Wakmann Triple Calendar Chronograph
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Wakmann Triple Calendar Chronograph

Why We Love It

Chronographs like this one are what made Wakmann’s name. Aesthetically, it doesn’t hit a sour note. The extremely rare 39mm case (most of these are found in 37mm size) is the perfect size for daily wear.

The white-on-black “reverse panda” color way offers a stark counterpart to the case’s curves in a way that is simply eye-catching. The dial is dynamic without feeling cluttered, with crisp printing punctuated by deeply patinated indicies. For those who love a hidden detail - the nautical themed caseback engraving is sharp and clear.  

Internally, this chrono is powered by the Valjoux Calibre 730, a variant of the ever-popular Valjoux 72 that encompasses a calendar complication.

While triple calendars from Universal Genève cause a furor among the vintage watch community, true cognoscenti know the value in less recognizable names - Wakmann chief among them. 

The Story

Among complications, a triple calendar is perhaps the most popular—particularly when combined with a chronograph. Employed by manufactures from all spectrums of the industry, from the top tier (such as Patek Philippe) to the mid-range, the triple calendar chronograph is as ubiquitous as it is visually appealing. Nowhere else is so much information displayed with such grace.

While certain example can trend toward the dressy, those made by Breitling and its subsidiary, Wakmann, are sportier iterations that today’s collectors particularly love.

Starting in the 1940s, Breitling released the Datora, a chronograph that showed both the day and the date as well as the month. The model was a success, and the design was used by other manufactures, including Heuer. But it was under Breitling’s U.S.-based distributor, Wakmann, that the most popular variant of triple calendar chronograph was produced.

Details

SKU: AS03543

Chrome plated case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Valjoux 730 manually-winding movement. Circa late 1960s.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous reverse panda dial is in excellent condition with applied indicies and painted handset with matching patination. Unsigned crown. Caseback shows detailed engravings and light signs of wear.

Includes gray leather strap with steel pin buckle.

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