Chronographe Suisse - Rare Back Dial

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SKU AS00241
SKU AS00241

Why We Love it

The original Chronographe Suisse - no relation to any modern incarnation of the brand name - was at one time a major parts supplier to a number of the big houses of Swiss watchmaking.  Leading up to the quartz crisis of the late 1970s, which shuttered a tremendous percentage of the industry, Chronographe Suisse was manufacturing manual-winding timepieces like this one for a number of retailers throughout Switzerland and greater Europe, sometimes with their company names printed on the dials, but often completely unbranded. 

These timepieces were relatively plentiful from the 1940s-1970s and featured a variety of casing materials, movements, and dial designs.  Most Chronographe Suisse models were gold plated or plain steel, but a few were produced in solid gold.  They were particularly popular with tourists visiting Switzerland in the 1950s and 1960s, looking to take home a piece of fine Swiss watchmaking on a budget - they looked like a million bucks back then, and they still do today!

Although Chronographe Suisse are relatively plentiful on the market today, this particular example caught our eye instantly!  Finished in solid 18K Rose Gold and mated to a stunning black dial (a rarity in its own right), it makes for a very unusual and rare combination which is tremendously fetching.  The patina to the Telemetre Scale printing is eye-watering, and its 38mm size makes it infinitely wearable on the modern wrist.  If you've been captivated by the "oversized" chronographs from brands such as Universal Geneve, Longines, and Tissot which have become super hot on the market, you'd do well to consider Chronographe Suisse as an alternative - all the looks and vintage appeal, at a fraction of the price. 

One word of warning:  Many of these chronographs were fitted with fickle movements - in some cases the internals were outright shit.  Our example is fitted with the Landeron 248, a much more robust option than others used, and has of course been serviced and timed, as with all our timepieces.  Act fast, this one won't last!

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

Chronographe Suisse - Rare Back Dial

Chronographe Suisse - Rare Back Dial

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Chronographe Suisse - Rare Back Dial

Why We Love it

The original Chronographe Suisse - no relation to any modern incarnation of the brand name - was at one time a major parts supplier to a number of the big houses of Swiss watchmaking.  Leading up to the quartz crisis of the late 1970s, which shuttered a tremendous percentage of the industry, Chronographe Suisse was manufacturing manual-winding timepieces like this one for a number of retailers throughout Switzerland and greater Europe, sometimes with their company names printed on the dials, but often completely unbranded. 

These timepieces were relatively plentiful from the 1940s-1970s and featured a variety of casing materials, movements, and dial designs.  Most Chronographe Suisse models were gold plated or plain steel, but a few were produced in solid gold.  They were particularly popular with tourists visiting Switzerland in the 1950s and 1960s, looking to take home a piece of fine Swiss watchmaking on a budget - they looked like a million bucks back then, and they still do today!

Although Chronographe Suisse are relatively plentiful on the market today, this particular example caught our eye instantly!  Finished in solid 18K Rose Gold and mated to a stunning black dial (a rarity in its own right), it makes for a very unusual and rare combination which is tremendously fetching.  The patina to the Telemetre Scale printing is eye-watering, and its 38mm size makes it infinitely wearable on the modern wrist.  If you've been captivated by the "oversized" chronographs from brands such as Universal Geneve, Longines, and Tissot which have become super hot on the market, you'd do well to consider Chronographe Suisse as an alternative - all the looks and vintage appeal, at a fraction of the price. 

One word of warning:  Many of these chronographs were fitted with fickle movements - in some cases the internals were outright shit.  Our example is fitted with the Landeron 248, a much more robust option than others used, and has of course been serviced and timed, as with all our timepieces.  Act fast, this one won't last!

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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