Atrexa Chronograph

Atrexa Chronograph

If you’ve been following us for any period of time, you know that we have a strong affection for “off-brand” timepieces. Name isn’t everything, and there are a number of fantastic watches on the market that combine sharp looks and time-tested movements just as well as the “big names” for a fraction of the price.

Nowhere is this more evident than in models like this. While the most talked-about models of the era had “Heuer” name on the dial, the 60’s and 70’s were a high point for sporty chronographs, with dozens of companies bringing their own variants to the table, providing the modern collector with a great selection and tremendous bang for the buck.

Much has been written about the so-called “Poor Man’s Heuers” with names such as Zodiac, Tradition, and Clebar on the dial, bringing some well-deserved attention to these underrated models. Stepping outside of that proverbial box, however, proves that there is plenty of value to be had in this market.

Case in point is this Atrexa chronograph- if you're looking for a sporty chronograph with killer looks and reliable internals in a modern, wearable size, you're in luck. There's no doubt this piece takes a lot of cues from the first generation Heuer Autavia 2446, with its 39mm steel case, reverse panda dial, and rotating bezel. Unlike the Autavia, however, the bezel is actually features a countdown scale (rather than the ubiquitous elapsed time), and the Valjoux engine is a 7734, which adds the date at 6:00.

While Atrexa is a brand we've honestly never encountered before (and may never again), a little research suggests that this piece is actually a rebranded (or perhaps private labelled?) Yema. Despite their relative obscurity, Yema knew their way around a chronograph, and their Yachtingraf and Rallygraf have recently been getting some well-deserved attention, as have their LeJour cousins.


Stainless steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown and pushers). Valjoux 7734 manually-wound chronograph movement. Circa 1970s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition over all, with no signs of over-polishing and only slight signs of use or wear in keeping with its age, Countdown bezel is in good condition with some scratches at 12 and 9 o'clock. Dial is in excellent condition with no major blemishes or signs of discoloration, and a fine even patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Unsigned crown; signed case back has some deep tool marks but is in otherwise good condition.

Includes two 18mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle.

SKU: TT01033.

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