This Josmar Sport, which is often referred to as a ‘Kaufhauschronograph’, has an unusual stop start seconds rather than a full chronograph movement.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
Josmar made watches between 1940 and 1969, when they were bought by Zeno Watch of Basel. The Rego 144 or 145 movement was around in the early sixties, but there is little other way of dating this watch at the moment. If we find out more we will update, but we think it is circa 1964 as an educated and informed guess!
Let us answer the questions on the movement first. This is a ‘poor mans’ chronograph, with a manual wind pin pallet movement. The pushers on the left of the case stop and start the seconds hand, but there is no facility to reset the hands to 12 and the movement was never designed to allow this. The video below shows this functioning. The good news is that this large, 13.5 ligne movement required a larger than average case, and this 37.8 mm case wears well. The dial is in good condition, but the case has lost a lot of plating. Unusually the case back is also plated, but this has lost little over the years. The few other Josmar Sport watches we have seen also have this strange wear pattern.
This watch will be supplied with our Certificate of Authenticity.
Please see the HD video below for more detail.
Width with crown and pushers 41.0 mm
Width without crown and pushers 37.8 mm
Between lugs 20 mm
Lug to lug length 46.0 mm
Bracelet maximum length n/a
Thickness 12.2 mm
All sizes are approximate
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