Steel Tissot vintage chronograph wristwatch, circa 1938
A rare and highly attractive steel manual winding single button chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial and register
This fabulous vintage wristwatch has a superb two-tone dial with subsidiary dials for constant seconds and a chronograph recording dial with continuous or ‘creeping’ minute register to record up to 30 minutes. The dial has a wonderful vintage look with light and even oxidation, strong two-toning and attractive tachymetric and telemetric scales calibrated in blue, the former of which is displayed by way of a spiral to the dial’s centre. The steel case is large for a vintage watch with a diameter of 37mm and is classically designed with gently down-turned lugs and a typical 1930s, ‘olive’ shaped, chronograph pusher.
In 1930, Tissot and Omega formed an alliance as a multi-national holding company under the banner of the SSIH (Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogere SA). The formation was a reaction to the international economic crisis that had ensued following the Wall Street Crash the previous year. The collaboration enabled Tissot and Omega to pool resources and produce a complete range of watches. In 1932, Lemania, the famed chronograph movement maker, joined the group. The chronograph movement calibre within this watch is a Lemania calibre CHT15, a column wheel chronograph movement with single button activation.
A similar Tissot to the present watch is illustrated in Lang, G. and Meis R, Chronograph Wristwatches, Schiffer Pub., 1993, p.102, pl.82.
Tissot finished manually wound Lemania calibre CHT15 column wheel chronograph movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH; two-tone silvered dial, the chapter ring in secondary tone with black Arabic numerals, two-engine turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30-minute register, outer telemeter calibrated in miles, inner spiral for tachymeter, outer chronograph/constant minutes track, blued steel hands; steel circular case with satin finished sides and down-turned lugs, steeply chamfered polished bezel, snap-on satin finished case back, fixed bar lugs; case, dial and movement signed.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 37mm
Length including lugs: 44mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 13.5mm
Lug gauge/strap width: 20mm
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