Today's offering showcases this original c. 1940's Swiss two-register chronograph in 18K rose gold with tachometer scale.
It has a pleasing dial and stylish rose gold design.
Chronograph watches were originally designed as precision instruments, serving the needs of doctor's, pilots, auto racers, sportsmen, and other professionals who demanded a high level of precision in their timing. Equipped with special functions to aid the wearer in the task at hand, these fine mechanisms played an integral role in their owner's lives.
Two of the most utilized features on a chronograph were a special dial for timing events up to 30 minutes in duration and a tachymetre scale for easily determining speed and distance, such as on this watch.
This watch is powered by a Landeron caliber 48 movement. For those unfamiliar with chronographs, due to their complexity, in vintage times most brands, including respected firms like Rolex, Breitling, and Heuer, did not manufacture their own chronograph movements but rather purchased them from companies who specialized in making the sophisticated mechanisms.
One of the main chronograph movement makers of the period was the the Swiss firm Landeron. Their movements are well-known for powering some of Heuer's and Baume et Mercier's chronographs, as well as watches from Gallet and a number of other Swiss watch houses.
Our watch has original parts down to the pushers and hands - the only part that has been replaced at some point is the winding crown. Our watchmaker has freshly cleaned and oiled the movement. The chronograph resets crisply and to a perfect zero.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new Teju lizard strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Brand: Alpha Watch Co.
Year built: c. 1940's
Functions: Time, Chronograph, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K rose gold (the rose is a light tint)
Case markings (outside): 18K, Swiss precious metal hallmark
Case condition: Original condition with a number of indentions in the back and a a couple of indentions elsewhere. One usually finds numerous indentions in of the soft thin 18K backs and thin case structure of this style Swiss chronograph. There may once have been an iron cap that covered the movement - if there was it is no longer present. On the wrist it still presents nicely.
Dimensions: 33mm wide (without crown), 41mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Silver with original applied rose gold radial Arabic indexes, telemeter and tachymetre scales, outer 1/5 second markings, presents nicely
Hands: Original, "feuilles", rose gold
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Width between lugs: 17mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: Yes, freshly cleaned, oiled, and adjusted.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.