|Movement:||Venus 188 Chronograph.|
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Here we have a fine example of an early 60's chronograph. This has a central chronograph hand, a running seconds dial at 9 and a 45 minute counter at 3. This watch has two key features, firstly is the very clean dial, secondly is the movement. The dial displays the two sub registers, as well as a tachymetre around the very edge of the dial and a detailed minute track. The hands are original and though in very good condition show some light ageing. The minutes counter has a broad arrow hand, which is a nice design touch and a popular style of hand in 1960s sports watches. The applied hour markers are also gold in colour with lume dots at the end (no longer luminous).
The 36mm case has rectangular pushers and a stainless steel snap on case back. The plating is in overall good condition though does show some wear in more heavily used areas such as the crown, pushers and case back surround. The bezel and lugs however are in excellent condition. This is not a thick movement so considering it is a chronograph the case is not too thick and could be worn easily with a dressy attire as well as an everyday watch.
The Venus 188 is an important movement in watchmaking history and was so reliable it was used between 1948 - 1973 (from 1968-1973 is was named Valjoux 7730). That's a 25 year life span!. It became one of the Swiss industry standards for two register chronographs. This served as a base caliber for many top brands such as Breitling's 'Top Time' range and others such as Hamilton and Wittnauer. They were however used by many smaller brands which because they are less known do not carry the price tag of these larger ones. Therefore these offer a high quality manually wound chrongraph at an affordable price point.
Tis watch uses the Venus manually wound Cal 188.
This has 17 jewels and a 45 hour power reserve.
Frequency of 18,000bph.
This watches is in overall very good condition though does show some clear signs of age. The dial has a small mark by 7 o'clock and the hands and hour markers show some ageing. The case shows some wear to the pushers and crown and on the back too.
The crystal is scratch free.
Movement serviced and keeping excellent time.
Swiss Emperor Chronograph Circa early 1960s.
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.
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).