Lemania Chronograph

Lemania Chronograph

Lemania, established in 1884 by Alfred Lugrin, is perhaps one of the most recognizable names in the vintage chronograph market--if not for watches released under their own brand, then for their contributions to other brands. At Jaeger-LeCoultre and at Lugrin's own manufacture, which he ran under his own name, Lugrin gained a reputation for expertise and the soundness of his èbauches, particularly chronographs. After his death, it was under his son-in-law Maurice Meylan's leadership that the manufacture became Lemania and moved to L'Orient.

In 1932, strapped by the financial hardships of the Great Depression, Lemania joined Omega and Tissot to form SSIH (Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogére SA). It was this relationship--particularly with Omega--that would result in the creation of some of the most iconic calibers in horological history.

One such example is the .321-- known internally at Lemania as the CH27-- which spent over 25 years finding its way into watches by brands both within the SSIH umbrella and without. Perhaps most notably is the Omega Speedmaster, with its storied connection to NASA, but the CH27 also formed the basis for calibers by Patek Phillipe and Audemars Piguet.

In the 1960's, Lemania released the Caliber 1873, another triple register, manually wound chronograph movement that powered the Omega Speedmaster for decades as-- you guessed it-- the Caliber 861.

As you may have guessed by now, it's that very same 1873 movement that powers the incredibly funky chronograph we show you here today. It's packed with eye-catching details, from the shape of the case and bezel, the colorful accents on the Panda dial, and a signed bracelet. The fact that it carries Lemania's own name on the dial is the icing on the cake.

If you're after unique looks with a tried-and-true movement, there's a lot to like with this Lemania chronograph.


Stainless steel case is approximately 41mm (excluding crown and pushers). Circa 1970s. Lemania Cal. 1873 Hand-wound chronograph movement.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with sharp bevels on the lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case does have minimal signs of use and wear consistent with age. Dial is in excellent condition with crisp printing and no signs of discoloration or hand-drag. Unsigned crown. Case back has some minimal signs of use and wear but is in otherwise very good condition.

Includes one 20mm bracelet with Lemania signed clasp. Clasp does have some slight desk-diving scuffs but is in otherwise very good condition. Also includes two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle

SKU: TT01116

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