, he builds the magnificent Charlottenfels country manor house for his family.
1851 - Johann Heinrich Moser completes the construction of a canal on the Rhine, which supplies the water to drive a turbine.
1853 - In a joint venture with other Schaffhausen personalities, Heinrich Moser establishes Schweizerische Waggonfabrik bei Schaffhausen (Swiss Wagonworks at Schaffhausen) and Schweizerische Industriegesellschaft (SIG) Neuhausen (Swiss Industrial Company Neuhausen). Heinrich Moser is a co-founder of the Schaffhausen-Winterthur railway line. Moser opens a workshop for the manufacture of watch cases in Schaffhausen.
1860 - Johann Heinrich Moser becomes a customer of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Over time, he sources up to 64 different calibres, including 24 complications.
1863 - Johann Heinrich Moser embarks on the construction of the largest Swiss dam on the Rhine, to supply neighbouring industrial companies with inexpensive energy via a power transmission system. This hydroelectric power station marks the start of the industrial age in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
1868 - Johann Heinrich Moser supports Ariosto Jones in the foundation of the International Watch Company (IWC), by providing premises and energy to drive the machines.
1874 - Johann Heinrich Moser dies on 23 October. His will names his second wife, Fanny Moser, as the heiress of all his business interests.
1877 - Fanny Moser sells the entire Russian trading operation as well as the watch factory in Le Locle to the respective general managers. The contracts of sale stipulate that all successor companies must continue to operate in perpetuity under the company names “H. Moser & Cie” or “Heinrich Moser & Co.”.
1917 - The Russian October Revolution completely eradicates the watch market in the country that is dominated by the Swiss watchmakers. The last of the Swiss Directors of the Heinrich Moser company return to Switzerland totally expropriated in early 1918. The business in Le Locle attempts to compensate for the loss of the Russian markets through increased exports to other countries.
1920 - The State-owned “Central Watch Repair Workshop” in Russia, Moscow is formed from the remains of the Heinrich Moser watch businesses.
1953 - Wristwatch production in Le Locle, Switzerland is expanded, and the proportion of pocket watches produced decreases steadily. Some of the watches also bear the name “Henry Moser”, in spite of this being in breach of the 1877 agreements.
1973 - H. Moser & Co. is mentioned as a manufacturer of precision lever escapement watches and special watches, predominantly in 18-carat gold and in cases set with precious stones. The quartz watch crisis that is widespread in the Switzerland watch industry also affects the business in Le Locle.
1979 - The watch factory in Le Locle, Switzerland becomes part of the Dixi Mechanique Group and trades as “Hy Moser & Cie.”.
2002 - The original brand of the founder, H. Moser & Cie, is once more registered internationally by Dr. Jürgen Lange. The Moser Schaffhausen AG watch company is launched jointly with representatives of Heinrich Moser’s family as a successor company. The great-grandson of Johann Heinrich Moser, Roger Nicholas Balsiger, is today Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors.
2005 - To mark the bicentenary of Johann Heinrich Moser’s birth, the successor company Moser Schaffhausen AG, under the H. Moser & Cie brand, is once again launching a range of watches that are faithful to the legacy of the founding father on the international watch arena.
This gorgeous, designed ART DECO men’s watch is a very handsome specimen has a BLACK & GOLD dial with golden Exploding Arabic numerals. It featuring a 60 minute checkered inner track border, steel skeleton hands and a recessed sub-seconds dial with 60 second outer chapter and “sweep” steel seconds hand. The dial is signed Hy.MOSER & Co below the 12 and SWISS MADE at the base of the dial.
The case is GOLD PLATED and is in great condition, as are the lugs that are solid and secure. The winding crown is gently domed and in excellent shape, operating smoothly. The new BLACK & GOLD dial and the GOLD PLATED case have been professionally updated, and now are in excellent condition. Turning the watch over I see that the engraved back lid with HM & CO. within the firm's trademark "Coat of Arms" is in good condition.
Peeking inside I discover a clean, manual wind gold plated high-grade mechanism with BI-METALLIC MICROMETER REGULATOR & BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING. The mechanism is stamped HM & CO. within the firm's trademark "Coat of Arms".
