Sunday, 18 November 2012

Certina from the late 50's.

A fine example of a gentleman's watch.

Stainless Steel Certina Date Quick Set Manual Wind Mechanical


This piece became part of my collection sometime in 2006, one of me early acquisition. It's a Swiss Certina (late 1950's). This manual calibre 28-151 is encased in a 33mm stainless steel body.





Certina's history could be traced back until 1888 when its founders, the Kurth brothers, open shop selling watch movements. It was in 1938 (50 years after it was founded), that the present brand Certina was introduced.


Later in 1983, Certina became part of Allgemeine Schweizerische Uhrenindustrie AG (ASUAG). This was during the time when Swiss watch companies face tough competition from Japanese quartz.





Now based in La Locle, Switzerland, Certina is active in the premier league of motorsports, being the timekeeper for MotoGP races since 1995 until today. 

Certina is also the official sponsor and timekeeper for the Sauber F1 team since 2005 (then it was called the Sauber Petronas F1 Team).




 

The sweeping second hand is the distinguishable  feature of this 50 year-old 28-151 cal. 

The even patina on the metal dial is beautiful, and makes this piece a very fine example of the 1950's Swiss engineering.

This fully hallmarked watch (dial, crown, case, backplate) is in perfect condition to be worn daily. 

Anyone interested with this classic timepiece can email me at khairudin (at) vintagekrono.com (PoA).


All photos taken by me using Canon 5DMk2 with the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro.

External references:
www.ranfft.de
wikipedia.org
www.certina.com


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