Lemania Triple Register Chronograph
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Lemania Triple Register Chronograph

Why We Love It

If you know, you know.

Lemania, one of the most significant and respected movement manufacturers in Switzerland is often overlooked when it comes to their self-branded timepieces.

Considering this: Lemania is responsible for one of the most iconic chronograph movements ever created. And while those branded with Omega or Patek Philippe on the dial carry staggering price tags, those that say Lemania are generally budget-priced. In our opinion, these beautiful models deserves more respect within the vintage world - someday they'll catch on. But for now, mid-century chronographs such as this one offer a tremendous value.

Fitted inside this 35mm stainless claw-lug case is the iconic Lemania CH27 manually winding column wheel chronograph movement movement. You probably know it better as the Omega Calibre .321. But the appeal of this watch goes beyond its world-class internals. Its silver dial has developed a beautiful light patination, and its gold foil Arabic markers (with cutoffs at the sub registers!) and matching handset elevate this timepiece solidly into the realm of drool-worthy.

So, now you know. 

The Story

Lemania established in 1884 by Alfred Lugrin, is perhaps one of the most recognizable names in the vintage chronograph market--if not for watches released under their own brand, then for their contributions to other brands. At Jaeger-LeCoultre and at Lugrin's own manufacture, which he ran under his own name, Lugrin gained a reputation for expertise and the soundness of his movements, particularly chronographs. After his death, it was under his son-in-law Maurice Meylan's leadership that the manufacture became Lemania and moved to L'Orient in the Valée de Joux. 

In 1932, strapped by the financial hardships of the Great Depression, Lemania joined Omega and Tissot to form SSIH (Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogére SA). It was this relationship--particularly with Omega--that would result in the creation of some of the most iconic calibers in horological history, particularly the Caliber .321. The Caliber .321--known internally at Lemania as the CH27--owes its existence to movement designer Albert Piguet, who first conceived of the movement in 1941, with production commencing the following year. 

Details

SKU: AS03180

Stainless steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Lemania Reference 8675. Lemania manually winding Calibre CH27 column wheel chronograph movement. Circa 1950s.

Overall Condition: The case is in good condition overall, showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Non-luminous silver toned dial is in very good condition with even patina. Non-luminous gold-tone handset is in excellent condition. Unsigned crown.

Includes leather strap.

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