7,8 / 10
The peculiarity of this example is its rare transitional dial with “SWISS” inscribed twice.
The “SWISS” inscription beneath the minutes scale is only visible when the dial is removed because it is too low.
PLEASE NOTE THAT A COPY OF OUR BOOK “CHRONOMASTER ONLY” WILL BE OFFERED TO THE BUYER OF THIS WATCH.
About the model
The Chronomaster model wasn’t just a chronograph. It was more like a Super-Chronograph. It in fact had an astonishing number of functions. Such a purpose is accurately reflected in the model’s name: CHRONOMASTER AVIATOR SEA DIVER, which suggests a clientele of professional racing drivers, pilots and divers. The multiple functions have also been evoked in advertisings of the 1960s: THE WORLD’S BUSIEST WATCH – HAS MORE USES THAN EVER COUNTED.
The models fitted with the Venus 210 caliber are the first representatives of the Chronomaster dynasty, yet they don’t have that name on their dials. Instead they are inscribed CHRONOGRAPH. The first watches appeared in 1961. They are immediately recognisable by their small pushers and their wide broad arrow hours hand.
These are perhaps the most emblematic of the Chronomaster models and the most exemplary in the collective imagination of collectors.