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Art Deco Roamer at a wearable (almost) modern size


One of the lesser know watch brands, Roamer has been in existence since the late 19th century, when the company that would become MST and then Roamer, was founded by Fritz Meyer and Johan Studeli.

Renowned for its high quality in-house movements, the company produced watches under a variety of names and by the mid-1930s was producing movements, cases and dials in-house. Quite a rarity at the time. In 1952,  it decided to only use the name of its most successful brand, Roamer. Hence why the majority of Roamer branded watches one sees are post-war models.

This particular piece is something of a rarity, and I have been unable to find a similar example despite scouring the internet. The style hints that it is late 1920-30s, but it is quite large for a watch of that period, measuring just under 34mm without the crown.

The fact that the case is signed JJB is also slightly unsual, as MST began in-house case manufacture in 1923. That said, the outsourcing of such an ornate case would not be a surprise. 

The textured dial is what really sets this watch off, with the gilt applied numerals adding extra depth. Such detail would not look out of place on a bespoke timepiece such as a Patek or Vacheron.

The 15 jewel MST movment is no less ornate, with engine turning of all the bridges. It is exceptionally clean and keeping perfect time. 

The watch is supplied on a period leather bund type strap. A great Gents dress watch that does not look tiny, unlike many others from this period.

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