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Angelus has been gaining some steam with collectors of late, and for good reason. With designs like this Chronodato, its not hard to see why!
Just like Universal Genève, Angelus is one of the old Swiss chronograph masters that didn't survive the Quartz Crisis. They succumbed to the changing international watch market and shuttered their factory, leaving behind some of the finest chronos of the mid-20th century. Luckily, they left behind some amazing artifacts of their illustrious past, and since Angelus is only in the nascent stages of a collecting revival, the value proposition of these watches is pretty incredible.
Unlike the many Swiss brands that turned out cool looking watches by assembling quality components from multiple suppliers, Angelus was among the elite group of watchmakers who built in-house complicated chronographs decades ago. The Chronodato is one of the earliest full calendar chrono wristwatches, and like Universal Genève’s TriComapx, it proved to be popular among mid-century customers.
Angelus excelled not only at creating high quality movements, but also at designing them for the ultimate legibility. Instead of scrunching up the calendar around the center of the dial like many other brands, Angelus gave each register plenty of breathing room and arranged the day and date windows in a pleasant symmetrical layout. The date displayed at the outer edge of the dial, marked by a red-tipped hand. At first glance, the Chronodato appears to be a simple vintage chrono, but a closer look let's one appreciate its thoughtfully-designed functionality.
This particular piece is an absolutely stunning example cased in solid 18K yellow gold, and finished with a breathtaking jet-black gloss dial. It is also the first Chronodato we've had with an English language date wheel - perfect for those of us who don't know any other language and can't figure out Portguese or Church Latin days of the week!
The vintage market is continually evolving, and we're always keen to identify trends and speculate on the future. If the outpouring of complementary feedback on the Chronodatos we have offered so far is any indicator, big things are coming down the pike for Angelus - so our advice is grab a good one before they go stratospheric!
18k Yellow Gold case is approximately 38 mm (excluding crown). Manual winding, in-house Angelus movement. Circa 1950.
Overall condition: The case is in excellent condition over all, showing light signs of wear from age and use. The dial is in excellent original condition with very minor signs of wear. The original hands are in excellent condition. Original pushers and crown.
Includes one 20mm black lizard strap with gold buckle.