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#TBT Angelus caliber 215 Chronograph L.E.Dear fans of #TBT, I’m afraid this week’s issue will certainly be a bit different. ladies breitling watches As Mike is on his much-deserved holiday with the series I was inspired to carry out the next article. It will not have the cool, suave Florida talk, the praising of 60’s watchmaking which we all like to read through about as well as the endless lines discussing the smallest precisely a piece…pun intended, Mike 🙂 Recently, though, we feature a superstar from your bygone era: a time when design was mostly to serve function, not aesthetics. This company is the one and only Angelus (the main one, not this) and the watch is legendary chronograph, the Angelus caliber 215. I can’t remember fondly the first-time which i saw this watch. I remember, though, that I liked the fact it had the identical design as certain Omegas, among several brands certainly, in the same era. I loved the dial; it had been so simple yet detailed with the miscroscopic trapezoidal Angelus logo. I then found out about the history. The way it is back provides the inscription L.E. across the serial number as well as the Angelus logo. This is an abbreviation from the Hungarian Air Force (Légi Er?) and that means you don’t have to be an expert to guess that the watch was issued to the above-mentioned force sometime in the 1950’s. Since I’m Hungarian, I used to be over hyped because of it and decided i always had to obtain one, not merely for that military past along with the history, but because I felt such as the watch i are connected in a thousand ways. You realize feeling I guess: there aren't any words necessary to describe it.The watch was stayed back of my thoughts ever since then and i also looked for it occasionally throughout international as well as Hungarian merchants with the hope that I gets lucky. Obviously, I stumbled upon nothing. Then, trapped on tape I found be aware of wonderful company 10ora10 and something in the heads behind it, Andras. We pointed out replica watches generally so i mentioned to him that if he ever discovers this piece which he should consider me. Well, lo and behold, he delivered this also beautiful Angelus got into his collection. We would not see one another for the good couple of months on the other hand told him that we was interested if the retail price was right. There we were scheduled to meet up with one on one the very first time in numerous months with a hot Fun in early July, within the cafes of Andrassy Avenue, in Budapest. I brought some replica watches, he released his watch-roll, and in-between a Tudor Snowflake along with a Speedy Pro we made the offer. The purchase price was in excess of generous and the fact that it came from him (with known service history) just sweetened the deal. He previously had one condition though; only ever decide to sell the watch I will only sell it time for him but for the same price. Good luck with that, my friend…I won’t be selling in the near future. 🙂There isn’t much information on these replica watches online best watch replicas . Because i learned from Dr. Sébastien Chaulmontet Angelus collector, brand owner and general nice guy during our meeting in Basel, the archives were destroyed many years ago. The sole expect me to get some inside info will be either the archives with the Hungarian Air Force or any living pilot who has been issued this watch issued in older days. The probabilities in the two caser are quite slim. We know the replica watches were issued to your Hungarian Air Force inside late 1940’s or early 1950’s but that’s it. We don't know volumes or any other details (should you choose, please speak to us below) along with the serials visible on the case back are often hundreds faraway from 1 another so that’s not very much help either.An ample amount of the lesson, let’s check this out thing of beauty, we could? I must begin with my wrist size, which can be 7.5 This unfortunately signifies that most vintage models, even chronographs, don’t look great on me, as they are likely to wear smaller. Mike can be a lucky and thin dude; his wrist can accommodate any vintage piece. The Angelus however is really a whooping 38mm forgetting the crown. Now let’s resume the era the watch arrived: the 1940’s or 1950’s. Can you imagine how huge this looked and felt long ago? This was an instrument though for pilots, though, thus it would have to be large…so large actually that it is now of the contemporary size. At 38mm and on the right strap, watches now, you can now make do with toting.The situation is extremely elegant, round shaped, and stainless steel with simple, classic lines. The one things breaking this harmony are the chronograph pushers. Those on my own example have probably been changed in the course of time for it to taller ones as the outline in the previous pushers remains . The 20mm straight lugs connect in the case ample to own watch an optically stretched appearance. Its thickness is not so, well, thick plus it allows the time piece to sit down comfortably around the wrist. Flip the watch over and you also understand the crucial part; on top of the serial number and the Angelus logo there is an famous “L.E.inscription. I read somewhere this was the abbreviation of exclusive edition even though it really is obviously a misunderstanding, to become fair it really is kind of true. This Angelus is definitely a rare bird, however that L.E. means something different. As I previously mentioned it at first of the article, it means Légi Er? (Air Force) an indicator utilised by the military to mark their issued replica watches. Similar pieces would be the FAP Speedmasters or the Swedish military Lemanias, which have the ability to similar inscriptions around the back.The movement quietly ticking away in the case back is the one and only the highest of Angelus chronograph movements, I believe. Oahu is the Angelus caliber 215. It is a quite easy, yet robust machine: a thing that was widespread among the different Angelus styles (I intentionally did not use the word models since there weren’t many named models in the brand). As you can tell from the picture, it’s a manual wind, decently designed caliber very little decoration. This movememnt is usually a proper workhorse that is one bit challenging to service, roughly watchmakers have explained, it also made the company world famous. Interestingly, today, many years after the closing on the Le Locle Angelus factory in 1991, watch lovers around the globe associate this movement with another brand. And from now on comes the $S25.000 question: Which brand would it be? Yes, you know it right, it’s Panerai. Once they built their Mare Nostrum prototypes in 1943, Panerai used Angelus caliber 215 chronograph movements to offer life to every one 3 pieces. Angelus clock movements were also built into early Pam 3646’s and 6152’s. That’s some tips i call caliber pedigree. Image of the chart below by www.VintageWatchMarket.com.Parts chart on the caliber 215Beauty originates from within, but what does a lovely soul do without having a pretty face? Don’t expect anything further than what you have already seen after you consider the dial. Along with combination of a black base for your dial with yellow painted numbers and golden hands really finish the watch off to me. Lift off the brand and change it with Zenith or Omega and also you would've the exact same looking watch. Apart from at 3 and 9 where the 2 dials sit, every number can be viewed around the dial. They're not luminous, unlike hands (which still glow furthermore), but beautifully painted on top of the dial. The watch doesn't have bezel and so the outer ring on the face is pretty busy. You will see the grid to measure ground speed elegantly bordering the hour-indicating numbers. Further out, the 60-second counter is placed to support the chronograph function. The secondssub dial reaches 9 plus the minute sub dial for the chrono is at 3. The little detail within this sub dial is one thing incredible. You will find little red lines indexing every 3 minutes till the 15-minute marking. Why, I honestly don’t know nevertheless it can be interesting to learn about it nonetheless. The Angelus logo is small, almost unrecognizable, within the 12 and that's the only text around the dial. Both your hands are slim, gold colored indicators of your time. They preserve their sheen even many moons after leaving Switzerland to waste its life in Hungary and today just to rest around the wrist of yours truly…in Germany, of places.Availability of the Angelus caliber 215 chronograph available is pretty good. You are able to pick-up decent pieces for as few as 12-15 hundred euros, but pieces that want attention are around for 4-600 euros. When it comes to the L.E. model prices really play within a different ballpark. It’s a rare, military issued vintage chronograph, which means you are thinking about the 2k mark when evaluating a nice example. It truly is worth every penny and brings something different for the table when you are seeking conversation starters. I can talk all day regarding it but time is limited and so is space. I think you'll enjoyed this special #TBT while Mike was away away experiencing the sea breeze, Dom P’s, arms. 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