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Lemania (Unbranded) Single Pusher Chrono - White Ceramic Dial - c.1920

Lemania (Unbranded) Single Pusher Chronograph with a Brilliant White Ceramic Dial and Crisp Dial Printing, in Full Working Order, c.1920 

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The Avenue de la Grande Armée is an avenue in Paris, France, marking the boundary between its 16th and 17th arrondissements. It was formerly named Avenue de la Porte Maillot as part of Route Nationale 13, but was renamed to its present name in 1864 in honour of the Grande Armée of the Napoleonic Wars. This is printed on the dial at 12 o'clock.

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After lengthy research on the internet, I am rather stumped on this watch and although I can find other examples, none have the Paris address on the dial like this one. If you can offer any expertise I would love to hear from you!

By the by - the watch is in stunning condition - it is a century old or thereabouts ( I know this from the Lemania 16'' hand-wound caliber.), so the fact it is so well preserved and in full working order is quite remarkable. Any antique or vintage collector would be overjoyed with this piece! The white ceramic dial (printed with Aux Excursionnisters Avenue de la Grande Armee, Paris) has remained perfectly white and boasts beautifully sharp black and red printing - the Arabic numerals are almost Breguet in style and 12 is in red  - this is something that is reminiscent of trench watches and was a design detail on many watches of the time - it does not denote that the watch was military issued contrary to popular belief! The fixed wire lugs are another design detail which lead some to believe this may be a re purposed pocket watch - this isn't the case however, this watch is possibly one of the earliest purpose built wrist watches ever made so it does bear a resemblence to pocket watches as of course this is where wristwatches were developed from. The onion crown with integral chronograph pusher is also in very nice shape - and full working order! This is a stunning piece and we are pleased to offer it for sale in such fantastic condition! 

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 Leather Bund
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16 Lignes
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Date of issue
 12 Months VWS
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