21st August 2017 

Swiss Watches by Minerva, Büren and Record.




Unless otherwise stated all watches have 7 jewels, are working, keep at least reasonable time for their age and wind and set correctly. Lids and bezels are secure, stay closed and where appropriate open when the button or crown is pressed. Any inscriptions, dedications or monograms (other than jewellers and makers marks) and any gold plate worn through to the core will either be shown in the photographs, described in the text or both. Movements carry a 6 or 12 month warranty as described under “Warranty info”.

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Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. Minervaf

Minerva

Founded in 1858 by Charles and Hyppolite Robert as "H. & C. Robert" the name quickly changing to "Robert Frères Villeret" when the logo "RFV" with an arrow was introduced. The Minerva brand was introduced in 1887. The name was changed to "Minerva SA, Villeret" in 1934 and went through several changes in ownership and by 2006 was part of Richemont and formed partnerships with sister company Montblanc of which it is now a division.


Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. s300mvs

Büren

The history of Büren is a little unclear, from c1899 to c1932 the company was the Swiss operation of H. Williamson of Coventry but was probably supplying them before this date when they were known as Fritz Suter & Cie. After Williamson got into financial trouble Büren was probably purchased by the employees, continuing in business as The Buren Watch Co initially with Rotherham of Coventry as their British agents.

At some point they were supplying watches marked as "Elgin"(or America) to overseas markets until in 1966 the company was acquired by the Hamilton Watch Company of America with the same watches being supplied under the new name, for instance the Elgin grade 847 became the Hamilton 971. Production stopped in 1972 following the acquisition of Hamilton by SSIH in 1971.


Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. S835f

S835. Büren 15J 1925

A good quality movement by Büren and signed on the movement by them, it has a Swiss Lever escapement and 15 jewels with an Elinvar over-sprung screwed balance with double roller. Crown wound and set.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

S835 Buren 15J 1925 (8)


The Swiss made double backed case has London Hallmarks for imported Sterling silver, 1925 and the sponsors mark of William Sparrow of Birmingham. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

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Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. RecordF

Record

The company was founded in 1903 and after merging with several other companies became the Record Dreadnought Watch Co in 1916 before reverting to its original name in 1949. The company was acquired by Longines in 1961 and closed in 1991.


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Some Recently Sold Watches

Following requests from buyers who are giving watches as presents I no longer show the price of sold watches.

This is a new section, sold examples were not transferred and are on the next page.



Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. S778f

S778. Büren 15J half hunter, 1924.

A good quality movement by Büren, it has a Swiss Lever escapement and 15 jewels with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller and micro regulator. It is signed "Goldsmiths Co Cardiff" on dial and Büren on the movement. Crown wound and set.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The Swiss made double backed case has London Import hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1925 with the sponsors mark of William Henry Sparrow. Not the edge ding at 9 o'clock. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has two new crystals.

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Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. S730F

S730. Büren 15J 1949

A good quality movement by Büren, it has a Swiss Lever escapement and 15 jewels with an Elinvar over-sprung screwed balance with double roller. It is signed on dial and on the movement. Crown wound and set.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The dust cover in engraved:

Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd
Presented to
F Norcross
for
20 years service
1919

The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1949 and the makers mark of A.L. Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

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Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. S689f

S689. Büren, 15J, 1930.

A good quality movement by Büren, it has a Swiss Lever escapement and 15 jewels with an Elinvar over-sprung screwed balance with double roller. It is signed on dial and on the movement. Crown wound and set.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The dust cover in engraved:

Presented to
Mr G Burgess
on his retirement
by the staff of
the B.U.D.C.
Electricity Department
1935

The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1930 and the makers mark of A.L. Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

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Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. S815f

S815 Minerva 17J Hunter, c1912

A good quality movement by Minerva, it has a Swiss Lever escapement and 17 jewels with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller and micro regulator, adjusted for temperature and in 3 positions. It is signed under the dial with the two Minerva trademarks. Crown wound and set.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The English double backed case is a "Moon" grade in 10 carat Filled Gold by Dennisson. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

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Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. S706f

S706. Record 15J, 1927.

A good quality movement by Record that is signed on the movement and dial. It has a Swiss Lever escapement and 15 jewels with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller and screw micro regulator. Crown wound and set.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The English double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1927 and the makers mark of the English Watch Case Company. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. S690f

S690. "Acme Lever" (Büren), 15J, 1919.

A good quality movement by Büren for Harriet Samuel of Manchester and signed by her on the dial, it has a Swiss Lever escapement and 15 jewels with an Elinvar over-sprung screwed balance with double roller. Crown wound and set. The Buren trademark is under the dial.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1919 and the makers mark of A.L. Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. S806f

S806 Minerva for White, 15J Hunter c1910.

A good quality movement by Minerva for H. White Mfg Co of Manchester, it has a Swiss Lever escapement and 15 jewels with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with double roller and micro regulator, adjusted for temperature and in 3 positions. It is signed on movement and under the dial with the two Minerva trademarks. Crown wound and set.

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The Swiss made double backed case is in Rolled Gold by the Geneva Watch Case Company. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has an excellent mineral glass crystal.

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Swiss Watches: Minerva, Büren, Record. S809f

S809. Büren, 15J, 1926.

A good quality movement by Büren and signed on the movement by them, it has a Swiss Lever escapement and 15 jewels with an Elinvar over-sprung screwed balance with double roller. Crown wound and set. .

Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1926 and the makers mark of A.L. Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.