The 1963 chronograph has proved to be the most popular Chinese made watch among watch collectors, and presents as excellent value for money.
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We imported these watches new to the UK in July 2020, as shown on the warranty card. All EU duty has therefore been paid, and they have been quality checked here too.
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It is not difficult to see why this watch is popular. Firstly the prices are very keen, and it is cheaper to buy this watch than have a chronograph serviced! But it is not only a price lead thing. The movement is based on a the Venus 175, as used in this Breitling Chronomat, and while facts are thin on the ground the rumour is that Chinese firm Sea-Gull bought the tooling for this movement from Venus’ owner Valjoux. This manual wind movement is a column wheel 21 jewel variant and column wheel chronographs are now mainly replaced by cam driven movements to keep costs down. A column wheel, sometimes called pillar wheel chronograph movement is more sought after as it is deemed better. Finally we have the looks. This watch was based on a 1963 watch, so you have classic looks with new watch reliability. The hands are blue (not blued, as in heat treated) so they do stand out, and the centre chronograph seconds hand is red so you have a nice mix of colour on the dial. The applied markers do shout vintage, as do the pump pushers. These two watches both have the glass crystal instead of acrylic, and the exhibition case back upgrades too. They also come with a new brown leather strap as well as the NATO strap. This 1963 chronograph is a modern watch that vintage watch fans can enjoy equally.
This watch will be supplied with the original presentation box, papers, strap tool and spare strap, cleaning cloth and our Certificate of Authenticity.
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Width with crown 39.9 mm
Width without crown 37.2 mm
Between lugs 18 mm
Lug to lug length 47.1 mm
Case Thickness 13.0 mm
All sizes are approximate.
Included with this watch is a 12 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses. If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries. Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us. Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.
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