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Model: Datofonic Alarm ref. 1897 HW; Swiss Made circa 1960s
Case: Solid stainless steel case with two-piece screw-down back is approximately 34mm excluding the original matching oversized crowns; top crown winds/sets the alarm function and bottom crown winds/sets the watch
Strap: Vintage new old stock (NOS) 11/16" (~18mm) textured black strap with stainless steel tang buckle
Movement: AS cal. 1568 manual-winding movement (17 jewels) with functioning mechanical alarm and date display at 3 o'clock; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made
Features: Stunning original silver sunburst dial with raised/beveled hour markers; original handset; functioning mechanical alarm with cool black-arrow alarm indicator hand; date display at 3 o'clock; dual-matching original oversized crowns (top crown winds/sets the alarm function and bottom crown winds/sets the watch); solid stainless steel "waterproof" case design with domed acrylic crystal
Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; sharp stainless steel case appears to be unpolished with the original edges and bevels in tact; caseback is clearly legible with the original brushed finish still visible; gorgeous original silver sunburst dial with all Tritium lume plots present and crisp printing throughout; original Tritium hands with matching yellow patina; clean domed acrylic crystal
Other: It's no secret that we love vintage mechanical alarm watches and this rare Rodania Datofonic is no exception. It combines a functioning alarm with a date display at 3 o'clock to produce a clean and minimal design aesthetic. The silver sunburst dial is absolutely incredible (especially out in the sun), and the vintage black strap perfectly compliments the black-arrow alarm indicator hand. While the LeCoultre Memovox and Vulcain Cricket get all the praise, other super cool alarms such as this Rodania Datofonic fly quietly under the radar (but not for long). Why follow the crowd anyways when you can get this unique and interesting Rodania for less money?