LEMANIA 1942? GOLD SPECIALLY ADJUSTED CHRONOGRAPH

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    #1 artbissell, Dec 16, 2019
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    From son of only owner who died.so no knowledge about it. Carefully used so fiine.condition. Years of research has disclosed only one other to me.Noticed today Winston Churchill got a gift fom Lemania thot is similar but newer movement design without special adjustments, and he used it roughly. I think it was a special offering by Lemania of this popular movement that was used in the first moon watches by Omega. Any info historical or mechanical appreciated. artbissell

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    You don’t see too many of these around. Very nice indeed.
     
  3. artbissell

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    Many thousands of the movement made, but not another marked chronometer. art b.
     
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    Found one in old thread serial ----71. Mine ----33. Would this indicate at least 40 made? art b.
     
  5. PapaLouies

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    Hi Art,
    Adjustments to seven positions in a chronograph is more than unusual.
    How did you fix the date at 1942?
    Fantastic original watch.
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  6. artbissell

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    Not really sure of 1942 made date. Guess from comparison with other Lemanias, and assuming made before movement design use by Omega, art b.
     
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    Hi Art,
    Thanks for the response. Your Lemania 21,233 and my Lemania 18,932 shown at our conversation titled MEMANIA:.
    Both have the same style hands, flat pushers and lugs which are typical of the mid 1930s.
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  8. artbissell

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    I had serial 105 that was from 1932. And 14000 one accurately from 1940. 806335 was in Omega case 1970 So 21233 may not be 1942? art b.
     
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    I have looked at many of this basic model for sale and serial numbers seem useless dating. .I have a brief letter from Lang that recently sold his business Chronoswiss. He is known for his fine collection of mostly w.w. chronographs over 50 years and got adjusted model about same time I did.. His many editions of books are excellent for detailed info, but his latest for sale is really expensive that might include this adjusted chrono. Anyone know ?. art b.
     
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    How do you place a wrist watch in a seventh position?
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    Perhaps a couple positions with chronograph running.. art b.
     
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    Found 2 more for a total of 5 known, serials 21233 to 21271. Movements are identical but gold cases and dials slightly different. Thus a special order item of unknown small quantity, but not unique.Best example 21251. art b.

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    Appreciate you noticing these 2 that are included in 5 I now know of... Serial numbers and gold case variety indicate nonsequential production.? art b.
     
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    All of the examples shown here have a US import code of "BOL" which would correspond with Bernard S. Lippman, the US importer of Lemania (and a few other Swiss brands).

    Source: Ranfft Watches, US Import Codes

    Here is a 1946 ad from Lemania showing a similar, but non-chronometer, chronograph.

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    It all lines up for me.
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