Cord Pulsometer Chronograph

Cord Pulsometer Chronograph

In the realm of vintage chronographs, our catalog is filled with names like Mondia, Tradition, and Cliwal, long-dead manufactures whose products are suddenly enjoying a renaissance in today's market. But every so often we like to go for something truly unique and unknown, like this chronograph from Cord.

Cord was a registered trademark of Juvenia, which was in turn registered to Didisheim-Goldschmidt et Cie. Confusing? Tell us about it.

In 1860 a watchmaker named Jacques Didisheim (not to be confused with Leopold Ditisheim, the founder of Movado) opened a watchmaking workshop in St. Imier. By 1880 he had relocated operations to La Chaux du Fond. His early achievements included one of the first ladies’ wristwatches, in the 1880s.

In 1909 he established a factory and named it Juvenia, his wife’s maiden name. Juvenia is best-known for its elegant marble and enamel table clocks that were produced between 1920 and 1930. Another of Juvenia’s most notable watches is the Mystere, a variant of the Mystery-style watches (produced by JLC, Vacheron, and Others) released in the late 1940s. 

This elegant 18k gold chronograph is typical of early 1940s designs. Landing between two extremes, gold dress chronographs have become a sort of sensible middle ground offering wearers the warmth and class of precious metal as well as the relative sportiness of a chronograph. This watch is further set apart by the pulsometer scale on the dial, a feature rarely seen on chronographs. 

Powered by a Venus 178 manually-wound chronograph movement, at 37mm this chronograph is a perfect size to suit the modern wrist, offering a dressy, offbeat alternative to the sports chronographs most commonly-seen today. 


SKU: TT01168

Available exclusively at Marshall Pierce

18k gold case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown and pushers). Venus 178 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1940s.

Overall Condition: 18k gold case is in very good condition with sharp bevels on the lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Dial is in very good condition with some signs of wear, particularly near 2 o'clock. Unsigned crown. Case back has faint signs of use and wear but is in otherwise very good condition.

Includes one 20mm reddish brown Horween sheel cordovan strap.

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