This Overlooked Watch Brand Made Some of the Most Iconic Movements in History
Lemania as an independent company didn’t survive the Quartz Crisis but is now under the Swatch Group’s Breguet and continuing to produce movements. Having even supplied the movement of Omega’s famous Moonwatch worn by Buzz Aldrin on the moon along with other notable watch makers, like Patek Philippe, the Lemania name is well-known and respected — so vintage Lemanias don’t come particularly cheap, but offer some distinctive styles and a real sense of horological history. Below are three examples of Lemania chronograph watches that proudly reflect the solid watchmaking under the dial.
Lemania Triple Register Chronograph
What We Like: In a modest 35mm case, this Lemania chronograph from around the 1950s is powered by the hand-wound Lemania CH27 movement, which was called the Omega Calibre 321 when it powered the original Speedmaster Moonwatch. It operates via a column wheel, which is often considered a higher-end feature in part due the smoother feel of its operation. This is a downright iconic movement and it comes as an attractive package.
From the Seller: The case is in good condition overall, showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Non-luminous silver toned dial is in very good condition with even patina.
Lemania Bullhead Chronograph
What We Like: The Omega Bullhead is one of the most famous unconventional dive watch designs of the 1970s, and this Lemania chronograph from the same era more or less shares its case and movement — Lemania and Omega, along with Tissot, had all merged into a group structure in the 1930s, and this is an example of how they shared resources. With an incredibly distinctive and bold-wearing profile, this is a beast that can overshadow even modern dive watches.
From the Seller: The case was never polished and shows 3 small scratches on the side. Mechanically working very well and strong.
Lemania Swiss Air Force Chronograph
What We Like: Issued to the Swiss Air Force around 1970, this Lemania chronograph has a number of unique traits. The asymmetrical case helps protect the crown and pusher and lends it a subtly unconventional shape, but is understated and perfectly wearable for modern wrists at just 38.5mm wide. Powered by a Lemania 2220 movement, another unusual feature is the monopusher chronograph — meaning only one pusher is used to stop, start, and reset the chronograph.
From the Seller: Overall, the watch is in very good condition. The chronograph starts, stops and resets without further issues.
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