Wakmann Triple Date Chronograph ref. 71.1309.70 (37mm)


Brand: Wakmann

Model: Triple Date Three-Register Chronograph ref. 71.1309.70; Swiss Made circa early 1970s

Case: Solid stainless steel "waterproof" case with screw-down back is approximately 37mm excluding the original signed Wakmann crown; original caseback is properly signed inside by "Charles Gigandet Swiss"

Strap: 19mm Hermès-style smooth brown hand-made leather strap with contrast stitching and polished stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Valjoux cal. 730 manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels) with triple calendar functions; 21,600 BPH; quick-set month and day via top pusher (for day, push slightly deeper); quick-set "crescent" date arm via bottom pusher; Swiss Made

Features: Gorgeous original reverse-panda dial with stunning yellow Tritium patina on the hour markers; original handset with matching yellow Tritium patina; triple calendar (day, date, month); 12-hour chronograph recording capability; solid stainless steel case with domed acrylic crystal

Condition: Very nice original condition overall with minor wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel case is thick and appears to have been lightly polished in the past; all engravings on the caseback remain clearly visible; attractive original matte black dial with some minor patina within the white sub-dials; Tritium luminous elements have aged to an incredible yellow hue throughout; fantastic original handset with matching yellow Tritium patina to the luminous elements

Other: We absolutely love this Wakmann Triple Date Chronograph and believe that it is one of the most undervalued vintage watches on the market today. It is powered by a high-grade movement based on the legendary Valjoux 72, but with triple calendar functions and a higher beat rate (21,600 BPH) for improved accuracy. The 37mm stainless steel case wears extremely well on the wrist, which comes as no surprise given that it's the same size as a manual-winding vintage Rolex Daytona. It's also versatile and can be dressed up or down making it difficult to beat if you've got a budget under $3,000!

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