Context – political, sociological and social. At the point when I put on any vintage watch I attempt to envision what it resembled to wear that specific watch back in the time it was new and new. At the point when I put on the Harvel Date-O-Graph in the first part of the day, I just can’t un-see the advert from 1943 distributed in LIFE magazine. In it, across a large portion of a page, there is a definite shot of a hand holding a consuming cigarette between the fingers. You can likewise see a touch of the shirt sleeve standing out from underneath a pointedly pressed coat. What’s more, obviously, the Harvel Date-O-Graph is there too.
I right away envisioned some significant or wannabe significant financial specialist sitting on a plane loaded up with smoke, with a lot of different travelers on their way from New York to LA. Taking a gander at the advert today, it is incomprehensible for my age (I turned fifteen out of 1998) – to sit on a plane with smoke wherever in the lodge. Your eyes stinging, throat stifling, wanting to scratch off layers of yuck from your garments. I like to envision this Harvel Date-O-Graph was installed during such overcast outings. Whenever I put it on today it reminds me how delicate, short and vaporous the current second is. It makes me consider how society can change in a very long time to come. We don’t have a clue yet, however I am certain my Harvel Date-O-Graph will be there to observe it. Recollecting what it resembled in 1950, 2020 and even 2100.
Harvel – The watch that occasions the stars.
Harvel. Manly sounding brand name. Solid. Fearless. Enlisted in 1933, situated in New York fifth Avenue, moved later to the close by Rockefeller Center. Their watch developments are marked HARVEL WATCH Co. furthermore, you should discover HXH or HXN import codes engraved on it. As unmistakably obvious on numerous adverts, Harvel utilized many “driving stars of stage, screen, and radio, for example, Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye or Hildegarde as their promoters.
A thin line among patina and wreck
I discovered the Harvel Date-O-Graph incidentally when searching for some strange date observes perhaps a year prior. Today I know there are many comparable executions of that watch plan with brands like Eloga, Printania, Birma or even Glycine on the dial. You can discover some of them on eBay, yet the nature of their dials frequently helps me to remember a vehicle sitting failed to remember in the back-yard for thirty years. One thing worth seeing: it is elusive two comparable Harvel Date-O-Graph pieces. Each and every model I saw over the previous year fluctuated from one to the next, showing distinctive striking shading tones or assorted patina slopes created on the dial. It makes recognizing any new Harvel Date-O-Graph a completely new experience.
Wear a calendar on your wrist
This is the feature Harvel utilized when publicizing the Date-O-Graph. The schedule may appear to be really nonexclusive, yet when you begin focusing on the subtleties you find how one of a kind it is. How about we start with the window showing the long stretch of the year. The converse month track shows just the initial 2 letters of the month, an abnormal component. It is reviving to see AU for August or DE for December. The solitary two months being shown with three letters are May and July. To set the month you don’t have to pull out the crown at ten. You can simply curve it in the two ways and the name of the months roll accordingly.
The just, however remarkable issue I experienced with the Date-O-Graph is associated with this date-setting stem. Here and there because of irregular moves of the wrist that cause the crown to slide underneath my shirt sleeve, I get myself a month ahead or late. Something worth referencing for all watch idealists, yet not actually a major issue for me. In any event it offers me the chance to play with my Date-O-Graph.
Best detail on Harvel Date-O-Graph
What got me in the main occurrence I unpacked the Date-O-Graph was the excessively curved dial. Didn’t notice it previously. I concentrated a great deal of pictures of Date-O-Graphs offered on the web, however clearly, it is complicated to catch this kind of detail. I committed some quality opportunity to shoot it consummately as to have the option to recreate this real detail. In any case, taking a gander at the photos now, even large scale shots don’t really repeat the degree of profundity and versatility the dial has. In all actuality, the dial is a moderately thick and stout piece, pleasantly adjusted and steeply diminishing to the edge. The dial and particularly day-of-the-week circle impeccably diverge from the date track laid obviously deeper.
Sunday time with Harvel
I referenced over that subtleties make the Harvel Date-O-Graph intriguing. Take a gander at the day-of-the-week circle. Anything extraordinary? I can’t think about a solitary watch brand today that would put a cross image rather than Sunday on it. I put in no time flat considering how it arrived and why. As I have no authority or checked answers, I will forget about my theories and let you do some fantasizing too.
Another impressive detail baffling my psyche is the date track. To be exact, its exceptionally lighting tone. It isn’t orange precisely, it isn’t red all things considered. It sparkles fanatically and stands out from far off. I for one named it a Harvel orange. I like the sort of numerals and how they are dispersed without a doubt. The situation of the date track with the BEVET engraving and image can be set by pulling out and pivoting the crown at 10. You can turn it in the two ways to effortlessly adjust the date to work days sitting solidly on the dial. The focal red date hand is worked as is common by the crown at three.
Harvel extraordinariness with Piquerez case
The best is on the way. Pretty much each and every Harvel Date-O-Graph I saw accompanied a Harvel endorsed back case. My Date-O-Graph with a lovely basic 17-jeweled manual injury FHF cal.175 is put in a strangely marked PIQUEREZ case. After exact examination, I was glad to reason that it is extraordinary compared to other created 36mm tempered steel cases I have in my assortment. The degree of exact assembling isn’t just obvious on clear lines from the frontal view, yet in addition on the rear of the watch. The hauls have the base external edge cut in an extremely uncommon style, creating an exceptionally sensitive and delicate detail that I can envision needs a great deal of dominance to be executed properly.
Help from gatherers in Italy
My hunch disclosed to me that the watch case is a unique, however I needed to be 100% certain. I was unable to locate some other model until I connected with three decent watch authorities from Italy. The person I purchased the watch from put me in contact with another fella that possessed the watch since 2012. He associated me to a third person I definitely knew from past dealings and here we go – he affirmed he had a Harvel Date-O-Graph with a similar Piquerez case.
Harvel against Mido
Ervin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA) accomplished world distinction on account of Super Compressor cases that were underway from the mid-fifties till the mid seventies. No big surprise I am more than satisfied to see my Harvel case endorsed by Piquerez. Note the RUSTLESS STEEL etching that was utilized before the term hardened steel grabbed hold. More verification of fine craftsmanship of this Piquerez case are the fair and basically undetectable U-shape cuts. You can discover eight of them on the actual edge of the screw back case for setting the opening tool.
We actually don’t have any index or official pictures from that time demonstrating this Piquerez case is unique to the watch, yet as we think around 3 – 4 Harvel Date-O-Graph pieces with such a case there is no motivation to address it. Later Date-O-Graph models accompanied needle hands, so we can expect the Piquerez case may just come with early models with precious stone like hands.
Harvel against Mido case
Do you need some more proof of why Harvels ought to be on your authorities’ radar? During my examination, I discovered that the Mido Watch Company of America, Inc. documented an argument against Harvel Watch Company Co. Mido (utilizing Mido Multifort, Multisport or Mido Multi-Centerchrono) questioning Harvel utilizing the Multi-Guard name over the sub-second dial. It was an articulation for Harvel’s insurance against water stun dust and attractive powers. As indicated by a ultimate conclusion I googled, no “disarray on exchange” was truth be told made. Basically put Harvels’ Multi-Guard name “was not held confusingly comparative” to Mido’s names.
Final approach the Harvel Date-O-Graph
To have the option to get a particularly intriguing watch for anything between 700 to 1200 Euros makes it an underestimated jewel. It would be a wrongdoing not to put your hands on it. For the nature of the case, the uniqueness of the dial, schedule plan, and unassuming however bold brand name, it is an incredible deal.