Today's offering showcases this very cool and rare Auricoste Type XX French military flyback chronograph issued to the French Air Force. It's a great looking watch in a niche that has become increasingly very collectable.
It is one of only approximately 2000 made, and it has a rare original hand configuration that I have only seen on a handful of these watches.
In 1954, the Type 20 chronographs were commissioned by the French government for the French Air Force, the CEV (Centre d’Essai en Vol) – the country’s state-sanctioned flight testing centre – and most famous for the Aéronautique navale, a.k.a. “Aéronavale,” the air arm of the French Navy. The most famous of these is the Breguet version of this watch which carries a price tag up from $30,000 - $50,000.
The specifications for a Type 20 included an instantaneous flyback function, reliable stop-start function for at least 300 operations, variation of no more than 8 seconds over 24 hours and a power reserve of 35 hours.
It is powered by a Lemania 2040 with Breguet hairspring.
It is very honest and original down to the dial, hands, original crown, and pushers. The back retains all of its various original commissioning and servicing markings from 1955 until its retirement in 1983. It has never been polished.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. It is very clean and is running strong and true. Photos of the inside available upon request.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with an oil tanned leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
It's a great full size watch to casually wear both indoors and outdoors.
Manufacturer: J. Auricoste
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year entered service: c. 1955
Model: Ref. Type 20
Serial no.: 802,369
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph (Flyback), Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Chrome plated base metal with stainless steel back
Case condition: Honest original condition, never polished. Pleasing condition with a short scratch on the side of the top right lug, light wear to the high points of the bezel and underneath the lugs, and a small ding on the edge of the back. Presents very nicely on the wrist.
Dial: Matte black with silver subdials for the continuous seconds and 30-minute registers, outer 1/5 second/minute markings, luminous Arabic indices, original, just short of mint condition
Dimensions: 38mm wide (excluding crown), 46mm lugs tip-to-tip
Hands: Original luminous steel 'batons' with rare style relumed almost certainly during regular military re-servicing, original 30 second and continuous seconds
Movement type: Signed Auricoste, Lemania 2040 with Breguet hairpsring, manually wound, rhodium plated, shock resistant
Movement markings: J. Auricoste Watch Co. , Seventeen Rubis, Type 20, 802,369
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Oil tanned leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Crystal: Acrylic, original or a correct service replacement, good honest condition with light wear around the edge
Servicing: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. The movement is very clean.
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 international 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
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recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.