Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Watches in Cape Town in 1875

CAPE ARGUS - 1875, April 27
Open-faced & Covered English LEVER WATCHES 
London-made Jewellery, Electro Silver Epergnes, Cruets, Fish eating Knives & Forks, Broad Wedding Rings (old style revived.
CREWES & SONS, Adderley Street, Cape Town.


LEVER WATCHES and Solid Silver Plated Jewellery sold on Written Warranty at CREWES & SONS. 
Adderley Street, Cape Town.
THE STAR Johannesburg - 1918, February 5







TROY Watches
Non-magnetic: 18, 16 and 12 Sizes. Dust & Damp Proof Nickel Case. £1 12s 6d. Written guarantee for 3 years. Fitted with an “Invar” Balance Wheel and Compensating Hair Spring with mathematically correct terminal curve, the maximum variation of this watch will in no case excel 2 minutes in 30 days.
E. NICOLE, the Troy Watch Works, SA Mutual Buildings, Harrison & Commissioner Street, Johannesburg



CAPE ARGUS - 1918, November 16
AMERICAN SWISS Watch Co., Ltd.
Our prices for Diamond & Gold Jewellery cannot be beaten. Our selection is incomparable. We have also a large and varied stock of Watches, Clocks, Silver Ware and Electroplated Goods which defy competition.
Parliament Street, Cape Town


CAPE TIMES - 1928, July 17
ROLEX Precision Watches are renowned for their beauty and accuracy, allied with moderate price. Holders of 18 World’s Records.
ROLEX Watches are the World’s Best – by every Test.




















CAPE TIMES - 1928, July 17
OMEGA Watches
“The Exact Time for Life” – Ask your Jeweller about OMEGA Watches.










CAPE TIMES - 1928, July 17
ROLEX Precision Watches are renowned for their beauty and accuracy, allied with moderate price. Holders of 18 World’s Records.
ROLEX Watches are the World’s Best – by every Test.



















CAPE ARGUS - 1939, January 19
ROLEX Oyster
The Original Waterproof Sports Watch
100% Perfect. Fine Stainless Steel Case. Water-proof, Dust-proof, Perspiration-proof, Sand-proof, Tropic-proof. 27 World Records.
Fine Stainless Steel: £8 8 0
9ct. Gold, heavy case: £15 15 0
18ct. Gold, heavy case: £19 19 0
Rolco quality Stainless Steel: £5 5 0
Available in Cape Town, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein
ROLEX Watch Co., Ltd.
H Wilsdorf, Managing Director
Geneva, London, Paris




CYMA – The World’s Wonder Watch. Always the Leader in Smart Design. CYMA – On Time All the time!

CAPE ARGUS - 1939, December 23
CAPE ARGUS - 1939, October 19
The UNION Special 
Another Triumph for South Africa’s National Watch. Once more proves itself and Survives sensational Ocean Bottom Test which proves it 100% Waterproof.
15 & 17 Jewels, Shockproof, Non-Magnetic, Accurate, Duscite Crown;
100 New Ladies’ and Gent’s Models from 25/- to £10/ 10/-
Previous tests Triumphantly Survived include: FIRE, ICE, AIR, CRASH
The American Swiss Watch Co., Ltd.
The Diamond House


More than 600 years ago, CLOCKS were created in Babylon, helping to keep track of time, build schedules and control the flow of a daily routine. Some people say the origin of the word WATCH came from the word WOECCE, an Old English word for “watchman”, as watchmen used the device to keep track of their shifts. Another means that the term came from sailors who used the new mechanisms to determine the length of their duty shifts (shipboard watches) in the seventeenth century.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch






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