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    Default Lemania Marchairuz

    Hello,

    i'm an occasional reader of this forum (owning three lemania powered automatic chronos) and wanted to share my latest, the Marchairuz Lemania. It is the one already spotted in the ebay bargain thread:



    When it arrived, i first was a bit disappointed about the size, since it's just 39 mm in diameter. However, i'm quite happy now i didn't asked the seller, i propably wouldn't have bet on this otherwise. The dimensions are somehow strange, since it is 15 mm high, but i like it...



    On the back, there is an 'Marchairuz' engraving along with the numerals '046', so this is maybe a limited model. If anyone knows more about the model and when or why it was produced, i'd be glad to learn more...

    Thanks for looking,

    Rega

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    Hi
    I did a bit of hunting when we discussed this before (I think Andy had spotted one on Ebay). As far as I was concerned, there were two candidates.
    The first is a Hillclimb, the Cote du Marchairuz, which was definitely going in 1963 (Clay Regazzioni's first recorded race) and ceased in the 90s, I think, to be recently revived as a non-timed historic vehicle hillclimb.
    The seconds was a local ski race.
    I favour the first, as the dial seems to show the roadsign at the Col, which would logically be the finish of a hill-climb.
    Lemania were not averse to Sporting event editions (think of the Vallee de Joux FC centenary watch)

    But I have no evidence whatsoever, it is pure conjecture.

    Nice watch by the way, I have always liked it, albeit with a vague dislike of the chamfered shrouded lugs, which are not its most elegant feature.

    I really do like the blue herringbone dial.

    Dave
    Last edited by DaveS; 16-03-2012 at 21:50.
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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    I had seen pictures of similar watches before, and I wondered then what they might have been made for. The only thing I could think of is that it could have been a special order for participants of a private seminar at the Hotel located at Col du Marchairuz in Switzerland. Dave's theories are equally believable though, so I'm afraid I can't offer much insight...
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    Hi Rega, first of all thanks for posting the pictures, it's good to see one in such detail. Feel free to start another post with your other Lemanias too, I'm sure they'd be of interest.

    I'm with Dave regarding the case being not a favourite, but it has some other interesting points which compensate I think, the great colour and herringbone pattern plus the unusual Marchairuz reference - of which I can't say any more on than Pascal and Dave - A mystery!

    Great to see it though and it'd be good to see the engraving you mention on the back if possible

    Andy

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    Thanks for your thougts, to my mind the hill race theory is quite likely, but who knows?

    I will do a back shot with the engraving and probaply another wrist shot, that on is rather dark.

    I agree on the somehow weird case design, but on the other hand it is quite unique - and since i like it, everything is fine for me.

    My other Lemania powered watches are quite common, however i will post a question about my Tissot Navigator later.

    Thanks again,

    Rega

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    Sorry for the delay, here are some shots of the back:

    Shooting the 3 digit numerals is really difficult (on the left of the picture):


    I suppose the numerals where applied in a later production step, because they are so different to the rest of the engravings, however i think they may correspond to number 46 of maybe 999...

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    I'm waking up this old thread because i notized there is a silver dial version of this, too:



    Discussed here (German). I like this one, too, but the 'Machrchairuz' at 12:00 in blue wasn't the best choice in my eyes.

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    Very interesting - I certainly think you got the better looking of the two brothers.

    I notice the owner didn't tell whether there was a number on the back - it would be interesting.

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

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    Hello all ,

    I note with surprise that the box of this Lemania *Marchairuz* is the same of the one of my Sinn 190 (fitted with a Lemania 5100)



    JL+
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveS View Post
    Very interesting - I certainly think you got the better looking of the two brothers.

    I notice the owner didn't tell whether there was a number on the back - it would be interesting.

    D
    I asked him about the number: yes, 0XX.
    Last edited by rega; 20-09-2013 at 14:19.

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