Mondia Big Eye Chronograph

Mondia Big Eye Chronograph

If there's anything we've learned here at 10:25 Vintage it's that the world of watches is super interconnected. Someone new to watches can quickly learn the connection between Rolex and Tudor, its sportier, lower-priced daughter brand. But sometimes the connection is less obvious. Take LeJour and Heuer, for example--the former acted as distributor for the latter's watches in the United States. Same with Croton and Nivada Grenchen, which was forced to re-brand its U.S. imports as Croton due to a copyright dispute with Movado

It's with Movado that Mondia became connected in 1969, when the two brands were united with Zenith under the Mondia-Zenith-Movado holding company. Before that, Mondia (which was founded in 1935 in Le Locle) did business mostly in the Italian market, due to the elegance of their designs. After the merger with Zenith and Movado, Mondia became the entry level brand, like Tudor, using ETA, Valjoux, or A. Schild movements instead of the in-house Zenith counterparts. 

During the Quartz Crisis, Zenith cut Mondia loose. Currently, it's privately-owned by Le Locle-based DIXI Holdings, whose Chairman of the Board, Paul Castella, owned Zenith from the 1970s until it was acquired by LVMH. Interestingly, it was Castella who revamped production of Zenith's legendary El Primero chronograph movement in 1984. 

"And the wheel goes round..."

This chronograph from Mondia has it all. If you like big, chunky cushion-cases, check. If you like distinctive dial designs, this racing-style "big Eye" configuration--common in the late 1960s--has a lot in common with the JLC Memovox Reference E873. Beneath it all is the Valjoux 7733, a work-horse movement used by just about everyone. 

Besides being a well-connected name, this Mondia presents a serious value proposition thanks to its quality construction, reliable guts, and great looks.


Stainless steel case is approximately 40mm (excluding crown and pushers). Valjoux Reference 7733 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel cushion case is in very good condition with minimal signs of use and wear in keeping with its age. Dial is in very good condition with no major signs of discoloration or hand drag. Dial does have signs of age, particularly to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Mondia-signed crown. Signed case back has some faint signs of wear but is in in otherwise very good condition.

Includes one 20mm slate-grey Analog/Shift leather strap.

SKU: TT01150

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