ANGELUS | AIRFORCE CHRONOGRAPH OVERSIZE | 1940s
Legendary and coveted AirForce Chronograph from Angelus Switzerland, 1940s
ANGELUS | MILITARY AVIATOR CHRONOGRAPH | 38MM (41MM WITH CROWN) | HAND-WINDING | BLACK DIAL WITH LUMINOUS NUMBERS | HUNGARIAN AIR FORCE 'Legi Erö' | CAL. 215 AND SERIES 265311 | 1948-50 | SWITZERLAND
Technically, the Angelus works perfectly and is freshly revised: (302 °; + 4s / d).
The watch presented here 'Angelus L.E.' is a sought-after military pilot's chronograph from the Hungarian Air Force ('Hungarian Air Force ‘Legi Erö), launched from 1948-50.
The Swiss watch brand Angelus was founded in Le Locle in 1891 by the Stolz brothers as Stolz Freres SA. At the end of the 19th century, Le Locle was one of the most important centers of the Swiss watch industry, where watchmakers such as Ulysse Nardin, Charles Tissot and the founders of Zenith worked.
Angelus became famous especially in the 1840s. The manufactory produced all movements completely in-house. This made the manufacturer independent of suppliers such as Ebauches SA. The chronograph movements stand for particularly high-quality, modern products with Incastar fine adjustment and Incabloc shock protection for the balance shaft. A special innovation was the “Chronodate” model from 1942, the world's first serially produced chronograph with a calendar function.
The caliber SF 215 presented here has also been completely manufactured by Angelus. The rare L.E. points to the pilot model for the Hungarian Air Force ‘Legi Erö‘.
The Angelus brand has been produced and marketed again since 2015 by the movement manufacturer La Joux-Perret (Citizen Holdings). And that in La Chaux-de-Fonds, very close to the place where the Stolz brothers were founded.
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