Pierre Valle 106A 'Paul Newman' Chronograph (Singer Dial)


Brand: Pierre Valle, a private label for Croton Watch Co. Inc.

Model: 106A ref. 953011 Two-Register Chronograph with Exotic "Paul Newman" dial by Singer (RARE); Swiss Made circa 1970s

Case: Large solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 38mm excluding the original unsigned winding crown; inner caseback is properly signed by Croton Watch Co. Inc.

Bracelet: 18mm vintage-style stainless steel mesh bracelet (adjustable size via sliding clasp)

Movement: Valjoux cal. 7733 manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels); 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made; bridge is properly signed by Croton Time Corp.

Features: Stunning exotic "Paul Newman" dial manufactured by Singer with tachymetre (black) and telemetre (red) scales; two-register chronograph with 30-minute recording capability; red 5-minute regatta countdown register designed for yacht racing; original rotating bezel displays elapsed time (i.e. during dives) and a second time zone; large solid stainless steel case

Condition: Nice original condition overall with honest wear consistent with age and use; fantastic original exotic "Paul Newman" dial with crisp printing and attractive yellow Tritium patina; original handset with all luminous material in tact; original red chronograph sweeping-seconds hand; solid stainless steel case is thick with the original bevels in tact and all printing remains clearly visible on the caseback with a few minor toolmarks; domed acrylic crystal exhibits some superficial scratches and very minor crazing in a few places

Other: This is your chance to own an exotic "Paul Newman" chronograph without spending 6 figures. It comes as no surprise that this dial was also manufactured by Singer (the same company that supplied dials to Rolex for their legendary Daytona). More importantly, how did Croton pack so many features into one watch without it being over-the-top and busy? This particular reference was designed for land, sea, and air to do pretty much anything and everything from racing to diving and even flying.

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