Today's offering showcases this beautiful all-original Chronodato similar to one I recently sold out of my personal collection...for $100,000 less than a comparable Rolex.
It has an awesome large aviator-style chronograph look and tracks the date, day of the week, and month. It's stylish and even practical.
When talking about Dato Compax's, the first one that often comes to mind is the Rolex 6036. It's probably the most famous DC. The only problem is that it often costs north of $100,000.
Which is why affordable Dato Compax's like this one continue to become more and more desirable, and I think will make good long-term investments.
Not only vastly cheaper, some of these more affordable DC's are just as fine in many ways.
Comparing it to the Rolex, this watch also has a very finely finished and beautiful movement (which is in pleasing condition), a much more elegant and balanced dial, and it only costs about 1/40 as much. These reasons and its nice large size are why until recently, I had one in my collection.
And unlike the Rolex this watch is a so-called “manufacture,” meaning that Angelus did not use a movement from another brand like Rolex did by using a Valjoux movement, but instead made it all in-house (both design/development, manufacturing, and assembly).
The movement is the Angelus caliber SF 217 which is based on the Angelus SF 215. Something to note, the SF 215 is actually the same movement Panerai used in their Mare Nostrum chronograph. So in a sense the basis of the Angelus Chronodato is the same as one of the first Panerai chronographs.
It is in original condition. The case presents nicely with gold wear through on the the edges. The dial is original and untouched.
One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine correct Angelus parts, installing a new mainspring, fabricating two new correctors, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (an $895 value). The movement is running very strongly.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new Teju strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a full-page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Founded by two brothers in the Swiss village of Le Locle, Angelus won many prizes for their excellence in watchmaking. Although relatively unknown to the general public, Angelus' timing wristwatches often represent good value for the money as they are excellent quality selling for comparatively modest prices.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Case no.: 296,238
Year built: c. 1942 - to mid '40's.
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Day, Date, Month, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Gold plated and stainless steel
Dimensions: 38mm diameter (excluding crown), 47mm long lug tip-to-tip, 14mm thick
Case markings (outside): 272,335
Case condition: The high points and edges lugs show gold wear through. On the wrist it presents nicely. Please inquire if you would like the case restored.
Dial: Silver, signed Angelus, gold painted Arabic and dart indexes, auxiliary dials for seconds and 45-minute registers, outer graduation for the days of the month, apertures for the day of the week and the month in English, original and untouched
Hands: Original, gold "dauphines", counterweighted chrono hand, red-tipped date hand
Movement type: Angelus caliber 217, crown wheel and carrying arm, rhodium plated, not shock resistant
Band: Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Width between lugs: 19mm
Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
Servicing: One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine correct Angelus parts, installing a new mainspring, fabricating two new correctors, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (an $895 value).
Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system. The movement is running very strongly. 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty.
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.