1970's Bucherer (Carl F. Bucherer) Large Vintage Mens Officially Certified Chronometer Watch - Stainless Steel


Item No. 6412

Today's offering features this cool and uncommon chronometer watch retailed by Bucherer. It is pleasingly large for the era, measuring 37mm in diameter without the crown.

For those not familiar with the company, Bucherer was one of Switzerland 's premier watch retailer similar to Tiffany & Co. here in the States. Like many watches made for Tiffany, Cartier, and other high-end retailers, the watch was made by Swiss watch firms and privately labeled with the retailers name.

Besides having a great look, this watch is an officially certified chronometer. For those not familiar, it means that like most Rolex or modern Breitlings, it has had to pass very strict tests by an independent body (the COSC). When this watch was made far less than 1% of all Swiss made watches were certified as chronometers.

The watch was originally waterproof, and the automatic movement has a semi quick-setting date. The clean white dial with retro styled numbers presents beautifully.

The watch presents in gorgeous condition. It has fully original parts down to the dial, hands, and winding crown. The case presents as scratch-free with signs of polishing.

The movement has been freshly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker and is keeping extraordinarily accurate time. For the finishing touch it has been equipped with a brand new 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 attesting to its performance.

A rare officially certified chronometer that won't break the budget and presents essentially like new!

Bucherer History:
Since 1888, Bucherer has been a leading retailer of luxury watch brands. Apart from its own Carl F. Bucherer watch brand, the company represents many other renowned brands. And with over 1300 different models to choose from, Bucherer also stocks the largest selection of Rolex watches anywhere.

Carl F. Bucherer is a Swiss haute horlogerie company based in Lucerne, Switzerland, which manufactures luxury men's and women's mechanical watches. Since its founding in 1888, the company has been wholly owned by the Bucherer family, making Carl F. Bucherer one of the oldest luxury Swiss watchmakers continuously held by the founding family.

In 1888, a businessman and entrepreneur by the name of Carl-Friedrich Bucherer and his wife Luise opened Lucerne's first watch and jewellery store and laid the cornerstone for a successful family company.

His sons, Ernst and Carl Eduard Bucherer, joined the family-owned company in the 1920s and, thanks to their wide-ranging experience, took it even greater success. In 1924, Ernst Bucherer entered into a particularly fruitful partnership with Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex. He decided to include the then little-known watch brand in its range. Today, Rolex is one of the world's most celebrated watch brands and remains the House of Bucherer's most important partner.

Despite the crises of the 1930s and the Second World War, the company continued to grow and opened branches in other Swiss cities and tourist destinations. In 1977 the third generation of this family of entrepreneurs joined the flourishing company. Under the direction of Jörg G. Bucherer, the company expanded to Austria in the 1980s and, ten years later, to Germany.

In Switzerland, Bucherer also took over the Kurz Group in 1989 and, in 2001, Swiss Lion AG, whose main target group was tourists. That same year, the independent Carl F. Bucherer company was founded to maintain the Bucherer family's watchmaking tradition established in 1919. In 2013, Bucherer celebrated its 125th jubilee and opened the world's largest watch and jewellery store in Paris. The northernmost Bucherer store to date opened in Copenhagen in 2016.

  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Retailer: Bucherer
  • Year built: c. late 1960's to 1970's
  • Model: Ref. 1540
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Semi Quick-Setting Date (9pm to 3am), Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case condition: Presents as just short of perfect mint with very slight wear between the lugs by where the band attaches. Protective sticker covering the back.
  • Dimensions: 37mm diameter (without crown - 39mm with the crown), 42mm lugs tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Signed Bucherer, white, steel retro faceted baton indices, may be original or may be restored, presents as mint
  • Hands: Steel "batons", original
  • Movement type: Signed Bucherer, self-winding, rhodium plated, shock resistant, micrometer regulator
  • Band: 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.
  • Width between lugs: 18mm
  • Crystal type:  Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, freshly fully overhauled by a Master Watchmaker. Keeping extraordinarily accurate time.
  • 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 concierge@cotwatches.com 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.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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