A 35 mm cased Leonidas chronograph, with large subdials, will always be a rare and attractive watch to buy and own.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
The movement was used from 1937 all the way to 1970, so we have to look for other clues. Leonidas merged with Heuer in 1964, but we know this watch is before 1955 as it has radium lume on the dial and hands. As the case is base metal and not steel we think this was made towards the end of the second world war, when stainless steel was hard to come by for anything other than military purposes.
If you want your 70+ year old watch to appear perfect, then this is not for you. For the age, the dial is very good and original and never repainted. That is a real positive. But the chromed case does show multiple marks, and the radium has dropped out of the hands. The Landeron 48 movement is working well, and those extra large subdials are clear to read. The leather strap is new. Getting the case re-chromed is possible, but most buyers prefer originality to restoration. The red chronograph second hand is not the bright red it once was, but all the better for that – too bright might have indicated it was not like that from new. The chronograph movement seconds hand resets to 59 and not 60.
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Width with crown 37.6 mm
Width without crown 35.0 mm
Between lugs 18 mm
Lug to lug length 42.4 mm
Case Thickness 13.6 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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