Technos Blue Panda Chronograph
$ 1,100.00

Technos Blue Panda 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.

Technos is one of those brands. Run by the Gunzinger family in Switzerland since 1900, they took on the Technos name in the 1920's as they expanded their operation. While many players fought in the crowded Western European market, Technos brought their high grade Swiss-made watches to underserved markets like Japan and Brazil.

While they manufactured a whole line of products, their standout pieces have to be their sportier watches such as divers and chronographs. Featuring bold colors and designs but quality internals, vintage Technos models present an interesting value proposition to the modern collector.

Case in point is this early 1970's example. The 38.5mm steel case is unique thanks to its short, almost hidden lugs, and delicate brushed surfaces. The dial, too, stands out with its blue sunburst, contrasting subdials, and magenta outer telemeter scale. Inside beats the venerable Valjoux 7733, a staple of high-quality hand wound chronographs of the era.

If you're looking for a vintage chronograph with a bit of pop, this Technos should be on the short list.

Details

Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding the crown). Valjoux 7733 hand-wound chronograph movement. Circa early 1970's.

Overall Condition: Steel case is in great condition with light, even wear from from age and use and crisp finishes. Blue sunburst dial is in excellent condition as is the handset. Screw-down caseback shows light tool marks. Unsigned crown.

Includes one 20mm brown leather strap and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

SKU: TT01085.

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