Sold - Olma Vintage Chronograph Venus 170 Circa 1940’s- Fully Serviced by ClockSavant
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This vintage watch was Fully Serviced by ClockSavant and is from our ClockSavant Survivor line of watches— watches that were restored for their importance and not for profitability. The Venus 170 was a breakthrough movement for its time. It included a conventional column wheel design for controlling the chronograph functions with some unique innovations. The movement was a huge marketplace success and major watch manufacturers such as Breitling and others, as well as many small boutique brands, adopted the movement. This Olma Chronograph is an example of a boutique brand imported by a US jeweler whose name is engraved on the case back, Rose Jewelers. Adding to the history, the Olma brand was itself manufactured by Helbros, another Swiss watch company. There were US customs rules on watch importing that produced all sorts of watch marking nuances for collectors to later explore. In this case, we suspect that Rose Jewelers hand engraved the chronograph bridge with Helbros, the manufacturer of import, and sold the watch under Olma, a brand they distributed. What resulted from all of this is a beautifully aged vintage chronograph that has developed quite a bit of character. We were able to restore this vintage watch’s movement to top performance. The silver dial on this vintage watch, aged as it is, sparkles in the sunlight and when you look down on it on your wrist, you will smile. It exudes a great deal of character and beauty. This is a vintage watch for someone who appreciates the character that age can impart on an object that endures time.
Manual Wind, Chronograph
Base metal, chrome plated
New ZRC leather watch strap, made in France. Regular length.
We estimate the watch was manufactured in the 1940’s based on its movement and dial/case design.
Fully Serviced by ClockSavant Fully disassembled, old and worn parts replaced or repaired, adjusted, optimized, cleaned, and lubricated. Comprehensive testing and performance measurement.
Case has the typical scratches, wear, and dings that are common to watches of this age and add to its character. Similarly the dial shows some discoloration, again common for watches of this age.
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.
North Carolina residents will pay sales tax
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.