The dial is original and one of the early ones as it predate's the Incabloc shock protection on the movement. It's developed a nice even patina, without becoming too distressed.
The single button operates the chronograph (stop-watch function) - the button in turn starts, stops and resets the chronograph. There is an elapsed minute counter, which allows for timing intervals up to 30 minutes.
The condition of both the dial and movement is good - there is some patina on the dial commensurate with age, but the movement is clean and is running very well. The case is all stainless steel and is in good order - a few marks from wear but overall very tidy. As with all our vintage watches the case has been ultrasonically cleaned, but not polished.
The case back has the original military markings: HS /|\ 9 stands for Hydrographic Service, so for Naval issue the /|\ is called the broad arrow (or pheon) and denotes crown property, 9 is the stores code for a chronograph wristwatch, then 5722 is the unique number of this watch. This original stores code is crossed out and the later NATO stores reference number is engraved (0552/924 for chronograph wristwatch and 3305 for white dial).
Lemania supplied many different armed forces around the world - their movements are very solidly constructed and keep excellent time, making them a good fit for a life in the services. Lemania are something of a cult brand - no longer in existence today, but much cherished by aficionados. The company specialised in the production of chronographs (that is watches with a stop-watch function built in). Chronographs are inherently complicated things to manufacture and for this reason many watch companies brought-in movements from specialists like Lemania. They supplied amongst others Omega (the movement that powered the first watch on the moon was made by Lemania), and luxury brands Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe. Because Lemania often supplied movements to other brands (for which they were uncredited), watches which are signed by Lemania are especially prized.
The watch has been fully serviced and regulated, the chronograph functions perfectly and the time keeping is of the highest order. It is supplied with a reproduction of the original type of fabric strap (nb this type of strap doesn't have holes punched, you simply push the buckle pin through the fabric, which makes it infinitely adjustable), this is a great watch for everyday use.
Case diameter (excluding winding crown): 38mm
Case material: stainless steel
strap width: 20mm
time keeping: grade A
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