1940's 31mm Roamer Gentleman's Watch
A quite charming 31mm watch by Roamer. The watch dial is in great condition, small by modern standards, the case is 31mm x 37mm.
Roamer was founded in Switzerland, in 1888 by Fritz Meyer. At first, Meyer and employees concentrated on manufacturing cylinder escapements. Within only 7 years, the company grew to 60 employees and started producing complete watches. In 1895, the company developed its first own calibre and named it number 38 to commemorate the 38th birthday of the company’s founder. In 1905, Meyer joined fellow watchmaker Johann Studeli to form the partnership Meyer and Studeli (MST). In the same year, Meyer won a Bronze medal at the Liege World Fair. The partnership continued to develop new calibres and enter them into more World Fairs, winning Silver Medals at the Milan Fair in 1906 and Brussels Fair in 1910. The earliest identified watch is an unmarked lady's pocket watch containing an MST cylinder escapement that has London silver hallmarks for 1908. In 1917 they purchased fellow Solothurn watchmaker L Tieche Gammeter (LTG). LTG had previously registered the brand "Roamer" in 1908. In 1918 the partnership incorporated into the company Meyer & Studeli SA. By 1923, production grew to one million units. The jewelled lever-escapement watches were sold under the brand 'Roamer'. Cylinder, and later pin-lever, watches were sold under the brands Medana and Meda. In 1932 the company started its own dial production line. In 1945, a representative office opened in New York and in 1952 Meyer and Studeli officially changed its name to Roamer Watch Co. SA. In 1955, Roamer patented the Anfibio watertight watchcase, which proved to be a commercial success. The company launched its first battery movement in 1972, but by 2003, Roamer returned to manufacturing mechanical watches.
Case size: 31mm.
Case colour: Silver
Strap colour: Black leather.
Dial: 12 hour dial in antique cream.
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