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  • It was the first chronograph that Panerai ever made however, the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943 put a stop to the production. Only two or three prototypes were produced, which makes it one of the most desirable Panerais ever produced. There have been a number of re-editions of the Mare Nostrum over the years but in the eyes of collectors, nothing holds a candle to the original.The 1950s were a true golden age for mechanical watches. Brands experimented with new complications and case designs and dip watches became a thing. Despite being known for chronograph versions, Angelus made two watches which were unlike anything they have made before; the Datalarm and also the Tinkler.The Datalarm, published in 1956, was the first wristwatch with an alert and date function. The watch used an Adolph Schild alarm module, used by manufacturers such as Tudor and Omega for their alert watches, with a date module mounted on top. There are several different versions but the rarest is a world-timer dial using a 24 hour chapter ring. Two versions of the dial exist with various cities published for the +1 timezone, either Paris or Stockholm.The Tinkler, released in 1958, was the automatic repeating wristwatch (It was also the first waterproof repeater). If the Chronodato was the crown jewel of Angelus afterward the Tinkler was supposed to become a grand palace to showcase the technical achievements of Angelus. Yet the good King Angelus was overly ambitious. The Tinkler was complex to make than they believed so production ran over budget despite only 100 being produced. Calling among the most innovative wristwatches of this age the Tinkler likely was not the best thought.

  • The corporation would keep on producing watches until 1978 but not again with an in-house motion. Why among the most respected chronograph manufacturers stopped making chronographs is unknown. If I had to guess, I’d say that the expensive and intricate creation of this Tinkler drove Angelus into the red. Maybe the decision to end in-house production was intended as a temporary step to recoup the money on the Tinkler. If that is the case then it went from a temporary measure to a permanent hiatus. Over the next two decades, Angelus would keep on producing watches in partnerships with other manufacturers but in the 1980s they shut their doors to get good.The decline of brands such as Wittnauer and Universal Geneve from the late 70s and early 80s is easy to comprehend. Cheaper competitors upstaged them equally by making quartz watches an affordable necessity and mechanical watches an unaffordable indulgence. But Angelus had already left quartz had even begun to endanger Switzerland, which makes their departure more baffling.It started with a telephone call. Sebastein Chaulmontet, Head of Movement Development at La Joux-Perret and avid collector of chronographs, picked up the telephone to someone offering to sell him Angelus. A week later, Chaulmontet had convinced the CEO of La Joux-Perret to buy the fallen angel of chronograph manufacture. After two decades of horological purgatory and four decades of R&D, the brand new Angelus was reborn with the U10 Tourbillon Lumiere. This immense timepiece had a manual wind movement, dead-beat moments and a one minute tourbillon suspended on the perfect hand side of this instance. It had been pure haute horology and nothing like Angelus had ever produced before.

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    Basic Info

    Brand Angelus
    Chrono24-ID 4v0jb5
    Code 56345
    Movement Manual winding
    Year 1950
    Location United States of America, New York, New York
    Price $800
    Availability Ready to ship in 6-10 days


    Movement Manual winding


    Dial Silver


    Moonphase, Date, Alarm

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    Accessories: Tiffany & Co. sleeve

    Condition Report: The condition of lots can vary widely and the nature of the lots sold means that they are unlikely to be in a perfect condition. Lots are sold in the condition they are in at the time of sale.
    The case is in good condition with scratches. The dials are all in good condition. The central dial has some scratches near the base of the hands. The central dial has some corrosion around the edges. The hands appear to be relumed. The day and date change functions are working at the time of cataloguing. The alarm function is working at the time of cataloguing. The barometer does not appear to be working at the time of cataloguing. The thermometer appears to be working at the time of cataloguing. The clock is not working at the time of cataloguing. The movement is in working order at the time of cataloging, consistent with the age of the watch. The movement has not been tested for accuracy. A service is recommended given the age of the watch.

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