Vintage manual wind chronographs are one of the most desirable watches within the vintage watch world. These are the types of watches that will steadily appreciate in the coming years; even after the demands of football games, cycling around the countryside and sharing a few beers with a mate.
This watch is especially interesting though as it was also the same watch as worn by Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor Who and was the Tardis Homing Device he used. Don't believe me? Fair enough...check out the 3rd picture for further details.
It has a thick dark brown handmade strap made from 100% genuine leather obtained from Pittards in Somerset (UK), it is specifically tailored to this watch with lovely contrast ivory stitching. It feels great, will age gorgeously and will mould perfectly to your wrist!
This telemeter watch was Made in Switzerland (see bottom of dial at 6 o'clock), in the 1950's with a stunning silver on bright blue dial design and funky pushers. The telemeter dial had the ability for it's wearer to measure measure the distance to an event that can be both seen and heard, i.e a torpedo strike and/or lightning strikes....should you be so inclined.
This is a one jewel R. Lapanouse movement and keeps accurate time (recently regulated).
Technically this watch is a chronograph, however often being referred to as a "lap timer" by some. The chronograph's upper sub dial registers 45 minute increments while the lower totalizes 6 hours.
One must manually advance the time to 12 o'clock sharp and also allow the seconds hand to reach 12, both chrono registers will now also be at "0". Pressing the top chrono pusher will start the second hand and the bottom one stop it.
Once the pusher is deployed, the time advances until the other pusher is pressed. It can time 45 minutes increments on the top register and 6 hours on the bottom register. To regain the current time, one has to refer to another timepiece and re-adjust using the tradition push-pull crown.
CASE: Watch case is in great condition.
DIAL: Brilliant condition.
BACK CASE: Great condition
CROWN: Fantastic condition.
CRYSTAL: Great condition.
OVERALL CONDITION: Has been tested, cleaned and checked over and is in excellent working order.
PRESENTATION: Presented in a vintage style presentation box, great for a gift or to simply keep the watch in.
AUTHENTICITY: Certification provided upon request.
CASE SIZE: 35mm to crown
STRAP SIZE: 18mm at lugs
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
BRACELET: Brand New Handmade Strap, crafted in the UK
Worldwide shipping available, all items are shipped fully insured and sent as priority mail.
For outside of the EU customs or import charges will be paid by the customer (if applied).
The watch is guaranteed to be in full functioning good working condition when it is posted from our store.
For your peace of mind Wilberforce Watches offers a 30 day mechanical limited warranty for all watches, please see full terms and conditions for full details, available at email request.
Whether it be two days after the sale or two years, please let us know the issue as we have got your back. However please bear in mind that due to the nature of vintage watches, we do expect reasonable treatment of all watches by their new owners. So, no cave diving or base jumping please.