A war time men’s Ogival watch, in quite a large case for the time.


The 15 jewel movement in this watch is signed Bascula, and Bascula were a company first registered to Rene Brandt in 1942.  Mr Brandt also owned Ogival, and Ogival changed their logo in 1944 to include a flying fish.  As this watch features a Bascula branded movement and no flying fish we are comfortable to say this watch was made circa 1943.


The dial and blued hands are nice, both in condition and stylistically.  Many watches of this period are damaged by cigarette smoke, and this one isn’t.  The case is made from a metal alloy, and this does show various marks.  This was built during the second World War, so materials were not easy to get and the military took priority.  The case back is stainless steel.  The top lugs have had a repair at some point and take a standard spring bar, whereas the bottom lugs use a female spring bar.  The watch is winding and running well, and wears larger than the 34mm case size suggests.  This was a larger watch than average during this period.

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Width with crown  36.4 mm

Width without crown  34.3 mm

Between lugs  18 mm

Lug to lug length  41.9 mm

Case Thickness  9.5 mm

Bracelet maximum length    n/a

All sizes are approximate

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