It’s time for another Pontiac on WahaWatches. This time it’s a Pontiac Palmares. This is a gold plated model and the diameter is 34.5 mm without the crown. The watch didn’t keep time and the crystal needed to be replaced.
The movement is a Peseux 320. A hand winding movement with 17 jewels. This particular one has a fixed stud holder so I’d date this watch to be from the late 1950s.
This Pontiac Hydraulica is one of a batch that I received to take a look at and possibly repair and/or restore. The dial and the hands are in a good condition but the case is rough. Unfortunately, this is a chrome plated case so there is nothing I can do about it. The movement is an ETA 1280, hand winder with a mobile stud and 17 jewels.
ETA 1280 hand winder
I got this Pontiac Nageur 2 weeks ago. Nageur means “Swimmer” in French, a sign that these watches are considered waterproof. The dial is still very crisp and you don’t see that two-tone or bullseye design too often on a Pontiac. The blued hands are in a nice condition and still have the original lume. The movement is an ETA 1260 and it runs ok. Too bad the crown is worn and the plating on the case is faded and damaged, especially at the lugs. Because the base metal is brass, the damage at the lugs is not very obvious. The wear on the crown from years of winding it is much more obvious.
Pontiac watches are well known within the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). There are quite a lot of collectors in these countries. Outside of that area…not so much. I hope to change that.
A. Kinsbergen and his three brothers launched Pontiac in Belgium and the Netherlands in 1932. Mr. Kinsbergen was also an agent for Omega and Tissot. Suprécis registered Pontiac in Biel – Switzerland. Therefore, Suprécis technically made the first Pontiac watches. Until the 1970s, the logo is with the large P extended over the other letters. After that, the letter P is the same as the others.