Harvard Chronograph

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SKU AS01087
SKU AS01087

Why We Love it

There is nothing better than traveling through time, and with vintage watches, that is exactly what you can do.

The early days of wristwatches were also the twilight years of the large clock manufacturers. By the early 1900s, many manufactures were shifting their focus from clocks to pocket watches and wristwatches. As in any epochal shift, companies merged, dissolved, changed names and trademarks, creating a new market space with new players.

As those companies grew, they opened new facilities in new locations, using different names to cater to specific markets and clientele. 

This watch, bearing the name 'Harvard' on the dial and stamped 'Berna Watch Co.' on the bridge of the Valjoux movement, is a descendent of the early days of the West End Watch Company. While still in business today selling modern pieces primarily in the Asian and Middle Eastern Markets, West End was a large mechanical watch producer throughout the 1940s and 50s with much of its operation based in what was then Bombay, India.

Its heritage can be traced all the way back to the late 1800s to a Swiss watchmaking company called Droz and Perret. Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, Droz and Perret underwent numerous changes in name and structure, resulting in a raft of factories and manufacturing facilities bearing different names and hallmarks.  

This watch, hailing from the late 1950s, was assembled by the Berna Watch Company (named for Berne, Switzerland, where Droz and Perret was minted) and sold under the name Harvard, a brand name used in a handful of their Asian markets. The movement, a manual-winding Valjoux 71 chronograph unit, bears the company's stamp on the bridge. 

In excellent shape with a simple silver dial, blued-steel hands and a pleasing 36.5mm steel case, this watch is a rare find in any condition and would make a pleasant addition to any collection--or the perfect gift for a Harvard grad with horological leanings!

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Harvard Chronograph

Harvard Chronograph

Sold
Sold
Harvard Chronograph

Why We Love it

There is nothing better than traveling through time, and with vintage watches, that is exactly what you can do.

The early days of wristwatches were also the twilight years of the large clock manufacturers. By the early 1900s, many manufactures were shifting their focus from clocks to pocket watches and wristwatches. As in any epochal shift, companies merged, dissolved, changed names and trademarks, creating a new market space with new players.

As those companies grew, they opened new facilities in new locations, using different names to cater to specific markets and clientele. 

This watch, bearing the name 'Harvard' on the dial and stamped 'Berna Watch Co.' on the bridge of the Valjoux movement, is a descendent of the early days of the West End Watch Company. While still in business today selling modern pieces primarily in the Asian and Middle Eastern Markets, West End was a large mechanical watch producer throughout the 1940s and 50s with much of its operation based in what was then Bombay, India.

Its heritage can be traced all the way back to the late 1800s to a Swiss watchmaking company called Droz and Perret. Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, Droz and Perret underwent numerous changes in name and structure, resulting in a raft of factories and manufacturing facilities bearing different names and hallmarks.  

This watch, hailing from the late 1950s, was assembled by the Berna Watch Company (named for Berne, Switzerland, where Droz and Perret was minted) and sold under the name Harvard, a brand name used in a handful of their Asian markets. The movement, a manual-winding Valjoux 71 chronograph unit, bears the company's stamp on the bridge. 

In excellent shape with a simple silver dial, blued-steel hands and a pleasing 36.5mm steel case, this watch is a rare find in any condition and would make a pleasant addition to any collection--or the perfect gift for a Harvard grad with horological leanings!

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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