1950s Serviced Vintage Chronographe Suisse 18K Gold Lemania Cal 1270 (320 / 321). It is very rare to find a watch this old with famous Lemania Movement.
Please look at all the pictures, as they are part of the description. This is a highly collectible watch. Very few left with this rare movement. Sure, to increase in value overtime, and a great addition to your collection. The condition of the watch is the same as it appears in the photos.
The watch is working and serivced by our watchmaker and is part of our new. Contact me if you have any questions first. Its not uncommon for watch brands to outsource cases, movements, crystals, straps, etc. To assemble at their base location, and then stamp their name on the dial and call it their own.
Not all companies can build from scratch and even major luxury brands use ETA movements and various outsourced components. Back in the 1940s, a brand known as Chronographe Suisse (Swiss Chronograph) provided white label chronograph watches and parts for brands to adopt and add their name. Even local jewellers branded these watches as their own. Popular in the European market to make inexpensive Swiss watches for tourists, Chronographe Suisse became a significant revenue source for small, often forgettable brands and many of these watches are collectibles today.At its peak, over 500 workshops were producing watches with supplies from Chronographe Suisse. This successful business model thrived from the 1940s to the 1970s, before the quartz revolution wreaked havoc on the industry overall. Lets take a closer look at this somewhat forgotten chapter of twentieth-century watch history.
This version of the watch was the high end version with 18K Gold and one of the best movment of time Lemania Cal 1270 aka Omega Cal 320 / 321. Lemania is a name that should be familiar to vintage watch collectors, if not for watches released under its own signature, but for its contributions to other brands. Like the Caliber CH27 & CH27 C12, better-known as the Omega Caliber 320 & 321, which would go on to be used in the Omega Speedmasterthe first watch worn on the Moon. But Lemanias history goes back farther than that, extending all the way to the mid-19th century, when two brothersAlfred and Henry Alfred Lugrinwere born in the Vallée de Joux. Henry Alfred, the elder of the two, excelled at anything he put his mind to; like many of his neighbors in the valley, he set his mind to watchmaking.
After learning the craft in his teens, he left for the United States. He found himself in Brooklyn, New York, where the census of 1900 had his occupationas one would expectas a watchmaker. In the small, insular Swiss watchmaking community in the States, he became acquainted with another Swiss emigre: Albert Wittnauer. Wittnauer had emigrated to America in the 1870s, as a lad of sixteen with ambitions as wide as the Atlantic.
While he originally worked for his brother-in-law Eugene Robert, an importer of fine Swiss timepieces made by Jaeger-LeCoultre and others, in 1885 Wittnauer established his own company at the age of 31. And when Wittnauer formed his own company, Henry Alfredwho had been foreman at Roberts shopwent with him. This relationship was more than fruitful, for both parties.
While with Wittnauer, Henry Alfred filed over eleven patents for watch calibers, mainly the chronographs and stopwatches that he had made his specialty. Alfred Lugrin was not a man to be outdone, by his brother or by anyone else. Born with a competitive spirit, Alfred also set forth to succeed, and he chose the same field as his older brother.By 1884 (the year before big brother Henry Alfred and Albert Wittnauer would go into business together), hed established A. In the village of LOrient, at the foot of the Lac de Joux. The name Lugrin became one to revere in Swiss watchmaking circles, and his refined, elegant chronograph designs earned him many awards.
The timing could not have been better, nor more crucial, because the watchmaking innovations from America (many of which were the fruits of his brothers diligence) posed a serious threat to Swiss supremacy. While the Swiss had been doing the same thing for centuries, the Americans adapted the example put forth by Henry Ford and were churning out (well-made and affordable) watches at a rate the Swiss could hardly match. So in the early 19th century, many Swiss followed the American model and adapted it to their own ends, forming large factories devoted exclusively to the production of watch movements. Lemania, which Alfred Lugrin would form in 1918, was one of those. By the time Alfred retired as managing director in 1920, replaced by his son-in-law Maurius Meylan, Lemania was well-poised to withstand the onslaught of American ingenuity.
Even after the Great Depression shook every pillar of the worldwide economy, Lemania was on the up-and-up. Omega and Tissot, forced to band together or else risk complete collapse, formed SSIH in 1930. We mean, of course, the creation of the CH27, which Buzz Aldrin would bear all the way to the Moon, a half-century after Alfred Lugrin formed Lemania.
In essence, the ancestor of that legendary calibre. Derived from a pocket watch movement, the Calibre 15TL was created in the 1930s.At 33mm, the Calibre 15TL is large, serviceable but elegant. Under the expert pen of Albert Piguet, Lemanias star designer in the 1930s-1940s, it would form the basis of the CH27. While it was also used in military-issued chronographs, the example that we found here is a civilian version. The movement is housed in sturdy, thick 37mm steel case with sharply-angled lugs, and a gorgeous dial with an outer tachymeter track. Aside from its legendary movement, it captures all the spirit of the Lugrin brothers in a package thats pleasing to the eye. 18K Gold and Case Back. Some Scratches & dings, shows its characters. 37,50 mm without the crown, 46,00 mm Lug to Lug.
The case back looked to be polished and seems very thin which was very common. White/silver (some what burshed) or possibly even champagne dial with two register chronograph, gold hands & Gold embossed Arabic numbers & indices, marked Antimagnatic, 17 Rubis. Shows lot of patina, scratches, and Nice blue Tachmeter numerals railroad track on the edge of the dial. Please see picture for more detail.
Manual-winding Lemina 1270 movement marked on the movement. Which per my understand is pre family: 27CHRO T1, Omega Caliber 320: - 27CHRO C12 T2, and Omega Caliber 321: hour counter. Please see pictures and as some old movements don't have a very clear marking. Keeps great time see below time testing.Lug Size : 20 mm Please see picture. Come with Beautiful Vintage Style Box. Please pressure test before water use.
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