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The 1919 Tool Watch – In Polished 903 Bronze


THE MODEL – 1919 is the year my dad was born, and the year Berkbinder & Brown began selling its wares to the farmers and ranchers of Bonne Homme County, South Dakota. The watch reaches back to that time for its design. It was a time of pocket watches, and the beginning of wrist watches. The 1919 takes its cues from the pocket watch, the round and sensual curves, pleasant to the hand and solid to the touch. The crystal is domed to contribute to the softness and comfort of the watch. The exhibition back permits viewing of the ETA 6497-1 movement, housed in its mechanical chamber. The crown is large, since winding should be a tactically pleasant experience on a manual watch. The visually exciting shape of the crown is found on the most modern machinery at the turn of the century. The 1919 is today’s answer to what we remember and miss about our heritage.

The case is 48.5mm diameter x 13.8mm, the lugs remain internal adding to the pleasant circular appearance, undisturbed by external lugs. The two-piece case is closed with a miniature bolt circle  and axial “O” ring gasket.  The case is machined on a CNC lathe and milled from a solid bar stock. This operation takes place in Lake Mills Wisconsin, not far from where my family embarked on their western trek to South Dakota.


Watch comes with: Leather Case, Spring Bar Tool, and Polishing Cloth

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THE CASE METAL – is alloyed 903 Marine Bronze, the same alloy as the T46.     The case finish is a high polish vs the directional graining of the T46 case.  This dressed up the watch considerably yet still permits the case to take on a rich patina that will enhance the character of the case.

THE MOVEMENT – is a manual (winding) ETA 6497-1  the subdial for the seconds is at 9:00.   It is Swiss, made with 25 jewels and Incabloc Novodiac shock protection.  This movement is the choice of many european luxury watches.  The daily rate tolerance for the watch is +/- 12-15 seconds a day.  While you may have a daily rate less than this,  this tolerance is what ETA has established.

THE WATER RESISTANCE – 5ATM (30 meters) or 150 feet.

THE DIAL – is matte white with Roman numerals, the 1919 model designation and the Berkbinder & Brown logo in red. It was designed with a simple straight forward look, making the dial easy to read.

THE HANDS – are a reinterpretation of moon hands in polished heat blued steel.

THE SWEEP HAND – is small with a bit of flair and makes a statement.

 THE CROWN – is a proprietary push/pull type, and is modeled from the watch case and mechanical control knobs of that era.  The crown is larger allowing comfortable manipulation for winding and setting the time.

THE CRYSTALS – are domed 3mm Sapphire Glass for the face and 2mm flat Sapphire Glass for the exhibition back, allowing full view of the movement.

THE BEZEL SCREWS – are a slotted proprietary 316 Stainless Steel and  protect the crystal and add to the aesthetic of the watch.

THE STRAP – 22mm black Horween Chromexcell strap with silver stitching. The buckle is brushed stainless steel with a machined prong and screw in pin or deployment clasp – Please Specify.  The strap is held in place by spring bars.

*Important: All domestic shipping is included. International shipping is $75.00.

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