1951 Angelus Chronograph for Hungarian Army

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Rare and highly collectable chronograph by Angelus. The watch was sourced in Hungary and even though it bears no usual "L.E." letters on the caseback, the military provenance is very clear:  engraving on the caseback says that it was presented to an officer of Hungarian Military Forces in 1951 by then Minister of National Defence of Hungary Mihály Farkas. It features sharp 38 mm case, in-house caliber Angelus 215 and amazing original gilt dial showing minor aging. 

The watch went through complete service in January 2018. Technical warranty: 1 year.


  • Stainless steel 3-body case with snap-on case back. Mixed satin and high polished finishing.
  • Professionally polished to factory specs. Outstanding condition and sharp edges, minor to no traces of use.
  • The upper-left lug is slightly thinner than all others due to amateur polishing in the past
  • 38 mm (without crown) / 53 mm (lug-to-lug) / 21 mm (between lugs)
  • Original steel fluted crown. Original "mushroom" pushers.
  • Service plexiglass crystal.


    • Manual-winding 2-reg 45-minutes chronograph
    • In-house Cal.215 signed "Angelus"
    • 17 jewels, 18000 A/h, 40 hours of power reserve, no shock-protection.
    • Fully serviced in January 2018


    • Original untouched gilt dial showing certain degradation of glossy lacquer all over the surface. The condition is stable and the gilt scales are not affected.
    • Signed "Angelus" at 12 o'clock and "Swiss" at 6 o'clock. 
    • Original golden radium hands in excellent condition
    • Original lume is radium, therefore Geiger meter shows up to 15 uSv/h (dial up)

    Delivery set:

    • The watch with handmade calfskin strap
    • Our company’s warranty certificate, invoice and general terms and conditions.

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