TIME TUTELARY WATCH WINDERS

Watch winders are used to keep automatic watches fully wounded and charged when watch is not in use. Using watch winder, it will also extend the life of your watch. In case you are not using your automatic watch for longer time, there is a risk that oil will dry and service time will come sooner. For that reason, anyone who does not wear their automatic watch every day (or has more than one), watch winders are perfect for storing a watch. The gentle rotation keeps the watch wound and ready to wear. Automatic watch should be kept wound and running as much as possible to prevent its lubricants from congealing over time, which diminishes their accuracy and damages the watch.

Time Tutelary offers wide range of watch winders to 1-4 watches. Time Tutelary winders gives great value for the money. They high precision molded or wooden case, high quality and silent japanese motors and very easy operation. Depending on a model, winders have different functions like direction selection (clockwise & counter clockwise) and rotational program selection (TPD= turns per day). Winders are suitable for watch cases, up to 50mm of diameter. 

HIRA COMPANY

Time Tutelary is a brand owned by the Hira Company Ltd. Hira Co’ Ltd was incorporated in April 1959 and is, and remains a family run entity. The Hira Co’ was established the SHARP sole UK distributor in the 70’s and 80’s when it first began its connection with Consumer Electronics. In relation to the Time Piece sector, Hira Co is an official UK wholesale distributor of Casio UK products and this contract is worth £1Million+ per annum. The relationship with Casio has been ongoing for 20+ yrs. Hira is also recognised as end of line wholesale UK clearing house for other brands such as Seiko UK etc. Hira has its own Stationery and Consumer Electronics / Home Office brand TEXET. The brand was established in 1985 and began its origins in electronics, including Educational products. To this day, in the UK, it is only behind Casio and Sharp as a recognised UK leader in Calculators, supplying many government contracts and educational authorities. Hira has offices in Spain, Vietnam, China, HK and India as well as UK. It operates in FMCG, and Property markets sectors.


This time we are introducing five the most common vintage watch brands in Finland. There is not much information about Finnish watch brand in English. These brands are mainly sold in 60-70´s in Finland and in some cases in Sweden also. We are introducing five the most common vintage watch brand in this article. These brands are Leijona, Cardinal, Milljonär, Leopard and Tiger.

Watches in this post are from my private collection. Photo quality is not the best because these photos has taken a long time ago, before posting. Copyrights remains to the owner. 

Leijona:

Definitely number one of Finnish watch brand is Leijona. Leijona has established in 1907 and trademark is still working. Leijona is the most known, most popular and most used Finnish watch brand. Leijona watches has always designed in Finland. Leijona watches has designed for everyday use and you can wear watches in every situation.

Small story of Leijona´s history. The J.W. Lindroos watch wholesaler in Tampere (Finland), started to sell Leijona watches in 1910. 1918 brothers Jalo, Urho ja Oiva Perkko established Perkko Corporation in Helsinki. Perkko bought J.W. Lindroos company in 1919. In the beginning of Leijona history watches were manufactured in Switzerland and most of the watches were pocket watches. In 1920´s it started to come more and more wristwatches to markets for men and women. Even before 2nd world war they were wide range of mechanical wristwatches, pocketwatches and wall clocks. After war there became more selection with waterproof watches and other stainless steel and silver watches.

1970´s quartz watches replace mechanical watches in markets. In this stage Leijona quartz watches was manufactured in Japan. Nowdays Leijona watch collection consist of about 350 different types of wrist- and pocketwatches for men, women and children. There has been high level quality control since beginning and all watches has to fulfill hard requirements conserning of materials and production.

Cardinal: Cardinal was the brand of Kellotuomi co. ,the Finnish wholesaler, which built Cardinal on the example of Leijona brand. Cardinal came to the market on a trajectory, in the late 60´s when the production of cheap watches came to the transit stage. That is why there are much less Cardinal watches in the world if compared to Leijona. Mechanical watches did not sell in the 70´s, then at the end of the decade came the transition to quartz watches, first to the Swiss ones and early 80´s to Japanese Miyota movements. When Kellotuomi co. stopped operating -92, Exact Oy continued as a trademark holder. In the 80´s Cardinal had about 15% share of watch markets in Finland. Few years Cardinal was most sold watch in Finland.

Cardinal watches

Milljonär:

Milljonär watches were sold in postal sales between 1950s and 1970s. Probably watches were sold also in some retail stores. Tähti-Tuonti co in Helsinki started mail order business in 1958 and in the end of 60´s company started to advertise Milljonär watches in different magazines. Also the company called Swiss-kellot sold Milljonär watches in 1977 through mail order sales. According to the advertisements, the watches had AS, FHF, ETA and UT movements. Milljonär brand is probably a Finnish / Swedish marketing name, which is likely to be marketed only in the Nordic countries.

Milljonär Scandinavic

Leopard:

The brand was Sylvester Korhonen co. own brand in Finland. It was the largest players in the watch industry in Finland at the end of the 60´s. The brand may have been born in the early 50’s. Sylvester Korhonen’s wholesale went bankruptcy in the 70’s because of the quartz crisis, partly also by generation change problems. Sylvester continued its operations as a watch shop in Espoo, after a generation change.

Leopard watches have been assembled with the brand name in watchmaking companies in Switzerland. The operating model was very similar to Leijona brand. The Leopard brand went down with the Sylvester Korhonen wholesale company.

Tiger:

Tiger was a trademark of Aseman Kello co located in Helsinki. Tiger followed Leijona brand footsteps. According to the available information, watches were mainly manufactured by the Swiss watchmaker Mildia SA. The oldest Tiger watches from 60´s had FHF and ST handwinding movements or AS and ETA automatic movements. Tiger is much less sold than the other mentioned watch brands in Finland because it was sold only at watch shops of Asema Kello in Helsinki and Tampere and also in watch shop chain of Velikulta.

Check also other posts in our blog: https://www.timemachine.fi/en/blog

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Neckmarine is spanish watch brand which manufacturers wide range of quartz watches for men and women. Models covers almost every demand of watch enthusiastic. Watches gives a very good value for money and price range is from 40-200 euros. Watch is delivered with original Neckmarine watch box with manual and international warranty. Neckmarine gives 2 years guarantee for all their watches. 

Neckmarine watch brand is established in 2002. Headquarters of Neckmarine is located in Madrid, Spain. Neckmarine is focused to sell their watches in Spain and South-America. The present members of Neckmarine have background in Time Force watch brand from 1994 to 2001. Time Force was sold to Valentin Group. Neckmarine watches are sold in many shopping centers like El Corte Ingles, duty free shops and watch shops.

Neckmarine has unique own design and you will wear Neckmarine watch proudly in your wrist. Neckmarine has large model options where to choose. There are many colour and strap option in each model. Mostly watch frames are manufactured from durable stainless steel and if you want to wear something different and light version, you can find also aluminium and carbon fibre versions. Like the watch trends nowdays, watch frame sizes are quite big, from 38mm to 48mm of diameter.

Hear you read also very positive review from Neckmarine Vintage watch. Albert Kaminsky is watch hobbyist and he knows something about the watches. Check his blog and nice Neckmarine review here: 

https://kaminskyblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/neckmarine-vintage-chrono-review/

You can find Neckmarine watches from our online store.