Found: A Cabinet Full Of New-Old-Stock Enamel Dials At The Minerva Manufacture

Found: A Cabinet Full Of New-Old-Stock Enamel Dials At The Minerva Manufacture

A enormous wood cabinet at Minerva containing a huge number of vintage components.

Minerva follows its starting points back to 1858, when Charles Robert established a little watch gathering in Villeret. The family company would ultimately become a prominent development creator work in a wide range of abnormal stopwatches and chronographs, explicitly those for sports and logical estimations. The company stayed in family hands for right around a century prior being offered to some long-term workers, whose families remained in charge until an Italian financial backer bought the company in 2000 with the objective of resuscitating its previous brilliance. In the end, Richemont bought the company in 2006 and after a year consolidated it into Montblanc, where it remains today as the brand’s high-watchmaking branch.

By remaining under moderately stable control for a century and a half, Minerva had the option to keep up much preferable documents over a large number of its competitors – which either completely left business or needed to auction apparatus and components when difficulties turned crazy. Which is the way we have the cabinet you see here. This six-foot-tall cluster of 45 wooden drawers sits on the highest level of the assembling, close to the little historical center display, and contains a huge number of unique Minerva components from the 1940s and earlier.

There are chronograph switches and development baseplates, all contained in little packs with their unique transcribed names (many dated to the mid 1940s), and opening every cabinet you’re not exactly sure what you’ll discover. The most intriguing thing I found however was a reserve of unique grand feu lacquer dials for different watches, stopwatches, and chronographs that all date to those initial not many years of the twentieth century. There are a great many dials got into two dozen drawers or somewhere in the vicinity, and the greater part of them are as yet enveloped by the first earthy colored tissue paper.

A decimal stopwatch dial – only one of every a long box with numerous more.

Because they’ve gone through their outings of the daylight and for the most part shielded from dampness and different components, they’re as yet flawless. Making dials like this today would cost a little fortune, and that is on the off chance that you could even discover a provider to make them in this sort of volume.

Here’s a little look inside the Minerva file. Enjoy.

A time-just Minerva dial in grand feu enamel.

An amazingly uncommon Minerva hustling clock dial with “Autolite” branding.

A two-tone timing dial with red and dark printing.

Look at how fresh and clear the two-shading printing actually is on this unique Minerva dial.

A transcribed name dates these components to July 1943.

A name on the cabinet showing which components were initially kept in this drawer.

You can see the mechanical changes to the production over the course of the years in the marks on the cabinet and the packaging.

Drawers are loaded up with each possible kind of component, some deliberately named and others just threw into bags.

Transfer printing plate for an external planning ring.

A move printing plate for simply a sub-dial.

Enamel dial briefly clock – the seconds hand would have made a full revolution around the dial in 10 seconds.

Another sort of decimal planning dial, with bizarre markings for each numerals. 

It’s not simply dials in this document – there are a wide range of different components for Minerva watches too.

Finding this numerous grand feu dials in a single spot is really crazy.

There is huge loads of genuine watchmaking history out there – you simply need to search for it.