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Saturday, August 6, 2016

ITS TIME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT!


Jardur Watches is proud to give longtime philanthropist and victim of extortion, Mike Goguen of Whitefish, Montana the recognition he deserves. 
   
We are pleased to provide Mr. Goguen with a token of our appreciation in assisting Montana law enforcement catch those people who use the Internet to prey on children. President CC Shermer has had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Goguen for a few years and knows he is a gracious guy when it comes to protecting our community from predators. 

Goguen is a full-time Whitefish resident who has donated millions of dollars to local and state law enforcement to assist in the apprehension of sexual predators throughout the state.  In 2013, The Montana Internet Crimes Against Children received a $2 million donation from Mr. Goguen to hire three full time officers for the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce as well as additional training and equipment.

Detectives and attorneys around the state have successfully arrested and prosecuted numerous predators due to Mr. Goguen’s contributions. 



"I cannot thank Mr. Goguen enough for doing what he has done for Montana and what he continues to do. From what I know about Mr. Goguen’s predicament, I have read both sides and I know the wrongs will be righted when this all said and done.” CC

On the 5th of August, 2016, CC Shermer, President of Jardur Watches presented Mr. Goguen with one of the new Degreemeters in a meeting with the Internet Crimes against Children task force.

Thank you Mr. Goguen for your continued support in keeping our children safe. 

CC

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Plepla and Klepper Watch Museum


Hello watch enthusiasts!


I am looking to put a virtual museum together of watchmaker’s Karl Plepla and Samuel Klepper (Jardur) pieces.

  

To accomplish this, I am looking to buy all Plepla watch brands including his “Flytimer” “Dualtimer” and “Superior”.  Will pay top dollar!!!!

I am also looking for any information on notable (i.e. WWII pilots) wearers of the Plepla and Jardur brand. Let me know! 

Some know Karl Plepla from Austria was a great watchmaker.

In 1873, Karl attended the Imperial & Royal School for Watch and Clock making located in Karlstein, Germany. 

Karl and his family moved to Budapest, Hungry in 1916 and worked there until the armistice in 1918. They returned to Salazia and started a business until 1920.  In 1923, Karl immigrated to New York with only $25.00 in his pocketbook. Karl obtained his first American job with Tiffany & Company as a watchmaker and chronometer maker.

After working with the watch company Gruen, Karl began his own watch company under his own name, KARL PLEPLA (Plepla Watches* Clocks) in 1934. His retail business was located at 522 Fifth Avenue, NYC and his wholesale business was called the Superior Watch Company. 

Between 1942 and 1948, Karl imported watches for the Armed Forces, working along with watch company Felca.  After 1948, Karl began selling his watches in the post exchanges (along with the Jardur Import Company) and the veteran’s administration.

Contact me at jardurimports@gmail.com if you have any nice Plepla pieces.


Thanks, CC

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jardur Watches President Special

