Desotos 'Camaro' Racing Chronograph (Valjoux 72)


Brand: Desotos

Model: "Camaro" Racing Chronograph ref. 4072 (RARE); Swiss Made circa early 1970s

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

Strap: 19mm handmade smooth tan calfskin strap with contrast stitching and 16mm polished stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Valjoux cal. 72 manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels); 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original "panda" dial (silver sunburst with contrasting black sub-registers); unique tension ring crystal with inner tachymeter scale for calculating the average speed of a moving object over time (i.e. racing applications); original hands with matching yellow patina; legendary Valjoux 72 movement with 12-hour chronograph recording capability and smooth column-wheel activation; unpolished 37mm stainless steel case with original winding crown

Condition: Superb original condition overall with only minor honest wear consistent with age and light use; unpolished solid stainless steel case is razor sharp with crisp edges and bevels throughout; excellent stainless steel screw-down caseback remains clearly legible; very attractive original panda dial with all Tritium lume plots in tact and aged to a nice yellow hue, original Tritium hands with matching lume; clean domed acrylic crystal

Other: If you're looking for a vintage chronograph watch reminiscent of iconic Heuer designs without spending a fortune, this extremely rare Desotos chronograph is a solid value play at about 1/3 of the price of a comparable Heuer. In fact, the case is essentially identical to the Heuer Camaro that we all know. It utilizes the same high-grade Valjoux 72 movement that Heuer used in most of their manual-wound, three-register chronographs. And it's hard to beat the desirable "panda" dial with contrasting black sub-registers and inner tachymeter scale for racing. The silver sunburst dial really comes to life in the sun, as does the desirable golden yellow patina to the luminous elements. Just like the original Heuer Camaro, this case wears incredibly well on the wrist with fantastic proportions clocking in at about 37mm in diameter. Speaking of the case, it is completely unpolished and razor sharp! Once these cases are polished, it's all over... You definitely don't want to lose the sharp edges and defined sunburst finish on the top of the case. This collector-grade example comes mounted on a comfortable 19mm handmade tan calfskin strap.

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