Geneva Sport luminous sector dial François Borgel case
Geneva Sport (or also known as ‘Genfa-Sport’), is a Swiss watch brand with a long history dating back to the late 19th century. The company was founded in 1895, and over the years has become known for its high-quality, durable watches.
This beautiful example of a Geneva sport ‘Incassable’ is from the 1940’s. Its case is made of steel and has a diameter of 28mm excluding the crown, a true gentleman’s size. The movement is a Swiss made manual wound movement with 15 jewels. The original luminous sector dial and antimagnetic signing below the sundial are both still intact. The Antimagnetic signing below the sundial is an uncommon feature, which also counts for the ‘Incassable’ signature. The steel François Borgel case makes this watch not only beautiful but also incredibly strong and durable. François Borgel was a famous case maker for many important brands including Patek Philippe, Movado, Doxa and for other high quality watch brands which experimented with waterproof cases in the early 1940’s.
Incassable means ‘unbreakable’ in French. It refers to the hairspring of the balance wheel. Back in the 1940’s it was a continuing battle between horological brands to come up with the best quality of their watch components. That ‘Incassable’ was chosen to be written on the dial, shows that this watch was meant for an audience which wanted a quality and rugged ‘tool’ which could withstand considerably harsh conditions.
This gorgeous watch features a subsidiary-second dial, which means the seconds hand is located in a separate smaller dial. The blue steeled hands are in excellent condition with their original luminous material still intact and with an amazing patina which has developed over the more than 80 years this watch has been used and loved. This vintage watch comes on a new leather strap in olive green and would be a great addition to many collections.
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