For sale we have a classic mid 1960s Le Cheminant watch, known as the ‘Invincible’. It is a good quality and adaptable watch, designed to be a daily wear or a dress watch dependent on preference.
It has a 34mm case diameter, with a depth of 11mm and a lug-to-lug measurement of 42.25mm. This gives it an impressive presence on the wrist. The gold plate is a relatively even tone and is in good condition with little signs of wear.
The dial is very well executed on the watch. It is a silver base tone which has a satin sunburst finish radiating from the centre, which plays with the light. The hour markers are well designed with long baton markers, a wedge to differentiate 9 O’clock, plus balance the date window, and stylised Arabic numerals at 12 and 6. The date window has a bevelled edge, easing the eye towards the date. The signing is good and clear with no wear.
The luminous facetted dauphine style hands are original and were very much on-trend in the mid 1960s.
To the rear is the steel screw back which is signed with the reference 330-1150, with brushed finishing.
Inside is the reliable, robust and accurate Felsa calibre 4700N. It is a bi-directional automatic movement with incabloc shock protection and a jewel count of 25. It is functioning well, keeping time to within +15 seconds a day.
I think the pictures really speak for this watch, highlighting the quality of the dial design and finishing, paired with the case with elongated lugs providing presence. It is a very adaptable watch that can be worn in many situations. This makes it the ideal vintage every day wear.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The dial is original and in very good condition. It is a silver tone with satin sunburst and applied hour markers. There are no marks and no real wear. The hour markers have some slight corrosion with age. The lume plots are modern vintage tone replacement.
The luminous facetted Dauphine hands are original. They have light scratches with age. The gold tone is good and even. They have been re-lumed with a vintage tone luminous.
The acrylic crystal is a replacement and is in perfect condition.
The crown is original and has aged to a darker tone with oxidisation and contact over the years. It works well.
The case is gold plated and is in good condition for the age. It has no visible wear to the gold-plated finish and has light surface scratching associated with age. There are two small dints to the case at 8 O’clock.
The case back is Stainless Steel and is a screwback. It is in good overall condition with original brushed finish. It has some slight scratches from poor opening. The engraved signing is good and clear.
The watch is on a new genuine leather strap.
The movement is a Felsa 4007N. It is an automatic movement, with sweep second and date function. It has a jewel count of 25 and a frequency of 18,000 BPH.
The service history is unknown, but the movement is in good condition. It has a daily variation of +15 seconds a day with an amplitude of 260 degrees and a beat error of 0.6m/s.
Case width: 34mm
Case width with crown: 36.25mm
Case length: 34mm
Case length lug to lug: 42.25mm
Case Depth: 11mm
Lug width: 18mm
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