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Why We Love It
As vintage watch collectors, we’ve come to realize that there’s more—much more—to a watch than the name printed on the dial. Beyond mere aesthetics, the movement—the living, beating heart inside the case—is the most important component of a watch. And since many of the companies who made the watches that we sell are no longer in business, their movements can make or break the value of a watch.
From its glossy gilt dial, to its in-house manufactured column wheel chronograph movement - on paper it sounds like a much more expensive timepiece. Luckily, it's not. It's incredible watches like this that can be had at relatively accessible prices that make this industry exciting.
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. Angelus Calibre 264 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.
Case is in very good condition overall with crisp bevels. Case does have minor signs of normal use and wear. Black glossy dial is in very good condition. Luminescent indices have been refinished. Some light scuffing is visible from refinishing. Unsigned crown. Signed case back has some signs of wear but is in otherwise very good condition.
Includes one 18mm light brown leather strap.
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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