Pontiac Hydraulica 20 Memomatic Stainless Steel Mechanical Watch ETA Cal 2452
This 1960s Pontiac Hydraulica 20 Memomatic Stainless Steel Mechanical Watch ETA Cal 2452 is in good working condition. Cosmetically, the tonneau shaped case has numerous micro-scratches but no dents, and is consistent with careful usage since manufacture in the 1960s.
Prior to being offered for sale, this watch has been sent to a horologist on the Isle of Bute for a full movement strip and service. As per most vintage watches the original water resistance rating has not been verified and we would not recommend that this watch is exposed to water.
Comes with a brand new black ‘NATO’ strap with red and grey bands of colour. I am told that the watch has an ETA Cal 2452 movement fitted within a compressor stainless steel case with two prominent crowns; both bearing the Pontiac logo.
The hand lume is still intact.
- Surface scuffing on the case
- Black Dial with lumed seconds and minutes hands
- Date Window
- Automatic Rotor Wind
- Approximate Size
Length between lugs: 45mm
- ETA Cal 2452 Swiss Made
- New Black NATO strap with grey and red stripes
A very nice item to add to your watch collection!
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Pontiac Watches are still made to this day. This is an extract from their website http://www.pontiac.watch
“The PONTIAC watch brand was launched by Ali Kinsbergen in 1931. That year marked the start of a great adventure. At the time, quality watches were rare. Reliability, precision and aesthetics were reserved for an elite. The founders of PONTIAC had a simple idea: to make the very best in watchmaking accessible, offering irreproachable quality at an affordable price. From the outset, it was the essentials that mattered.
This new vision for watches sparked a real revolution and success came quickly. A watch of this kind needed a symbolic and timeless name. Inspiration came from Native American culture. PONTIAC was decided on, the name of a great Indian chief who, through his knowledge of nature, could tell the time by the stars. This reference represents the link between eternity and the universe.
In 1935, PONTIAC laid down a real challenge in robustness. Standing on top of the tallest building in Belgium, the « Boerentoren » in Antwerp, in the presence of dozens of journalists and judicial officers, Ali Kinsbergen threw a PONTIAC watch from the roof. When it was picked up after falling 100 meters, it was intact and still working. At the time, the event caused a sensation. It was a real success for the brand.”