Belair 17J Brainmatic wrist watch with alarm, day and date, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, mint dark grey metal dial with wide vertical line shading, raised silver markers, white Arabic hour numbers with luminous accents and a white-outlined day and date aperture at 3 o'clock, day display is black text on a white background, date display is white text on a black background, silver steel baton-style hands with luminous inserts, silver sweep second and a silver alarm hand with a white arrowhead, extra heavy stainless steel (SS) cushion-shaped water-resistant case with a brushed finish on the frame, bezel and short extended lugs is showing normal light wear, measures approx. 38mm wide x 43mm lug to lug, domed glass crystal has a few short scratches (not distracting), 2 crowns on the side of the case, top crown sets the time and advances the day and date, lower crown winds the watch and adjusts the alarm time and allows the alarm to function (the alarm only goes off when the crown is pulled out, depress it to turn alarm off), 2-tone yellow base metal (YBM) & white base metal (WBM) Spidel expansion band with SS backs to each of the wide alternating-tone links, band is showing normal moderate wear with a few small dings and scratches. An impressive vintage complicated wrist watch in excellent condition!
- Age Description:
- Company: Belair
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: Brainmatic
- Movement Details: date & day display, alarm
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: grey
- Case Style:
Case Width, without crown:
38mm (1.50 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: metal expansion
- Crystal Material: glass
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.