VINTAGE 1917 38mm SILVER AVIATORS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH ENAMEL DIAL EARLY VALJOUX 22

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VINTAGE 1917 38mm SILVER AVIATORS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH ENAMEL DIAL EARLY VALJOUX 22

Vintage 1917 38mm silver aviators chronograph watch enamel dial early Valjoux 22. 

This is a rare watch. A sterling silver aviators chronograph manufactured in 1917 and in close to ‘as-new’ condition.

The sterling silver case is incredibly well made and very heavy. Measuring 38mm across, not including the crown and 47mm tip-to-tip. The wire strap lugs are in perfect condition with no visible wear and are curved to the profile of the case. The double hinged back with inner cuvette, serial numbered 41768 and with Swiss 0.925 hallmarks, similarly marked on the cuvette. Both hinges are in perfect condition the backs snap closed very firmly as they should.

The porcelain-enamel dial is simply stunning. Of the scientific style with three colour printing and triple scale. The detail is incredible and beautifully executed, without a doubt one of the best quality enamel dials that we have ever seen. The dial is in perfect original condition, there are no cracks or hairlines what-so-ever, none. No scratches or gauges even. There is one tiny edge-chip right at the periphery around 5 o’clock, completely covered from view by the bezel. The hands are original and still retain all of their original blue with no rust.

Now on to the movement. Here we have a very rare ‘Valjoux 15’ which pre-dates the Valjoux 22 and is actually a very early version of it. Production of this movement started in 1914 and there is a very informative article in the vintage Heuer website ’on the dash’ showing exactly the same movement in a 1917 sterling silver Heuer.

I encourage potential buyers to have a look at the web-page. Very finely finished, this crown-push movement has had very little use and is still in excellent condition. start, stop and return to zero are all operated with the pusher in the crown as were all of the first wrist-chronographs.

Of large type and very easy to operate with gloved hands, the crown is still in excellent order. Still retaining the original British made strap which is embossed Tthe Regent‘ which is in very good order and perfectly useable. Notice that the lugs are wide in order to utilise an 18mm strap, whilst almost all other wrist-watches of the period used narrow 12 or 14mm straps.

This watch was definitely manufactured for and aimed at the professional user. Although this watch is an incredible one hundred and five years old, it is so well made that i would be happy to use it every day.

There is nothing delicate about this watch, it is as good as the day that it left the factory and keeps very good time.

A rare and highly collectable aviators wrist-chronograph in exquisite condition and very sensibly priced.

This watch is on display in our Hungerford store in the Hungerford Arcade Antiques Center.