1950s Richard Triple Calendar Chronograph watch in 18ct yellow gold Valjoux 72c.
In excellent, original condition, this is an incredibly classy and rare watch from the 1950's. Such a colour combination of black and gold is uncommon and makes this a sensational dress watch, which is both complicated in it's functions and elegant in design. It hits far beyond it's price range. It reminds me very much of the Rolex 6062, triple calendar moon-phase.The dial is a black gloss finish, contrasting with beautiful Rose Gold coloured circular hour dot markers, as well as the gold tracks on the dial. At 36mm this is a well proportioned watch for any male wrist.
It's triple calendar displays the day and month through the two apertures at 12 o’clock and the date on the outer track with an arrow pointer. It can be easily set via the pushers at 7 and 9 o’clock. With the full chronograph complication this is a lovely combination. The chronograph provides an hour counter at 6 o'clock, with constant sub seconds at 9, and 30 minute recorder at 3 o'clock.
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The dial is in excellent, original condition. There is no wear to writing. There are no areas of damaged lacquer. This is a very good dial for the age.
Average condition for the age. The hour hand suffers from some corrosion/rust as visible in the images. However this does not distract from the beauty of the watch and can be expected with a vintage time piece.
The crystal is a replacement and is in near perfect condition, with only some very light surface scratches.
The crown is original, in good condition, with some surface scratches.
It sits flush to the case and disappears against the side of the watch.
The case is in excellent condition with only light surface scratches that are consistent with age. This remains original and un-polished.
Strong condition with multiple light surface scratches. There is one slightly larger surface scratch from poor opening, but this has only scratched at surface level, not deep into the case. This can be polished if desired.
The lugs are male and therefore difficult to negate a new strap and the gold colour female spring bars. I have therefore put on an open ended black leather strap. This is kept in place by metal tabs.
Keeping time to within +35 seconds a day with an amplitude of 255 degrees. The beat error is 0.1m/s.
The movement is a manual wind Valjoux 72c. It is a 17 jewel movement with a frequency of 18,000.
As many watch fans will be aware, the base calibre, the Valjoux 72 is famous for it's usage in racing chronographs and examples such as the Rolex Daytona.
Case width: 36mm
Case width with crown: 38.5mm
Case length: 36mm
Case Depth: 13mm
Case length lug to lug: 43mm
Lug width: 18mm