Parts bin specials are quite common in vintage watches but no one did it better and more prolifically than Chronographe Suisse. This is a story that comes up in researching vintage again and again—back when these watches were manufactured, the goal was to offer a dependable product rather than a future collectible. Little thought was put towards creating exact reference numbers or variants. By putting together generic movements with “off-the-shelf” cases, hands, and dials, Chronographe Suisse, and the numerous brands under the same umbrella, marketed directly to a buyer who wanted a nice looking, swiss made chronograph and nothing more for a reasonable price.
The solid 18k yellow gold case is in good condition. The lugs are sharp, the square pushers, while pitted in spots, look to be correct for the watch and the caseback and inner antimagnetic caseback are original to the watch. The crown is a replacement item and the bezel looks to be a replacement item as well.
The Dial and Hands
The dial and hands look to be in very good condition with no major flaws to note. The applied elements of the dial and the registers add nice dimensionality. We are particular fans of the font used for the 6 and 12.
The manually wound Landeron 54 chronograph movement is currently running. The service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Brand||New York City|
|Movement||Manual, Landeron 54|
|Case Material||18k Yellow Gold|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|