Helbros cal. 243 Two-Register Chronograph (Gilt Dial)


Brand: Helbros

Model: 243 Two-Register Chronograph (Gilt Dial); Swiss Made circa 1940s

Case: Chrome-plated case with stainless steel snap-back is approximately 35mm excluding the winding crown and original square pushers

Strap: Vintage period-correct 18mm Gemex saddle pigskin strap with contrast stitching and vintage tang buckle

Movement: Helbros cal. 243 (base Venus cal. 188) manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels); 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original glossy black gilt dial with luminous Arabic numerals; original gold-tone handset with all luminous material in tact and matching; 30-minute chronograph recording capability; telemeter scale for military use; tachymeter scale for racing applications

Condition: Very nice original condition overall with minor wear consistent with age and light use; razor-sharp case is in great condition overall with minimal wear on the underside of the lugs and flat pushers; crisp caseback with all printing clearly visible; original glossy dial with incredible gilt (gold) printing is in excellent condition for its age; one minor blemish on the outer edge of the dial at 5 o'clock (barely noticeable); original gold-tone handset with all luminous material in tact and matching

Other: This World War II-era chronograph from Helbros is in exceptional condition considering its age (black luminous Radium dials from this time period rarely survived the test of time). With gilt-gloss dials all the rage right now and prices steadily climbing, we had to work our magic to be able to offer this Helbros for under a grand. We recommend wearing it with a green military jacket and jeans or under the cuff of a dark blazer.

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