Latest addition to my collection of railroad approved wristwatches.

I was not aware of the Wyler brand let alone that they made these models until I saw one of them in a post from another Cruncher a few weeks ago. That one had a quartz movement (? Seiko/Pulsar). Mine is an automatic with I believe a modified ETA movement.

The Wyler brothers founded their company in 1896. In 1927 Paul Wyler patented the Incaflax system, which protected the balance shaft by making the spokes of the balance spiral shaped and flexible. The company produced other innovations and gained a reputation for making rugged watches. They also gained publicity by dropping watches from high places, including the Eiffel Tower and Seattle’s Space Needle, and retrieving them in working condition.

This model became the official watch for the Santa Fe Railroad in the ‘60s and was also approved for use on Canadian railroads.

This watch is a beauty, keeps good time, seems to have a decent power reserve and feels robust as befits the brand.

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That 1896 is a red herring. It is actually the year Paul Wyler was born. The company dates from around 1925. Give this one the #wyler tag in case WC ever gets around to giving this great old brand a badge.

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Thanks for pointing that out. I stand corrected.

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Ducman

Thanks for pointing that out. I stand corrected.

WylerVetta encourages that belief.

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Congrats! 🍾

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I’m guessing you’re familiar with the excellent article “Wyler: The Whys and Wherefores” on thewatchforum.co.uk.