UNDER THE RADAR
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