Saturday, February 6, 2021

In The Pocket - The Héritage Minier

From Nivrel -
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My first "real" watch was a gold plated Wyler pocket watch that is currently with the watchmaker enjoying a spa vacation (the first service interval it has had in it's 40+ year life), so I've always had a soft spot for non-wrist born timekeepers. But all too often, the modern iterations are either ridiculously expensive, or just plain cheap.
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So leave it to Nivrel to offer something right in the Henki Wheelhouse! This is the Héritage Minier, a modern update to a classic pocket watch.

A 45 mm case in - wait for it - SILVER!!! This is the shit that killed Elvis!

The movement is a nice and reliable 6497-1. Apparently watches similar to this were presented to miners with a hammer and pick engraved on the back with the words (if Google Translate is anything to go by) Good Luck.
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Best of all is the price - under 850 Euros.

Here are the pertinents -


  • ETA 6497-1
  • 17 jewels, Swiss anchor escapement, 18.000 A/h, 46 hours power reserve when fully wound up
  • Swiss Made
  • Functions: Indication of hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock


  • Material: Solid sterling silver
  • Diameter: 45 mm
  • Height: 13 mm
  • Case back: Engraved back cover Case


  • Art: Clous de Paris Guilloche
  • Numerals: Black Roman numerals
  • Hands: Black Breguet style hands

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