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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.
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 best-known of these is perhaps the Calibre 215. In our opinion, the Calibre 215 deserves to be classed in the same league as other legendary choreographs such as the Lemania 1873 (alias Omega .321), Longines 13ZN or Valjoux 72. Beyond being a workhorse of a little machine, the Calibre 215 is a thing of beauty, with sinuous twists and turns.
Over 40,000 of these watches were sold from the 1940s until the brand closed its doors in the 1970s, making surviving examples sublime and plentiful.
Unlike many chronographs of the era, those bearing the Calibre 215 are large, an impressive 38mm for the day. Housed in sturdy stainless steel cases, they’re as elegant as they are robust. While variants were made with both white and black dials, we favor the gilt gloss versions like the one seen here, which has a charming addition of bright red elongated hash marks in the 45-minute register at 3 o’clock.
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.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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