Well, we are so pleased to see this one
being reunited with its owner: A World War II military pocket watch
issued by the Australian Department of Defence.
The watch arrived with a broken heart. What made the restoration tricky
is the rather obscure Montilier calibre 62 movement. A classical
restoration process which took us almost 6 months to source the parts
Montilier was established as a watch brand in 1852 by Etienne-Ovide Domon, founder of Fabrique d’Horlogerie Montilier. The Montilier factory, built in 1855, was the first in the Swiss watchmaking industry to manufacture complete watches in-house.
The technicality of Montilier watches won awards throughout Europe, and
by 1890, Montilier watches were being exported around the globe. During
World War II, Montilier produced many military watches which were
particularly special due to their robustness and quality.
The watch we have today is no exception, and we are happy to report that
this World War II Australian military pocket watch has been restored to