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Vintage Metro "Snail Shell" Telemetre Chronograph - Valjoux 22 - c.1940s

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A Beautiful Vintage Metro Watch with a Gilt Gloss Breguet Telemetre 'Snail Shell' Dial in Black, c.1940s

What’s On Offer 

This stunning Metro boasts a beautiful black “Snail-Shell” (you can see the central spiral mimicks a snail shell) Telemetric Dial - a printed scale that's used to calculate distance based on time. The Telemeter is a function that measures the approximate distance from the point of measurement to an event such as a lightning storm. It uses the difference between the speed of sound and the speed of light to estimate the distance to an event that generates both light and sound simultaneously.

So! Besides being a rather charming-looking watch, it would also be fairly useful should you find yourself in the eye of a storm! The gilt gloss dial, whilst looking rather complicated, is actually rather lovely, with beautiful Breguet numerals and elegant syringe hands. The chrome-topped case does show a little wear but nothing of any concern - on a watch from the 1940s we would expect a little character! At 36mm, this watch is rather meaty for its time, but of course, is mid-size by today's standards. It does, however, wear very well on the wrist and would be a joy to any vintage collector. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Chrome-Topped

Dial: Black Gilt Gloss 

Crystal: Acrylic

Bracelet: Brown leather pin-buckle strap

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical

Calibre: Valjoux 22

Jewels: 17

Waterproof: No

Power reserve: 40hrs

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent

Model Reference: 

Date of issue: c.1940s

Warranty: 12 Months VWS


Width (without crown): 36mm

Lug width: 18.5mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 42mm

Wrist size: Adjustable