Jardur Degreemeter President Special



$3250.00 Retail 💰
$2750.00 Sale 💸

Email for Inquiries: chris@jardur.com


Monday, November 10, 2014

Jardur WWII story out of Watches I have Known by Marcus and Campisi



                 I was busy working on a box of small jobs that I’d been procrastinating. Luckily, the phone rang allowing me to stall a little longer. The call was from a customer in Chicago. James is a watch enthusiast who over the years has sent me watches to restore to their former glory. We kibitzed about what was new; happy that the winter had finally relented. James told me about a ceremony that was happening to present a veteran aviator with a Jardur watch. My heart skipped a beat…bells rang in the far recesses of my brain. I had worked on a Jardur watch many years ago…
            An older man walked into the shop as I fought with a stubborn Waltham pocket watch. I asked for a couple of minutes to finish adjusting the balance. “No problem. Take your time,” the customer responded. I heard him laughing at his pun…he was giving the watchmaker all the time he needed.
            The pocket watch was in stable condition so I walked to the front counter. “How can I help you?” I was handed a chronograph that seemed to have too many hands on it.  The customer told me that it was very important that I service the watch so that it would once again guide him.
            The name on the chronograph was Jardur, a brand name that I’d never seen before.  This was an impressive work of engineering. I examined the watch and as I closed the case, I noted the roughly scratched case and initials on the back.
            As I got up from the bench, the customer nervously asked, “Can you get the watch to work? The repair charge doesn’t matter. The watch must run. A couple of watchmakers wouldn’t even look at it.” His voice was enough to tell me that this was yet another story of a deep bond between a watch and its owner.
            I grabbed the repair tag and jotted down the first two initials and asked for a last name.
            “No! That isn’t me,” he blurted, “the watch was on the wrist of my co-pilot.”
            This story went beyond the bond between watch and warrior…a painful memory was carried with this watch.


            He sighed and smiled, “My co-pilot always kidded me that his watch was more accurate and better than the plane’s clock. Even more accurate than when the briefer gave us the hack command. I kept making bets with him so I would win the watch but I never seemed to win.” He sighed again. “On a long mission near Berlin, our bomber stream was jumped by a defending squadron of ME 109Es and were shot up pretty badly. The starboard outer engine was hit and started to burn but we got the fire out. The starboard inner was hit but kept running. The ME 109E got the starboard waist gunner.”
 He paused before continuing on, “It was all I could do to keep her in the air. I knew we were in trouble. We fell behind. A couple of Mustangs, with more guts than brains stayed with us and provided us cover. I was so focused on flying and keeping us in the air, I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t notice my co-pilot’s voice getting softer and softer. He was responding to me so I thought it was a couple of shot out windows letting in engine noise that was drowning out his voice.”
Although, the customer stood just feet from me I could see he was fifty-odd years into the past.
“We made the coast and crossed the Channel somehow. We were over England. Just as I was about to tell my co-pilot to start the landing check, he grabbed my hand on the controls. He pulled my hand to him and pressed the watched in it. He said, “It’s yours now.” Softly he kept repeating, “Time…time…time...time.”
I stood perfectly still, holding my breath. His voice trembled and with eyes misted over as he continued, “I screamed for someone to check him, but of course, he was gone. I had to concentrate to keep flying and not dwell on the fact that only three of us were alive.”
“My co-pilot always recorded the exact time that the engines were running. He trusted his Jardur more than the fuel gauges. I remembered him repeating time over and over. I looked at the watch and saw that we’d been in the air 12 minutes longer than possible. With a prayer, I began to drop altitude. I reached to put the landing gear down and just as I put my hand on the lever, the three engines coughed and quit. The gear stayed up. We started down. Miraculously, a large field was dead ahead. We made the field, and with the gear still up, the crash landing wasn’t too bad. Being out of gas, the plane didn’t blow up.”
With unashamed tears he told me, “I’ve always believed that the Jardur, telling me we should’ve already been out of gas, prompted me to drop to a better altitude and glide my flying wreck into a safe crash landing. That’s why the Jardur needs to be repaired. This watch enabled me to have a wife, home, children, and now blessedly, grandchildren.  Call me when it’s done and let me know the cost.”
            Before I began work on the Jardur, I did some investigating. Having never had a Jardur on my bench before, I was unfamiliar with its proud history in the aviation world. I repaired the Jardur, and it was, to say the least, complicated. However, being well made and logically designed, the chronograph with almost as many hands as an octopus went together smoothly.
            A few weeks later, the old aviator returned for his watch. After a little conversation, he asked for the price of the repair. I pointed to the tag and said, “It’s paid in full.”
            “What do you mean? Who the hell paid?” he demanded.
            “Your co-pilot.”
            Unable to speak, he shook my hand and left the 
            Time for coffee (black, no sugar).





Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Reunion: WWII Veteran Julian Russo and Jardur

WWII Veteran Julian Russo and CC Shermer of Jardur Watches

A Reunion: WWII Veteran Julian Russo and Jardur 
The McIntyre Building 874 Broadway, NYC



 On the 16th of August, 2014, @ noon, I met a wonderful man at 874 Broadway, at the McIntyre Building in New York City, NY. 









Like clockwork, Julian Russo arrived at the birthplace of the Jardur Aviation Company and we were instant friends. 

I am sure this immediate bond was based on the extreme respect I have for him and his service in WWII. 


I invited Julian into the small foyer of the McIntyre and he made his way through the doors of what has become Jardur Watches icon of new beginnings.  With a smile (and a little perspiration) on both of our faces, I pulled out the watch he had indicated he was searching for more than 50 years.  As he gazed upon the old friend, his face lit up and I knew a re-connection was made.  This was worth the trip!

After a small reunion and presentation, Julian and I made our way up to one of the apartment’s where we spent some quality time with a wonderful movie producer, Neda Armian.  Feeling I was in the same room as Sam Klepper might have been, we spent our time talking about Neda’s upcoming movie “The Longest Week”.  Other movies Neda is known for is “Philidelphia”, “Rachel Getting Married” and “The Truth about Charlie”.    

Our time with Neda was awesome!
     
 Before parting, Julian and I shared a nice refreshment and lunch at one of the oldest bars in New York City, The Old Town Bar at 45 East 18th Street.  While eating and drinking, Julian presented me with a nice gift…a wonderful nice pocket knife made by CRKT.   What’s interesting about this specific gift was that I had learned the blade symbolizes the severing of a friendship or relationship, and since pennies are considered good luck, the superstitious belief is that the penny protects the relationship.

Me and Julian at The Old Town Bar, NYC 

Definition of COOL 
I believe the Jardur watch will protect our newly found friendship.


Parting with Julian was poignant, but I was excited for him to return to Islip, NY and get reacquainted with this his watch.   


CC,
Jardur Watches

Hollywood producer Neda Armian: “I live in the building where Jardur Watches started in 1937.  I met Chris and a wonderful WWII Veteran a few months ago when Chris presented a vintage Jardur watch to him here in New York City. The presentation with Julian Russo, a gunner in the South Pacific war, was very intimate, without elaboration.  It was a reunion between two friends, a watch and his warrior and I am proud to have been a part of it.”   
The Old Town Bar
The knife Julian presented to me

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lt. Colonel George A. Kemper P51 Mustang pilot




The 354th Fighter Squadron was activated in November 1942, as part of the 355th Fighter Group in Orlando, Fla and the 8th AAF. During World War II, the 354th FS's mission was to escort bombers attacking industrial areas in Germany, and it supported Allied advances in the European offensive with the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang. The unit received the Distinguished Unit Citation for its role in the European theater of operations.

P-51 Mustang Pilot George A. Kemper
02/06/1945: Organization: 354FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire
                        Plane: P-51D Mustang, the “Betsy K”, Serial No. 44-13540
                        Bailed out/engine failure
02/22/1945: Organization: 354FS / 355FG of Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire
                        Plane: P-51D Mustang, the “Down for Double”, Serial No. 44-14275
                        Prisoner of War
Lt. Col. Kemper also flew int he Berlin Airlift and served in Vietnam. 

Todd, Molnar, Kemper, Beeler, Goth, Pearson, Stanton, White, Silva, Duffy

Berlin Airlift

Captain Kemper
Jardur 950G BRD Bezelmeter 

George A. Kemper's Jardur Bezelmeter
P-51 Mustang, Down For Double

P-51 Mustang, "Betsy K"



                         354th Fighter Squadron [354th FS]



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Only a few left!


We here at Jardur are finishing up with the Degreemeter and ready to move on to the next line under the Escadrille Series. You can personally contact me for personal customer service regarding the remaining 18 of 66 Swiss made chronographs, limited edition, and numbered.  

chris@jardur.com