LIP Exotic Dial Chronograph
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Why We Love It
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Lip produced some watches whose vibrant colors have captured the hearts of collectors today—and perhaps the most popular of these is the chronograph that has acquired the nickname “Paul Newman.”
Like the Daytona that carries the same nickname, this Lip chronograph bears a dial designed by Singer. A distinguishing feature of these “Paul Newman” dials are the square markers in the chronograph sub-registers. So distinctive is the Daytona worn by Paul Newman that dials of this style (which were also used by Wakmann and Vulcain, among others) have been given that nickname by collectors despite not having any connection to the actor himself.
Nevertheless, these chronographs by Lip are known for their vibrant colors (something that Lip incorporated in many of their mid-century designs). Ours is a silver-and-blue variant with black sub-register hands. At 36mm, this is a sprightly, sporty chronograph from a pivotal era in French history.
Lip’s story began in 1867, when Emmanuel Lipman founded a clock workshop in Besançon, France. By the 20th century the company had become known as Lip and was producing 2500 pieces a year. Despite these early successes, Lip began to experience financial troubles, and was embroiled in the civil unrest that swept through the country in 1968.
Disputes between the workers and management would continue until 1973, when the workers took over the factory with the slogan “we make them, we sell them, we pay ourselves!”
Yet through all this turmoil, the company continued to produce watches. Although a little off the beaten path today, they still resonate with collectors, thanks to their bright colors and avant-garde designs.
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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.
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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.
LIP Exotic Dial Chronograph