Croton Chronomaster 'Dato' Chronograph ref. 963011 (Exotic Dial)


Brand: Croton

Model: Chronomaster "Dato" Chronograph ref. 963011 (rare variation with exotic dial); Swiss Made circa 1970s

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 37mm excluding the original unsigned winding crown

Strap: Vintage 18mm black genuine Swiss Tropic Sport rally strap (appears to be original to the watch); stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Valjoux cal. 7734 manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels) with date display at 6 o'clock; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made; serviced in 2017

Features: Stunning original matte grey dial with neon orange sub-registers and raised Tritium hour markers; outer tachymetre scale (white) designed for use in racing applications; outer telemetre scale (red) designed for use in military applications; 30-minute chronograph recording capability and 5-minute yachting regatta countdown; date display at 6 o'clock; original white handset for enhanced legibility; original rotating bezel displays elapsed time (i.e. during dives) and can track a second time zone; large solid stainless steel case with domed acrylic crystal; original Swiss Tropic Sport rally strap

Condition: Nearly new old stock (NOS) original condition overall with only light signs of wear from handling and storage; solid stainless steel case is razor sharp and completely unpolished with the exception of the caseback (appears to have been very lightly polished to lessen the appearance of a few very minor toolmarks); all caseback printing is defined and remains clearly legible; incredible original matte grey dial with crisp printing and vibrant colors throughout; Tritium luminous material on the raised hour markers has aged to an attractive yellow hue; original white handset with all Tritium luminous material in tact and matching

Other: Originally designed and built for land, sea, and air, the Croton Chronomaster has quickly become a favorite within collector circles today. Croton produced several variations of the Chronomaster and this particular model is one of the rarest of them all, especially in this condition. It is a true time capsule, appearing to have been worn only a few times over the past 40+ years (if at all). The original Swiss Tropic rally strap completes the look and even the spring bars are in mint condition and appear to be original to the watch! Our favorite feature has to be the neon orange sub-register at 3 o'clock with "5-4-3-2-1-0" yachting regatta countdown. We can see why sailors, aquanauts, drivers, pilots, and soldiers alike preferred the Chronomaster as their go-to timekeeper. One has to wonder how Croton packed so many features into one watch without it being gaudy and over-the-top. Needless to say, we approve of this super cool and retro design.

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