1950’s Large Classy Ernest Borel Triple-Date Solid Steel Vintage Dress Watch – FHF Cal. 175



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A classy 1950’s vintage triple-date dress watch by Ernest Borel, this stunning timepiece has been professionally inspected in-house here at Localtime.

The movement is a 17j manual-wind FHF Cal. 175 with small seconds at 6h.  The breathtaking dial has a wonderful ‘honey-coloured’ patina and boasts a month window at 12h, day ring on the inner track (notice the sign of the cross instead of an ‘S’ for Sunday) and a date indicator on the dark grey outer track. The large stainless steel case (36.50mm case or 39mm when counting either of the two crowns), has been lightly cleaned (not polished). I have fitted this fine timepiece with a dark grey Cordura & Lorica strap that suits it quite nicely. I have included many photos of the watch, including some close-up macro snapshots.

As with all the watches we handle inhouse, the listed buy-it-now price includes a 6-month written warranty from the time of purchase. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information you might need.

Extra: Have a look at the entire line of the Cordura & Lorica line of straps, listed separately in my store. You can also see them in the last photo of this listing.

Important Note: Sometimes I am asked what I exactly mean with ‘professionally inspected by Localtime’. Here is my theory on vintage watches: as a purveyor of vintage watches, my effort is to always do only what is needed to the watch. I do not buy ‘junk’ watches to resell. I am choosy with my purchases and always sell watches that are, to my knowledge, authentic and in good condition. I first inspect the watch, both visually (cosmetically) and then mechanically. If I judge that the watch is not yet in need of a full service then I do not put the watch through a service which, by the way, entails a lot of risks too. Instead, I give it what I call my ‘Spa’ treatment which will include a cleaning, changing of gaskets, oiling, lubricating and mechanical testing. If the plexi is heavily scratched or discoloured and it can not be cleaned, I change it. If the crown is wrong or worn, I also change it. Now, if the watch is in need of a full service, then my ‘professionally inspected’ description becomes ‘professionally serviced’. In both cases, I mention what has been changed (if anything) on the watch and I include a written warranty with my listed price.

Important Note On Straps/Bracelets: The straps I use on my watches (leather, canvas, suede, rubber) are always brand new, unless otherwise mentioned and, in most cases, I also sell them separately in my store, in different colours and sizes. In the case of metal bracelets, if the watch is NOS, the bracelet is also unused. If the watch is pre-owned with its original bracelet, then the bracelet is also pre-owned, unless otherwise mentioned. Either way, if in doubt, please ask.



Production Period



Triple-Date Calendar Dress Watch


Time, Triple-Date


Manual Wind


17j FHF Cal. 175

Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Back

Stainless Steel

Case Size

36.50mm case, 39mm including crown at 3h

Lug Width



Pre-Owned & Working With Warranty

Last Known Service

Inspected by Localtime – December 2020


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