Angelus Chronodato Gold
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Angelus has been gaining some steam with collectors of late, and for good reason. With designs like this Chronodato, its not hard to see why!
Just like Universal Genève, Angelus is one of the old Swiss chronograph masters that didn't survive the Quartz Crisis. They succumbed to the changing international watch market and shuttered their factory, leaving behind some of the finest chronos of the mid-20th century. Luckily, they left behind some amazing artifacts of their illustrious past, and since Angelus is only in the nascent stages of a collecting revival, the value proposition of these watches is pretty incredible.
Unlike the many Swiss brands that turned out cool looking watches by assembling quality components from multiple suppliers, Angelus was among the elite group of watchmakers who built in-house complicated chronographs decades ago. The Chronodato is one of the earliest full calendar chrono wristwatches, and like Universal Genève’s TriComapx, it proved to be popular among mid-century customers.
Angelus excelled not only at creating high quality movements, but also at designing them for the ultimate legibility. Instead of scrunching up the calendar around the center of the dial like many other brands, Angelus gave each register plenty of breathing room and arranged the day and date windows in a pleasant symmetrical layout. The date displayed at the outer edge of the dial, marked by a red-tipped hand. At first glance, the Chronodato appears to be a simple vintage chrono, but a closer look let's one appreciate its thoughtfully-designed functionality.
This particular piece is an absolutely stunning example cased in solid 18K yellow gold, and finished with a breathtaking jet-black gloss dial. It is also the first Chronodato we've had with an English language date wheel - perfect for those of us who don't know any other language and can't figure out Portguese or Church Latin days of the week!
The vintage market is continually evolving, and we're always keen to identify trends and speculate on the future. If the outpouring of complementary feedback on the Chronodatos we have offered so far is any indicator, big things are coming down the pike for Angelus - so our advice is grab a good one before they go stratospheric!
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Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Angelus Chronodato Gold