IThis Favre-Leuba Daymatic model has unique dial patina as well as a cutting edge movement for the time.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
Judging from the styling and technology involved, we estimate this watch was made circa 1950.
Favre-Leuba claim to be the second oldest watch company in the World, with a history dating back to 1737 (Blancpain go back to 1735). The movement is the Felsa 692, which was one of the first automatic calibre with bi directional winding for optimum performance – something we take for granted today but in 1942 when the calibre 690 was introduced it was a game changer. Calibre 692 adds a date window and came a short while later – Rolex claim to have offered the first automatic watch with a date window with the Datejust, which was launched in 1945 – so you can see this Daymatic was advanced for the time. (You also see why Favre-Leuba called this the Daymatic – date and automatic.) The same movement can also be found in other brands, such as Enicar and Baume & Mercier. The movement is working well. The dial has a green tinge to it we have not tried to clean off, as it looks great! Black dials of this time period are quite scarce, but this patina helps show this is all original and has not been restored. The hands and dial do not have radium lume on them, and the arrow head hour markers are a nice touch. The stainless steel case has a screw down case back and drilled lugs for easier strap changes. The brown leather strap is new, and could be swapped for a different colour if preferred – the video shows the watch on an unusual green strap to highlight the dial colour.
This watch will be supplied with our branded presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.
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Width with crown 36.5 mm
Width without crown 34.0 mm
Between lugs 18 mm
Lug to lug length 41.3 mm
Case Thickness 11.7 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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From 1st September 2021 we will be planting a tree for every watch we sell, working with the International Tree Foundation (Est 1922) to make this business positive on carbon. By buying anything pre owned you are effectively reusing what already exists, but this takes it further and makes us feel good.
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