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HELVETIA D.I. H.

21 Nov HELVETIA D.I. H.

HELVETIA  D.I.    H.
CASE  .  Stainless steel  ,  34mm .
BACK  .  Snap-on  ,  steel .
           Shows the S/N ( very thin ) and the code number of Helvetia ( in this case :  2  3199 ).
MOVEMENT  .  Helvetia  “Cal 800”.
PUNCHING  .  D.I.  H.  only .
S/N  .  6 digits .  By the number of registered watches (22) , there may be two batches .
               The ranges could be :
               –  001XXX   /   004XXX  ;
               –  330XXX   /   356XXX  :
               Batches and S/Ns are purely indicative .
NOTE  .  This is a very controversial watch !
            1.  Many collectors consider it a fake . Other , more prudent , leave a certain margin to originality .
                 Many of the disputes come from the meaning of letter  “ I “ .
                 A hypothesis was advanced by Ziggy Wesolowski : this watch could have been assigned to Afrikakorp’s personnel
                 of which two Italian Corps and three Divisions were involved .
                 The meaning  of  “ D.I.  H. “ could be : Deutsche  Italianische – Heer .
                 Obviously it’s just a hypothesis but it should be remembered that the defeat of Afrikakorp    caused about   220.000 deaths ,  missing and  prisoners
                who ended up in the British prison camps .
             2. Another reason for dispute is the movement : many say it is around 1950  and beyond .
                 That is not true .
                 I was able to consult a catalog of Swiss movement dated 1947( the oldest I had available )
                 and “ Cal 800 “ was already in production .
             3. None of the registered watches is from Eastern Europe . All come from UK ( the majority) , from Germany and from Italy .
             4. Here we do not mean to say that is “ original “ or “fake” . We limit ourselves to leaving the      judgment to blog visitors .
 
 
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