Vintage Chronographe Suisse - Oversized Case - Landeron 48 Movement - Gold Plated
A Jumbo Cased, Vintage Chronographe Suisse with a Landeron 48 Movement, Gold Plated Stainless Steel Case in Superb Preowned Condition.
It's probably accurate to say that Chronographe Suisse started life as a watch parts manufacturer, they produced a number of relatively inexpensive watches, which were often sold through jewellers and signed with their own name in addition to the Chronographe Suisse name.
Chronographe Suisse didn't produce their own movements, however, and most of their watches are found with Landeron, Venus, or Valjoux movements inside, which were relatively basic chronograph movements but solid workhorses which hold up well even by today's standards.
The Chronographe Suisse branded watches became popular in Swiss airport lounge stores for those looking for a memento of their visit to Switzerland - and why not? There are some charming examples of Chronographe Suisse watches on the market, such as this jumbo example we have for sale, what a beauty!
What’s On Offer
At 38mm, this gold-plated chronograph is meaty and substantial on the wrist yet wears very comfortably. Most of the Chrongraphe Suisse branded watches seen for sale in this day and age are the smaller 35/36mm cases!
The original ivory dial is in nice shape with just a speckling of a slight patina in the centre. Applied Arabic numerals are alternated with applied gold hour plots and two subdials at 3 and 6 o'clock offer a nice balance.
The oblong stylised pushers control the start-stop and flyback function, there is also a telemeter scale around the outer edge of the dial which enables the user to compute the speed of a travelling object over a set distance.
The outer track and central seconds hand offer a nice punch of red adding a sporting touch, and the gold plated case and dial furniture add an air of luxury.
Paired with a tan leather strap with a corresponding gold pin buckle, this is a lot of watch for your money - just as was the brand's original intention, an affordable luxury Swiss chronograph with tremendous appeal.
As always the watch has been inspected/serviced and, is running well and keeping good time, it is sold with a VWS 12-month warranty for your peace of mind.
Case: Gold Plated
Bracelet: Tan Leather with Pin Buckle
Movement Type: Mechanical
Calibre: Landeron 48
Power reserve: 41hrs
Model Reference: Two Register Chrono
Date of issue: c.1940s
Warranty: 12 Months by VWS
Width (without crown): 38mm
Lug width: 20mm
Lug height: (lug to lug) 45mm
Wrist size: Adjustable