Ebel 'Lemania 27' circa 1950 | steel vintage chronograph wristwatch
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Ebel 'Lemania 27' circa 1950 | steel vintage chronograph wristwatch
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Ebel ‘Lemania 27’ circa 1950 | steel vintage chronograph wristwatch

With a fantastic two-tone dial and incorporating one of the finest Swiss chronograph calibres, this is an excellent vintage Ebel wristwatch. Like many watchmakers, Ebel used specialist ‘complication’ movement manufacturers for their chronograph mechanisms. In this instance, the movement is the legendary Lemania calibre 27 used by, among others, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Omega. All these watchmakers finished the cal. 27 to their own specifications, for example, in addition to their meticulous hand finishing, Patek Philippe modified the calibre with the addition of a perpetual calendar mechanism for use in their Ref. 3970, while Omega used the Lemania variant CH-27 C12 with additional hour counter, known to collectors as the Omega calibre 321 and used in the vintage Speedmasters.

The dial is in very attractive condition with a silvered surface and a beautifully finished high sheen track for minutes/chronograph seconds. The numerals have a pink gilded metallic finish and the outer tachymetric scale is calibrated in red. There is some light oxidation and a few light scratches. Two subsidiary dials are placed at 3 and 9 o’clock, they are finely engine turned and count constant seconds to the left and chronograph minutes to the right. Within the minute register, the three elongated markers represent the post office fees that were once charged when making telephone calls – calls were frequently charged in 3 minute intervals and thus by running the chronograph, it could quickly be seen if one had run into the next unit fee.

The quality and shaping of the steel case is also noteworthy. The watch has a particularly sleek profile view, in part achieved by the domed case back which allows for a relatively slim main case body. There’s a subtle rounding to the whole design of the case which is most pronounced in the polished convex bezel (the rest of the case is satin finished) and continues through to the subtle, slight rounding to the outer edges of the chronograph pushers, case sides and lugs.  We have fitted the watch with a Christopher Clarke for Black Bough No.6 handmade pig leather watch strap.

Specifications

[M] Ebel finished Lemania calibre 27 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Incabloc shock absorber
[D] silvered two-tone dial, pink gilded Arabic and triangular numerals, high satin sheen track for minutes/chronograph seconds, two engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30-minute register, all hands pink gilded
[C] stainless steel case with satin finished body and snap-on back, polished bezel, rectangular chronograph pushers with satin finished surfaces and polished sides
[S] movement and dial signed

Measurements

35mm diameter excluding winding crown
42mm length including lugs
11mm depth to centre of crystal
18mm strap width/lug gauge

Accompaniments

One Year guarantee – this watch has been fully serviced
Black Bough leather watch pouch & Black Bough certificate

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Description

With a fantastic two-tone dial and incorporating one of the finest Swiss chronograph calibres, this is an excellent vintage Ebel wristwatch. Like many watchmakers, Ebel used specialist ‘complication’ movement manufacturers for their chronograph mechanisms. In this instance, the movement is the legendary Lemania calibre 27 used by, among others, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Omega. All these watchmakers finished the cal. 27 to their own specifications, for example, in addition to their meticulous hand finishing, Patek Philippe modified the calibre with the addition of a perpetual calendar mechanism for use in their Ref. 3970, while Omega used the Lemania variant CH-27 C12 with additional hour counter, known to collectors as the Omega calibre 321 and used in the vintage Speedmasters.

The dial is in very attractive condition with a silvered surface and a beautifully finished high sheen track for minutes/chronograph seconds. The numerals have a pink gilded metallic finish and the outer tachymetric scale is calibrated in red. There is some light oxidation and a few light scratches. Two subsidiary dials are placed at 3 and 9 o’clock, they are finely engine turned and count constant seconds to the left and chronograph minutes to the right. Within the minute register, the three elongated markers represent the post office fees that were once charged when making telephone calls – calls were frequently charged in 3 minute intervals and thus by running the chronograph, it could quickly be seen if one had run into the next unit fee.

The quality and shaping of the steel case is also noteworthy. The watch has a particularly sleek profile view, in part achieved by the domed case back which allows for a relatively slim main case body. There’s a subtle rounding to the whole design of the case which is most pronounced in the polished convex bezel (the rest of the case is satin finished) and continues through to the subtle, slight rounding to the outer edges of the chronograph pushers, case sides and lugs.  We have fitted the watch with a Christopher Clarke for Black Bough No.6 handmade pig leather watch strap.

Specifications

[M] Ebel finished Lemania calibre 27 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Incabloc shock absorber
[D] silvered two-tone dial, pink gilded Arabic and triangular numerals, high satin sheen track for minutes/chronograph seconds, two engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30-minute register, all hands pink gilded
[C] stainless steel case with satin finished body and snap-on back, polished bezel, rectangular chronograph pushers with satin finished surfaces and polished sides
[S] movement and dial signed

Measurements

35mm diameter excluding winding crown
42mm length including lugs
11mm depth to centre of crystal
18mm strap width/lug gauge

Accompaniments

One Year guarantee – this watch has been fully serviced
Black Bough leather watch pouch & Black Bough certificate

£2,750.00 [Sold]