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Why We Love It
Lemania is one of the oldest and most appreciated names in watchmaking, and watches like this two register chronograph certainly hold up the manufacture’s reputation.
Aesthetically and technically, it truly makes the grade. The 37mm stainless steel case houses a function-first black dial with luminous Arabic indices that has developed a rich patina. Powered by the manually-wound Calibre 15TL, this watch is not only a high grade timepiece, but a great piece of history on the wrist.
With an air of sophistication and elegance, this Lemania is has all the classic design cues of mid century chronographs, and yet feels right at home on the modern wrist.
The Calibre 15TL was just one of many historic calibres crafted by Lemania, one of the leading movement manufacturers of the 20th century.
Adapted from a pocket watch movement, the Calibre 15TL is large for the time—33.3mm on its own. Serviceable and yet still elegant, the Calibre 15TL would form the basis for the legendary CH27. History would know it as the Omega Calibre .321 that Buzz Aldrin would take to the moon in Apollo 11 inside his Speedmaster.
Its successor, the aforementioned Calibre .321, ranks as one of the most important chronograph movements of all time. But the 15TL is no less worthy of attention. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s it was found most often in watches issued to the world’s air forces, as well as in civilian chronographs seen here.
Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding the crown). Lemania Calibre 15TL manually winding column wheel chronograph movement. Circa 1950.
Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Luminous black dial shows patina from age. Luminous handset shows matching patination. Unsigned crown.
Includes 20MM brown genuine alligator 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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