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This year, so far, is being rather horrible for just about everything and everyone. Novelties on the watch market seem to not have been affected all that much, though. Sure, watch fairs were cancelled, but scores of nice, new models have been released anyway.
When I had a look at the brand new Certina catalogue before the official premieres of some of the new models, I was quite astounded to see this gorgeous thing:
https://monochrome-watches.com/certina- ... iew-price/
Photo from the article in link. Filched for academic purposes.
Certina has - apparently - provided a photo of the inspiration behind a watch, supposedly something they have made in the 1940s:
Nice watch, no? So, what's the problem here? Well, the problem is this: it is highly likely that the watch is a redial or a franken. Or, worse, both.
Now, why so?
Let's have a closer look...
The first and most obvious red flag is the fact, that while the dial has lume plots on it, the hands don't, and were never meant to. While the crime of using a combination of a non-lumed dial and non-lumed hands has been committed in the past by many - and is still being committed now by some of the great names in the watch industry - I'm pretty confident that a travesty like a lumed dial and non-lumed hands is far too idiotic to have actually been a thing, ever.
Second, let us focus on the claim of the "original" watch being from the 1940s. Well...
THAT FONT?! IN THE 1940S? A TIGER, IN AFRICA? REALLY?!
I don't know what that thing is, it's a nice-looking thing for sure, but it's a travesty worthy of the long-gone VintageCaliber, some accursed horological dumpster along the lines of Wannabuyawatch, or perhaps would fit just fine in a "The Best of Hodinkee Shop" compilation.
What could this be? A late 1950s/early 1960s piece in a 1940s style, along the lines of the ones that Certina equipped with the Excelsior Park movements? A piece that does date to the 1940s, but has been equipped with a later service dial and was given an incorrect handset? Or maybe all except the dial is OK? For what it's worth, could well be a redial.
If this is what I think it is, I'm really disappointed with Certina. The "reissue" is nice, and with its finishing and specifications, it really seems like a very appealing watch. Alas, whoever let that "original" be used as inspiration has failed, and quite miserably at that.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation