Beautiful 1940's Arcadia 33mm Gentleman's Watch.
A beautiful Arcadiae Watch – Mechanical with manual winding and 33 gold plated case (excluding crown) . Original dial with outer journal, in lovely aged condition, with centre seconds , blued hands. Aesthetically very pleasant watch, in good general condition and working well.
Case: Round in three parts with snap-lock case back . Case dimensions: net diameter 33 mm (crown excluded) x 38 mm from lug to lug.
The Arcadia brand originated in Fleurier, a small village in Val-de-Travers region of the Canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Watchmaker Jules-Samuel Jequier was born in 1835 in Fleurier and joined Bovet after training as a jewel-cutter and quickly climbed up the company ladder. In 1858 he founded Arcadia and positioned it as the top-of-the-line among the five watchmaking brands of the Fleurier Watch Company, a manufacturer established in 1915. The company specialized in jewel cutting and designing watch calibres and had federated watchmaking farmers into working cooperatively. Fleurier Watch Company supplied movements for over a century to many watch brands.
While Arcadia had started off producing movements, this was followed several years later by a watch line. Arcadia was in fact one of the earliest brands to sell its watches around the world, including China and South America, and it was a creative, avant-garde brand  that became the flagship of the Fleurier Watch Company.
The brand sold watches until 1968, when, like so many mechanical watch companies, the advent of inexpensive quartz models led to its demise.
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