This Lanco men’s vintage ‘tank’ style watch has character far beyond its affordable price point.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
Without being able to be 100% accurate on this, we have looked at the production dates of the movement and the general styling and concluded this is likely to have been made circa 1945.
Lanco were the brand for Langendorf Watch Company, of La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland, so it is fitting that this watch has a Langendorf 722 movement. It is all running well and will happily run for more than 24 hours whilst keeping time to a decent standard. The case is chromed with a stainless steel back, and you can see wear through the chrome on the lugs. Very few watches that were not destined for military use were entirely stainless steel during WW2, so you should expect some wear to the chrome. The strap is a 12mm one, sitting a little thin in the 14mm fixed lugs, but the buckle and leather design is quite right for the period so we have left it on – it is likely to be better quality than a modern replacement too. The dial looks like someone has tried to clean it, and failed, but it is pretty even when cased and on the wrist. The gilt numerals still glimmer. The case size is small by today’s standards, but if anything this makes this watch feel more special. Who knows what the original owner of this watch had been through in the war years previously?
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Width with crown 21.1 mm
Width without crown 19.6 mm
Between lugs 14 mm
Lug to lug length 37.9 mm
Case Thickness 9.4 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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