FONTAIN Wristwatch by Helbros Watch Co. 7 Jewels Cal. 111 Swiss Made Watch

WA-3378
1 In stock
$406.00 $365.00
HELBROS WATCH Co. – “Helbros watches are a fantastic part of the US watch story, "one of the most popular brands of the 50's and 60's."  Helbros was a major US watch company, founded in 1913 by the Swiss-German Helbein brothers, the company registered a trademark registered in New York...
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THIS LIMITED WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.

IF THE MERCHANDISE YOU PURCHASE FROM Secondhand Horology, LLC (“Secondhand Horology”, “WE”, OR “US”) IS SUBJECT TO A THIRD PARTY WARRANTY, THEN THE MERCHANDISE WILL BE GOVERNED BY SUCH THIRD PARTY WARRANTY (TO THE EXTENT SUCH THIRD PARTY WARRANTY IS ASSIGNABLE BY US TO YOU) AND WILL NOT BE GOVERNED BY THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. IF THE MERCHANDISE YOU PURCHASE FROM US IS NOT SUBJECT TO A THIRD PARTY WARRANTY, Secondhand Horology WARRANTS THAT DURING THE WARRANTY PERIOD (DEFINED BELOW), THE MERCHANDISE THAT YOU PURCHASED FROM US WILL BE FREE FROM DEFECTS IN MATERIALS AND WORKMANSHIP.

WE LIMIT THE DURATION AND REMEDIES OF ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE TO THE WARRANTY PERIOD.

SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEFECTIVE MERCHANDISE IS LIMITED TO REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF THE MERCHANDISE (INCLUDING THE PARTS THEREIN) AS DESCRIBED BELOW IN THIS WARRANTY STATEMENT.

WHO MAY USE THIS WARRANTY?

Secondhand Horology extends this limited warranty only to the consumer who originally purchased the merchandise (“you”) from Secondhand Horology. It does not extend to any subsequent owner or other transferee of the merchandise.

WHAT DOES THIS WARRANTY COVER?

This limited warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship of the merchandise for the Warranty Period as defined below.

WHAT DOES THIS WARRANTY NOT COVER?

This limited warranty does not cover any damage due to: (a) transportation; (b) storage; (c) improper use; (d) failure to follow the merchandise instructions or to perform any preventive maintenance; (e) modifications; (f) unauthorized repair; (g) normal wear and tear; or (h) external causes such as accidents, abuse, or other actions or events beyond our reasonable control.

WHAT IS THE PERIOD OF COVERAGE?

If the merchandise or any portion of the merchandise that you purchase is subject to a third party warranty, Secondhand Horology hereby assigns to you all of its rights and remedies under such warranty to the extent that such rights and remedies are assignable. If the merchandise or any portion of the merchandise is not subject to any other warranty as of the date of purchase by you, and subject to the terms of this Limited Warranty, Secondhand Horology

 warrants that the merchandise shall be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase by you (the “Warranty Period”). The Warranty Period is not extended if we repair or replace the merchandise. We may change the availability of this limited warranty at our discretion, but any changes will not be retroactive.

WHAT ARE YOUR REMEDIES UNDER THIS WARRANTY?

With respect to any defective merchandise during the Warranty Period, we will, in our sole discretion repair or replace such merchandise (or the defective part) free of charge. We will also pay for shipping and handling fees to return the repaired or replacement merchandise to you if we elect to repair or replace the defective merchandise.

HOW DO YOU OBTAIN WARRANTY SERVICE?

To obtain warranty service, you must call +1(217)-802-6098 or email our Customer Service Department at info@secondhandhorology.com during the Warranty Period to obtain a Defective Merchandise Authorization (“DMA”) number. Read more about our return and warranty service policies.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

THE REMEDIES DESCRIBED ABOVE ARE YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDIES AND OUR ENTIRE LIABILITY FOR ANY BREACH OF THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. OUR LIABILITY SHALL UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES EXCEED THE ACTUAL AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR THE DEFECTIVE MERCHANDISE, NOR SHALL WE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OR LOSSES, WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT.

SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Secondhand Horology is honored to have the opportunity to serve you. That is why we stand by all of our products with a full 12-month limited warranty. If an item we sell you should fail as a result of a manufacturer's defect at any time during the first 12 months, we will repair or replace the item at absolutely no cost to you.

If your watch has any symptoms of abnormally gaining time, losing time, or not keeping proper time please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. If it is determined by Secondhand Horology that a repair under warranty is required one of our trained watch professionals will direct you on how to safely and efficiently ship the watch to us.


