Dugena Chronograph
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Dugena 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 Dugena.

Dugena started out as the Corporation d'Horlogers Suisse, an association of watchmakers founded in 1883 by Gottleib Hauser. By 1909 the association was known as Union Horlogère and sold watches under the brand name Alpina. Yes, that Alpina.

Around 1909, a German branch of the Union formed in Glashutte. In 1917 a decision was made to consolidate a factory in Bienne, with the facility in Glashutte, and move operations to Germany. This created the Deutsche Uhrmacher Genossenschaft Alpina (geshundheit), or DUGENA. 

By 1927 the headquarters was moved again to Berlin.

The brand survived World War II, even though it had to relocate from war-torn Berlin to Darmstadt, selling watches under the brand name Dugena throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Brands like BWC and Fortis produced watches under the label. Movements ran the gamut from the Landeron and Valjoux calibers so ubiquitous in chronographs of the period, all signed by Dugena, and with unique specifications.

This chronograph features a chunky cushion case. The real stunner is the dial, wide open with a unique "surfboard" pattern in the middle, often seen in other chronographs of the time. Flashes of orange in the chronograph hands give it that extra flair that's sure to delight anyone who loves funky late 1960s designs. 

Details

SKU: TT01172

Stainless steel case is approximately 44mm (excluding crown and pushers). Valjoux Caliber 7734 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with factory brushed finishing and minimal signs of use and wear. Dial is in excellent condition with fine even patina to the luminescent elements and no major signs of discoloration. Unsigned crown. Dugena case back is in very good condition with minimal signs of wear.

Includes one light brown suede strap with orange contrast stitching.

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