Falcon Diving Chronograph
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Falcon Diving Chronograph

Divers and chronographs are among the most popular styles of vintage timepieces out there, and with great reason. They were designed for use by men of action we all wanted to be as children- race car drivers, explorers, pilots, and even astronauts. They hark back to an era when a wristwatch was truly a tool, where form followed function, not the other way around.

So what do you get when you combine a diver and a chronograph into one watch? A Falcon, of course! If this piece isn't just the epitome of 1970's tool-watch badassery, we're not sure what is.

First, there's the dial. Deep blue with a radial sunburst pattern, chunky hour markers, tachymeter and pulsation scales around the outside. For function, you've got twin subsidiary registers at 3:00 and 9:00, and date at 6:00.

Then there's the guts- the hand-wound Valjoux 7734 is less common than its 7730/7733 bretheren, but no less robust and reliable and adds a handy date function.

Last, but not least, there's the case. Beautifully contoured with sharp bevels, pointed crown guards, and a unidirectional Bakelite bezel in a complementary color scheme, its size belies how well it wears on the wrist. Did we mention the very same case can be found housing one of the more elusive divers out there- the Movado Super Sub-Sea Chronograph? Go ahead and look at them side-by-side (in fact, here's one variant from our friends at analog/shift... we'll wait).

Falcon is a brand that we've honestly never encountered before, and may never again, but that doesn't diminish what this awesome piece brings to the table. They were surely one of the many brands that popped up in Switzerland, utilizing the high concentration of quality parts to put together their own pieces. And man, did they deliver with this killer diving chronograph!

Details

Stainless steel case is approximately 43mm in diameter (including the crown guards). Valjoux 7734 manual-wind chronograph movement. Circa early 1970's

Overall condition: Case is in excellent over all, showing light signs of wear consistent with age and use and crisp, thick bevels all around. Blus sunburst dial is in clean condition as are the baton style hands. Unidirectional racheting bakelite bezel, unsigned crown and steel screw down case back.  

Includes Falcon-signed bracelet and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

SKU: TT01009

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