The first distinctive detail of this lovely dress watch is the unusual case shape, which has a gap running down the middle of the circular gold plated case, forming a set of brackets. Within that case is a shimmering sunburst dial with two diamond shaped blue hands that stand out legibly over the gold. The watch has block indices to mark the hours, with three longer indices to form a crosshair shape on the dial. A date indicator sits at the 3 position. At only 35mm, this is a suitable and wearable size for a dress watch, only slightly thicker than most due to the prominent acrylic crystal.
At 29 years of age, Fritz Meyer established a workshop in Solothurn to produce cylinder escapements for other etablisseurs. The company grew rapidly, and began assembling complete watches by 1895. These contained components from many other businesses and were sold with other brand names. In 1897, Meyer’s workshop produced its first complete movement, named “Calibre 38” for the age of the founder. In 1905, Meyer partnered with watchmaker Johann Studeli, forming Meyer and Studeli or MST. The combined company opened a large factory in 1906, still producing inexpensive cylinder movements. The company registered their distinctive triangular MST logo in 1927 and the modern Roamer logo was registered in the UK in 1938. The entire company adopted the Roamer name in 1951, though the in-house movements were still known as “MST”. Roamer introduced a quartz watch in 1972 and shifted much of their production there. By 1975 the company had ceased movement production entirely.
In 2009, Roamer was reincorporated as a joint venture between Chung Nam and Swiss Watch Group. Although no longer an independent family firm, Roamer has continued as a producer of Swiss watches for more than 120 years in the same city. Today, Roamer is a less-expensive brand, competing with companies like Rado, Mido, Movado, and Tissot with a line of quartz and ETA-powered mechanical watches.
Servicing and Guarantee
This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly in our Bristol workshop. There is a 12-month guarantee, subject to the usage and care guidelines. The watch comes with an Italian leather calf strap.
Case and Strap
- Classic circular gold plated case
- Stainless steel screw-down caseback
- Hatched/domed winding crown
- Brand new 18mm alligator style leather strap
- Width w/o crown 34mm
- Width w/crown 35.6mm
- Height 35mm
- Thickness 9.8mm
- Strap width 18mm
Dial and Hands
- Gold sunburst dial
- Blue diamond style hands
- Date indicator at 3 position
- Crosshair indices at 12, 6 and 9 positions
- Applied gold block indices
- Acrylic crystal
- Swiss made movement
- Roamer MST 430 calibre
- Manual wind
- 17 jewels
- 43hr power reserve
- Testing duration: 1 weeks cyclic test
- Average timekeeping range: 15-30 sec/day
Servicing and Guarantee
- Fully serviced with disassembly in our Bristol shop.
- Mechanics in full working order.
- 12-month warranty.
- Guarantee Terms and Conditions.