Wakmann Triple Calendar
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
In an age where devices that fit in our pockets contain sum total of human knowledge, a watch as intricate and complex as a triple calendar can seem like an exercise in frivolity.
But tracking the movements of the Sun and the Moon is hard-wired in our human DNA, and calendars are a visual representation of the passage of time, as useful today as they were in antiquity.
The Renaissance saw the development of astronomical clocks and pocket watches. These tracked not only the days, but the movement of the planets and the stars. Surviving examples speak to the care and attention of those who crafted them.
When watches migrated to the wrist, so too did calendars. As technology improved, watchmakers saw the possibility of creating perpetual, annual, and triple calendar wristwatches. It’s the last of these (which display not only the date, but also the month and day of the week as well) that are without a doubt some of the most exquisite, both aesthetically and technically.
While triple calendar chronographs produced by Universal Genève have the most prestige among vintage collectors, those produced in the 1960s and 1970s by Wakmann illustrate the brand’s mastery of the complication.
Wakmann’s parent company, Breitling, began applying the name “Datora” to chronographs with date windows in the 1940s. But it’s their triple calendar chronographs that have become the most notable and prized, not only by consumers, but by other brands as well. Indeed, along with Wakmann, even Heuer used the same chronograph design.
Sporty examples with chunky Gigandet cases and black-and-white "reverse panda" dials have become all the rage lately, but there's something to be said for those with silver dials and yellow gold indices. This particular chronograph comes to us in almost New Old Stock condition, with an absolutely flawless case back, stunning dial and sharp steel case. Elegant and understated (though still with the solid case proportions of its reverse panda brethren), the only touch of flash is the red chronograph hand.
Triple dates continue to transfix and inspire many collectors, making examples in this kind of condition a rare and sought after prize.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
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.
Wakmann Triple Calendar