Universal Geneve early Polerouter. Waterproof?

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  1. artbissell

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    Plenty of information available about the Polerouter. Pro and con. 17 to 28 jewels. Fine cases. Generally good reputation. I have the 215 17 jewel I guess first model. 1957? Very plain but seems to be fine quality and properly functional. Do not know of water resistant version. This one has screw on back with gasket and wrench flats and a nice thick curved edge glass original back. Maybe just a display back option? Never saw a 50 year old original glass back w.w. 72794.jpg 72795.jpg
     
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    Was advised today, by someone I respect, it was a jobber or factory modified sales demonstrater. Threaded back to prevent cracking glass when removed or attached. Same purpose as old pocketwatch exhibition cases. Well fitted and thick glass so useable with care.
     
  3. Dave Haynes

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    They made a Polrouter dive model that was just a normal case with screwdown crown. The cases were some of the first to use a glued in crystal and in that respect they are waterproof if the back is well gasketed and the crown has good seals. It is not a diving watch.
     
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    Dave: Thanks for info. Would you perhaps know if this 1940 Omega ad showing Lemania waterproof chrono shows the first waterproof Omega chrono? Has thick heavy ss case, screw back on lead gasket. 73087.jpg 70102.jpg
     
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    Recent posting for micro rotor examples prompted this about Universal Geneve. Apparently not well known. art b.
     

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