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Vintage 1940's Benrus Sky Chief Triple Date Day Ref. G280F Valjoux 72C Watch CPO

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Having a love for complications and complicated watches, makes me love Chronograph watches. At first two register chronograph for simplicity of the dial and providing chronograph functionality for the most. Then the three-register chronograph for the complication of movement and the history of the movements, like of the iconic Omega Ref. 321, Ref. 861 (used in famous moon landing), Zenith El Primero, Venus mostly used in Breitlings, Landeron, and one of the most well-known movement makers Valjoux. With their famous Valjoux 72 put in the vintage Rolex Pre Daytona’s and of course the big dog Patek Philippe reference 2499 using Valjoux 88 my favorite which sold in auction for $3.30 Million in 2018.  I also love the Heuer Caliber 11 first micro automatic chronograph movement with date.

A Chronograph is simply a watch that combines the function of a stopwatch with a timekeeping display watch, by utilizing an independent sweep second hand. Chronographs often have complications on the face of the watch which can be used to record different time measurements, moon cycles, heart rate and more. Chronographs have usually have a separate buttons to stop, start, and reset (unless it is an monopusher) the stopwatch complication, with the start button typically at the two and four o’clock position.

The name Chronograph is derived from the Greek words ‘Chronos’ – the personification of time – and ‘graph’, meaning to write. The first modern Chronograph was created in 1816 by French watchmaker, Louis Moinet. Invented solely for use in union with astrological equipment, Moinet’s Chronograph could measure time accurate to 1/60th of a second – an unrivaled degree of precision at the time of its creation.

"poor man's" Heu-ers represent an interesting facet of Heu-er's history and also provide a sensible way for individuals to collect these chronographs on a more reasonable budget. The term "Poor Man's Heu-er" only to refer to chronographs manufactured by Heu-er for other brands one of which is Zodiac & Clebar, which is one of my favorite brands. Please note on ebay there are few brands that are not made by Heu-er and still refer to as Poor man which is not true.

This is a beauty, one of the most famous originally American brands, pilot watch. It is very rare to find a watch this old in this great condition. Defiantly a collector watch. Please look at all the pictures, as they are part of the description. The watch is working and Serviced in 6/12/2019 by last owner. This is a highly collectible watch. Very few left with this rare movement. Sure, to increase in value overtime, and a great addition to your collection. The condition of the watch is the same as it appears in the photos.   The watch is working and is part of our new Certified Pre-Owned CPO.  Contact me if you have any questions first.


 

 

SPECIFICATION

Case

Stainless Steel Case and Case Back.

Case Size

  35,00 mm without the crown and  43,00 Lug to Lug

Case Back

Stainless steel cover signed. Snap on. 

Crown

UnSigned

Crystal

New Acrylic 

Bezel:

None. 

Dial:

Arabic Numeral '12' ; Yellow Gold-colored Dot Markers. Hands & indices dial, with the Triple date Chronograph dial. The silver dial looks to be refinished at some point.  Gold tone minute and hour hands (original), blued steel main chrono hand and blued steel date pointer hand (original), red small hands for the seconds, timing to 30 minutes and timing to 12 hours (hands were at some point touched up with red), . Day and Month Are in English. Shows light patina Please see picture for more detail.

Complication

Seconds, Date, Chronograph, Day, Month.

Movement

Manual-winding Famous Benrus Model VZ-4, High Grade, 17 Jewel, Swiss Made, Manual Wind, Valjoux Caliber 72C Column Wheel Movement Signed Benrus Watch Co Inc., Swiss. Benrus Swiss House Code AXZ Stamped on the Balance

Movement Notes

Just inspected and in great shape. Fully Serviced and Overhauled by last owner. Come with a Service Warranty!  Please see pictures and as some old movements don't have a very clear marking. Movement is running. Keeps great time see below time testing.

Strap

Genuine New Leather ZRC  French strap, Lug Size: 18 mm      Please see picture.

Box

Come with Beautiful Vintage Style Box. Or Experts Watches Pouch

Reference #

NA

Made in

Switzerland

Water Resistance

No. Please pressure test before water use.

Service Level

2 6/12/2019         (Please see Tab below for details)

Timing Test **

-3 s/day  In-House Time Test Results (See Service Level Tab)**

Certified Pre-Owned

Passed 25-point inspection. Please see tab below for details.

Warranty

NA (Please see Tab below for details)

Notes:

All watch functions tested and operable. Circa 1940's

 

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