Technos Sportsgraph Yachting Chronograph
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Technos Sportsgraph Yachting Chronograph

Yachting chronographs are, in a word, awesome. Their brightly-colored dials --specially-designed for the sport of yacht racing, or regattas--are some of the most vibrant and distinctive in the world of vintage timepieces. And their sporty/stylish appearances make them the summer watch of choice for many a collector, ourselves included!

The design of the dial is due in part to the quiddities of yacht racing. Since sailing boats don't tend to stay still unless they're at anchor, a regatta allows for a fifteen-minute grace period in which the boats jockey for position behind a starting buoy. Watches designed to time regattas, therefore, have a fifteen-minute counter in one of the sub-dials, often denoted in bright, vibrant colors. 

Throughout the years, brands including Yema (and its subsidiary Le Jour), Breitling, and Heuer have released examples of these chronographs. In fact, the Heuer Skipper proved so popular and so iconic in the imagination of collectors that it was recently reimagined and released by our friends over at HODINKEE. That only goes to show how popular the style continues to be.

This particular example comes to us from Technos, a brand that we've become quite familiar with over the years. In the early days of the Swiss watch industry, watchmaking was a family affair--quite literally. The family behind Technos were the Gunzingers, who took on the brand name Technos in the 1920s as their business took off.

Though they brought out a wide array of watches, it's their sports watches that are by far their most popular with collectors today.

Case in point is this yachting chronograph. Its chunky 37mm cushion case is sturdy yet comfortable on the wrist. But the real stunner is the dial, with a "Big Eye" regatta countdown register at 3 o'clock in bright colors. Powered by a reliable Landeron Calibre 248 manual chronograph drivetrain, this watch is sure to be one that's difficult to take off!

Details

SKU: TS1217

Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown and pushers). Landeron Calibre 248 Manual Wind Chronograph Movement. Circa 1970s.

Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition with crisp edges and lovely factory sunburst finishing. Dial is in very good condition with crisp printing and lovely patinated luminescent elements on the hour plots and hands with only minor lume loss. Signed crown.

Includes 20mm NATO style strap from Crown & Buckle.

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