Not covered by warranty:

  • Regular wear-and-tear from normal use.
  • External damage to the product. Any damages resulting from wear to the watch case, crystal/glass, watch bracelet, watch bezel, straps, screws, crown/stem, finishes, clasps/buckles, or any other physical damage to the watch.
  • Defects caused by outside force or improper use. Consequential and incidental damages.
  • The loss of precious, semi-precious stones from settings.
  • Outside modifications and third party repair attempts of any kind will void the warranty.
  • Any damage if used under conditions which exceed the watch manufacturer’s water resistance guidelines.
  • Watches that are labeled as water resistant feature a screw down crown. The crown must be screwed down properly at all times to keep the watch casing watertight. Water damage is not covered under the warranty unless it is proven defective by the Secondhand Horology.
  • Shipping cost to Secondhand Horology.

Secondhand Horology is determined to stand behind every part of your shopping experience. The Secondhand Horology warranty allows you to make a completely risk-free purchase. This has been our policy and our promise since we began nearly three decades ago serving customers on a local level. Now, we are standing by this policy as we serve online customers from around the world. We look forward to serving you and giving you the incredible value and experience you deserve.

Product Description

HELBROS WATCH Co. – “Helbros watches are a fantastic part of the US watch story, "one of the most popular brands of the 50's and 60's."
 
Helbros was a major US watch company, founded in 1913 by the Swiss-German Helbein brothers, the company registered a trademark registered in New York in 1916 and in Geneva in 1918. William Helbein, one of the brothers and founders, later, he was for long time the company president; he was at first a diamond importer (his father was a diamond merchant) and later a watch assembler. Helbein was an important figure, he was the first chair of the American Watch Assemblers Assocciation and was a Director of the American Watch Assocciation.
 
By 1920's Helbros used all the mediums available to sell watches, they used print advertising, radio advertising and later TV shows from the 1940's onwards. Helbros distributed watches through catalogues, shops, dealers, approval, and any other way that the company could find. "Helbros made watches for any taste, and pretty much any pocket (...) A common feature of their approach was to make watches available as competition prizes."
 
An enormous range of watches were made, including pocket watches, fob watches for nurses, tie-in watches with cartoon characters, chronographs, electric watches and later LCD and quartz watches. Also, there are several examples on-line of Helbros watches branded with logos, for company promotions or other groups. None of the mechanisms were made in house, they were always assemblers, and they were sourced from many manufactures in several countries.
 
The company seems to have been bought by Elgin Industries in the late 1960's, then become a stand along company again in the early 1970's. In some point, maybe during the early 1970's, the company went into abeyance, and the trademark was later acquired by Jules Jurgensen.
 
FONTAIN – Fontain was a brand of the Helbros Watch Company, which was registered in New York.

FONTAIN
By Helbros
7 Jewels
Swiss Made
 
This timepiece has a cool case design! Made by Helbros Watch Co. and signed under the Fontain brand.
 
It is a vintage Fontain mechanical wristwatch dated from the 1950s.
 
It is a manual wind watch with an original Helbros Watch Co. movement caliber 111, 7 jewels, sub second, unadjusted, Swiss made.
 
Original beige dial (showing some patina) with gold Arabic Numerals, bold minute track and gold matching hands. The dial is also signed with the Fontain name.

Super cool case and bezel design, it is 27.3x28.6mm rectangle case with fancy lug design. Base metal and stainless-steel back.
 
It comes with an Italy-made new-old-stock gray Genuine Lizard two-piece strap.

This wristwatch is in good condition! Runs very well and keep great time!

Thank you for looking! Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or respectful offers.

Movement:
HELBROS Watch Co.
Seven 7 Jewels
Unadjusted
Cal. 111
Swiss

Case Back Markers:
Base Metal
Stainless

Measurements (mm):
Case Diameter 27.3x28.6
Case Diameter with Crown 29
Case Lug to Lug 37.4
Case Thickness 12
Lug Width 16
Band Width 15

Vintage watches are traditionally smaller than today's watches. Men’s watches typically measure between 29-36mm wide (some larger, some smaller) excluding the crown. In the listing details we typically try to do our best to list all pertinent dimensions of a watch. If you don't see it, or we failed to do so, please reach out to us. Women’s watches from the 1900s-1970s were also much smaller than today's offerings. Please also feel free to ask any questions you have pertaining to size.

We prefer to shoot photographs outside when weather is permitting. However, when we shoot indoors, please be aware that we shoot our photographs inside of lightboxes that are lit with 360 LED bulbs. This indeed magnifies any flaws. Usually, they are much less obvious to the naked eye. Having said that, we never photoshop any of our photography, remove blemishes, etc. We adjust lighting when necessary, but what you see is what you are getting, and we take pride in that.

The condition is pre-owned.

The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear but is fully operational and functions as intended.
Please review the photos and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
It will be carefully packed.

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