This gold cushion cased Buren Grand Prix has a nice ICI inscription on the case back.


From the presentation engraving on the case back we can accurately date this watch to being awarded to J. W. Earle for thirty years service to Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd in 1951. The Birmingham hallmark for 1951 is also inside the case back.


Buren were a well respected watchmaker, who among the likes of JLC, IWC and Omega made some of the dirty dozen military watches from 1944. The hand wound, 17 jewel movement is stamped for Buren Grand Prix, and starts immediately and continues to run well. The case is made by Dennison, and the case back matches the main case number too. There is a dent on the case back, but it doesn’t interfere with the watch working, as well as signs of wear on the front of the case too. In the early fifties many people smoked, and this could cause damage to many a watch dial, but this seems to have survived well -you can see the patina of age, but many watches would be far worse. The case has fixed bars, which are not bent or distorted. The leather strap is new, and could be swapped for a different colour if preferred.

This watch will be supplied with our branded presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.

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Width with crown 30.3 mm

Width without crown 28.2 mm

Between lugs 18 mm

Lug to lug length 35.3 mm (fixed bar to fixed bar)

Case Thickness 9.0 mm

All sizes are approximate.

Included with this watch is a 3 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses. If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries. Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us. Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.

From 1st September 2021 we will be planting a tree for every watch we sell, working with the International Tree Foundation (Est 1922) to make this business positive on carbon. By buying anything pre owned you are effectively reusing what already exists, but this takes it further and makes us feel good.

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