Buren, the Microtor inventor, teamed in 1966 with Hamilton, Heuer, Breitling and Dubois-Dépraz to produce the famous first automatic chronograph movement, the Caliber 11.
“In 1966 the Buren Watch Company was sold to the Hamilton Watch Company. Buren quickly became the manufacturer of the majority of Hamilton watches, eliminating US production.” The Waterman presented here is very rare, and probably from one of the last series of Buren labeled watches.
It has another rare feature, namely a Gay Freres bracelet with a somewhat flimsy clasp arrangement. (We have not seen the like of this bracelet anywhere else, so there might be a piece missing. However the fixing works, but takes practice to get used too). The end links are stamped BU2. The Waterman is fully serviced and carries our 12 month watchmakers warranty. There are nice details all around this watch: The Buren logo appears discretely between Intra and Matic under the applied larger logo over the “Buren” printed one on the dial. There are also discrete red crosshairs and applied markers at 12, 6 and 9.
The “T SWISS T” black dial with the red cross-hairs is super, and the lume is intact on all 12 hour markers. The Applied Buren logo is repeated in a tiny mark between “Intra and “magic”. The white print including “Buren”, Intra matic” and “Waterman” stands out from the dial and underlines the quality in the finish of this watch. The minute hand has slight lumepatination, but is not missing any lume. The steel hands have some patination. This watch has a high quality 30 jewels movement, caliber 1322. The highly original Gay Freres bracelet is another interesting detail, having a patent we have not seen before. The end of the adjustable bracelet (“extra links”) are kept in place with a Buren logo signed “detainer” like the function you find on leather watchstraps. This detainer is stamped G&F and Brevet, which indicates a patent application having been filed. The stainless steel case is 35mm diameter and the back cover has the “Compressor” markings (5 parts of circles, one outside the other, as ripples in the water) and the number 964501. Both the case and the back has marks, so the watch is not mint. The original crown also bears the Buren logo. The 19800 beats/hour movement has been fully serviced and shows an average between +5/-10 seconds per day, having an amplitude (in 5 the standard positions) between 275 and 325 degrees.