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Why We Love It
Vintage watches are enchanting not purely because of their mechanical merits, but because of the stories that they often tell.
And there are few stories more harrowing and inspiring than those of bravery under fire.
This particular Roamer Anfibio was issued to the Rhodesian Military and had been smuggled into South Africa sometime in the mid-1970s - denoted by the 'RA' stamp on the caseback. The watch features a 37mm steel cushion case with a matte black Tritium dial and matching handset, with a hand-cranking movement and fixed springbars.
In many ways, this watch represents the reason that many collectors became interested in watches in the first place - a good story with a fair amount of mystery!
Roamer was founded in 1888 in the Swiss village of Solothurn. Like so many others, the brand churned out scores of solid, dependable mechanical watches during the 1900s (many using their own movements) until the Quartz Crisis of the 1970s forced it to close its doors. Some of its best-known lines included the Mustang and the Stingray.
Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding the crown). Calibre MST-520 manual-winding movement. Circa 1970s.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous matte black Tritium dial is in fantastic condition with evenly patinated luminous plots and professionally color matched handset. Unsigned crown.
Includes gray and black striped NATO-style nylon strap with steel hardware.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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