This beautiful wristwatch has the ORIGINAL movement in an excellent status which was very well saved, considering age of this watch. Mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping great, accurate time.
This is a “NAIL SET” watch so you don’t pull the crown out to set the time. Instead, you press the little button near the crown IN and then move the crown to set the hands, releasing the button once you’re finished. It’s easy, so don’t worry about getting the hang of it!
It is fitted on a new 20mm black alligator style genuine leather strap with chrome silver buckle that is vintage style and goes great with this wonderful watch.
This beautifully preserved timepiece measures 43mm end to end and 31mm in width (34mm with crown).
This beautiful and fully restored Art DeCo men’s watch winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
Because of the vintage nature of the watch I cannot guarantee its absolute time keeping accuracy even if they are in good running condition and in some rare occasions may require additional adjustment.
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Recommendations for the owner of vintage watches:
- All Antique watches are mechanical. Many repairs will not be cheap, as most likely they will require replacement of non-standard parts (unlike most late model watches).
- Antique watches should not be beaten or dropped - because repairs may be expensive.
- Antique watches are generally NOT waterproof. This is because waterproofing was not in general production until the middle of the 20th century for most watches. Therefore you should protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
- If your watch becomes wet it should be dried off quickly. Carefully open all covers and use a hair drier to blow dry the movement, dial, covers, crown. This will reduce the amount of rust.
- If your watch becomes wet with any kind of salt water you should immediately immerse or spray your watch with fresh (no-salt) water to remove all the salt from the works before drying the watch completely. Any salt left in the watch will combine with moisture in the air to rust metal components of the movement, case etc.
- Winding any mechanical watch tight may break the mainspring. If you can avoid it do not wind the watch hard.
- When adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. Counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement.
- If you must adjust counter-clockwise make it for small adjustments only (i.e. for minutes, NOT hours).
- Be careful and gentle when adjusting the movement speed (faster or slower). Don't make sharp movements, and don't touch other components in the movement especially the pendulum mechanism.
- Every 2-3 years it is necessary to service and oil vintage watches.
- If the watch is dirty - allow the watch to run down, don't wind it again until you have it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove important lubricants and cause the movement pieces to wear down.
- To clean the case, dial and crystal you should use a cloth that does NOT leave fibers as these may get caught up in the movement. Check with your Watch repair expert to get an appropriate cloth.
- Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made with iron based components in the movement.
- Most Cases and Covers are fine components and will not handle abuse well. The watch should not be shaken, beaten, or stressed.
- Antique watches generally experience an error of up to 5-7 minutes a day. Any accuracy of +- 5 minutes is very good.
Buyer must notify me within 24 hrs of sale close as to how and when he or she intends to pay. Winning buyers must fully pay within 7 days of the sale. After 7 days the piece will be relisted and appropriate action taken against the non-paying buyer. I participate in the Non-Paying buyer program. Do not offer if you are not going to pay for your sale.
I prefer PAYPAL but another methods are also accepted with prior approval. Please contact me FIRST BEFORE sending a cheque to get full address.
Zero response and negative response buyers must first email me BEFORE offerding. All I need is a brief courtesy email telling me who you are and how you would intend to pay if you where successful. I reserve the right to cancel any offers on this sale.
100% satisfaction guarantee for all of my watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch I will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 60 days after the watch has been received. My goal is to exceed my client's expectations throughout the buying experience. I and my team stand behind our products, if for any reason you'll receive your product damaged or in non-functioning condition, please contact us immediately via email BEFORE leaving your response, we'll gladly assist you in any way we can. Your satisfaction is important to me.
To be fair to all buyers, I make it my practice never to end an sale early. I prefer not to use buy it now. I have many repeat customers who want my watches just as much as you do. Buy it now will only be considered for a relisted sale.
Vintage watches are very delicate and I package to the highest degree to prevent damage.
To clarify all my items are Vintage or Antique and as such should Not be expected to be like a New or Quartz watch in any way whatsoever! Please bear in mind that you are buying a used watch and it will require service at some point in time.
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We pack all items well but some antique watches are just not made to travel at today's speed and may need set up and possibly adjustment after shipping and because of that I'm sorry but can not guarantee function or accuracy after shipping.
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