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Chronology of the Compass brand  New window

Manufactured in Suisse from 1937 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 3100

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The Compass , designed by NoelPimberton Billing, was manufactured by the Swiss watchmaker Le Coultre between 1937 and 1940. Total production is approximately 4,000 cameras .

 The subject of this paper is not to tell the story, otherwise perfectly expressed in the page dedicated to him by EC, but to analyze one of its peculiarities ; namely making in three languages ​​: English, French and German .
 Together with André Bessot , we identified on the Web, for two years, all sales of Compass ( Ebay , Westlicht , Christies ... ) . We have , so far unearthed 221 including 177 with an identifiable engraving. It shows that 136 ( 77% ) are engraved in English, 30 (17% ) are engraved in French and 11 (6% ) in German .

If we refer to the "Chiffres Clé"  (Key Figures) from Patrice-Herve Pont published by Fotosaga , the breakdown by numbers is as follows:

1000 - c 2000 in 1937

c 2000 - c 3500 in 1938

c 3500 - c 4700 in 1939

It is noteworthy that we found numbers higher than 4700 (up to 5137 )
Other than English engravings begin in late 1938 .
Below is a graph of the distribution of engravings .

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