Movement: Manually Wound 15CHT
Case material: Stainless Steel
Ref HS9/Royal Navy 0552
Here we have an interesting and relatively rare Lemania HS9 military chronograph, with a large 38.5mm stainless steel case, monopusher movement and a good story.
To understand these watches we must study the case back military codes. These watches were initially produced with the HS9 markings, which essentially translates to Hydrographic Service Chronograph Watch'. This means they were made to a certain specification most likely for the use of navigators and anyone else working in that area. These were then sent back and reissued to the Royal Navy, therefore the HS9 is crossed out with the Navy code (0552) instead inscribed above it,
It's estimated approximately 15,000 of these were made and this one has a low stock number (1419) which would mean it is quite an early example and likely early 50s.
These were made up until the 60s with a number of variations to the dial, case and movements. The later versions used the cal 2220 and can be easily spotted by the presence of 'incabloc' on the dial.
This particular example has a white dial with luminous syringe hands and a circled 'T' showing tritium lume. These were originally issued with Radium lume before this was deemed hazardous in the 60s. This watch has been relumed with tritium which has then aged to a light green colour. This is also visible on the lume plots. The redials were not always done to an amazing standard so it is often difficult to recognise a military redial or later third party one. You can hpwever see this tritium is old so we are quite sure it is the military redial from the 60s.
Even if this watch was not a military one, a column wheel monopusher Lemania is still a very impressive timepiece and with it's large size means even today it's a very wearable piece. Many military watches from the 40s and 50s were no larger than 36mm.
We have fitted a black NATO style strap on this
This uses the Lemania manually wound column wheel single pusher chronograph cal 15CHT.
This has 21 jewels and a 40 hour power reserve.
Frequency of 18,000bph
This watch is in very good original condition. The strap is new and we have replaced the crystal. The movement has been serviced by us so is clean and running perfectly well. The dial shows some light ageing.
Lemania 'HS9' Miltary Issue Chronograph
If you are not local to us, we are happy to post your watch to you, fully insured next day delivery at buyers expense (between £8 and £12).
While all care is taken to ensure every watch functions perfectly well, occassionally when worn on the wrist they can behave slightly differently. If any issues occur within the 30 days after purchase we are happy to refund or repair the watch hassle free.