UN­DER THE RADAR

Esquire (Philippines) - - STYLE -

Un­less you’re im­mersed in the world of vin­tage watches, you’re prob­a­bly not so fa­mil­iar with Le­ma­nia. The brand started out as an ébauche man­u­fac­turer, mak­ing move­ments for other com­pa­nies (like build­ing the en­gine for some­one else’s car), and was best known for de­vel­op­ing chrono­graph move­ments with Omega (it worked on the Speed­mas­ter, the watch that went to the moon). In the 1990s, Le­ma­nia was sub­sumed un­der the Swatch Group, and to­day time­pieces bear­ing its name are very rare. This 1950s chrono is­sued to In­dian Air Force pi­lots is a prime ex­am­ple: beau­ti­ful, sim­ple, and highly col­lectible. And the patina just adds to its charm.

Broad Ar­row One But­ton In­dian Air Force HS9 chrono­graph by Le­ma­nia; timeti­tans.com

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