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Why We Love It
Waking up to an alarm from your watch? Talk about analog...
Some of the most popular watches utilizing the alarm function are the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Vulcain Cricket, and Tudor Advisor. What we have here is a no-name piece from the most-certainly defunct Swiss brand 'Basis'. Frankly, we have no real history to share with you on this oddball brand - but the watch is so cool we couldn't pass it up!
Featuring a 36mm chrome plated case with a steel steel coin edge bezel and resonating case back, the watch is powered by a 17-jewel manual winding movement, and the alarm function is set by turning the bezel. A slider on the left side of the case - a 'la minute repeater - toggles the alarm function on and off. The cream-toned dial feature luminous indices with a deep patination, and the red sweeping seconds hand really makes it pop.
Of course, you really can't appreciate this thing fully without hearing it chime - so hit us up and we'll send you a video!
Mechanical alarms are one of the coolest wristwatch complications we can think of.
In addition to displaying the time, the mechanical movement features a secondary manually-wound spring which, when wound and released operates an audible buzzer, alerting the wearer at a pre-set time.
This buzzer not only makes noise, but physically vibrates the watch, noticeable both on the wrist or when placed on a hard surface - making the watch usable as an alarm clock as well!
Chrome-plated case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Manually winding movement with alarm function. Circa 1940s.
Overall Condition: The case is in good condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Luminous cream-tone dial in good condition showing rich patina. Luminous handset shows patina from age. Unsigned crown.
Includes grey leather strap.
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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