Sold - Leonidas Vintage Chronograph Valjoux 22 Beautiful Fancy Claw Lugs Circa 1940's - Fully Serviced by ClockSavant
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This watch was was Fully Serviced by ClockSavant. This is a stunning and highly rare and unusual Leonidas Valjoux 22 chronograph from the 1940’s and represents one of the earlier implementations of the Valjoux 22. It is highly unusual because of its large case and spectacular clawed lugs. During the era this watch was made, it was more common to see a more utilitarian approach to the design of the watch. Not known to be shy about their designs, Leonidas integrated a dressier look to this watch while maintaining its highly functional feel with the tachymetre around the dials’ outer ring. Also, the watch is larger than typical for the era, making it more visible and present on the wrist when combined with its long fancy lugs and light colored dial. This watch’s outstanding design means it can be worn with just about anything and it will stand-out as elegant, classic, and with a vintage artistic feel. The movement is in excellent condition as shown in the pictures. As an earlier Valjoux 22, it includes a beautiful breguet overcoil hairspring for which we provided a picture. As part of our servicing of the watch, we painstakingly manipulated this hairspring back to its original shape and condition. Doing this requires years of experience and practice and representative of the kind of completeness and expertise ClockSavant brings to watch servicing and restoration.
Valjoux 22 with Breguet Overcoil
New ZRC leather watch strap, made in France. Regular length.
We estimate the watch was manufactured in the 1940’s based on its style, calibre, and manufacturer.
Fully Serviced by ClockSavant Fully disassembled, old and worn parts replaced or repaired, adjusted, optimized, cleaned, and lubricated. Comprehensive testing and performance measurement.
Watch is in unusually good condition for its each, showing less wear and aging than typical. Do note that there is a mark on the dial near the center of the dial at about 9pm. The mark almost looks like the number 7. The marking is more evident in the pictures because the watch dial overall has so few markings for its age otherwise. Typically a watch of this age would have considerable more markings, age, and scratches and so we consider this dial in excellent condition. Regardless, the purchaser should note this mark and determine if they care much about it. On the wrist, we did not find it to be particular noticeable or eye-catching.
Comprehensive ClockSavant Testing. Performance measurement results for this watch are provided below.
14-day return period provided that watch is returned in condition received.
All mechanical watches, and especially vintage watches, require special consideration in handling, care, and use. In order to obtain warranty support or to return an item, it is necessary that the customer did not cause damage to the watch. See the Support page to learn more about how to protect and care for your investment.
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ClockSavant Watchmaker Testing, Certification, and Performance Measurement
All the watches we sell go through a comprehensive series of ClockSavant-developed functional, stability, and performance tests and are only approved for sale if they meet or exceed the criteria we have established. Performance measurements for this watch are provided below. See the Support page of our website for an explanation of watch performance measurements and guidance on interpretation. The watch performance values provided do not necessarily reflect the accuracy you will experience based on your unique watch wearing habits. You may experience a gain or loss by as much as approximately 1 minute per day with vintage watches.
Legend: Rate, Amplitude (Amp), and Beat Error (BE) are provided for Dial-Up (CH) and Dial-Down (FH) positions. Averages (Avg) are also provided. These represent the average performance of the watch across all 6 traditionally measured watch positions which, in addition to dial-up and dial-down, are the vertical positions of Crown-Up, Crown-Down, Crown-Left, and Crown-Right. Rate is expressed in seconds gained or lost during a 24 hour period. Amplitude is in degrees. Beat Error is in milliseconds. Lift Angle used in measurement is unique to the particular watch calibre.