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Beautiful 1940's Arcadia 33mm Gentleman's Watch.

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.[1]

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 [2] that became the flagship of the Fleurier Watch Company.[1]

The brand sold watches until 1968, when, like so many mechanical watch companies, the advent of inexpensive quartz models led to its demise.[3]

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