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 toward the beginning 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 immediately envisioned some significant or wannabe significant finance manager 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 inconceivable 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 locally available during such shady excursions. Whenever I put it on today it reminds me how delicate, short and fleeting the current second is. It makes me consider how society can change in a very long time to come. We don’t have the foggiest idea yet, yet 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. Exceptionally manly sounding brand name. Solid. Self-assured. 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 obviously noticeable 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 unearthed the Harvel Date-O-Graph inadvertently when searching for some uncommon date observes possibly a year prior. Today I know there are many comparative 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 regularly 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 angles created on the dial. It makes detecting 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 backwards month track shows just the initial 2 letters of the month, a strange element. 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 wind it in the two ways and the name of the months roll accordingly.
The just, however outstanding issue I experienced with the Date-O-Graph is associated with this date-setting stem. Now and again because of arbitrary 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 perfectionists, however not actually a major issue for me. At any rate it offers me the chance to play with my Date-O-Graph.
Best detail on Harvel Date-O-Graph
What got me in the primary occasion I unpacked the Date-O-Graph was the too arched 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 chance to shoot it consummately as to have the option to repeat this real detail. Yet, taking a gander at the photos now, even large scale shots don’t legitimately replicate the degree of profundity and versatility the dial has. Truly, the dial is a generally thick and stout piece, pleasantly adjusted and steeply diminishing to the edge. The dial and particularly day-of-the-week circle impeccably stand out from the date track laid noticeably 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 pondering how it arrived and why. As I have no authority or checked answers, I will forget about my hypotheses and let you do some fantasizing too.
Another significant detail confounding my psyche is the date track. To be exact, its exceptionally lighting tone. It isn’t orange precisely, it isn’t red by the same token. It sparkles fanatically and stands out from a far distance. I for one named it a Harvel orange. I like the sort of numerals and how they are separated 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 non-weekend days sitting immovably 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 beautiful basic 17-jeweled manual injury FHF cal.175 is set in an abnormally marked PIQUEREZ case. After exact review, I was glad to infer that it is extraordinary compared to other created 36mm hardened steel cases I have in my assortment. The degree of exact assembling isn’t just noticeable on clear lines from the frontal view, yet additionally on the rear of the watch. The drags have the base external edge cut in an extremely uncommon style, delivering a fragile and delicate detail that I can envision needs a great deal of dominance to be executed properly.
Help from authorities in Italy
My premonition disclosed to me that the watch case is a unique, yet I needed to be 100% certain. I was unable to locate some other model until I connected with three pleasant watch authorities from Italy. The person I purchased the watch from put me in contact with another fella that claimed 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 acclaim because 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 evidence of fine craftsmanship of this Piquerez case are the good and for all intents and purposes undetectable U-shape cuts. You can discover eight of them on the actual edge of the screw back case for putting the opening tool.
We actually don’t have any inventory 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 jewel 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. recorded 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 assurance against water stun dust and attractive powers. As per an official conclusion I googled, no “disarray on exchange” was truth be told made. Just 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 fascinating watch for anything between 700 to 1200 Euros makes it an underestimated diamond. 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 humble however bold brand name, it is an incredible deal.