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    To my shame I have had this languishing in my watch box for a while.

    I was given it by Al when the new forum moved over to V-Bulletin for making an effort with my galleries, a competition prize if you will, and a most generous one at that. So thanks Al, I certainly owe you one.

    The sense of guilt at actually winning something has meant that I always intended to offer this as a charity auction piece on the forum, and I still might, but I wanted to share my burgeoning admiration for the layout of this piece.



    Is it actually possible to put any more on the dial of a watch?????

    It has a Regatta (or Regate) countdown between 12 and 3
    The rest of that outer ring taken by a tachymetre
    There is a month calendar, set using the crown at 10.30, so you set the day on the beginning of the month, and it tells you the days of the week for that month.
    Of course there is the time and date.
    Constant seconds
    and a 12-hr chrono with the classic Lemania central seconds and minutes, leading to fantastic legibility.

    The dial is a lovely brushed dark navy blue (which I have failed to capture - I may have to give it to Gary for photographing properly), its sobriety somewhat accentuated by the more garish 70's colours chosen for the calendar wheel.

    It still manages to be very legible, despite the "crowding" of the dial.

    I am beginning to like it more and more.

    I have had the crystal replaced (the original was crazed) and that took a lot of effort as the outer ring requires a special chamfer not present on any generic crystals. So a new one had to be custom made. You can see the tachymetre looks like it extends all the way to the case, and that the crystal looks like it has no sides. Very cool.

    About the only reason this is not a loved item in the collection is that it is a base metal case, plated, and not stainless steel. I still wonder why Wakmann would use such an expensive and competent movement, and shove it into a base metal case. Shame.

    Anyway, charity auction, keeper, or other?

    What do you think?

    Dave
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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    I think that's terrific, Dave, I would keep it. If you feel guilty about the gift, you could always make a seperate donation to a suitable charity such as Gary's bike/new watch fund?

    I also like your new Tissot - sorry I haven't said so yet.

    Regards

    Jon'.

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    LOL, just pulled out my Lemania version of this watch (finally!) to shoot some photos last weekend! Will add them to this thread soon. I've had a time picking out a strap for this one. Right now it's on gray leather, but it's not quite right. Anyone?
    Cheers all, Colin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalu View Post
    my Lemania version of this watch
    Hmmmm, interesting. I don't think I have seen a Lemania one of these, does it have a calendar ring, or are we talking about a Lemania version of the Sinn 140/1/2, like this?



    Looking forward to the pics.

    I think my one looks best on Al's 22mm diver strap,



    The it has a nice taper and the padding curve on the back of the strap really goes well with the case on the wrist



    or possibly a Chronissimo.



    I am also keen to try the Di-modell pilot, which is a simplified (and lower cost ) version of the Chronissimo.

    Although Gary, bless him, took some shots on a blue NATO, and it looked fantastic.

    Bring on the photos Colin - go for it.

    Dave
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    It would be interesting to see a side view - I think I see what you mean about the crystal - very nice!

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    It's the same watch - almost. The day track is missing (which is making me wonder about the "NOS" billing it received in the listing), which is why I couldn't make any sense of the day track, I now realise. The back is decorated only with a rim of text and is marked as stainless steel. Will have a peek inside and see what we've got...

    Cheers all, Colin

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    Aaaahhhh.

    I think that explains why I have never seen one before......

    I have just popped the caseback on mine, (marked externally - SWISS MADE INCABLOC STAINLESS STEEL BACK ANTIMAGNETIC).

    It is clearly marked Wakmann Watch Co on the rotor of the 1341 movement and on the inside of the caseback (not the outside).

    I suspect that you might just find the same thing on yours.......

    Which is a shame - it would have been nice to see the original Lemania watch that dial came from.

    I suggest the hands are also a little late for the movement (if indeed the movement remains as a 1341 and hasn't been transplanted like the dial.

    It will be interesting to see what you find.

    Dave
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    Beautiful Wakmann Dave, i would be very hard pressed to let this one go if i were you...

    The blue dial is just fantastic especially when combined with these ''Beyond the realm of Cool'' orange hands!

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveS View Post
    I am also keen to try the Di-modell pilot, which is a simplified (and lower cost ) version of the Chronissimo.
    The thing is that just today i received this exact strap (the Di Modell 'Pilot') for my now infamous Tutima BUND and just managed to squeeze it in time for a photo; I swear i have not set this up...



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    As you suspected Dave, it says "Wakmann" on the inside of the back (sounds like our casebacks are identical) and the movement is a Wakmann 1340, though the rotor is unsigned and I'm making an assumption based on the Helvetia cross with the "W" inside.
    Cheers all, Colin

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    Just as a question, that's not a more "iron" shaped cross with LWO in it, the L and O in the arms, W in the centre?

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    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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