17 Jewels Mortima De Luxe Mechanical Watch
Pairing a 24-mm elegant gold-tone dial and a textured leather strap, this beautiful Mortima watch is a stunning vintage piece. The design of the watch takes after the iconic Cartier watches that come with a rectangular-shaped dial. So if you don't have the budget for a Cartier but love that style of watch, this Mortima de Luxe is a great alternative.
The watch is fully functional, featuring a 17 Jewels mechanical movement, and it has been preserved with great care. Don't hesitate to give this vintage watch a second chance!
Condition: Very Good.
Case width: 24 mm.
The watch is in full working condition.
MORTIMA WATCH HISTORY
The early start of Mortima
Établissements Cattin and their main brand Mortima was founded in 1926, by Emile Cattin (1904 - 1979) in Morteau, Doubs region of France. The production of the 20's to early '40s, seems to have used third-party movements in what were regarded as basic "working mans" watches. The watches were mainly sold by leaflets, in markets and fairgrounds. By the end of the 1930s, Cattin was producing over 30,000 watches a year. He had around 90 employees, a good few of which were out workers.
With the success of Mortima, Emile Cattin bought a hotel in 1939, the l'Hotel de Terrasses on the rue d'Helvétie in Morteau. This was not good timing, due to World War II starting that very same year.
At the peak of success
In 1961 the company had outgrown their manufacturing facilities, producing nigh on 2 million watches each year. Two years later a new factory was opened in the same area, la Guron. Export truly gained momentum with the launch of the C64 movement for women watches in 1964, and a slim version of the C66. Until 10,000 watches per day came out of the factory assembly line. At the same time it was not uncommon that one single customer, at the Paris office, would walk away with the same amount of watches.
About mechanical watches
A mechanical watch is a watch that uses a clockwork mechanism to measure the passage of time, as opposed to quartz watches which function electronically, with the help of a small battery.
A mechanical watch is driven by a mainspring which must be hand-wound periodically. Its force is transmitted through a series of gears to power balance, a weighted wheel that oscillates back and forth at a constant rate. A device called an escapement releases the watch's wheels to move forward a small amount with each swing of the balance wheel, moving the watch's hands forward at a constant rate.
Mechanical watches are classic vintage pieces, beautiful displays of minimalism and old-school features. Some of the most elegant mechanical watches, for true vintage enthusiasts, are now available in our vintage mechanical watch collection.
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