Vantage 449 Two-Register Chronograph (Panda Dial)


Brand: Vantage

Model: 449 Two-Register Chronograph (Panda Dial); Swiss Made circa late 1960s or early 1970s

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

Strap: Vintage 3/4" (19mm) period-correct black Norwegian calf leather strap with polished stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Standard Time Corp. cal. 449 (base Valjoux cal. 7733) manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels); 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made; bridge is properly signed by Standard Time Corp.

Features: Stunning original "panda" dial (white with black sub-registers) and tachymeter scale for racing applications; original Tritium handset; two-register chronograph with 30-minute recording capability; 37mm solid stainless steel case

Condition: Very good condition overall with minor wear consistent with age; nice original panda dial with crisp printing and creamy Tritium markers; original Tritium handset with matching yellow patina; solid stainless steel case shows signs of prior polishing but remains thick and defined with its original lines

Other: Looking for an affordable vintage panda chronograph? Look no further than this gorgeous stainless steel Vantage 449. For those that are not familiar with Vantage as a brand, they are most known for their connection to Hamilton Watch Company. To compete with Swiss companies in the U.S. market, Hamilton set up a holding company and created a specific watch division to diversify operations and expand its reach. The division included the original Hamilton Watch Company (50% Swiss owned) and Vantage among other brands. Hamilton's parent company also purchased Standard Time Corporation to make watch movements for Vantage.

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