1952 Angelus Military Chronograph for Hungarian MoD

Fantastic oversized chronograph by Angelus with military provenance - according to engraving on the caseback it was presented to officer of Hungarian Military Forces for outstanding results in shooting competition in 1952. It features sharp 38 mm case, in-house caliber Angelus 215 and amazing original black gilt dial. 

Manufacturer: Angelus, Switzerland
Model: n/a
Reference: n/a
Type: Manual-winding 2-reg chronograph
Year of production: ca.1952
Case type: 2-body, with snap-back, mixed satin and high-polished finishing.
Case material: Stainless steel
Case measurement: 38 mm (without crown) / 53 mm (lug-to-lug) / 22 mm (between lugs)
Case serial number: 266426
Case back: Snap-back, signed with Angelus logo and serial number on the outer side of the caseback. Commemorative engraving in Hungarian stating that this watch was presented for outstanding shooting performance.
Crown/pushers: Steel fluted crown, steel round pushers.
Crystal: Acrylic
Movement type: Manual-winding 45-minutes chronograph
Movement model: Cal.215, signed 'Angelus'. 17 jewels, 18000 A/h, 40 hours of power reserve, no shock-protection.
Movement serial number: n/a
Dial: Glossy black dial decorated with gilt Base 1000 scale on the outer perimeter of the dial, gilt seconds scale, radium luminous Arabic numerals. Signed 'Angelus' at 12 o'clock and 'Swiss' at 6 o'clock. Small seconds subsidiary dial at 9 o'clock, 45-minutes counter's subsidiary dial at 3 o'clock.
Hands: Golden luminous (radium) hours and minutes hands, golden sweep seconds hand. 
Case condition: 1 (mint). Professionally polished, sharp, showing no traces of use. Very strong and sharp edges.
Movement condition: 1 (mint) professionally serviced in September 2016, only original parts. Adjusted and keeps good time. All functions work properly.
Dial/hands condition: Untouched dial in mint condition showing certain "spyder" aging of the lacquer. The painting is mint and not damaged. Dial's condition is stable. Original untouched radium hands.
Overall condition: 1 (mint)
Delivery set: The watch comes with brand-new genuine leather strap or neylon NATO strap and generic steel buckle. Along with our company’s warranty certificate, general terms and conditions of sale, our company’s box.
Warranty: 1-year technical warranty

Collections: Archive

Category: Angelus


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