Brit Patent 385509 (possibly last 9 is a 3 or 5??)
Borgel case signed D.F. & C 97032
A wonderfully charismatic mid-sized wristwatch, this Dimra dates to circa 1940. The steel case is particularly pleasing with its multiple angles and facets and is an early waterproof design made for Dimra by one of the finest vintage case makers, Taubert & Fils. From the late 19th Century, when it existed under the name Frères Borgel, Taubert & Fils was one of the finest Geneva based case makers and specialists in the manufacture of high quality dirt and moisture-resistant cases. The company’s case stamp is F.B. within a cartouche. Borgel cases are of exceptional quality and were used by some of the finest makers, including Patek Philippe, for whom Taubert famously supplied the screw-back case for the chronograph reference, 1463.
With a two-tone finish, the silvered dial is highly detailed and heavily influenced by the Art Deco movement. The outer minute ring and the chapter ring for the hours are linked in design. As you follow the minute ring, the squares at each 5-minute division are black at the quarters and mirror-finished in between whilst the chapter ring has mirror-finished hours at 12, 3 and 9 and black Arabic numerals at the intervening hours. This gives contrast stepping from mirror finishing to black right around the dial which further enhances the dial’s two-tone appearance.
Dimra was a brand name of Dimier Frerès & Cie. The name Dimier Frerès & Cie was registered in 1902 and in 1916 was listed in both La Chaux de Fonds and London.
[M] frosted gilded Swiss calibre stamped D.F. & C. for Dimier Frerès & Cie and signed Dimra, lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH
[D] silvered two-tone dial, Arabic numerals, mirror-finished 12, 3 & 9 o’clock, outer minute ring with square black and mirror-finished 5-minute divisions
[C] steel multi-faceted two-piece Taubert & Fils case with screw-down back, original winding crown
[S] case, dial and movement signed, case further stamped for Taubert & Fils
28.5mm width excluding winding crown
36mm length including lugs
10mm depth to centre of crystal
16mm strap width/lug gauge
One Year Guarantee – this watch has been fully serviced
Black Bough box and Black Bough certificate