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Migzy

New in La Rochelle hand winding chronograph

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On my hunt for a vintage chronograph I had decided that an automatic was going to cost too much at the moment.  I had thought about a new 'vintage style' meca-quartz but it didn't sit quite right with me so I turned my attention to a hand winders. 

So after setting up lots of searches on eBay this popped up and I pulled the trigger.

A La Rochelle hand winding chronograph from the 60's (I think)

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I've never heard of the brand, nor can I find anything about them online. All I know is that it has quite a basic Swiss made Lapanouse movement that was used in Cimier watches that look almost identical.  

I seems to perfectly and is keeping good time. It came with a really cheap fake leather strap so have put it on this nato for now. I'm going to get a nice leather rally strap but not sure whether to go brown or black.

 

I know it's nothing special and was probably inexpensive when it was first made but I think it's pretty cool and will satisfy my urges for now. Plus the seller accepted an offer way below the asking price :biggrin:

If anyone knows anything else about it please let me know.

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nice looking chrono , and i think the strap compliments it nicely. Sorry not seen the brand before but these vintage chronos have quite a following , would be a black leather strap for me. 

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Cool, :thumbsup: mmm sorry don’t know anything about this make either. Perhaps @Always"watching" May be of help as he is the resident guru on manufacturers etc. 

Oh and brown leather strap for me. 

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Awesome little watch, lovely dial layout, and looks to be in great condition too!

I vote for a black rally strap...

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I love these simple hand winding movements, they are always so dependable. I used to have quite a few vintage chronos but sold the lot because I just didn't wear them, I hope that doesn't happen to you. I assume one of the subdials is the watch second hand and the other is the minute timer function of the chronograph, correct?

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That's a nice looking vintage chronograph you have got yourself there, black would be my choice for strap colour, even a perlon maybe. :thumbsup:

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What a little beauty. Migzy.:)

I have done some preliminary research on the brand name, "La Rochelle," without success, I'm afraid. I found one reference to a La Rochelle watch - listed as having a Swiss movement but a Hong Kong made case. As for your chronograph, it dates to about the middle or perhaps later 1970s and is a real teaser. I have certain intuitions about it but would not commit them to paper without further confirming evidence.

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On 26/07/2018 at 12:21, Always"watching" said:

What a little beauty. Migzy.:)

I have done some preliminary research on the brand name, "La Rochelle," without success, I'm afraid. I found one reference to a La Rochelle watch - listed as having a Swiss movement but a Hong Kong made case. As for your chronograph, it dates to about the middle or perhaps later 1970s and is a real teaser. I have certain intuitions about it but would not commit them to paper without further confirming evidence.

Thanks for the info :biggrin:. If you do find out anymore please let me know. 

I think I'm gonna go brown leather rally strap. I already have a rotary on black and a Seiko on blue rally straps. 

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5 minutes ago, Migzy said:

Got in on a brown rally strap now. Live the way it looks .

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Looks good, and will be even better when it's the right way round. :thumbsup:

What is the lug width/strap width ?

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