Buren Grand Prix gold plated vintage calendar wristwatch, circa 1953
A gold plated and steel manually wound triple calendar wristwatch with moon-phases
This handsome triple calendar wristwatch has a warm and evenly patinated dial with clear indications for day, month, date and moon-phases. The watchmaking company of Buren had factories and offices at Buren an der Aare, Chézard and La Chaux de Fonds in Switzerland and London, U.K. The company Buren was originally known as F. Suter between 1873 and 1898 and from 1898-1932 as H. Williamson Ltd. The London arm of the company was liquidated in the financial crash of 1929 and the Swiss arm was reorganized in 1932 as the Buren Watch Co. SA.
At the Barcelona World Fair in 1929, the company won the Grand Prize for their exhibit and for the technical perfection and styling of their watches. Watchmakers were very proud to win such prizes and would often engrave or stamp ‘Grand Prix’ on later production pieces to demonstrate the accolades they had won. In the case of Buren, following the Barcelona Exhibition, the company went on to manufacture a new range of movement calibres which they called their ‘Grand Prix’ series and the movement of this watch belongs to this series, hence the dial is marked ‘Grand Prix’.
[M] Buren cal. 382 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] patinated silvered dial, raised gilded Arabic numerals, apertures for day, month, further aperture for moon-phases combined with subsidiary seconds, black minute track, gilded hands, central triangular red tipped hand indicating to the outer date ring [C] gold plated upper case with chamfered bezel, steel snap-on case back, four pusher to the case sides for adjusting day, date, month and moon-phases [S] dial and movement signed
Diameter excluding winding crown: 34mm
Length including lugs: 41mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 19mm
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