Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Lemania, established in 1884 by Alfred Lugrin, is perhaps one of the most recognizable names in the vintage chronograph market--if not for watches released under their own brand, then for their contributions to other brands. At Jaeger-LeCoultre and at Lugrin's own manufacture, which he ran under his own name, Lugrin gained a reputation for expertise and the soundness of his movements, particularly chronographs. After his death, it was under his son-in-law Maurice Meylan's leadership that the manufacture became Lemania and moved to L'Orient in the Valée de Joux.
In 1932, strapped by the financial hardships of the Great Depression, Lemania joined Omega and Tissot to form SSIH (Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogére SA). It was this relationship--particularly with Omega--that would result in the creation of some of the most iconic calibers in horological history, particularly the Caliber .321. The Caliber .321--known internally at Lemania as the CH27--owes its existence to movement designer Albert Piguet, who first conceived of the movement in 1941, with production commencing the following year.
For the next 25 years, the Caliber .321 would find its way into watches by brands both within the SSIH (and later Swatch Group) umbrella and without. Perhaps most notably is the Omega Speedmaster, with its storied connection to NASA and the Moon Landing. While most collectors know that Lemania was Omega’s supplier for the .321, not all might realize this calibre also formed the basis for chronograph calibers made by two of the "big three" brands, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet.
Black-dialed chronographs from the 1950s are quite rare compared with white and silver dials, so we love this Lemania just for that reason. The fact that it carries Lemania's own signature makes it unique as well. For a collector who covets the ever-desirable Caliber .321 but doesn't want to spring for a Speedy, this is an undeniable value.
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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.