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    **** Vertex Revue a early Revue Thommen ****

    Well as usually with these things I have a watch out of a job-lot a very blurry one pic was to be had I saw what I thought to be a nice early possible Russian 2209 Poljot or Sekonda and some other pieces that was just to blurry to see it was cheap. like fun cheap blurry lots from time to time.


    And I just love the description I have added the smiles just for comic affect.


    OLD FOUND IN DRAW WHO KNOWS IF THEY WORK


    Well I wanted to know if they did so I bought them on the maiden bid it was going to be my only bid.


    So when I got them it was all wrapped together accept for one not the vortex it was bunched in with the other so it was about the third I look at clean looking well the strap not so much could have done some dna testing with that I cut if off and threw away once I had taken the buckle.


    so gave it a wind it started so I thought good but that ant no 2209 so put it to one side as I check the others 3 good 3 meh but nice odds


    so I was looking at Vertex Revue and it turns out it was a uk distribution company for the Revue Thommen company so it is in fact related to them it is at a guess 50's/60's piece as it is working well and I have not got the right tool. hex back remover we will be only seeing it from the outside


    here we go some pics but will have to apologise for them they did not seem to come out well.

    PICT0013.jpgPICT0014.jpgPICT0027.jpg

    I found this about the Vortex uk.


    The History of Revue Thommen

    The “Société d’ Horlogerie à Waldenburg” was founded in 1853 in the Jura town of Waldenburg by Gédéon Thommen & Louis Tschopp. In 1859 the company was taken over by Gédéon Thommen, who became the sole owner. The company originally used the brand mark “G.T.” and its improved manufacturing and assembly methods were used in the production of quality watches. In 1885 the company patented the G.T. “Springeruhr”, pocket watch with a mechanical digital display. By 1870, the company manufactured 4,000 watches per year, which increased to an output of 13,000 in 1890. From 1875, as well as cylinder watches, the company also produced lever pocket watches.

    In 1889, Société d’ Horlogerie à Waldenburg was awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.

    After Gédéon Thommen’s death, his son Alphonse took over the business and in 1905 registered the company name, “Thommens Uhrenfabriken AG” . Alphonse continued as the company’s president until 1932. In March 1910, the company registered the trademark, “Revue” and due to the increasing demand for wristwatches Thommen opened an additional factory in Waldenburg as well as others in Gelterkinden and Langenbruck.

    The company supplied watches for the U.K. market under the name "Vertex". The U.K. agent for Vertex watches was Claude Lyons whose office was at 28 Hatton Garden, London.

    When the demand for watches dropped during the depression of the 1930s, the company also began manufacturing precision instruments for industrial applications. In 1936 the company formed the subsidiary “Thommen” who specialised in the development and manufacture of aviation navigational instruments. The company supplied timepieces and instruments to both the British & German armed forces.

    In the 1980’s the company renamed their instrument and watch brands, “Revue Thommen” and since 2001 have been manufactured under licence by Grovana Watch Co.
    As well as “G.T.”,” Revue”, "Vertex" & “Thommen”, the company has also made timepieces under the brand names, “Vulcain”, “Cyrus” & “Sola”.


    so any more information on the vortex would be good and or pics of other vortex would be fun


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    **** Vortex Revue a early Revue Thommen ****

    Nice find, Is, and interesting info about the company
    Given Arthur's dates on the back, would it be fair to say 1966? Would fit with the look, too.
    I've got a later Revue Roamer Searock, bought in Cologne. If my German serves, this one was made on the cusp of ownership change/ takeover
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    yes, that's Cologne cathedral
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhDark30 View Post
    Nice find, Is, and interesting info about the company
    Given Arthur's dates on the back, would it be fair to say 1966? Would fit with the look, too.
    I've got a later Revue Roamer Searock, bought in Cologne. If my German serves, this one was made on the cusp of ownership change/ takeover
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1436275532.080870.jpg
    yes, that's Cologne cathedral
    well yeah the marking on the back says
    arthur
    9-2-41
    9-2-66

    so some where in there maybe ?

    nice watch to mate but then it's you so that would always be the case
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    Cheers for the compliment!
    Seriously though, engraved watches are usually given near the significant date, so I think you'd be safe to say 1966 :-)
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    D'oh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhDark30 View Post
    Cheers for the compliment!
    Seriously though, engraved watches are usually given near the significant date, so I think you'd be safe to say 1966 :-)
    25 years I wonder what arthur was being thank for maybe 25 birthday ?
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    so got round to taking the back off it so here you go
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    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by is that my watch View Post
    so got round to taking the back off it so here you go
    Many thanks for the nice picture. I was an early fan of RT watches. My first was a diminutive Airspeed and then two Crickets at separate times. I wish I had kept at least one of the Crickets. I still have the Airspeed. No vintage ones I am afraid. Too bad the company folded and opened up again under new (nonSwiss?) ownership?

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    yes was checking it out as I have this and the certina bristol 190 but as they was so similar and as I am thinning the herd one had to go was try to decide which



    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by is that my watch View Post
    yes was checking it out as I have this and the certina bristol 190 but as they was so similar and as I am thinning the herd one had to go was try to decide which


    They are indeed similar. The Certina, at least from the pictures, looks to be in better shape, and I do like the date window. Not that the Revue loses anything because of that. Most of my vintage watches have no date windows.

    For me, sometimes it comes down to the movement. I have been known to keep a watch simply because I like the looks of the movement (despite it being hidden by a stainless steel back).

    But YMMV!

    Dan

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