Clebar Two Register Chronograph
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Clebar Two Register Chronograph

We love a good chronograph here at 10:25 Vintage. While our admiration of the big players in vintage chronos - Universal Genève, Heuer, Breitling - knows no bounds, we particularly love the off-beat brands that are often overlooked.

Before the Quartz Crisis of the 1970s, when the watch industry - Swiss and Japanese alike - scrambled to adopt the new quartz technology, mechanical watch brands popped up like mushrooms on a rainy day. But at the heart of many of these brands were often small, family-run operations that sought to capitalize on clockmaking legacies. As quartz movements increased in production and distribution, many of these operations were vastly undercut and gradually faded out of existence or were scooped up by larger, more powerful coalitions. But while those companies disappeared, the watches that they produced remain, unfamiliar names that belie their quality construction. Clebar is one of those brands.

Founded in the 1920s, Clebar really took off in the 1940's with a range of high-grade spotwatches and rally timers for racing and sporting events. When they turned their attention to wristwatches, they specialized in beautiful chronographs which they produced and distributed in conjunction with more well known brands. Clebar's watches were distributed in the U.S. by Trauner and Son, the same company that distributed Zodiac, and they collaborated with Leonidas, which was acquired by Heuer in the early 60's.

This Clebar is powered by the venerable Landeron cal. 248 movement. Landeron, founded in 1873 by the Hahn brothers, acquired Breitling's early patent for chronographs in the 1920s and began producing movements at a fantastic pace. From the 1930s to the 1960s, Landeron manufactured millions of chronographs, ranking them up at the top of producers of chronograph movements for the period. These movements are versatile and robust, and the fact that so many of them were produced means that parts are remarkably interchangeable. This is a blessing - and a rarity - for collectors of vintage chronographs.

While the Carrera influence looms large in 1960's chronograph designs, these earlier models were a bit more varied and have tremendous character. At 35mm, the case is an attractive size- not too big or too small. The printing on the dial is crisp and clear, and the luminescent elements on the numerals and hands has acquired an beautiful, even patina over time.

For any collector looking for a proper vintage chronograph, Clebar offers great looks and reliable internals at a price that's hard to argue with.

Details

Chrome-plated case is approximately 35mm in diameter (excluding crown). Landeron cal. 248 manual-winding movement. Circa 1950s.

Overall Condition: The case is in good condition overall with minor signs of light use in keeping with its age, particularly on the crown and case back. Dial is in good condition. Hands are in similar condition, showing signs of even patina. Case back shows traces of wear and tool marks; unsigned crown.

Includes one 18mm brown leather analog/shift strap and two nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

SKU: TT01028

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