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Why We Love It
This two register beauty has so many desirable elements to it, we're barely know where to begin!
From its glossy gilt dial, to its in-house manufactured column wheel chronograph movement - on paper it sounds like a much more expensive timepiece. Turning the watch over reveals the "L.E." engraving - confirming that this watch was issued to the Hungarian Airforce.
Starting in the late 1940s, Angelus began producing chronographs for the Hungarian Air Force. Hungary had been banned from having a military air force by the Treaty of Trianon in 1920. So the Royal Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierő or Légi Erő) started covertly as civilian flying clubs. But by the 1930s the Légi Erő was officially established and recognized. As World War II began and Hungary's neighbors to the north--Poland and Czechoslovakia--fell, the L.E. added their airplanes to their air force, proving worthy foes to the encroaching Soviet forces in the East.
Whether its the beauty of the dial, the brilliance of the movement, or the genuine military heritage, there are many aspects to this timepiece to connect to and love.
In the world of chronographs, those made by Angelus are among the most desirable.
Unlike Rolex, Breitling, Heuer, or Omega, who all relied on other manufactures for their movements, Angelus made theirs completely in-house. But that wasn’t always the story.
Angelus was founded in 1891 by the Stolz brothers in Le Locle, the home of brands like Tissot and Universal Genève. Though the brothers at first assembled watches from parts manufactured elsewhere, in 1925 they released their first in-house mono-pusher chronograph movement. And by the middle of the next decade, after Breitling released the first two-pusher chronograph, Angelus followed suit.
However, unlike Breitling, who almost exclusively used movements manufactured by Venus, Angelus’s were made in their own workshop.
The brand has been resurrected in recent years, in concert with movement manufacturer La Joux Perret. Like its historical namesake, the new Angelus focuses on technical excellence. As the brand continues to release watches, the name will be pushed farther and farther into the limelight; however, as it still has a little ways to go, now is the best time to snatch up one of these beautiful and technically-significant watches.
Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding the crown). Angelus Calibre 264 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1950s.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use, with sharp bevels. Luminous gloss gilt black dial is excellent condition with painted luminous Arabic numerals and richly patinated syringe handset. Unsigned crown. Caseback shows 'L.E.' engraving.
Includes Pitt Orange Analogshift strap with pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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